The Oracle has won five successive handicap bets on the Bulls and has picked the Bulls on the handicap again. He’s calling it his SuperMax Bet of the Weekend. Keo isn’t convinced. He’s got the Stormers to win by 10 points in Pretoria.
Chiefs v Highlanders
Oracle: I don’t like the Chiefs this year. I like the Highlanders here. Call: Highlanders +1.5 at 2.5 units
Keo: For me it’s not about likes or dislikes but about form and pedigree. The Highlanders have more. They’ll win a close one.
Rebels v Hurricanes
Oracle: Rebels double digit plus at home? Really? Unbelievable, this one is ripe for the picking, this Rebels team has caught my eye and they have impressed me in just about every game. I just cannot see this Rebels team losing by more than eleven to this Hurricanes team especially at home. If this game was in Wellington I would take this handicap about the Rebels too!! Call: Rebels +10.5 at 4 units & Rebels on the board at 33/10 at 1 unit
Keo: Hurricanes to win but only by one score.
Blues v Sharks
Oracle: The Sharks are rubbish, the Blues are rubbish but I think the Sharks will stay in this one. Call: Sharks +13.5 at 1 unit
Keo: I am going to give the Sharks one more chance to front, physically handle the Blues and profit from the chaos of the most inconsistent team in the competition. I am going Sharks for an outright win.
Brumbies v Waratahs
The bookies have the correct favourite. I am not confident here, however I will have a go. Call: Waratahs -2.5 at 1 unit
Keo: Waratahs to win by 10 plus.
Bulls v Stormers
Oracle: I am still rubbing my eyes here, this price is too unbelievable to process. I am now 5/5 calling the Bulls this season on the handicap, this game will be no different, the bookies have the wrong favourite here and this one deserves to be punished. If your pocket can allow, this game is primed for a SUPER MAX play. This game is my BET OF THE WEEK!! Call: Bulls on the board at 5/4/10 for 5 units
Keo: The Oracle’s love affair with the Bulls will take a beating this weekend. The Stormers will beat them by 10 points.
Lions v Crusaders
Oracle: This is a tough Sunday afternoon game to call. Neither side is convincing me. I will have a small tentative play here, based 100% on price.Call Lions on the board at 2/1 for 0.5 units
Keo: An Easter Sunday game at Ellis Park. Who the hell thought that would fill the stadium? Crusaders to edge Lions in a high scoring match.
Team line-ups for FRIDAY, MARCH 30
Chiefs v Highlanders, Hamilton – 08:35
15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross
Substitutes: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Pita Gus Sowakula, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Charlie Ngatai
15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Matt Faddes, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Josh Dickson, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
Substitutes: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Paletasio Tomkinson
Rebels v Hurricanes, Melbourne – 10:45
15 Jack Maddocks, 14 Tom English, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Will Genia, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Angus Cottrell, 6 Lopeti Timani, 5 Adam Coleman (captain), 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner
Substitutes: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Colby Fainga’a, 21 Richard Hardwick, 22 Michael Ruru, 23 Sefa Naivalu
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Sam Henwood, 6 Brad Shields (captain), 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Ben May, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Chris Eves
Substitutes: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Wes Goosen