Super Rugby Australia enters its third round on Friday night and two exciting matches will be contested!
First-up, the Reds do battle with competition ‘new boys’ the Western Force, before the Waratahs and Brumbies renew their rivalry at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
You can find a preview for both games and our complete 2020 Super Rugby Australia tips for Round 3 below.
Friday 17 July, 7:05pm, Suncorp Stadium
The Queensland Reds are offered an excellent opportunity to strengthen their position at the top of the table when they host ‘new boys’ the Western Force on Friday night.
The $2 available for the Reds to beat the Rebels last weekend looked a terrific bet, and while Brad Thorn’s men were plagued by errors early, they fought back into the contest and looked primed to strike.
But then bang – extra time, draw.
The one small win out of that result is that punters who backed the Reds to cover the line as the small outsiders were still rewarded.
What a return it was for the Western Force!
The men from the west stepped out on a Super Rugby field for the first time since 2017 and had a shaky Waratahs outfit on the ropes; leading at half time but ultimately, unable to go with their opponents for the full eighty.
No one could possibly knock the fight and heart they showed, and I am more than confident they’ll improve for the effort.
The Reds deserve favouritism and will probably win, but I am more than happy to back to Force to cover a 15.5-point line as the outsiders.
Back Western Force To Cover The Line (+15.5)
Saturday 18 July, 7:15pm, ANZ Stadium
The old rivalry will be renewed in Sydney on Saturday night when the Waratahs play host to the Brumbies.
There was a collective sigh of relief when the Waratahs fought back into the contest and ultimately beat minnows the Force in Round 2.
Imagine the scenes if the Force had won their first game back in the competition, let alone against a side stacked with international representatives.
At the end of the day, a win is a win, and all the Waratahs can do is note their early mistakes, tune up and have another dig.
The Brumbies enter Round 3 off the back of a bye and prior to that, a good enough first-up win over the Rebels.
They are another side that I believe will improve for their first-up effort and with the benefit of fresh legs, they should just be too good for the Waratahs.
Back Brumbies To Cover The Line (-9.5)