05-03-2023 Daily Predictions Super Rugby Blues Vs Brumbies

Blues vs Brumbies

The Blues and Brumbies meet in a rematch of last season’s semi-final that the NZ side edged by 1 point. This match however will be played on Australian soil at the neutral venue of Melbourne. Both teams had excellent wins in the opening round as the Brumbies beat fellow Aussie side the Waratahs 31-25 and the Blues produced arguably the performance of the round as they thrashed the Highlanders 60-20 in their own backyard. The Brumbies have been the leading Aussie side in the competition for a few years and will need to be at their best if they are to beat last season’s losing finalist.

TIP: The Blues looked in sublime form in the last match especially in attack, they were deadly. There were many standout players in their win but the player of the opening round was Mark Telea. The winger was unplayable as h notched up over 200 run metres in the match. His contest with the new Brumbies recruit Corey Toole looks to be an exciting prospect as the former Aussie Sevens star has pace to burn. The bookies have the Blues as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.20, Gbets 1.22 and Hollywoodbets 1.20

HEAD TO HEAD STATS

 Blues vs Brumbies

  • The Blues have won the last three matches between the sides.
  • The last two matches between the sides were decided by one and two point margins.

Latest results for both teams

The Blues beat the Highlanders 60-20 in their last match while the Brumbies beat the Waratahs 31-25 in their last match.

PREDICTION

Both teams have excellent forward packs but the Blues have lost the services of their All Black Akira Ioane as he was injured in the last match. The Brumbies biggest weapon in their arsenal is obviously their driving maul. All teams facing them know that it is coming but very seldom can anyone stop them. The man that will be tasked to lead the maul defence for the Blues will be skipper 4 Patrick Tuipulotu. If the Blues are able to negate the driving maul then they will be well on their way to victory. The Blues better all-round team quality will be too much for the Brumbies to handle therefore I predict a Blues win by 12 points.

Probable Starting XVs

Blues

15 Stephen Perofeta, 14 Mark Telea, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Dalton Papalii (c), 6 Tom Robinson/Adrian Choat, 5 Cameron Suafoa, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 James Lay, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Joshua Fusitu’a

Brumbies

15 Tom Wright, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Tamati Tua, 11 Corey Toole, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Ryan Lonergan, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Rory Scott, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Nick Frost, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Connal McInerney, 1 Blake Schoupp.

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Blues victory are as follows:

Betway 1.20

Gbets 1.22

Hollywoodbets 1.20

Odds comparison on the Blues handicap:

The complete odds on the Blues handicap:

Betway 1.88 (-10.5)

Gbets 1.91 (-10.5)

Hollywoodbets1.90 (-10.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are poor returns on the Blues outright win therefore we suggest taking them on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.88 (-10.5, Gbets 1.91 (-10.5), and Hollywoodbets1.90 (-10.5)

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