Force vs Brumbies
The Force ended a run of two losses when they scored a last gasp victory over the Fijian Drua in their last match. They are now in sixth spot on the table while the visitors in this match are the only unbeaten team in the competition with five wins from five matches. The Brumbies are comfortably at the top of the log with 22 points, four points ahead of the second placed Reds. They will feel very confident coming into this match as they have not lost to the Force in more than a decade. The Force seem to play their best rugby when they are the underdogs and hopefully that is the case once again.
TIP: The Brumbies have consistently been the one Australian team that relied on their forwards to dominate and to win them matches. Their biggest weapon was their rolling maul but they have evolved to be a more complete team. The Force on the other hand are still struggling to launch their dangerous backline and they will be hoping that can finally get their backline going. The bookies have the Brumbies as favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.25, Playabets 1.23 and Sunbet 1.26.
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Force vs Brumbies
- The Brumbies have won the last 18 matches against the Force.
- The last time the Force won this fixture was in 2011.
- There has been one draw between these sides.
Latest results for both teams
The Brumbies beat the Reds 16-12 in their last match while the Force beat the Drua 20-18 in their last match.
The Brumbies will be without their regular flyhalf Noah Lolesio who got injured in the last match and is replaced by young Rodney Iona. The Force will look to attack the youngster as this looks like their best avenue of attack. The player that the Force will be banking on returning to form is their skipper Feleti Kaitu’u. He has not been able to replicate his form from last season and its effect is been seen throughout the team. The Brumbies pride themselves on their scrum but they have made some changes in the front row for this match. I predict a close match with the Brumbies winning by under 8 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Jake Strachan, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Bayley Kuenzle, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Brynard Stander, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Fergus Lee-Warner, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Feleti Kaitu’u (c), 1 Harrison Lloyd
15 Tom Banks, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Andy Muirhead, 10 Rod Iona, 9 Ryan Lonergan (c), 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Nick Frost, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Sefo Kautai, 2 Lachlan Lonergan, 1 Scott Sio
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Brumbies victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Force handicap :
The complete odds on the Force handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (+9.5) 1.90
Sunbet (+9.5) 1.90
Playabets (+9.5) 1.86
Predictions and Odds in details
This match will see two teams that generally like to keep the ball in the forwards go head to head. The team that gains the edge in the forwards department will win this match. The Brumbies would normally be big favourites in this match but due to the many changes they have made we can expect a close match. There are poor odds on the Brumbies outright win therefore we suggest the home team on the handicap for better returns. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+9.5) 1.90, Sunbet (+9.5) 1.90 and Playabets (+9.5) 1.86
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