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Green and Gold Rugby Tipping, Week 1

Green and Gold Rugby Tipping, Week 1

OK folks, counting down to the season opener. Always a hard one in the first week, given that pre-season form usually means nothing. So, to the games:

Hurricanes v Highlanders
The battle of the Canes backs versus the Highlanders pack. My tip is for the Hurricanes to have a little too much class and firepower for the men from the South.
Canes: $1.16
Highlanders: $5.25

Rebels v Waratahs
A big debut in Super Rugby for the Rebels and like all new teams, a complete unknown quantity. They do have some quality in the likes of Somerville, Mortlock and co., however. The Tahs need to get on the board quickly with a win and will fancy their chances here.
Rebels: $3.65
Tahs: $1.28

Blues v Crusaders
An absorbing fixture this one. On paper, the Blues look like real contenders this year. They’ve got plenty of class across the paddock, but they are prone to the occasional flameout. The Cru are, well, the Cru. Perenially there or there abouts, they will give the Blues a stern test. Almost too close to call, this one.
Blues: $2.10
Cru: $1.73

Brumbies v Chiefs
Two underperforming teams in 2010, both of which will want to redeem themselves. With the class that the Brumbies possess, they should have made the finals last year. You could almost say the same for the Chiefs, though their injury toll was arguably worse. I’m predicting a high scoring shoot out, with the Brumbies to nick it.
Brumbies: $1.75
Chiefs: $2.08

Sharks v Cheetahs
On paper, this should be an easy win for the Sharks, but you never know with these Saffer derbies. The Cheetahs will want to be a lot better than last year to get even close to the team from Durban.
Sharks: $1.20
Cheetahs: $4.50

Lions v Bulls
Another game that really shouldn’t be that close. The defending champs versus a team who were pretty poor last season. The Bulls are a year older but still look mighty formidable, expect them to be right up there at the end of the season. The Lions have a new coach and hopefully a new game plan.
Lions: $5.25
Bulls: $1.16

Reds v Force
The big question on the lips of most Aussie rugby fans this year will be: “Can the Reds keep improving like they did last year, or was 2010 a flash in the pan”. They look to be a team on the move and they play some very exciting footy. The Force are a team in transition and this year could be another tough one. They’ll give plenty and have a lot of heart, but I reckon the Reds will be too strong.
Reds: $1.23
Force: $4.20

All odds taken from Sportsbet.

  • rapid red

    Why tell people your tips and only tip the favourite

    • Breakaway

      Why tip a team that you don’t think will win?

  • bones

    I am with the favourites except for the Rebels / Waratahs game, where I think the Rebels will get up. Their first game, in front of a bumper first crowd, heaps of ex-captains in the squad, and they have building all pre-season for just one game. Rebels to win it through the centres and back row, taking losses out wide where the Tahs back three prove very hard to handle.

  • bones

    One last comment.

    The Reds back row – Quirk, Houston and Horwill to outplay their more fancied Force opponents, leading to the win. Quirk to end up ousting Hodgson as the back up to Pocock in the WC squad.

  • Force, Blues and Chiefs look good value bets.

  • redbull

    Rebels & Cheetahs to be the upsets. Tahs will get punished if they go out nervous, though clearly they should win. Cheetahs are given a 13 point start on the SAFA websites. Good bet. It should be closer than that

    Surpised the Force are given such long odds, but think the Reds will battle it out to justify the fan base. Not sure it will be “BBQ rugby” as credibility is on the line.

    Blues might not have enough disclipline but the return of Williams and Braid will be big influences. Home game to Blues. Good bet
    Chiefs look like good bet but Brumbies rarely dissapoint home crowds. A few tries early then shut it down through Giteaus left foot.

  • bones

    Well, shows what I know. Tahs way too good. Havent seen the tape yet, but it sounds like the Rebels pack got smashed, which surprises me. Maybe this is the year of P Waugh.

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The Brown Hornet, or TBH for short, is a rugby tragic from way back. It's hard not to be with rugby union being the greatest game on Earth. Growing up in the Southern states of Australia, it has often felt like exile, but the entry of the Force and then the Rebels has made union increasingly feel like a code that includes all of Australia now. I remain an ardent Force fan, but one without too much bias I hope.

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