Super Rugby Aotearoa round 4: Blues v Crusaders betting tips, odds
Welcome to our Blues v Crusaders free betting predictions for the week-four clash of the Super Rugby Aotearoa season at Eden Park, Auckland, on Sunday, March 21.
This is the second of the Super Rugby Aotearoa matches for the weekend, with the Hurricanes and Chiefs clashing on Saturday night, March 20.
But there is no doubt that main event is the Blues-Crusaders match-up. These are the fiercest rivals in New Zealand rugby, although you would not know it given the Crusaders have won the past 12 match-ups between these teams.
Indeed the Blues have not beaten the Crusaders since 2014 when they won an enthralling contest 35-24 at Eden Park.
But this is a new-look Auckland side for coach Leon MacDonald and the Blues are ready to test themselves against the best, having won their past five home matches.
Both teams are undefeated heading into this match, with the Blues having played one match less. Interesting, both teams last weekend won their respective matches 39-17, with the Crusaders beating the Chiefs and the Blues beating the Highlanders.
Crusaders halfback Bryn Hall, a former Blues player who grew up in Auckland, starts in the No.9 in his 100th Super Rugby match, adding even more spice to a game expected to be played on a clear, sunny day in Auckland.
How does Super Rugby work this season?
With South Africa out of the equation, the Super Rugby season has three components: Super Rugby AU (Australian regional tournament), Super Rugby Aotearoa (New Zealand regional tournament), then the combined Super Rugby Trans-Tasman (starting May 14).
Blues v Crusaders teams
BLUES: Stephen Perofeta, Bryce Heem, Rieko Ioane, Harry Plummer, Caleb Clarke, Otere Black, Jonathan Ruru; Hoskins Sotutu, Blake Gibson, Akira Ioane, Josh Goodhue, Patrick Tuipulotu (c), Nepo Laulala, Luteru Tolai, Alex Hodgman. Reserves: Kurt Eklund, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Tom Robinson, Adrian Choat, Finlay Christie, TJ Faiane.
CRUSADERS: Will Jordan, Sevu Reece, Jack Goodhue, David Havili, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall; Cullen Grace, Sione Havili, Ethan Blackadder, Sam Whitelock, Scott Barrett (c), Michael Alaalatoa, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Brodie McAlister, George Bower, Oliver Jager, Mitchell Dunshea, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Mitchell Drummond, Fergus Burke, Dallas McLeod.
Continue reading for our free Blues v Crusaders tips for the Super Rugby Aotearoa match in Auckland on Sunday, March 21.
Blues v Crusaders odds
Head to head odds: Blues $2.14, Crusaders $1.72
Handicap betting: Blues (+2.5 points) $1.85, Crusaders (-2.5 points) $1.95
Super Rugby Aotearoa title betting: Crusaders $1.55, Blues $2.90, Highlanders $17, Hurricanes $21, Chiefs $34.
Blues v Crusaders betting tips
Our rugby tipster has examined the odds and found several Blues v Crusaders tips for the round 4 Super Rugby Aotearoa clash.
Blues First Team to reach 20 points
This market at Unitab requires your selection to be the first to 20 points. There are three options: Blues ($2.38), Crusaders ($2) and the “draw” ($5.75) which pays out if neither team reaches 20 points. The Blues will be keen to make a bright start in front of their home fans and they have had little trouble scoring so far this season.
Richie Mo’unga anytime try-scorer at $3.50
The classy five-eighth loves a try but has had a slow start to the season in this regard. But the great players step up in the big games and look for Mo’unga to be in the right place at the right time for the Crusaders. Hooker Codie Taylor has had a purple patch for the South Islanders with three tries so far this season but we are happy to stick with a back and will Mo’unga across the stripe.
Blues v Crusaders prediction 21/3/2021
This is the match of the season so far and a match that has Kiwi and neutral fans salivating. So many All Blacks and All Blacks hopefuls on display on one of the best stages in NZ rugby. As a neutral fan we want to see this go down to the wire; this is probably the best rugby gets outside of World Cups and we hope it live up to its billing. In the end though, the 12 consecutive wins for the Crusaders is hard to argue against, though of course the streak must end. Bring it on. Our final Blues v Crusaders prediction? Crusaders to run down the Blues late.
Blues v Crusaders Super Rugby Aotearoa details
In New Zealand: Sky Sport 1.
Australia: Stan Sports. South Africa/Africa: SuperSport. United Kingdom: RugbyPass.
The game starts at 3.35pm local time (1.35pm AEDT) on March 21, 2021.
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