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Super Rugby: A look at the week ahead

There is a jam-packed week of action to look forward to in Australia with Super Rugby, Aussie Rules, NRL and A-League all on the agenda.

It is Easter week and always a good time for sports fans to take in the action during the holiday and there is plenty to go at. 

There are just the four games in the Super Rugby, but a full schedule in all the other top sports. We are already on to round four in the AFL and this week the action is spread over five days with Geelong taking on Hawthorn on Easter Monday. 

The same applies in the NRL with the action getting underway on Thursday and concluding with Wests Tigers versus the Eels on Monday.

There are just four games remaining in the A-League regular season before we hit finals and it is getting very tight at the top. Lots to get excited about so let’s take a look at the week ahead.

Super Rugby

There are two games on Friday and two on Saturday as we reach the midway point of the Super Rugby regular season. The Crusaders get the action underway on Friday afternoon when they take on Moana Pasifika, who have yet to win this season and sit bottom of the ladder.

Then in the early evening the third-placed Brumbies, who have won five from six this season, travel to take on the Reds. On Saturday the Highlanders entertain the Hurricanes, who sit second on the ladder, and the Rebels face the Blues.

AFL

Collingwood will be looking to make it four wins from four when they travel to Brisbane to take on the Lions in the opening game of the round on Thursday night.

They are priced at 1.82 with the Lions 2.00. On Friday night North Melbourne, who sit 2-1 for the season, take on Carlton and are priced at 3.35 to pull off an upset against the Blues.

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There are four games on Saturday with Richmond priced at 1.50 to beat the Western Bulldogs at the MCG, but the action begins with Adelaide entertaining Fremantle. St Kilda are flying after winning their opening three games and will be the hot fancies to beat the Gold Coast Suns.

Sydney Swans also entertain Port Adelaide. On Sunday Essendon take on Greater Western Sydney, while West Coast Eagles play Melbourne.

Reigning premiers Geelong have had a nightmare start to the season when losing their opening three games and they need to respond when they entertain Hawthorn on Easter Monday.

NRL

There is a cracking game to get the NRL underway on Thursday night with Melbourne Storm taking on the Sydney Roosters. It is tough to separate them with both priced at 1.91 to take the win. On Friday Canterbury Bulldogs entertain South Sydney Rabbitohs, while North Queensland Cowboys take on the Dolphins.

There are two games on Saturday with ladder-leaders the Broncos looking to make it six wins from six when they entertain the struggling Canberra Raiders. They are priced at 1.19 with the Raiders 4.60 to pull off an upset.

Reigning premiers Penrith Panthers are also in action when they take on Manly Sea Eagles which has all the ingredients to be a cracker.

Sunday sees the Titans and Dragons clash, while the Knights also face the high-flying New Zealand Warriors. The Wests Tigers and Parramatta Eels wrap up the round on Easter Monday with the latter priced at 1.27 to win.

A-League

There are two games on Good Friday with the team of the moment Adelaide United priced at 2.40 to beat Sydney FC, who can be backed at 2.80. Adelaide are in second spot and are now just two points behind ladder-leaders Melbourne City, who have played a game less.

Also on Friday Western United take on Central Coast Mariners. On Saturday Brisbane Roar face Newcastle Jets, while Western Sydney Wanderers will be looking to keep the pressure on at the top when they travel to take on Macarthur.

On Sunday Melbourne Victory will be out to make it three wins on the bounce when they take on Perth Glory. They are priced at 1.90 to do just that. Melbourne City need to beat Wellington Phoenix on Easter Monday to fend off Adelaide United and are priced at 1.50 to take the three points.

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