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Reds vs Rebels Predictions & Tips - Daugunu to star in Reds victory
- Reds vs Rebels predictions for Friday’s Super Rugby AU fixture
- Match is being played at 08:45 GMT at the Suncorp Stadium
- Filipo Daugunu scored a brace for the Reds last week
- I am backing the Reds to win by between 1-12 points
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Filipo Daugunu scored two tries against the Waratahs last weekeend (Getty Images)
Reds vs Rebels Predictions
The Reds were superb last week while the Rebels did not feature on the opening weekend. These two tend to produce tight affairs so my best bet is for the Reds to win by 12 or less points. There is value on Filipo Daugunu in the try scoring markets.
- Reds’ Filipo Daugunu scored 2 tries in his last Super Rugby AU match.
- Reds’ Filipo Daugunu was the Reds leading try scorer (6) in the 2020 Super Rugby AU.
- Reds beat the Rebels in 2 of their last 3 matches (1 draw).
- Rebels have lost by less than 11 points or won in 9 of their last 10 matches against the Reds.
Head to Head
The Reds have won four of their last six encounters against the Rebels. Last season they met on three occasions during Super Rugby AU, the Reds won twice while the other fixture ended in an 18-all draw.
The last time they met was in the 2020 Super Rugby AU Grand Final playoff, a match the Reds won 25-13 at the Suncorp Stadium.
The losing finalists from the 2020 Super Rugby AU are again among the favourites to win the prize this season. They have made a number of astute signings in the season break.
Last week the Reds were superb, beating the Waratahs 41-7 at home. It was the perfect start for the Queensland-based outfit as they picked up all five points.
The Reds ran in five tries during the match with Filipo Daugunu scoring twice. He has continued his fine form which got him an international call-up last season and should be watched in the try scoring markets.
Reds Injuries & Team News
Rugby League import, Suliasi Vunivalu could make his debut for the Reds against the Rebels. If it does happen he will likely come off the bench.
Reds coach, Brad Thorn should have a full squad to pick from with no reported injuries after week one.
The Rebels 2020 Super Rugby AU campaign went well by all accounts. On paper, they looked a side destined for a top two finish, but third is all they could manage.
It was an impressive campaign in the sense that Victoria was in lockdown for the entirety of the competition. This not only meant that the Rebels didn’t play any home matches, the players and staff were also away from their family for the entire tournament.
This year promises much more from the Rebels. A place in the final will be the goal for the Melbourne side but they will need to topple the Reds or Brumbies, while the Western Force are also much improved.
Rebels Injuries & Team News
The Rebels have made some decent signings with Lachlan Anderson, Joe Powell, Jeral Skelton and Jordan Uelese joining the ranks.
A few key departures have also taken place. Andrew Deegan, Tom English and Billy Meeks have left the Rebels.
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The Reds started magnificently last week while this will be the Rebels first game of the season. I'm backing the Reds to win by 1-12 points in this fixture.
Filipo Daugunu is tipped to score a try after his brace last weekend.
Best Bets: Reds Win by 12 or Less Winning Margin @175.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Bets: Filipo Daugunu Anytime Tryscorer @-111.11 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
First Reds Try Scorer Tip: Filipo Daugunu First Reds Tryscorer @400.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit