The Watarahs join in on the action by taking on the Reds in Brisbane in Saturday’s Super Rugby fixture. This match has all the makings of a ripper and one would be brave to predict the winning side!
Venu: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
Kick-off Sat 23 Feb: 18:40 (Local),
23 Feb RSA 10:40.
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Reds Run-on: 15. Mike Harris, 14. Dom Shipperley, 13. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12. Ben Tapuai (vc), 11. Digby Ioane, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Ben Lucas, 8. Jake Schatz, 7. Liam Gill, 6. Eddie Quirk , 5. Rob Simmons, 4. Ed O’Donoghue, 3. James Slipper (c), 2. Saia Faingaa, 1. Greg Holmes. Bench: 16. James Hanson, 17. Albert Anae, 18. Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19. Jarrad Butler, 20. Nick Frisby, 21. Jono Lance, 22. Luke Morahan. Unavailable: Anthony Faingaa, Will Genia.
Waratahs Run-on: 15. Israel Folau, 14. Drew Mitchell, 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12. Tom Carter, 11. Tom Kingston, 10. Bernard Foley, 9. Brendan McKibbin, 8. Wycliff Palu, 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Dave Dennis (c), 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Sitaleki Timani, 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Jeremy Tilse. Bench:16. John Ulugia ,17. Benn Robinson ,18. Paddy Ryan , 19. Mitchell Chapman ,20. Lopeti Timani ,21. Matt Lucas ,22. Ben Volavola.
Away 6 – 24 Brumbies (most recent fixture).
Neutral 24 – 16 Rebels
Away 36 – 40 Blues
Home 14 – 16 Crusaders (most recent fixture).
Betting: Outright: 8/11 v.s 11/8
Handicap: -2 v.s +2
The Reds have already had a taste of Super Rugby action. The speed, intensity and physicality which they experienced against the Brumbies should stand the boys from Brisbane in good stead in warm/hot conditions this weekend. Their poor preseason result against the Chiefs followed into their loss against the Brumbies last weekend whilst the Waratahs, who look strong on paper, are also coming off two loses but crucially without any Super Rugby game time as yet. The Reds are also likely to be the more desperate of the two sides having already dropped available Super Rugby points. The poor current form of both sides does offer the possibility of an upset in this Aussie derby however.
Prediction: A highly competitive fixture that could go either way.