Super Rugby AU Round 5 tips, predictions, best bets and preview.
A pair of intriguing encounters await this weekend, with the Brumbies and Reds putting their undefeated records on the line, while the Reds take on a Force side still searching for their first win of the season – read on below as we preview Super Rugby AU Round 5 and give our best tips and bets.
Western Force vs Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby AU Round 5 Tips
- Friday July 31 | Leichhardt Oval | 7.05pm AEST
The Force are aiming for their first win of the season, but they took a step backwards last week in suffering a 24-0 beatdown at the hands of the Brumbies.
Before that clash, the Force had been competitive in 23-14 and 31-24 defeats to the Waratahs and Reds respectively.
Meanwhile, the Rebels have improved considerably from their early season showings. They kept the scoreline close in a 31-23 defeat to the Brumbies before drawing 18-18 with the Reds and registering a commanding 29-10 victory over the Waratahs last week, with Matt To’omua bagging himself 19 points.
The Rebels have been dominant over the Force in their previous meetings, holding a one-sided 8-4 record and it would be a big surprise if didn’t extend that on Friday night.
In saying that, the Force have been gallant all season and managed to keep the scoreline close against the Waratahs and Reds – and I think they can do the same here.
Brumbies vs Queensland Reds
- Saturday August 1 | GIO Stadium | 7.15pm AEST
Both the Brumbies and Reds out their undefeated starts to the season on the line in this mouth-watering showdown in the nation’s capital on Saturday night.
After edging the Waratahs by a single point in Round 3, the Brumbies proved they are the team to beat this season by demolishing the Force 24-0 last week.
Tom Wright was the main man for the Brumbies, scoring a try and playing a hand in two more.
Meanwhile, the Reds are tracking along nicely, posting narrow wins over the Waratahs and Force, along with claiming a draw against the Rebels.
However, this will be a true test of where Brad Thorn’s side truly stand in Australian Super Rugby.
The Brumbies have been dominant at home against the Reds for over two decades, winning 14 out of 17 games since 1996. Furthermore, the Brumbies have won 11 of their last 12 on home turf.
The Reds should make this competitive, but taking the Brumbies at the line is great value in this one.