If there wasn't a SA derby, there wouldn't be a SA winner - bookies

    2018-03-29 15:40

    Cape Town - Bookmakers are predicting more misery for the South African teams in action in Super Rugby Round 7.

    So much so in fact, that if there wasn't a South African derby scheduled for Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, there wouldn't be a South African winner this weekend!

    From a SA stand-point, the Sharks are first in action against the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

    Kick-off is at 08:35 SA time.

    The Sharks, in their third match on tour as still looking for their first win, having lost to the Brumbies and Rebels.

    The Blues are coming off a bye and will be without star playmaker Sonny Bill Williams, but nevertheless have been installed as 13.5-point handicap favourites and 4/25 for the outright win by

    The Sharks can be backed at 9/2, with the draw on offer at 33/1.

    Later on Saturday the Bulls host the Stormers at the Bullring in Pretoria.

    Kick-off is at 17:15.

    The match represents a watershed moment for both sides. A Bulls defeat and questions will no doubt be asked regarding how much John Mitchell has really improved the side.

    The Stormers for their part have some signs of improvement at times and victory would close the gap on current South African Conference leaders, the Lions, to one or two points, depending on bonus points. have installed the Cape side as 2.5-point favourites, with the Stormers 7/10 for the outright victory. The Bulls can be backed at 6/5, while the draw is on offer at 25/1.

    Finally, in Easter Sunday action, it's a repeat of last year's final as the Lions welcome the eight-time champion Crusaders to Ellis Park.

    Kick-off is at 14:30.

    The Lions will be looking to bounce back from their defeat in Buenos Aires to the Jaguares last weekend as they host their New Zealand table-topping opponents. have the Crusaders as 6.5-point favourites and 9/20 for the win outright. The Lions can be backed at 9/5, while the draw is available at 25/1.

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