The Brumbies, who are bracketed at 7/2 with the Chiefs for the title, have a much tougher home game in the final match on Sunday.
They face the Crusaders – still quoted as 4/1 second favourites ahead of the 7/1 Reds, with the Stormers 8/1, the Bulls 10/1, the Blues and Cheetahs 16/1, and the Sharks 33/1 – in what promises to be a Canberra cracker, with the Brumbies given at 8/13 and the Crusaders at 13/10.
In today’s matches, the Blues ran out at 8/13 against the 13/10 Stormers, and the Rebels at 12/5 in the later game against the 3/10 Chiefs.
The Sharks carry South African hopes in tomorrow’s opening match when they take on the Highlanders in Dunedin, never an easy task as the odds show with the home side quoted at 4/5 and the visitors at even money.
The 1/3 Reds, champions two seasons ago, should prove too strong for the 9/4 Force and keep the pressure on the Brumbies.
At home, the Kings are back at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, where they take on a Waratahs line-up still smarting from the comeback by the Bulls at Loftus last weekend.
The Kings must get credit for their debut season but are perhaps rightly 9/4 to the 1/3 favouritism given to the Australian franchise.
The final game tomorrow pits South African Conference leaders, the Bulls at Loftus against the Hurricanes, who have won five and lost four outings.
The men in Blue are the clear 1/4 favourites with the New Zealanders on offer at 11/4.
After a week of mourning in Spain where Barcelona and Real Madrid were both shown the door in the Champions League semifinals, Bayern Munich have emerged as the clear 8/11 favourites to beat 3/1 Borussia Dortmund in the May 25 final at Wembley.
The finalists meet this weekend in a Bundesliga match in Dortmund that perhaps serves as a foretaste of things to come.
Borussia are on offer at 2/1 and Bayern 13/10, and a strong showing by the Dortmund outfit might well influence the Champions League odds.
Looking ahead to the second Grand Slam of the tennis season, there are some interesting bets available at the French Open which starts on May 26 at Roland Garros.
Pick the number of Slams Novak Djokovic will win this year and there is 7/4 that the Australian Open champion won’t add another.
There is a more realistic 10/11 that the world No 1 will make it two and 12/1 for three or four.
But with all the expectations on Andy Murray at Wimbledon, the Scot is 4/5 for no Slam, 6/5 for one, 8/1 for two and 33/1 for three.