07-01-2023 Daily Predictions United Rugby Championship Connacht vs Sharks

Connacht vs Sharks

these two teams come into this match in contrasting form as the Sharks had an excellent win over the Bulls while Connacht were thumped 41-12 by Leinster in their last match. This match however has been turned on its head with the Sharks selecting their Currie Cup side or C side while the home team have a very strong squad for this match. Connacht will be looking for a bonus point victory over this Sharks outfit who potentially could have three debutants in their matchday 23. The visitors will be hoping that the experienced players in the team can assist the youngsters otherwise the scoreline could get embarrassing

TIP: The Sharks have decided to keep their Springboks players fresh for next week’s home encounter against Bordeaux Begles while Connacht are also missing their Irish star Bundee Aki who has been rested. The home team will be looking for a fast start that will enable them to build a first half lead and make it a comfortable win for them. The bookies have the Connacht as favourites and I am also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.16 Playabets 1.18 and Sunbet 1.20


Connacht vs Sharks

  • These teams have only met once before with the Sharks winning 41-21.

Latest results for both teams

Connacht lost 41-12 in their last match while the Sharks beat the Bulls 47-20 in their last match.


Connacht will be the more desperate team in this match as they sit in 13th position, eight points off the playoff positions and they can be glad that the Sharks have send a weakened team. The Sharks players on the other hand will see this match as an opportunity to stake their claim for a first team place. The home team have been very poor in attack this season and will be looking to flyhalf Jack Carty to launch their dangerous backline that includes Aussie born flyers John Porch and Mack Hansen on the wings. I am predicting a Connacht win by more than 12 points.

Probable Starting XVs


15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 John Porch, 13 Tom Farrell, 12 Cathal Forde, 11 Mack Hansen, 10 Jack Carty (c), 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 Shamus Hurley-Langton, 7 Conor Oliver, 6 Josh Murphy, 5 Darragh Murray, 4 Oisín Dowling, 3 Finlay Bealham, 2 Shane Delahunt, 1 Denis Buckley


15 Anthony Volmink, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Murray Koster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Marnus Potgieter, 10 Nevaldo Fleurs, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Celimpilo Gumede, 7 Henco Venter, 6 James Venter, 5 Reniel Hugo (c), 4 Thembelani Bholi, 3 Carlü Sadie, 2 Fezo Mbatha, 1 Ntuthuko Mchunu

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Connacht victory are as follows:

Worldsportsbetting 1.16

Playabets 1.18

Sunbet 1.20

Odds comparison on the Connacht handicap:

The complete odds on the Connacht handicap:

Worldsportsbetting (-9.5) 1.90

Sunbet (-9.5) 1.89

Playabets (-9.5) 1.84

Predictions and Odds in details

There are poor returns on the Connacht outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the home side on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-9.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-9.5) 1.89 and Playabets (-9.5) 1.84

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