Fijian Drua vs Waratahs
Two teams with contrasting opening round results meet in this match as the Fijian Drua clash with the Waratahs. The Drua are looking for their first win over this opposition in what will be the third meeting between the sides. The Waratahs lost a close 31-25 match to the Brumbies in the opening round while the Drua scored late in the match to defeat Moana Pasifika 34-32. The Aussie side will look for an improvement in their attack as many passes went astray but that can be put down to rustiness. The Drua showed their deadly counter attacking skills therefore the Waratahs will be looking for a set piece dominated game.
TIP: The all Wallaby centre pairing of Izaia Perese and Lalakai Foketi looked blunt in attack in the last match as both players were coming off a long off season with very little game time. There is sure to be a much better performance from the pair as they come up against the devastating centre pairing of Iosefo Masi and Kalaveti Ravouvou. Masi was electric on his debut, scoring two scintillating tries. The bookies have the Waratahs as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.40, Gbets 1.41 and Hollywoodbets 1.40
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Fijian Drua vs Waratahs
- These team have met twice before with the Waratahs winning both matches.
- Both wins were achieved with victory margins of over 20 points.
Latest results for both teams
The Fijian Drua won 36-34 in their last match against Moana Pasifika while the Waratahs lost 31-25 to the Brumbies.
The Waratahs showed positive signs towards the end of last season following a difficult couple of years. They will need to reproduce that form if they are to overcome this very exciting Drua team. The Fijians love broken play as they can turn defence into attack within seconds therefore the Waratahs will need to be accurate and avoid any wayward kicking or passing. The Aussie side have a powerful pack and will look to their driving maul to be a weapon in this match while the Drua know if they can match the opposition forward pack, then they could cause an upset. I am predicting a Waratahs win by 12 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Ilaisa Droasese, 14 Selestino Ravutaumada, 13 Iosefo Masi, 12 Kalaveti Ravouvou, 11 Tuidraki Samusamuvodre, 10 Caleb Muntz, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Te Ahiwararu Cirikidaveta, 7 Kitione Salawa, 6 Joseva Tamani, 5 Leone Rotuisolia, 4 Isoa Nasilasila, 3 Samuela Tawake, 2 Tevita Ikanivere (c), 1 Jone Tiko
15 Ben Donaldson, 14 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 13 Izaia Perese, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 Max Jorgensen, 10 Tane Edmed, 9 Jake Gordon (c), 8 Langi Gleeson, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Hugh Sinclair, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Archer Holz, 2 Dave Porecki, 1 Tom Lambert
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Waratahs victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Waratahs handicap:
The complete odds on the Waratahs handicap:
Betway 1.85 (-7.5)
Gbets 1.88 (-7.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor returns on the Waratahs outright win therefore we suggest the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.85 (-7.5), Gbets 1.88 (-7.5) and Hollywoodbets1.90 (-7.5)
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