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Super Rugby: Trio targeting three on the spin

Week three of the Super Rugby campaign will get underway with the Chiefs, Brumbies and Hurricanes all out to make it three wins from three this season.

It has been an intriguing start to the season and while those three have started in electric fashion, further down the ladder a number of teams will be out to kick-start their campaign.

The Chiefs will be out to make it three win on the spin when they get week three underway with a home clash against the Highlanders, who have started with two heavy defeats, on Friday.

In the other game on Friday night the Rebels will take on the Waratahs. Saturday looks like being a super one with four games to look forward to on a jam-packed day of action. In the opening game of the day Fijian Drua will take on the Crusaders, before the unbeaten Hurricanes face the Blues.

The Brumbies will then take on the Reds before the round is wrapped up when the Western Force take on Moana Pasifika. It looks set to be a cracking week of action so let’s take a closer look at each game.

Chiefs v Highlanders

The Highlanders need all the help they can get against the Chiefs after suffering heavy defeats in their opening two games and they are boosted by the return of star man Aaron Smith.

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Smith will play at halfback, while Mitch Hunt has been recalled to play at fly-half, which means England star Freddie Burns will switch to fullback. The Highlanders can be backed at 11.00 to pull off a huge upset and take the win.

The Chiefs who are priced at 1.03, have no fresh injury worries and boasting a side full of star All Blacks, will be the hot fancies to make it three from three.

Rebels v Waratahs

The Rebels may have lost their opening two games, but both have been by the narrowest of margins and last week’s performance against the Hurricanes was particularly encouraging. They can be backed at 2.70 to beat the Tahs and welcome back Cabous Eloff who replaces Sam Talakai in the squad.

The Waratahs will also keep a settled side after making just the one change following the win over Fijian Drua. Archer Holz misses out with a rib injury which allows Wallabies prop Harry Johnson-Holmes to come into the fold.

Fijian Drua v Crusaders

Fijian Drua began the campaign with a win over Moana Pasifika before suffering a 29-point defeat against the Waratahs in week two. They face another big test against the Crusaders but captain Tevita Ikanivere says playing on home soil in front of their own fans could help them pull off an upset.

Drua are priced at 10.00 to do just that while the Crusaders are available at 1.04. The Crusaders smashed the Highlander 52-15 last week so should be full of confidence again following the opening week loss to the Chiefs.

Hurricanes v Blues

The Hurricanes have begun the campaign with wins over the Reds and Rebels and now have a chance to make it three on the spin against the Blues. The Blues will be out to bounce back following a narrow defeat to the Brumbies last week and can be backed at 1.50.

A win for the home side is also available at 2.60 and this looks set to be their biggest test yet. They will also have to do it without captain Ardie Savea who has been handed a one-match suspension following a throat slitting gesture against the Rebels last week.

Brumbies v Reds

The Brumbies will be out to make it three wins from three on Saturday when they take on the Reds and are priced at 1.47 to win the game. However it could prove tricky as they have no idea what Reds side will arrive.

The one that lost 47-13 to the Hurricanes in week one, or the one that hammered the Western Force by 51 points in week two. The Reds can be backed at 2.70 to make it back-to-back wins.

Western Force v Moana Pasifika

The Force need to bounce back from the 71-20 defeat against the Reds when they entertain Moana Pasifika in the final game of the round on Saturday evening.

They are back on home soil where they generally perform well and are priced at 1.44 to get the win, while MP can be backed at 2.80 to get their first win of the campaign.

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