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Rob Horne tackles Will Genia earlier this season

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Article Published: Thursday 12 July 2012






The Reds have won the last two matches between them and the Waratahs and they need to beat them a third time if they want to reach the Super Rugby play offs.

The Reds and the Waratahs have a strange history against each other as they seem to take it in turns to have stretches of unbeaten runs.

Between 1996 and 2004 the Reds went through nine unbeaten against the Waratahs and then between 2005 and 2011 the Waratahs went through seven matches against the Reds unbeaten.

As mentioned earlier the Reds are on a two match winning streak and if history repeats itself the Queenslanders can expect another six or so straight victories.

The Reds are also on a five match winning streak against all Super Rugby teams while conversely the Waratahs are on a seven match losing streak.

Overall the Reds have played the Waratahs 18 times and the Reds have won 10 times and lost 8 times. That means the Reds have won 56% of their matches against the Waratahs.

On average when the Reds play the Waratahs they score 20 points and the Waratahs score 19 points.

This weekend the match will be played in Brisbane where the Reds have played the Waratahs 9 times since 1996 and the Reds have won five times and lost three times. There was a 17 all draw in 1998.

In Brisbane the Reds on average score 21 points and the Waratahs score 17 points.

All three of the other Australian teams lost when they visited Brisbane this year and out of the seven matches played in the city the only visiting team to leave as winners was the Stormers.

Over the last five weeks the Reds are THE form team in Super Rugby but they may have left it a little late as they need to beat the Waratahs with a bonus point and hope that one of the Crusaders, Sharks or Bulls lose their match.

In short the end of the season can't come soon enough for the Waratahs as they have struggled all season while the end of the season may come a little too soon for the Reds.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 10 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Reds shouldn't have too much trouble beating the Waratahs but they may struggle to get the bonus point. The Reds should win by 6.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/ HD.

Average score: 20-19

Last five results
25 Feb 2012 Reds v Waratahs 25-21 Sydney
23 Apr 2011 Reds v Waratahs 19-15 Brisbane
26 Feb 2011 Reds v Waratahs 6-30 Sydney
13 Feb 2010 Reds v Waratahs 28-30 Brisbane
06 Mar 2009 Reds v Waratahs 11-15 Sydney

Reds overall record against the Waratahs
Played 18, Wins 10, Losses 7, Draws 1

Match No.117. Reds v Waratahs
Date Saturday 14 July
Venue : Brisbane
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1:Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 2:Angus Gardner
TMO : Steve Lesczcynski

Teams

Reds

1. Greg Holmes, 2. Saia Faingaa, 3. James Slipper, 4. Rob Simmons, 5. Adam Wallace-Harrison (vc), 6. Jake Schatz, 7. Liam Gill, 8. Scott Higginbotham, 9. Will Genia (c), 10. Quade Cooper, 11. Digby Ioane, 12. Mike Harris, 13. Anthony Faingaa, 14. Dom Shipperley, 15. Luke Morahan.

Reserves: 16. James Hanson, 17. Ben Daley, 18. Radike Samo, 19. Beau Robinson, 20. Jarrad Butler, 21. Ben Lucas, 22. Ben Tapuai.

Waratahs

15. Adam Ashley-Cooper ,14. Lachie Turner ,13. Rob Horne ,12. Berrick Barnes , vice captain,11. Drew Mitchell ,10. Bernard Foley ,9. Grayson Hart ,8. Dave Dennis ,7. Chris Alcock ,6. Dean Mumm ,5. Kane Douglas ,4. Sitaleki Timani ,3. Paddy Ryan ,2. Tatafu Polota-Nau ,1. Benn Robinson , captain

Replacements:,16. John Ulugia ,17. Jeremy Tilse ,18. Lopeti Timani , 19. Jono Jenkins ,20. Brendan McKibbin ,21. Tom Carter ,22. Tom Kingston

 
 
 
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