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Brumbies vs Waratahs Predictions & Tips - Brumbies backed for big win in Super Rugby AU
- Brumbies vs Waratahs predictions for Saturday’s Super Rugby AU fixture
- Match is being played at 08:45 GMT at the GIO Stadium in Canberra
- The Brumbies have won by 26+ points in 2 of their last 3 games against the Waratahs
- I am backing the Brumbies to cruise to a big win
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Brumbies beat the Waratahs 38-11 in their last encounter (Getty Images)
Brumbies vs Waratahs Predictions
The Waratahs have lost big players since last season and have a very young squad. After losing 41-7 to the Reds, the Waratahs could be in for another big defeat. There is value in the Brumbies covering the -17.5 handicap at 2.12.
- Brumbies have won their last 5 matches against the Waratahs.
- Brumbies have won 2 of their last 3 matches by 33 & 27 points against the Waratahs.
- Waratahs lost 41-7 last week against the Reds.
Head to Head
The Brumbies have won their last five matches against the Waratahs. They met three times in 2020 with the Brumbies winning all three matches.
In their last encounter, the Brumbies eased to a 38-11 victory in Canberra.
The Brumbies are the defending Super Rugby AU champions after beating the Reds 28-23 in the 2020 final. They are favourites to defend their title this time around.
Last week the Canberra-based outfit beat the Western Force 27-11 away. It was the perfect start to the season despite being unable to pick up a bonus point.
The Brumbies were a bit rusty, as were the opposition given that it was the first match of the season. There is much to improve upon for Dan McKellar’s side after the Force dominated possession.
Over the course of the match, the Brumbies defence was superb, making 198 tackles and only missing 18. That is where the game was won and against a weaker Waratahs outfit, the Brumbies will fancy running in some more points.
Brumbies Injuries & Team News
The Brumbies will field a very similar side to last weekend. They have the best forward pack and set piece in the competition so will look to dominate those areas.
Conal McInerney and Folau Fainga’a will be rotated at hooker throughout the season, much like in 2020. Both are good try scoring options from the back of a strong maul, once you know which one will start.
The Waratahs are set for a season of rebuild with a very young squad. Anything other than a bottom place finish this season will be an achievement for the Sydney side.
Last week the Tahs’ were beaten 41-7 by the Reds at the Suncorp Stadium. They were outplayed in just about every aspect of the match, conceding five tries while only managing to score one of their own.
The heartening thing for head coach, Rob Penney will be the Waratahs competitiveness at lineout. They managed to steal five of the Reds throw-ins but will face the best lineout in the competition this weekend.
Waratahs Injuries & Team News
Rob Penney will be chopping and changing his side regularly as he searches for the right combinations. Inconsistency can be expected from this young side so getting the balance of experience and youth correct will prove key.
Jake Gordon and Jack Maddocks will be important to the Tahs’ cause. They combined well for the Waratahs try last weekend and are also two of the more experienced players in the squad.
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