Super Rugby Round 4

Super Rugby has done alright on Stan thus far - let's see whether the numbers hold up now that the NRL is back.


They should, it's been quality entertainment and this Saturday there is an absolute blockbuster of a game.


Here we go, Round 4.


Waratahs have the bye, they're either getting smashed on the training paddock or coach Rob Pennie has just got them drinking away all their sorrows from the season thus far.


Either way can work.


Western Force ($2.13) vs Melbourne Rebels ($1.72)


Given the Broncos play at the same time, I think I'll have to put this one on the old IQ or just watch the highlights afterwards.


What will we see?


Probably 7-8 goals from Matt To'omua and an arm wrestle between the two sides. The Force sit above the Rebels on the ladder but Melbourne could be 2 from 2. The after the siren goal kicks just haven't gone their way in both Rounds 2 & 3.


Think the Rebels might actually scores some tries in this one, Marika Koroibete must be bursting at the seams to get over the white line, I reckon the Rebels might have a bit too much for the Force.


Sensing a close first half before the Rebels assert themselves, I'll take the Rebels 11-20.


ACT Brumbies ($1.65) vs Queensland Reds ($2.31)


HOLY SHIT!


This is going to be good.


Bit of tough talk in the media this week from Reds Skipper James O'Connor. They've had this one circled on the calendar for quite some time it seems.


These are without a doubt the two bench mark sides of the competition, that won't be breaking news to anyone, the finalists from last year when the Brumbies beat the Reds by 5.



In terms of the competition this year, it goes, Brumbies & Reds in no particular order, then the Rebels, then a big gap to the Force and then a huge gap, the size of which you could park a semi trailer, to the Waratahs.


Brumbies set piece as always will be formidable but there's no doubt the Reds boys will be ready to go.


Suliasi Vunivalu makes his first starting debut for the Reds as Hunter Paisami and Jordan Petaia renew their centre partnership. The Reds also get a boost with Lukhan Salakaia-Loto back from suspension, as well as Wallabies Hooker, Brandon Paenga-Amosa & Josh Flook who come on to the bench.


One thing I am struggling to work out is the fact that Hamish Stewart has gone from starting 12 to completely outside the 23. What the fuck?


I don't get it.


Stability in the Brumbies side, James Slipper is still missing after a 'mishap' at training prior to last week's match. Ryan Longergan, the hero from last week is probably still copping DM's from the lovely ladies around Canberra - he remains on the bench playing understudy to Nic White.


I'll be grabbing a big fat pizza, half a dozen Fat Pixie's and plonking myself on the couch, this could be the best game of super rugby in Australia for many years.


Reds by 3.


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