To start us of in Super Rugby AU RD6, we have the Rebels going head-to-head against the Brumbies at Leichardt Oval on Friday night. The Rebels are coming of a thrilling ET win against the Force at the exact same venue. The winning score-line was 25-20, after Naisarani scored an 82nd minute try to give Melbourne their 2nd win of the new campaign. And it now means that the high-flying Rebels are in-turn, only a point of the 2nd placed Reds. While for the Brumbies, they are 4/4 and comfortably in 1st position, after they also claimed a similarly thrilling 22-20 victory over QLD last round in Canberra. An 81st minute PG from Hansen is what sealed the result for the best side in AUS. And it means that we are absolutely going to witness an entertaining and classic game of Rugby soon between these two sides.
Then on Saturday night, we have the Waratahs and Reds doing battle in the 2nd game of the round at the SCG. The Tahs are struggling a bit at the moment, as they have just 1 win and 3 losses so far. The Reds on the other-hand are doing awesome. They have 2 wins and a draw from 4 games played so far. The Tahs last game was in RD4, where Melbourne piled it on, in a 29-10 defeat at home. This was a match in which they scored just the solitary try. It came via Newsome in the 7th minute. While for QLD, they suffered heart-break at GIO Stadium last round, as the Brumbies kicked an 81st min PG to steal the result away from them. One of Rugby’s oldest rivalries is set to be re-ignited in this affair, in what is sure to be a classic!
RD7 is set to be awesome! So strap yourselves in for another crazy round of Australian Rugby!
Super Rugby Tipping – Friday August 7
Rebels vs Brumbies
Leichardt Oval | 7:05PM (AEST)
Rebels – The Rebels are currently 3rd on the ladder. From 4 matches so far, they’ve gotten 2 wins, a draw and a loss. On 10 competition points, they’re just 1 of the 2nd placed Reds. And they have the 2nd best PD, at +16. Things are looking very, very good for them so far. And last RD was another sign of that. Despite being down at various stages throughout the game, they came back in a fighting manner, to claim a tight and entertaining 25-20 extra-time win over the Force at Leichardt Oval. They outscored the opposition 3 tries to 2, as Naisarani scored the critical 82nd minute winner. Despite the game being a bit of a sloppy one, the possession was still split at 50% each. And MEL ran for 274m’s. They also beat 15 defenders and had 4 clean breaks to their name. Outside of that they turned the ball over 15 times, but won 7 turnovers themselves. And they also won 80 rucks, 3 mauls, 14 lineouts and 8 scrums. They’ll be primed for their chance to prove themselves against the competitions best.
Brumbies – Being 4/4 is no easy feat, but somehow the Brumbies are doing it with ease this AU campaign, as they sit comfortably in 1st place on 18 competition points. 7 Ahead of the 2nd placed Reds. And their PD is by far-and-away the best in the league at +35. They did it tight, but they still got it done last round as they prevailed over the Reds in Canberra, 22-20. Hansen kicked the 81st min PG which gave the home-side the literally insane win. Adding yet another crazy chapter to their and the Reds hectic history against one-another. They scored 3 tries to 2, as they owned 58% of the ball. They also ran for 356m’s, beat 27 defenders and had 7 clean breaks. They also missed 16 tackles, but made 137. And they won 6 turnv overs, as well as 130 rucks, 8 mauls, 12 lineouts and 3 scrums. If the Brumbies can go 5/5 and beat the Rebels here, the season may already be over. This is a BIG game in the context of whoever finishes the regular season in 1st place.
A damn good game of Rugby is what should happen here. Combined these two sides have more wins, then the other three sides in AUS combined, 6 vs 3. It’s 1st vs 3rd and while the Brumbies are always expected to be good, MEL have really come onto the scene this season and stolen the show. And they’ll have every beat of motivation in the world to try and beat the Brumbies at home away from home. And if their recent games are anything to go by, then that only furthers my point. From newest to oldest, BRU won 31-23, BRU won 39-26, MEL won 29-26, MEL won 34-27 and MEL won 27-24. The most recent of those was played in Canberra, where it took until the 77th minute for the winner to be decided, after Miller scored the game-winning try. The Brumbies may have scored 5 tries to 2, but the Rebels were outstanding with their kicking. Everyone should be looking forward to this one!
Super Rugby Tipping – Saturday, August 8
Waratahs vs Reds
Sydney Cricket Ground | 7:15PM (AEST)
Waratahs – The Tahs are struggling at the moment and there’s simply no other way to put it. They’re in 4th place, ahead of only the winless-Force. They have only the solitary win so far and are on just 6 competition points. And they also have the 2nd worst PD in the league at -17. They had the bye last round and before that they were in all sorts of trouble against MEL, as they went down 29-10. Their only try of the game came via the 7th minute through Newsome. After that it was all one-way traffic from the Rebels. They got outscored 2 tries to 1, as they also only had 29% possession of the ball during the game. In comparison, MEL owned 71% of it. They ran for only 165m’s, beat only 8 defenders and had only 4 clean breaks. They turned the ball over 15 times and only won it back on 6 occasions. They also won 40 rucks, ZERO mauls, 9 lineouts and 5 scrums. This was a bad performance and I can’t see it getting much better against a great Reds team.
Reds – From 4 games so far, QLD have 2 wins and a draw. They are killing it in 2nd place at the moment. As they also have 11 competition points, as well as a some-what solid PD of +11. Last time out in Canberra, they pushed the Brumbies all the way, before they have eventually sunk 22 points to 20, courtesy of an 81st min PG from the opposition. A simply heartbreaking way to lose a match. But they should take some comfort in knowing that not many sides can do what they did to them, especially so at their home-turf. They got out-scored 3 tries to 2, as they had 42% possession of the ball. They ran for 509m’s, beat 16 defenders and had 10 clean breaks. They also won 7 turnovers and had 27 kicks in play. Outside of that, they won 91 rucks, 2 mauls, 10 lineouts and 5 scrums. They have the potential to make things very ugly and very quickly for NSW.
The Reds beat the Tahs in the 1st game of the new season at Suncorp, 32-26. Prior to that, they hadn’t beaten them since 2013 in what is at least recently speaking, a rather one-sided rivalry. However, contrary to recent history, the Reds are on fire this season and the Tahs are anything but. The Reds should pile on the points in this clash, just like they did in RD1, where they scored 4 tries, kicked 3 conversions and made 2 PG’s. And key to helping them do that, should be McDermott with 5 tries. He also has 5 try assists. And on the season as well, he’s beaten 11 defenders, had 5 clean breaks and run for 102m’s. The superstar should prove to be vital in what should also prove to be an old-fashioned QLD thrashing.