14/06 Daily Predictions Super Rugby Blues vs Brumbies

Blues vs Brumbies

The Blues are at home in the first of the semi-finals as they take on the Brumbies at Eden Park. The home were in superb form as they thrashed the Fijian Drua 36-5 in the quarter finals. The visitors also had an excellent win the quarters as they saw of the challenge of the Highlanders 32-16. The last time these sides met, the Blues ran riot as they won 47-6. The Brumbies struggled to cope with the conditions in that match. The good news for the home side is that rain is again expected on Friday. The visitors have been boosted by the availability of James Slipper while the host will be missing Captain Patrick Tuipulotu.

TIP: As with all knockout matches, the result will be decided by the forwards and the Blues seem to have the edge in this department. The Brumbies despite beating the Highlanders were severely penalized in the scrums. They will be hoping the return of Slipper at least allows for parity in the front row. The visitors will be targeting the Blues at lineout time as they will find it difficult to replace a player of Tuipulotu’s experience. The bookies have the Blues as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Tictacbets 1.20, Wanejo 1.20 and Bettabets 1.21


Blues vs Brumbies

  • The Blues have won four of the last five matches against the Brumbies.
  • The last time the Brumbies beat the Blues in Auckland was in 2013.

Latest results for both teams

The Blues beat the Drua 36-5 in their last match while the Brumbies beat the Highlanders 32-16 in their last match.


The man that will be intense scrutiny will be flyhalf Noah Lolesio as he had a shocker on his last visit to Eden Park. If the Brumbies are to have any chance of causing an upset, the Wallaby ten will need to better manage the game especially of the predicted rain arrives. The Blues have dominated teams all season with their forwards and they again look to their pack to guide them to victory. The visitors will need the likes of Charlie Cale and Rob Valetini to have big games as they will need to get over the advantage line. The Blues will be hoping that Finlay Christie can replicate his form that made him an All Black as he is still slow with his distribution. I am predicting a home win by 6 points.  

Probable Starting XVs


15 Stephen Perofeta, 14 Mark Tele’a, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 AJ Lam, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Harry Plummer, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Dalton Papali’i (c), 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Josh Beehre, 4 Sam Darry, 3 Marcel Renata, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ofa Tu’ungafasi


15 Tom Wright, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Tamati Tua, 11 Corey Toole, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Ryan Lonergan, 8 Charlie Cale, 7 Rory Scott, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Tom Hooper, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (c), 2 Billy Pollard, 1 James Slipper

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Blues victory are as follows:

Tictacbets 1.20

Wanejo 1.20

Bettabets 1.21

Odds comparison on the Brumbies handicap:

The complete odds on the Brumbies handicap:

Tictacbets 1.90 (+11.5)

Wanejo 1.87 (+11.5)  

Bettabets 1.89 (+11.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are poor odds on the Blues outright win therefore we suggest backing the away team on the handicap for better odds. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Tictacbets 1.90 (+11.5), Wanejo 1.87 (+11.5) and Bettabets 1.89 (+11.5)

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