We enter the penultimate week of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman tournament and finally, Australia have recorded a win!
The Reds held on to secure a 40-34 win over the Chiefs in Round 3, and they will be eager to build on that performance and result when they host the Blues on Friday night.
We’ve previewed all five games and provided our Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Round 4 Tips below.
The Crusaders have opened as unbackable $1.01 favourites ahead of their Friday afternoon clash with the Western Force in Christchurch.
Having successfully defended their Super Rugby Aotearoa title, the Crusaders remain undefeated in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, and enter this match off the back of another comfortable win over the Waratahs.
The Force have returned a couple of decent efforts since the Trans-Tasman competition commenced but remain winless – it would be a real shock for their first to come over a side of the Crusaders’ calibre.
The best match of the round looks like materialising between the Reds and the Blues in Brisbane on Friday night.
On something of a premiership hangover through the first two weeks of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman tournament, the Reds bounced back into winning form in impressive fashion last weekend, sinking the Chiefs and in theory, any chance that side has of winning the comp.
It was a little closer to the type of the Reds’ performance that we have grown accustomed to, and they’ll only take benefit and confidence into this match.
The Blues are undefeated in this competition and enter this match off the back of a comfortable 38-10 win over the Brumbies.
I’m confident that the Reds loom as a winning chance again, and I’m eager to get involved at the $3.25 available at publish.
The Highlanders will host the Waratahs in Dunedin on Saturday.
The Highlanders returned another slick performance to sink the Force in Perth last weekend, and they will challenge for a position in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final, if they remain on the same trajectory.
Incredibly the Waratahs, who failed to record a single win in the Super Rugby Australia season, have somehow been the most prolific points scorers of any Australian side through the first three rounds of the Trans-Tasman competition.
While losing each of their three matches, they’ve scored a combined 97 points against the Hurricanes, the Blues and the Crusaders, and they didn’t look completely hopeless against the latter last week.
I think that the Waratahs are good for a few more points, and the line here is simply too big.
The Brumbies take on the Hurricanes in the chilly nation’s capital on Saturday night and this too shapes as a good contest.
The Brumbies are winless in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman and wont progress past next week, but they have been somewhat competitive and were unlucky not to record an enormous upset over the Crusaders in Week 1.
They line up opposite a Hurricanes outfit who have won each of their three matches, but who only really put away the Force; allowing points to both the Waratahs and the Rebels.
The Brumbies remain Australia’s clear second-best side, and they too can cover the line as home outsiders.
Round 4 of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman tournament draws to a close in New Zealand on Sunday when the Chiefs host the Rebels.
The Chiefs became the first New Zealand side to suffer a defeat in this tournament when they went down 40-34 to the Reds in Queensland.
There is no doubt that the Reds away is the toughest prospect for any New Zealand side in this series, and this obviously shapes as a great opportunity for the Chiefs to atone.
It might have been in defeat, but the Rebels did manage to put 27 points on the Highlanders in Dunedin last week, in what was clearly their best effort of the tournament to date, even though they remain winless in Super Rugby Trans Tasman.
While they have noticeably improved with each start, the Rebels face a wounded Chiefs outfit who are sure to be hellbent on recovering, and I’d simply hate to charged with this task.