We have expert betting tips for Super Rugby AU Round 2, which continues on Friday night.
Punters enjoyed the first week of rugby action and there are two more Super Rugby Australia games to enjoy.
The Reds vs. Rebels kicks off the weekend on Friday and the Brumbies vs. Waratahs plays on Saturday.
Value is available with bookmakers and we look at the best bets for both games.
Super Rugby AU Round 2 Predictions
7:45pm Queensland Reds vs. Western Force @ Suncorp Stadium
The Queensland Reds made amends for losing in last season’s Grand Final with a dominant performance over the Waratahs in Round 1.
Queensland trailed 7-0 in the early going but rattled off 41 consecutive points to score a 41-7 win over New South Wales. It could be a sign of things to come for the Reds, which have a team capable of going all the way this season.
Filipo Daugunu scored two tries and he could be the next Fijian flyer in Super Rugby. The biggest asset for the Reds was James O’Connor, who kicked five conversions and two penalty goals.
His experience was vital for the Reds, who should have little problem dealing with the Western Force this week.
The Force had strong betting support last week, but we couldn’t understand why. They were only 5.5-point underdogs to the Brumbies, but lost 27-11.
It will be another long season for the Force, which were held without a try until the 75th minute. Scoring points will be the big issue and their defence isn’t overly impressive either.
The franchise is still in a rebuilding phase, but facing the Reds this week won’t help.
Bookmakers have 12.5 points between them and the Reds could have that covered by half time.
Betting tip: Queensland Reds –12.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
7:45pm ACT Brumbies vs. NSW Waratahs @ GIO Stadium
The Brumbies got their title defence off to a good start when beating the Western Force 27-11 last Saturday.
It wasn’t the most comprehensive display of rugby, but class prevailed in the end. Noah Lolesio, Irae Simone and Isaak Fines scored for the Brumbies, with Lelesio converting all three.
Scoring a win on the road was a good start for the Brumbies and facing the Waratahs would typically be a harder game. However, the Waratahs come off a shocking loss to the Reds and we’re not sure how quickly they can recover.
The 41-7 hammering will deplete any confidence the Waratahs had pre-season. They led 7-0 after Will Harrison crossed for a try in the second minute, but it was slim pickings following that.
The Waratahs had only five line breaks and four offloads, which isn’t going to get the job done in modern rugby. They were stifled by the Reds defence and it wasn’t pretty to watch.
We’re not surprised with bookmakers opening the Brumbies as –15.5 favourites, given what we saw last week. The line is high for punters to take, but we’re not sure where the offensive output for the Waratahs will come from.
Stick with the Brumbies to cause more headaches for the struggling New South Wales Waratahs.
Betting tip: ACT Brumbies –15.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
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