24-02-2023 Daily Predictions Super Rugby Crusaders Vs Chiefs

Crusaders vs Chiefs

The defending champions Crusaders kick off Super Rugby 2023 when they welcome the Chiefs to the Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch. The home team will be weary of the backlash they can expect from the visitors after they knocked them out at the semifinal stage last year. Both teams are stacked with All Blacks so the match should be a close affair. The return of Chiefs stalwart Damian McKenzie form Japan is sure to boost his team and his battle with opposite number Richie Mo’unga could be the highlight of the match. The team that can shake of the rustiness faster will be in pole position to snatch the win.

TIP: The Chiefs will be looking to adopt their running style of rugby especially with McKenzie in the pivot position but they will need the forwards to lay the platform. The packs of both teams seem to be evenly matches although the Crusaders will miss the service of Sam Whitelock. The battle at scrum time will be mouthwatering with All Blacks in both sets of front rows. The bookies have Crusaders as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.40, Gbets 1.42 and Hollywoodbets 1.40

HEAD TO HEAD STATS

Crusaders vs Chiefs

  • The Crusaders have won the last two meetings between the sides.
  • The Chiefs have only won two of the last eight matches against the Crusaders.

Latest results for both teams

This is the first match of the season.

PREDICTION

Both sides have plenty of game breakers but the battle between the forwards will decide the match. This area is extremely hard to call although the Chiefs have the more potent back row of Luke Jacobson, Sam Cane and Pita Gus Sowakula. The Crusaders also have an exceptional back row so it could be a titanic battle between the loose trios. If Mo’unga can launch his All Blacks laden backline then the visitors could be in for a long evening. The out of hand kicking of both teams will need to be accurate as both teams have pacy back threes that are excellent counter attackers. I am predicting a Crusaders win by three points.

Probable Starting XVs

Crusaders

15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 Leicester Fainga’anuku, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Cullen Grace, 7 Tom Christie, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Mitchell Dunshea, 4 Scott Barrett (c), 3 Fletcher Newell, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody

Chiefs

15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Alex Nankivell, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (cc), 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Sam Cane (cc), 6 Pita Gus Sowakula, 5 Tupou Vaa’i, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 George Dyer, 2 Samisoni Tauklei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Crusaders victory are as follows:

Betway 1.40

Gbets 1.42

Hollywoodbets 1.40

Odds comparison on the Chiefs handicap:

The complete odds on the Chiefs handicap:

Betway 1.85 (+6.5)

Gbets 1.88 (+6.5)

Hollywoodbets1.90 (+6.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are poor returns on the Crusaders outright win therefore we suggest the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.85 (+6.5), Gbets 1.88 (+6.5) and Hollywoodbets1.90 (+6.5)

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