New Zealand, Australia and South African Super Rugby predictions – Round 7

Around we go again. Super Rugby 2020 isn’t stopping. Here are the predicted winners and predicted points margins for Round 7.

The seventh round of Super Rugby fixtures sees seven matches spread over three days, with a South African derby topping the bill on Saturday.

Kings Park will be the venue as the Stormers return from their bye week to take on the overall log-leading Sharks, with kick off in Durban at 15:05 SAST.

It’s the only game on South African soil this weekend, with the other two SA sides on tour Down Under.

The Lions are at Eden Park in the early Saturday match, taking on New Zealand’s Blues (5:25).

Australia is the first port of call for the Bulls, meanwhile, who finally recorded their first win of 2020 last weekend ahead of their meeting with the Reds in Brisbane (10:15).

It forms one half of an Aussie double-header of sorts, as the Suncorp Stadium also hosts the clash between the Sunwolves and the Crusaders at 7:35.

A New Zealand derby kicks off the weekend’s action on Friday, with the Chiefs welcoming the Hurricanes to Waikato (8:05).

The Jaguares are back on home soil following their tour of South Africa, returning to Estadio Jose Amalfitani as the Highlanders form the opposition in Buenos Aires in the early hours of Sunday morning (1:00).

Completing the programme on Sunday is an Australian showdown between the Brumbies and Waratahs, who meet at GIO Stadium at 7:05.

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. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change.

The predicted points margin draws on calculations from by a New Zealand statistician.

Chiefs vs Hurricanes

Blues vs Lions

Sunwolves vs Crusaders

Reds vs Bulls

Sharks vs Stormers

Jaguares vs Highlanders

Brumbies vs Waratahs