Benetton vs Stormers
Benetton play host to the Stormers in this URC fixture. The home team are one of three unbeaten teams in the competition although they have a draw to go with their two wins. The pitch at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo has proven difficult to play on which has resulted in very low scoring matches. The Stormers will be used to playing on this type of surface as their home ground was similar before the pitch was re-laid. The visitors will be looking for a massive improvement from their 20-9 loss to Glasgow especially as they failed to get over the try line in 80 minutes.
TIP: The Italians side welcomed back some of their World Cup stars in the last match and we can expect them to be at full strength for this match. The Stormers will be looking at making a few changes especially if it improves their discipline. They received two yellow cards within a few minutes for silly infringements which ultimately cost them the match. The home team will be targeting the visitors scrum as they looked weak in this area. The bookies have the Stormers as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.80, Gbets 1.80 and Hollywoodbets 1.81
Benetton vs Stormers
- These teams have met twice before with each side winning once.
- Both matches were won by the home side.
Latest results for both teams
Benetton beat the Lions 15-10 in their last match while the Stormers lost 20-9 to the Glasgow Warriors
The match is likely to be another low scoring encounter with points being at a premium. The home team look most comfortably when they kick the ball and have a solid defence to back it up while the visitors are dangerous when they keep ball in hand and attack. Both teams have excellent rolling mauls and it will be the team that better defends these mauls that will come out on top. Young flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis will have his work cut out if he hopes to ignite the Stormers potent backline which includes the likes of Zeolin Zas and Ben Loader. We are predicting a Stormers win by 5 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Edoardo Padovani, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Filippo Drago, 11 Ignacio Mendy, 10 Tomas Albornoz, 9 Andy Uren, 8 Lorenzo Cannone, 7 Sebastian Negri, 6 Alessandro Izekor, 5 Eli Snyman (captain), 4 Edoardo Iachizzi, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Giacomo Nicotera, 1 Thomas Gallo.
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Angelo Davids, 13 Ben Loader, 12 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Keke Morabe, 7 Evan Roos, 6 Willie Engelbrecht, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Ben-Jason Dixon, 3 Neethling Fouche (captain), 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Ali Vermaak
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Stormers victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Stormers handicap:
The complete odds on the Stormers handicap:
Betway 1.90 (-2.5)
Gbets 1.87 (-2.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-2.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are decent returns on the Stormers outright win but for better odds we suggest the away side on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-2.5), Gbets 1.87 (-2.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-2.5)
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