The Reds will beat the Brumbies tonight

There's no shortage of sport this weekend, tonight you've got the Roosters vs Raiders, not sure if you've heard, but Sonny Bill Williams is back.

Just prior to that game kicking off in Canberra, the other Canberians, the ACT Brumbies, they'll be doing battle with the QLD Reds at Suncorp Stadium. Sadly, the games overlap, Foxtel IQ will be getting a fair old work out tonight.

It would be fair to say that this is a grand final preview, the Brumbies already guaranteed a spot whilst the Reds will host the home semi-final next week.

This will be a great battle of set piece, among other things. Two dominant scrums, with the Reds boosted this week with the return of Harry Hoopert and the inclusion of Ruan Smith on the bench, alongside his brother.

Last time they met? Probably the best game of rugby we've seen in this year's domestic competition. The Brumbies skipped out to an early lead, but the Reds rallied and looked like that get the chocolates in the nation's capital.

Queue a shithouse call from Nic Berry, penalising Fraser McReight for illegally playing the halfback. Mack Hansen stood up and slotted the penalty kick to give the Brumbies a win after the final siren. Dear oh dear.

Since then, both teams have been dominant. The Brumbies have beaten up on a few weaker oppositions, whilst trying out a few different combos, meanwhile the Reds last outing was a thumping of the Force, prior to the bye last week.

The Brumbies have named a very strong side, welcoming back a host of top-liners to their starting line up including Scott Sio, Folau Fainga'a, Nic White and Tevita Kuridrani, among others.

Whilst the Reds look perhaps as strong as they have been all year. Hunter Paisami returns to the bench, Jordan Petaia gets an opportunity to pay his preferred position at outside centre, whilst the back row of Liam Wright, Fraser McReight and Harry Wilson are among the three most dominant footballers in the country.

It'll be an interesting narrative to see how each team wants to attack this match. Will both teams lay out all the cards, or will they keep something in reserve for a fortnight's time?

The Red's defense has gone to a new level and they are capable of scoring tries from anywhere, think Tate McDermott and Jock Campbell. Perhaps you'd expect the Reds to want to play a more up tempo and unstructured game. The Brumbies will no doubt back their set piece and be happy to control the pace of the game to suit their strengths.

It'll be a fascinating battle, so long as the week off hasn't ruined the Reds momentum, I think they can beat the Brumbies on their home deck. It'll be an arm wrestle, perhaps a few penalty shots early as the two sides trade right jabs. It might open a bit later and expect the Reds backline to go to work, so long as their forward pack can lay the foundation, like they have done all year.

Reds by 8.


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