Super Rugby Round 5 Preview

Updated: Mar 21

Round 5 already?

That's gone quick.

The Brumbies have the week off after that epic clash with the Reds last week.

Friday night could be nasty.

Melbourne Rebels ($1.20) vs NSW Waratahs ($4.60)

Yikes, based on form the Rebels win this by about 60 points.

They get back to their home ground for the first time in over a year, they'll be looking to put a show for the Rebels faithful.

On a positive note, the Waratahs didn't lose last week (they had the bye).

Surely they can't be as bad as they've been again? Surely they'll improve.


Can't see them winning but, the Rebels are fairly clinical and might get close (again) to the Reds and Brumbies in the second round of matches. Matt To'omua is steering the ship well, perhaps the only knock is their inability to actually score tries!

Regardless, Rebels by a fair margin, let's say Rebels to win fairly easy but with the Waratahs to improve but leak some points late.

Rebels by 18.

Queensland Reds ($1.17) vs Western Force ($5.10)

Plenty of the Force side head home for this one, with Greg Holmes to start in his 150th Super Rugby match.

This game last year was a great game of rugby, that was during the peak of COVID if you remember.

If the Reds don't have a hangover after last week's win over the Brumbies, then you'd think they've got too much fire power.

Looks like it will be wet conditions so expecting a reasonably low scoring affair and a battle of two packs, which the Reds should dominate.

The Reds are missing missing their winger, Filipo Daugunu - he might have picked a good week to miss out on if the rain really comes.

With him out, Brad Thorn is giving the youngster Ilaisa Droasese a starting debut on the wing, while Kalani Thomas has been selected as the backup halfback. I'm not even sure the kid has played Premier Rugby and he's getting a taste of Super Rugby, go figure. That said, he's pretty fucken good.

The Force will make a game of this, the Reds pack will just be a touch too classy over the course of 80 minutes but the wet track might keep it nice and close.

Reds by 14.

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