28-05-2022 Daily Predictions Super Rugby Pacific Waratahs Vs Blues

Waratahs vs Blues

The Waratahs have secured their place in the playoffs to complete a remarkable turnaround for them after they had two dreadful seasons where they finished in last position. The Blues have not only qualified but have done so in style by topping the log with a match to spare. If they win their two knockout matches then the final will be held at Eden Park. They have selected a very inexperienced side which the Waratahs will be thankful for as they chase a bonus point win to put them in contention for a home quarter final.  

TIP: The Waratahs will again be missing Wallaby Izaiah Perese who is still injured and they will be hoping for his recovery in time for the playoffs. The Blues have rested more than 10 first team regulars and this is a risky strategy and it interferes with the momentum of the team. The Waratahs and Blues look fairly evenly matched in the front row so the scrums will be an interesting battle. The bookies have the Waratahs as favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.60, Playabets 1.65 and Sunbet 1.62

HEAD TO HEAD STATS

Waratahs vs Blues

  • The Blues have won the last five matches between these sides.
  • The last time the Waratahs beat the Blues was in 2015.

Latest results for both teams

The Waratahs won their last match 32-20 against the Highlanders while the Blues beat the Brumbies 21-19 in their last match.

PREDICTION

The Waratahs have had many players step up this season but none have been better than skipper Jake Gordon. Last season he was out for most of the competition with injury but this season he has been everything thats good about the team. The return of Wallaby skipper Michael Hooper has also helped the youngsters in the team. The Blues have selected 3 debutants in their backline with the flyhalf and centers facing a baptism of fire in this match. We can expect the Waratahs to attack through this channel. Due to all the changes in the Blues team I am predicting a home win by 10 points or more.

  • Probable Starting XVs

Waratahs

15 Ben Donaldson, 14 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 13 Alex Newsome, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 Dylan Pietsch, 10 Tane Edmed, 9 Jake Gordon (c), 8 Will Harris, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Charlie Gamble, 5 Ned Hanigan, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Archer Holz, 2 Dave Porecki, 1 Angus Bell

Blues

15 Zarn Sullivan, 14 Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens, 13 Tamati Tua, 12 Corey Evans, 11 AJ Lam, 10 Jock McKenzie, 9 Sam Nock, 8 Taine Plumtree, 7 Adrian Choat, 6 Anton Segner, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Jordan Lay

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Waratahs victory are as follows:

Worldsportsbetting 1.60

Playabets 1.65

Sunbet 1.62

Odds comparison on the Waratahs handicap :

The complete odds on the Waratahs handicap:

Worldsportsbetting (-3.5) 1.91

Sunbet (-3.5) 1.89

Playabets (-3.5) 1.81

Predictions and Odds in details

The Waratahs with Hooper in the side have one of the better loose trios in the competition with Charlie Gamble quickly making a name for himself in this competition. The Blues will look to the experienced players like Luke Romano and Ricky Riccitelli to guide the number of younger players in this match. It remains to be seen if it is a good ploy to rest so many regulars. I suggest the Waratahs on the handicap for best odds. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-3.5) 1.91, Sunbet (-3.5) 1.89 and Playabets (-3.5) 1.81

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