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    Bookies make Crusaders favourites for 8th title

    2017-07-26 08:33

    Cape Town - The Crusaders will land a record eighth Super Rugby title this season - if bookmakers are to be believed...

    Leading SA bookies Sportingbet have installed Scott Robertson's men as 13/10 favourites to emerge victorious in the final ever - hopefully - 18-team strong tournament.

    The Lions are next best at 12/5, followed by the Hurricanes at 13/5, while the Chiefs are considered outsiders for a third title at 8/1.

    The Crusaders will battle their fellow New Zealanders, the Chiefs, in Saturday's first semi-final at 09:35 SA time.

    The Crusaders are 3/10 favourites to win the match, and 7-point handicap favourites.

    In the second semi-final, the defending champion Hurricanes are marginal 3/4 favourites to upset the Lions at Ellis Park (kick-off at 14:30) - and by 2 points on handicap.

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    Saturday, 17 February 2018
    • Stormers v Jaguares, Cape Town 15:05
    • Lions v Sharks, Emirates Airlines Park 17:15
    Friday, 23 February 2018
    • Highlanders v Blues, 08:35
    • Rebels v Reds, AAMI Park 10:45
    Saturday, 24 February 2018
    • Sunwolves v Brumbies, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 06:15
    • Crusaders v Chiefs, 08:35
    • Waratahs v Stormers, Allianz Stadium 10:45
    • Lions v Jaguares, Emirates Airlines Park 15:05
    • Bulls v Hurricanes, Loftus Versfeld 17:15

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