2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa Predictions: Crusaders Racing Clear After Reaching Halfway

The first edition of Super Rugby Aotearoa is halfway to crowning its inaugural champion as Crusaders lead the way after five rounds of the New Zealand competition (Sat, Jun 13, 2020 – Sun, Aug 16, 2020).

Scott Robertson’s side were absent from the opening round of Super Rugby Aotearoa 2020 but have stormed back to claim a six-point lead at the top of the standings with five weeks left to play.

Betting Preview & Prediction

Crusaders are the only team still yet to suffer defeat in the round-robin tournament and are largely predicted to go on and win the one-off contest as a result. BetMGM has them pitched at odds of -500 (1.20) for New Jersey, Colorado and Indiana customers. Check out Pointsbet Indiana promo code offers.

The Blues are the only other team to come close as far as the bookmakers are concerned, sitting at +333 (4.33) as teams prepare to reverse the fixture schedule played thus far.

Auckland’s major franchise could be worth a punt at that price considering it was only a 26-15 loss in Christchurch on Saturday that put any significant distance between them and the Crusaders. Coach Leon MacDonald’s side host Crusaders themselves in the final round of the competition and could have a chance to swing the lead back by then.

Each of the Hurricanes, Highlanders and Chiefs look acres off the title-winning pace at odds of +2000 (21.00), +4000 (41.00) and +8000 (81.00), respectively, having all recorded multiple losses already.

It shouldn’t be a surprise the Crusaders look ready to dominate New Zealand’s domestic competition considering they won each of the past three Super Rugby crowns coming into 2020. That imperious streak has translated well despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19, and it would be a surprise if they were to relinquish the lead in Super Rugby Aotearoa.

Prediction: Crusaders to win

2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa Winner Odds

  • Crusaders: -500
  • Blues: +333
  • Hurricanes: +2000
  • Highlanders: +4000
  • Chiefs: +8000

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