Auckland vs Hawkes Bay
Auckland play their first home match of the season when they welcome the unbeaten Hawkes Bay to Eden Park. The home team bounced back from their loss to Tasman to overpower their neighbors North Harbour 43-23 in their last match.They adopted the ball in hand approach and it worked a charm as their ran from all parts of the ground.
The visitors have made a perfect start to the season with four wins from four. They have shown great composure in all their matches as all their victories have been by three points and less. Auckland will be looking for the win to close the gap between them and their opponents in this match.
TIP: Auckland recalled Salesi Rayasi for the last match and he repaid the faith by putting on an immense performance. The home team dominated the scrums and will be looking to do the same against Hawkes Bay. The visitors may have won all their matches but they are yet to hit top form. They will need a full 80-minute display if they are to topple Auckland at their fortress Eden Park. The bookies have Auckland as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.37, Gbets 1.39 and Hollywoodbets 1.37
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Auckland vs Hawkes Bay
- Auckland have won two of the three matches against Hawkes Bay.
- The away team has won two of the three matches between the teams.
Latest results for both teams
Auckland beat North Harbour 43-23 in their last match while Hawkes Bay beat Otago 33-32 in their last match.
There will be a lot of pressure on Auckland in their first home game as Hawkes Bay have found ways to win games, after coming back from the dead. Akira Ioane has responded from not making the All Blacks World Cup squad to playing some superb rugby. Auckland will want to target the visitors in the scrums and lineouts as they have great strength in these areas. Hawkes Bay can never be counted out in a match and this is mainly due to them having two All Blacks in the scrum half position. Falou Fakatava has been superb when he comes on late in the game as he is a proven matchwinner. I am predicting Auckland to win by 15 points.
Probable Starting XVs
1. J. Fusitu’a 2. S. Vikena 3. A. Ta’avao 4. P. Tuipulotu 5. J. Beehre 6. A. Choat 7. B. Gibson 8. A. Ioane 9. T. Funaki 10. Z. Sullivan 11. S.Rayasi 12. H. Plummer 13. B. Heem 14. A. Lam 15. R. Tuivasa-Sheck
1. P. Rakete-Stones 2. K. Kereru-Symes 3. I. Salmon 4. F. Lochore 5. T. Allen 6. J. Gimblett 7. J. Kaifa 8. M. Mikaele Tu’u 9. B. Weber 10. L. Mcclutchie 11. J. Lowe 12. C. Tiatia 13. N. Grigg 14. P. Balekana 15. C. Makene
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Auckland victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Auckland handicap:
The complete odds on the Auckland handicap:
Betway 1.90 (-9.5)
Gbets 1.87 (-9.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-9.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor returns on the Hawkes Bay outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-9.5), Gbets 1.87 (-9.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-9.5)
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