Cardiff vs Stormers
Cardiff play host to the Stormers in this URC fixture. Both teams will be disappointed with their results in the last round as Cardiff drew 22-22 away to Zebre. The Stormers also lost 10-3 to Munster in a low scoring match. The home team led for most of the match against the Italian side, only to concede a late try and share the points. The visitors dominated for long periods against a near full strength Munster team but failed to cross the whitewash in 80 minutes. They again struggled to turn their possession into points which has been a common trend on their tour.
TIP: Cardiff are sure to make a few changes for this match with Welsh internationals Willis Halaholo and Josh Adams set to return to the team. The latter has not played since the World Cup and will be raring to go. The Stormers are unlikely to make too many changes but they be tempted to bring in Clayton Blommetjies into the flyhalf position as they lacked his playmaking abilities in the last match. The bookies have the Stormers as favorites but I’m tipping Cardiff for the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 3.10, Gbets 3.09 and Hollywoodbets 3.06
Cardiff vs Stormers
- These teams have played each other twice before with one win apiece.
- The home team has won the previous two matches.
Latest results for both teams
Cardiff drew 22-22 with Zebre in their last match while the Stormers lost 10-3 to Munster last time out.
Cardiff have been fast starters at home and will look to continue that trend as they will need a lead going into the second half. The Stormers have a strong bench and will be targeting the home teams replacements as they lack depth in that area. Cardiff will be well advised to adopt a ball in hand approach and avoid too many set pieces as the visitors have an extremely strong scrum and lineout. The battle between Tinus De Beer and Jean-Luc du Plessis in the ten jersey could go a long way to deciding the outcome of the match. The experience of the Cardiff team coupled with the Stormers poor away record makes me predict a home win by 6 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Cameron Winnett, 14 Harri Millard, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Lopeti Tmani, 7 Thomas Young, 6 Alex Mann, 5 Seb Davis, 4 Shane Lewis-Hughes, 3 Rhys Litterick, 2 Liam Belcher (captain), 1 Rhys Carré.
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Ben-Jason Dixon, 6 Willie Engelbrecht, 5 Gary Porter, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Neethling Fouche (captain), 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Sti Sithole.
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Cardiff victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Cardiff handicap:
The complete odds on the Cardiff handicap:
Betway 1.85 (+5.5)
Gbets 1.86 (+5.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.88 (+5.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are excellent odds on the Cardiff upset win but if you looking for a safety bet then backing the home team on the handicap is a great idea. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.85 (+5.5), Gbets 1.86 (+5.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.88 (+5.5)
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