Reds vs Moana Pasifika
The Reds will be looking to end a four match losing run when they take on Moana Pasifika in this crunch match at the Suncorp Stadium. Moana are on an even longer losing streak of eight matches but will be most disappointed with their showing in the last match against the Fijian Drua. As the competition has progressed there are very few players that have raised their performance and this is a worry for the Moana team. The Reds will welcome back key players for this match and will want nothing less than a bonus point win.
TIP: The Reds were top of the log for much of the season but now find themselves down in 7th position and are now in real danger of missing out on the playoffs. One of the key reasons for the dip in form has been injuries to James O’Connor and Taniela Tupou. The flyhalf is back and he showed glimpses of his talent in the last match against the Blues although they lost the match 53-26. The bookies have the Reds as favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.08, Playabets 1.10 and Sunbet 1.06.
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Reds vs Moana Pasifika
- This is the first meeting between the sides.
Latest results for both teams
The Reds lost their last match 53-26 against the Blues while Moana lost 34-19 to the Fijian Drua.
The Moana team look good on attack especially when Christian Leali’ifano is at ten and in the last match they lacked direction going forward. Their undoubted star this season has been Timoci Tavatavanawai as the powerful winger has been unstoppable and often need three defenders to bring him down. His battle with Suliasi Vunivalu will be one of the highlights of the match. The Reds will definitely look to target the Moana pack as this has been their weakness all season. If the Reds can get their rolling maul going then they win easily. I am predicting a home win by less than 16 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Jock Campbell, 14 Suliasi Vunivalu, 13 Josh Flook, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Jordan Petaia, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott (c), 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Seru Uru, 5 Angus Blyth, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Feao Fotuaika, 2 Matt Faessler, 1 Harry Hoopert
15 William Havili, 14 Tomasi Alosio, 13 Solomone Kata, 12 Danny Toala, 11 Timoci Tavatavanawai, 10 Christian Leali’ifano, 9 Jonathan Taumateine, 8 Henry Time-Stowers, 7 Solomone Funaki, 6 Sione Tu’ipulotu, 5 Samuel Slade, 4 Michael Curry, 3 Sekope Kepu (c), 2 Ray Niuia, 1 Abraham Pole
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Reds victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Moana Pasifika handicap :
The complete odds on the Moana Pasifika handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (+16.5) 1.91
Sunbet (+16.5) 1.89
Playabets (+16.5) 1.81
Predictions and Odds in details
The Moana team have been excellent in their off-loading game but their finishing in the opposition’s 22m area has been an area of concern. The Reds certainly have the edge in the loose trio with the return of Harry Wilson and Fraser McReight. If they are allowed space around the rucks then this match could be over as a contest fairly early on. There are poor odds on the Reds win therefore we suggest the away team on the handicap for better returns. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+16.5) 1.91, Sunbet (+16.5) 1.89 and Playabets (+16.5) 1.81
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