We have expert betting tips for Super Rugby AU Round 9, which starts on Saturday night with the Force vs Waratahs.
Rugby punters also get to enjoy Rebels vs Brumbies in a rare Sunday game at AAMI Park, so there is plenty to get excited about this week.
Super Rugby AU Round 9 Predictions
7:45pm Force vs Waratahs @ HBF Park
Just when it looks like the Western Force and dead and buried this season, they scored a huge upset win over the Rebels.
The Force battled strongly throughout the game to record a 16-15 win on the road, which is their best win over the last two seasons. They are still fourth in the Super Rugby premiership, but they are now two wins clear of the Waratahs and one win back of the Rebels.
Momentum could continue on Saturday as they face the Waratahs, which didn’t lose last week. All jokes aside, the Waratahs didn’t play last week and they could be in for another loss this week.
It has been a tough season for the Waratahs, which have yet to record a victory from six attempts. With a –142 points differential, 2021 has been embarrassing for the one-time heavyweights of Australian rugby.
The passion has completely left the Waratahs and it’s sad to see. They just don’t have the talent or energy levels to compete, but this is their best chance to win.
The Western Force aren’t exactly a force in Super Rugby, so there is hope for the Waratahs. However, what are their chances of winning?
Bookmakers have the Western Force at $1.36, which is a fair assessment. Playing at home will help and after the highs of last week, there will be confidence in the camp.
Backing the Waratahs is a huge risk and it’s one we’ll avoid in Round 9.
Betting tip: Force –7.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
4:00pm Rebels vs Brumbies @ AAMI Park
The Rebels and Brumbies did their title hopes no good when losing last week. Melbourne lost a shocker to the Western Force and the Brumbies lost a heartbreaker to the Reds.
There were no excuses apart from poor play for the Rebels, which went down 16-15 to the Force. Being at home should have been enough for this team to edge closer to the Brumbies and Reds at the top of the table. Instead, they are now 21 points back of the Reds.
Winning the remaining games of the season is needed for the Rebels, which is only one point ahead of the Force. It’s not the situation they thought they would be in, considering their talent.
The Brumbies lost a nail biter to the Reds and it was a solid effort, but also a game they should have won. ACT was largely in control throughout the game, but a late penalty gave the Reds the two-point advantage.
It was the second time the Brumbies have lost to the Queensland Reds this season, which is the only team they have lost to.
The last time these teams met was in Round 3 and the result might surprise a few. The Brumbies won 27-24, so it was a very close game. The Rebels played well, but we question their confidence levels coming into Round 9.
A lot of water has gone under the bridge since, but this could be a statement game for the Rebels. They might have been looking ahead last week and not taking the Force seriously. Punters should expect a more concerted effort on Sunday.
Bookmakers have the line at 7.5, which is a good number for the Rebels. They can keep this game close and punters have a converted try to work with.
Betting tip: Rebels +7.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
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