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AUSTRALIAN SUPER RUGBY ROUND 2

ACT BRUMBIES VS NSW WARATAHS

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, 7.45 PM, GIO STADIUM, CANBERRA

Fresh off a successful trip to Perth, the Brumbies host the Waratahs in the Saturday game of Super Rugby, at their fortress, GIO Stadium, in a match that could send alarms through the NSW camp.  Yes, it is only early in the season, but NSW were terrible last weekend, when thumped 41-7 by the Reds, and in a compact 10-game domestic leg of the season, starting poorly could cost them a finals berth.  The Brumbies handled the much-improved Force professionally last weekend, as we have become accustomed to, and will be relishing a game at home, to show their loyal supporters, that they are the team to beat yet again in 2021.  Temperatures still in the 20s await these teams, in unusually warm weather in the capital, with ideal conditions, particularly no rain and not much wind, which will be encouraging for the players to play attractive rugby.

Folau Fainga’a misses for the Brumbies as he picked up a toe injury, in the Force game, leaving McInerney the starting hooker, for an otherwise settled squad, ready to beat up on a weakened Waratahs team.  That injury also opens the door for Lahclan Lonergan, a local product at age 21, who may well debut, if called upon as reserve hooker.  Swinton returns for the Tahs, while Grant and Moeroa get chances, and Nawaqanitawase starts on the wing.  Harris misses for NSW, while Gordon is also out of the halves, and both Walton and Perese are out of the side that lost so badly to Queensland.  On the bench Henry Robertson and Triston Reilly get chances for NSW, the former been a speedy outside back convert from Rugby League, while Reilly is also a back with 7s experience.

Last meeting between these sides, at this venue, ended up a sorry one for the NSW visitors, as the Brumbies shellacked them 38-11, running in 6 tries to 1, to confirm their favouritism for the title, which they went on and won.  The other match between these two sides in this competition last year, saw a real thriller, with the Brumbies edging the Tahs by a single point, thanks to a 76th minute try to Fines, converted by Kuenzle.  The Brumbies are clear and unequivocally deserved favourites at $1.13 for this game, with the struggling NSW outfit at $6.50, and a predicted margin of 15 points, also seeming to be a fair estimation on behalf of bookies.  It is a case of sorry, not sorry, to NSW fans, as a glum outlook is justified for this game.

PREDICTION: Brumbies by at least 14.

BETTING TIP: Banks to score a pair of tries at $7 merits consideration.