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Waratahs v.s Rebels Super Rugby preview

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Venu: Allianz Stadium, Sydney.

Kick-off Fri 1 Mar: 19:20 (Local)

1 Mar NZ. 17:20 (Auck)

1 Mar RSA 10:20

Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)

Weather: Very windy and warm with the possibility of rainfall.

 

Waratahs: 15. Israel Folau, 14. Tom Kingston, 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12. Tom Carter, 11. Drew Mitchell, 10. Bernard Foley, 9. Brendan McKibbin, 8. Wycliff Palu, 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Dave Dennis (c), 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Mitchell Chapman, 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Benn Robinson. Bench:16. John Ulugia ,17. Jeremy Tilse ,18. Paddy Ryan , 19. Sitaleki Timani ,20. Lopeti Timani ,21. Matt Lucas ,22. Ben Volavola.

 

Rebels: 15. James O’Connor, 14. Lachlan Mitchell, 13. Mitch Inman, 12. Rory Sidey, 11. Richard Kingi, 10. Kurtley Beale, 9. Nick Phipps, 8. Scott Higginbotham, 7. Scott Fuglistaller, 6. Luke Jones, 5. Cadeyrn Neville, 4. Hugh Pyle, 3. Laurie Weeks, 2. Ged Robinson (vc), 1. Nic Henderson. Bench: 16. Shota Horie, 17. Paul Alo-Emile, 18. Jordy Reid, 19. Jarrod Saffy,  20. Nic Stirzaker, 21. Angus Roberts, 22. Tom English.

 

 

Previous results:  

Waratahs: Neutral 24 – 16 Rebels

Away 36 – 40 Blues

Home 14 – 16 Crusaders

Away 17 – 25 Reds (most recent fixture).

 

Rebels:  Home 45 – 47 Hurricanes

Home 30 – 23 Force

Home 13 – 30 Brumbies (most recent fixture).

 

Betting: Outright: 2/11 v.s 4/1.

Handicap: -10 v.s +10.

 

The Waratahs started off very poorly against the Reds with handling errors galore leaving them a mountain to climb after only 20 minutes. The Rebels did battle with the Brumbies last weekend and were outplayed in every department. The 17 point defeat in that fixture in fact flatters the Melbourne side due to the Brumbies’ very poor first half finishing.

Prediction: The handicap may be overzealous (and possibly value on the Rebels’ side). The price of 2/11 is not worth taking on the Tahs in our view even though they are deserved favorites. It is likely the result will be closer than the bookmakers expect.

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