Hurricanes vs. Sharks: Friday, 8:35 a.m. GMT
The Hurricanes won their fourth game in a row, beating the Rebels in Melbourne 50-19 last week. The Hurricanes now play four consecutive home games and are the outright favorites for the competition, having covered the handicap in all but one match this season.
In the New Zealand conference they lead in points difference, ahead of the Crusaders.
This is the fourth and final match of the Sharks’ Australasian tour. Having lost to the Brumbies and Rebels they then beat the Blues 63-40 in Auckland, having started the game as 12.5-point underdogs.
The Sharks' last visit to the Hurricanes saw them lose 41-0 in the 2016 playoffs.
The Hurricanes are 22-point handicap point favorites at 10/11. It is a hefty handicap but I think they are more likely to cover than not.
Sunwolves vs. Waratahs: Saturday, 6:15 a.m. GMT
The Sunwolves are winless this season and in their last game two weeks ago lost 61-10 to the Chiefs in Japan.
The Waratahs have three wins, a draw and a loss in their five games, including a current run of successive Australian Derby wins against the Rebels and Brumbies. Second in the Australian conference, this is a great chance to draw closer to the Rebels with a bonus point win
The Waratahs, -16 on the handicap, should be supported.
Chiefs vs. Blues: Saturday, 8:35 a.m. GMT
The Chiefs have won four matches in a row, including beating the Blues 27-21 away from home. The Chiefs are third in the New Zealand conference.
The Blues were 12-point handicap favorites at home to the Sharks last weekend and lost 63-40. Each side scored six tries. The Blues are bottom of the New Zealand conference with one win from their five games. They haven’t beaten the Chiefs in their last 13 encounters and are +8 here.
The Chiefs +8 is my strongest bet of the weekend at 10/11.
Brumbies vs. Reds: Saturday, 10:45 a.m. GMT
The Brumbies have two wins from their five matches. All three losses have been in Australian Derbies.
The Reds return from a bye week after their win at the Jaguares, which followed a loss at the Stormers. Their most recent four matches have been settled by 11 points or less and here they are 4-point underdogs to a side that aren’t functioning well.
With the Reds +4 at 10/11, it's a minimum cover for me.
Lions vs. Stormers: Saturday, 4:15 p.m. GMT
The Lions went down 14-8 at home to the Crusaders last weekend and they now have four wins and three losses this season, with the three losses in their last four games.
The Stormers have three wins and four defeats and have yet to win away from home.
The Lions have been placed as 7-point handicap favorites here. That looks a bit of a stretch given their poor form, but for me it’s a no bet game.
Los Jaguares vs. Crusaders: Saturday, 10:45 p.m. GMT
The final action of the round comes from Buenos Aires.
This is the fifth successive home game for the Jaguares. In the previous four games they have beaten the Waratahs and Lions, and in their only game against New Zealand opposition they lost to the Hurricanes 34-9.
The Crusaders beat the Lions 14-8 in Johannesburg last weekend and have now played six and won four, with both losses against other New Zealand sides. They have been installed as 15-point favorites at 10/11 and I think it is likely they will cover.