Blues vs Waratahs
Its knockout rugby time as the Blues take on the Waratahs at Eden Park in the first quarter final. The home team are aiming to go one step further this year after losing in the final last season. They had a patchy 16-9 win in their last match although they were missing some of their regular players.
The Waratahs will be desperate to bounce back from their embarrassing defeat to Moana Pasifika in the last match. The loss hurt even more as it was Michael Hooper’s last home match in a Waratahs jersey and he will want a drastic improvement from the entire team.
TIP: Both teams have lost significant players ahead of this match as the Blues will be without Patrick Tuipulotu who broke his arm in the match against the Highlanders. It will be a big loss for the home team as he is a kingpin in their lineouts. The Waratahs will be without their Captain Jake Gordon for this match as he is following concussion protocols after taking a knock to the head in the last match. 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 1.08, Gbets 1.09 and Hollywoodbets 1.08
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Blues vs Waratahs
- The Blues have won the last eight matches between these sides.
- The last time the Waratahs beat the Blues was in 2015.
Latest results for both teams
The Blues beat the Highlanders 16-9 in their last match while the Waratahs lost 33-24 to Moana Pasifika in their last match.
The Blues have lacked cohesion in attack especially in the last few matches with their playmaker Beauden Barrett out injured. The good news for them is that he is back for this crunch match and they will be hoping that he can control the game from the pivot position. The Waratahs will be hoping that their backline improves significantly with the inclusion of Wallaby Lalakai Foketi who has been out injured since round 11. The man that the visitors will need to watch closely is Mark Telea as the Blues winger has been tearing defenses to shreds this season, scoring 11 tries in the process. I am predicting a home win by 10 points
Probable Starting XVs
Blues: 15 Zarn Sullivan, 14 Mark Telea, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Bryce Heem, 11 AJ Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Fin Christie, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Dalton Papalii (c), 6 Akira Ioane, 5 James Tucker, 4 Tom Robinson, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ofa Tuungafasi
15 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Joey Walton, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 Dylan Pietsch, 10 Ben Donaldson, 9 Harrison Goddard, 8 Langi Gleeson, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lachie Swinton, 5 Ned Hanigan, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Archer Holz, 2 Dave Porecki, 1 Te Tera Faulkner
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 (+17.5)
Gbets 1.87 (+17.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.87 (+17.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are decent returns on the Waratahs outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.85 (+17.5), Gbets 1.87 (+17.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.87 (+17.5)
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