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    240 minutes in & it's a 2-team title race

    2019-03-04 13:07

    Cape Town - 240 minutes into the 2019 Super Rugby season and bookmakers are already prepared to call it a two-team race for the title.

    No surprise that leading SA bookies Sportingbet have installed the hitherto unbeaten nine-time champion Crusaders as 9/10 favourites, followed by their fellow New Zealanders, the Hurricanes, at 3/1.

    Then there's daylight.

    A third New Zealand side, the Highlanders (10/1) are marginally ahead of the only other unbeaten side to date (albeit having played just two matches), the Rebels (12/1).

    Somewhat surprisingly, the Lions are next best (20/1) despite currently bringing up the rear in the South African Conference.

    The Johannesburg-based franchise, losing finalists in the last three seasons, find themselves alongside the Brumbies.

    The Bulls, impressive winners over the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday, are available at 25/1, while the Jaguares, who have shown steady improvement over the past fortnight, have seen that form reflected in their cut 28/1 title odds.

    The Waratahs are also on offer at 28/1, while the disappointing Chiefs can be backed - by the very brave - at 33/1.

    At the same price, but surely (?) better value, the Stormers are also at 33/1, followed by the Sharks (40/1).

    The Blues (50/1), Reds (200/1) and Sunwolves (500/1) can be considered rank outsiders.

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    Friday, 22 March 2019
    • Blues v Highlanders, Eden Park 08:35
    Saturday, 23 March 2019
    • Hurricanes v Stormers, Westpac Stadium 08:35
    • Waratahs v Crusaders, Sydney Cricket Ground 10:45
    • Sunwolves v Lions, Singapore National Stadium 12:55
    • Bulls v Chiefs, Loftus Versfeld 15:05
    • Sharks v Rebels, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 17:15
    Sunday, 24 March 2019
    • Reds v Brumbies, Suncorp Stadium 07:05

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