Super Rugby 2019: Points scandal rocks Newshub tipping comp

Mathematics was never a strong point for Brad Lewis, commissioner of the Newshub Super Rugby Tipping Competition.

The former Kelston Boys High School student has been under the pump this week after Ross Karl, tipping comp leader, pointed to some discrepancies in his scoring tally.

Karl noticed he had been shafted by at least a point, making quite the song and dance about it on the competitions What’s App group.

The Newshub rugby editor demanded a recount and following an intense investigation, multiple mathematical mistakes were discovered.

But rest assured tipsters – 'The Commish' is all over it.

Karl's lead at the top of the ladder has therefore extended to three-points over the fast-rising duo of John Day and Kristina Eddy. The out-of-form Andrew Gourdie and still-confident Ollie Ritchie both need a strong finish to get back in the hunt.

Super Rugby 2019: Points scandal rocks Newshub tipping comp

This weekend's fixture's pose a couple of tough calls. 

The Sharks and Chiefs do battle in Hamilton on Saturday night,with two of our tipsters, Eddy and Ritchie believing the South African side will back up their great showing last week, but this time earn the W. 

The other head scratcher is the inform Hurricanes and Blues, who clash on Friday night in Auckland. The Blues have proved to be the toughest team to pick in 2019, showing good form at home but atrocious on their travels. 

All five of our punters are backing the Hurricanes, but Day has stepped out of the box, calling a big win for the 2016 champions.

It’s another moving week in the comp for Karl – no other tipster has followed his picking strategy, meaning there will be some big changes come Monday.

Super Rugby 2019: Points scandal rocks Newshub tipping comp

The rules are simple:

Pick the winner and margin of any Super Rugby game involving a New Zealand franchise, with points awarded in the following manner:

Pick the winner and margin (13-plus or 12-under) = three points.

Pick the winner only = one point.

Pick all results correctly including margin: five bonus points.

Super Rugby week 13:

Blues vs Hurricanes, Bulls vs Crusaders, Chiefs vs Sharks, Highlanders vs Jaguares.

*Margin is based on the classic 12-under or 13-plus format.


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