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Crusaders vs Waratahs Betting Tips - Waratahs can get close in Super Rugby opener

Reece tipped to continue form from last season at Trafalgar Park
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The Waratahs beat the Crusaders in 2019 Super Rugby (Getty Images)

The Crusaders get their 2020 Super Rugby campaign underway when they host the Waratahs at Trafalgar Park. The bookmakers have set the handicap at 18 points while Sevu Reece can't be ignored after scoring 15 tries last season.

Crusaders Form


The Crusaders won the 2019 Super Rugby competition by beating the Jaguares 19-3 in Christchurchl. It was an impressive season for the Crusaders and they can be expected to be knocking at the playoff doors once again.

The loss of players could take some time to get used to which I think will result in a relatively slow start to the season. All Blacks wing and last season’s top try scorer in Super Rugby Sevu Reece is still with the Crusaders and once odds are available focus will fall on him in the try scoring markets.

In the end the Crusaders should be able to win at home but a history of tight encounters against the Waratahs suggest the value is with the Australian side.

Crusaders News


The Crusaders have been hardest hit by the exodus of international players with Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock and Ryan Crotty all departing the franchise. 

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Crusaders wing Sevu Reece ended the 2019 Super Rugby campaign as the top try scorer (Getty Images)

Waratahs Form


The Warathas had a disappointing Super Rugby season in 2019 as they finished third in the Australian conference and failed to qualify for the knockouts.  Perhaps the biggest highlight of the year came in the form of beating the Crusaders 20-12 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

While the Tahs’ have not won against the Crusaders in Christchurch in their last five visits they have generally pushed them close.

It would be a long shot to bet on the Waratahs to win this Saturday but I feel they offer great value to cover the +18 handicap at 2.00. The for the brave among us the Waratahs are priced at 8.00 to get an outright win.

Waratahs News


The Waratahs have lost Bernard Foley, Sekope Kepu and Israel Folau since last season which could knock them back. They have managed to prize try scoring machine Jack Maddocks away from the Melbourne Rebels which will add much needed firepower out wide.

Crusaders vs Waratahs Head to Head


Crusaders have won three of their last four matches against the Waratahs and their last five at home but generally the Sydney-based outfit have finished within 18 points. Their last match took place in 2019 at the Sydney Cricket Ground where the Waratahs came away with a shock 20-12 victory.

Crusaders vs Waratahs Betting Odds


The Crusaders are paying 1.083 to win with the Waratahs priced at 8.00. A draw will pay 41.00. With the handicap set at 18 points the Crusaders are paying 1.83 while the Waratahs are valued at 2.00.

The individual try scoring market odds are not available as yet but Crusaders wing Sevu Reece is sure to hold value. 

The first team to score market is interesting with the Waratahs priced at 3.00 to score the first try of the match with the Crusaders paying 1.36.

Crusaders vs Waratahs Match Up


The biggest challenge for the Waratahs is how they deal with the Crusaders forward pack. Last season when they beat the Crusaders the Tahs’ showed incredible intensity and dominated the set phases, something that will need to happen again.

Both teams possess try scoring players in their backline but they can only be unleashed if the forwards dominate. 

Jack Maddocks
After a superb season in 2019 with the Melbourne Rebels, Jack Maddocks has joined the Waratahs (Getty Images)

Crusaders vs Waratahs Stats


  • Crusaders have lost 4 internationals since from their 2019 squad.
  • Crusaders lost 20-12 to the Waratahs the last time they met.
  • Crusaders wing Sevu Reece finished the 2019 Super Rugby season as the top try scorer (15).
  • Waratahs have covered the +18 handicap in 9 of their last 11 matches against the Crusaders.

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Where is the Crusaders vs Waratahs Super Rugby match being played?

The Crusaders vs Waratahs match is being played at Trafalgar Park in Christchurch, New Zealand.

When is the Crusaders vs Waratahs Super Rugby match being played?

The Crusaders vs Waratahs match is being played on Saturday 1 February 2020 at 06:05 GMT.

Verdict

The Waratahs are tipped to cover the +18 handicap against a Crusaders side who have lost three big players. Victory should still head to the Crusaders and once the odds are available I'll look at Sevu Reece in the try scoring markets.

Best Bet: Waratahs +18 Handicap Handicap Market @2.00 at bet365 - 5 Units

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Post bet analysis

The Waratahs were within touching distance of the Crusaders but two late tries secured an 18 point margin and thus a loss on the tip.
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