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by Baylion

2013 Super Rugby Champions – the early odds

January 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Crusaders are the early favourites with the bookies to win the 2013 Super Rugby competition with the Brumbies, Crusaders and Stormers leading the bookies’ race to win their respective conferences.

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Team Odds 3 Jan Odds 27 Jan
Crusaders 4/1 9/2
Chiefs 11/2 6/1
Stormers 8/1 8/1
Sharks 8/1 8/1
Highlanders 12/1 10/1
Queensland Reds 12/1 12/1
Brumbies 12/1 12/1
Hurricanes 14/1 14/1
Blues 16/1 18/1
Bulls 16/1 20/1
Waratahs 28/1 22/1
Rebels 66/1 66/1
Cheetahs 100/1 100/1
Force 200/1 200/1
Southern Kings 500/1 500/1

In the South African conference the Stormers will hope for less injuries and that their off-season gains (Jantjies, Taute, Cilliers and Rhodes) will pay off in the form of a Super Rugby final spot and win.

The Sharks will look to make a faster start than they have done in recent seasons in order to compete for the top conference spot and a top two spot overall to improve their chances of winning a final.

The Bulls will look to their Boks regaining form in 2013 otherwise they might not make the top six while the Cheetahs will feel they have a good season if they can win more than five matches.

The race for top spot seems to be a two horse race between the Stormers and Sharks, both sides having fairly settled squads with their key players in form. Both sides will want a top two spot and an automatic home semi-final which makes for an interesting contest. If the Stormers can build on their Currie Cup attacking form while maintaining their solid defence they will be tough to beat.

My predictions:

SA Conference: Stormers
Kiwi Conference: Chiefs
Oz Conference: Brumbies

Champion: Stormers