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Super Rugby Australia Tipping – Friday July 17
Reds v Western Force
Venue: Suncorp Stadium | Start: 7:05 PM (AEST)
The Reds head into this should-be exciting encounter on the back of a first-ever Super Rugby AU draw, courtesy of an 18-all score-line against the Rebels last Friday night, in Brookvale. And they have some momentum as well, as before that, they claimed a big scalp in the form of a 32-26 victory over the Waratahs in the Derby in Brisbane. Whilst also just two matches prior to that, they pipped the Blues 29-28, in Brisbane.
As for the Western Force, they head into this should-be close match-up on the back of a 23-14 defeat to NSW last round. This was their first match back in any form of Super Rugby after their significantly long lay-off from any version of the competition. And boy oh boy, they didn’t disappoint their supporter base. They led 14 points to 0 at one stage throughout the game. Whilst Ralston got them the first try of the match in the 29th minute. And with possession weighing heavily in the Waratahs favour at 56% to 44%, they did quite an amazing job to just let the score-line be what it was.
Bryce Hegarty will be the key player for this game. The former Japanese RU player, despite his position, is a very astute player defensively. And with the Western Force still having somewhat of a surprise element about them, one of the Fly Half’s responsibilities will be to make sure that they don’t make it too far up the field while running the ball. And that should be absolutely no problem at all. Against the Rebels last round, he successfully made 5/6 tackles, good for an 83% success rate. And from the 2019 season, his overall stats saw him complete 77/94 attempted tackles. That was good for an 82% success rate. The Super Rugby veteran and somebody who has played 30 games alone for the Waratahs, should have absolutely no problem at all imposing himself on the Force’s attacking units in this one.
Super Rugby Australia Tipping – Saturday July 18
Waratahs v Brumbies
Venue: ANZ Stadium | Start: 7:15 PM AEST
For the Waratahs, they opened the Super Rugby AU season in an extremely entertaining fashion, as they just went down to the Reds at Suncorp, 32-26. There were 6 combined tries in that high-scoring affair. Then last weekend in front of their passionate home fans, NSW proved to be victorious as they beat the Western Force, 23-14. And it was some sort of effort from the home side, as they overcame a 14-0 deficit. Bell opened the scoring for the Tahs in the 40th minute with a try and then Staniforth got one in the 62nd minute. NSW strongly beat 30 defenders and had 9 clean breaks throughout the duration of the match. They will have a lot of confidence of causing an upset over the Brumbies in this encounter.
Playing at home at GIO Stadium, the Brumbies won their opening game of the newly made Super Rugby AU competition, 31-23 against the Rebels. They scored 5 tries to 2, as they put on a real show for their fans. Prior to that, just two matches ago, they smashed the Sharks 38-13 at home and before that, they also beat the Reds 40-27 in Canberra. And they also have a further five victories on the trot before that. They beat NSW 35-24 at Bankwest. They beat the Sunwolves 42-19 at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium. They beat the Bulls 22-10 at GIO Stadium. They beat the Sunwolves 33-0 at GIO Stadium. And they beat the Blues 26-21 at GIO Stadium. The Brumbies are in form and will be absolutely biting at the chance to play a defensively inconsistent and leaky Waratahs team.
19-Year-old Rob Valetini of the Brumbies. The Back Rower is a highly rated prospect who over 6 matches this season, has averaged 78 minutes per match. And isn’t he proving his worth! Having made 40/52 tackles so far this campaign, good for a solid 77% hit rate. He’s also made 46 runs, good for 188m’s. He can run the ball up hard despite his age. And the last match against Melbourne, he played the full 80 minutes, whilst making 11/12 tackles (92% success rate). And being one of the last men in defence for the Brumbies, he’ll have a huge task to ensure that the Waratah’s don’t put the ball over the white line too much. But given he weighs 113kg and can crush opponents, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.