Super Rugby continues this week with two more interesting fixtures featuring sides that are looking for valuable points to reach the qualifying stages of the Australian domestic league. But, which teams should gamblers be betting on for these two intriguing match ups?
Queensland Reds vs Western Force
There will be pressure on the Reds to continue their fine start to the season by claiming another win. They began with a flourish against the Waratahs, who are currently in second spot despite losing the opener.
The Reds ran out 32-26 victors in that opening day fixture between the rivals. The Reds did much of their damage in the opening half as they scored 19 points to Waratahs 13. Honours were even in the second half as both teams scored 13 points, which made their excellent performance in the first half even more important. The tries in that first half for the Reds were scored by Liam Wright, Flipo Daugunu and Tate McDermott. Meanwhile, Bryce Hegarty scored two conversions in the first half. Hegarty scored another conversion in the second period, while Harry Wilson’s try put the Reds in complete control.
They were unable to follow up that success with another win, as the Reds were punished for a slow start against the Rebels and they were made to settle for an 18-18 draw. Western Force are yet to win this season, as they went down to a 23-14 defeat in their first game of the season against the NSW Waratahs. They will be hoping for an immediate response in this fixture. However, the preference would be for the Reds to continue their fine start to the season.
Waratahs vs Brumbies
Two sides that have started the new season excellently will meet this weekend, as the Waratahs and Brumbies go head to head. These are the two sides in the top two of the Australian Conference, with the Brumbies currently at the summit after winning their only game of the season.
The Brumbies were outstanding in that opener, as they secured a 31-23 success against the Rebels. There were first half tries in that first half for Andy Muirhead, Joe Powell and Folau Faingaa. Noah Lolesio also contributed two conversions. The second half was the same story for the vibrant Waratahs, as further tries were scored by Will Miller and Tom Wright. Lolesio also added another conversion to showcase their dominance.
Meanwhile, Waratahs have struggled for consistency in their first two games of the season. They were overpowered by the Reds in the first game of the season as they were beaten 32-24. However, they bounced back to winning ways in their most recent fixture against the Western Force. They were dominant in the second half of that fixture. They went into the break trailing 14-7, but managed to turn the game around by scoring 16 unanswered points. However, this will be too tough of a challenge for them, and the Brumbies will get the win.