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Difficult weekend to split teams in A-League and Super Rugby

A number of cracking games in the A-League and Super Rugby this weekend.
Of the five games in the A-League, Western Sydney Wanderers, who continue to produce miracles in their debut season, are perhaps the only certainty.
The Brisbane Roar boasts a good record in Newcastle, but they are about to play their fourth game in 12 days and the Jets would have to be buoyant after last week’s home win over Melbourne Heart.
You would fancy the Central Coast Mariners at their Gosford fortress, especially after a shock loss in Perth, but Melbourne Victory have been on the march in recent weeks and their home lost to the Wanderers last weekend may have been a minor hiccup.
Wellington Phoenix have hit the brick wall and Adelaide United just can’t put it together on the road – perhaps it’s the Reds as they seemingly have more fire power in attack.
And you reckon Melbourne Heart won’t be fired up after Lucas Neill, who supposedly reneged on a deal with the club, arrives at AAMI Park with his new employers, Sydney FC. The Heart have been OK at home of late, while Sydney are expected to welcome back key personel.
Yes, there appears to be four dead set draws on the horizon, but you only have to look at last week’s serving to see there was a winner in all five games.
Of the 105 games in the A-League this season, there has only been 18 draws – that’s a strike rate of 17 per cent.
If you think the A-League is a lottery, then there are three games that could go either way in Super Rugby.
Highlanders v Chiefs in Dunedin, Bulls v Stormers in Pretoria, and Reds v Waratahs in Brisbane are hard to split.
No matter who you select, you wouldn’t look out of place if you took the opposing three teams.
However, you’ll feel sick come Sunday if you end up with a record of 0-3.
The home ground advantage gives the Highlanders a slight edge, the Stormers have strike weapons in the backline against a Bulls outfit who are tough to beat at home, and the Waratahs’ effort in their trial against the Crusaders perhaps had more merit than the Reds’ inept display against the Brumbies.
However, it will come as no surprise if the Chiefs, Bulls and Reds win.
Bottom line is that we’ll all have a slightly clearer picture come next weekend.
The Brumbies should prevail against the Rebels in a competitive contest, a win by the Blues against the Hurricanes in Wellington would come as a shock, you’d fancy the Sharks on the road against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, and the bookies suggest that the Force could spoil the Kings’ home debut in Port Elizabeth.
Good luck, punters.

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