Super Rugby 2020 reaches round six this weekend, with seven fixtures across four countries as the jostling for places on the overall log continues.
The Sharks have been South Africa’s most impressive franchise so far and they have the chance to consolidate at the sharp end on their return from their early-season tour.
Sean Everitt’s side host the Jaguares at Kings Park on Saturday (kick off 15:05 SAST), with the Argentinians storming to a strong win over the Bulls in Pretoria last weekend.
The Bulls have another game at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday (17:15), as their efforts to collect a first win of the campaign continue against the struggling Highlanders.
With the log-leading Stormers taking their first bye week, the touring Lions are the only other South African side on duty this weekend.
They look to kickstart their Australasian tour at the second attempt when they take on the Rebels at AAMI Park on Saturday (10:15).
A New Zealand derby kicks off Saturday’s action in Wellington (8:05) when the Hurricanes host the Blues at the Sky Stadium.
Three Friday Super Rugby matches begin with the first of a double-header at the WIN Stadium in Wollongong.
The Sunwolves have been packed off to Australia for their ‘home’ game to minimise the Coronavirus risks, with the Brumbies the opposition for a 5:45 kick off.
Their clash is followed by the Waratahs against the Chiefs, with the Australian side welcoming their Kiwi visitors at 10:15.
Sandwiched between the two is the fixture between defending champions the Crusaders and the Reds at the Orangetheory Stadium (8:05).
The predictions suggest there could be a few tight tussles this weekend. Here’s what lies in store.
Prediction methodology explained
The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on.
The predicted points margin draws on calculations from by a New Zealand statistician.