The Observer - - SPORT | RACING -

The Su­per Rugby sea­son be­gins with a pair of games in South Africa in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing and it should come as no sur­prise that New Zealand sides dom­i­nate the pre­mier­ship bet­ting mar­ket with Lad­brokes.

The Cru­saders and Hur­ri­canes are locked in a bat­tle for favouritism at a quote of $4.50, while the Lions ($6) are the only non-New Zealand side on the first six lines of bet­ting.

It is al­most im­pos­si­ble for the Aus­tralian sides to do any worse than they did last year and both the Waratahs and the Brumbies are $17 to claim an­other Su­per Rugby ti­tle. Brad Thorn may be one of the most dec­o­rated foot­ballers in his­tory, but pun­ters aren’t ex­pect­ing him to be a mir­a­cle worker in his first sea­son at the Reds, and they are $67 with Lad­brokes to repli­cate the heights of 2011.

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