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Reds v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

Mike Harris shoves off a Waratahs tackle in the Reds v Waratahs last match

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Article Published: Thursday 21 February 2013|

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The Reds and Waratahs meet on Saturday in a clash that features two teams with enormous rivalry as they are neighboring states.

The Reds and the Waratahs have played each other 19 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Reds have won 11 of those matches.

That translates to the Reds winning 58% of their matches against the Waratahs.

Between 2005 and 2011 the Reds played the Waratahs 7 times and lost all 7 matches.

Before that though between 1996 and 2004 the Reds played the Waratahs 9 times and won 8 and drew once. These two teams seem to have winning streaks over each other.

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the two teams the Reds have won three and the Waratahs have won two.

The last three though have been won by the Reds which means the Waratahs have not beaten the Reds since February 2011 and they have not won in Brisbane since February 2010.

The average score when the Reds play the Waratahs across all venues is Reds 21 Waratahs 19.

The Reds have hosted the Waratahs 10 times in Brisbane since 1996 and they have won 6, lost 3 and drawn 1. That translates to the Reds winning 60% of their home matches against the Waratahs.

On average when the Reds play the Waratahs in Brisbane the score is Reds 22 Waratahs 17.

The Waratahs have a new playing style for this Super Rugby season and they have a couple of new players. The highest profile new player in the Waratahs line up is code hopper Israel Folau.

Folau is a dangerous player with the ball but has had little time in Rugby Union so the Reds may put him under pressure in certain situations.

The Reds will still be without their star No.9 Will Genia this week and last week the Brumbies nullified Quade Cooper by making sure the Reds got little playable ball. The forwards know they will have to step up this week.

Last week the Waratahs had a bye which gives the Reds a significant advantage as they will be up to speed in Super Rugby while the Waratahs will be less familiar with each other and their new game plan.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 1 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE 50 BET. We think that with the Reds enjoying the benefit of home advantage and having played last week they should win this one. Reds to win by 3.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4 HD.

Average score: Reds 21 Waratahs 19

Last five results
14 Jul 2012 Reds v Waratahs 32-16 Brisbane
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

Reds overall record against the Waratahs
Played 19 , Wins 11, Losses 7 , Draws 1

Match No.7.:Reds v Waratahs
Date : Saturday 23 February
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 18:40
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1:Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 2:Rohan Hoffmann
TMO : Steve Leszczynski

Teams

Reds

1. Greg Holmes,2. Saia Faingaa,3. James Slipper (c),4. Ed O'Donoghue,5. Rob Simmons,6. Eddie Quirk ,7. Liam Gill,8. Jake Schatz,9. Ben Lucas,10. Quade Cooper,11. Digby Ioane,12. Ben Tapuai (vc),13. Chris Feauai-Sautia,14. Dom Shipperley,15. Mike Harris

Replacements : 16. James Hanson,17. Albert Anae,18. Adam Wallace-Harrison,19. Jarrad Butler,20. Nick Frisby,21. Jono Lance,22. Luke Morahan

Waratahs

15. Israel Folau ,14. Drew Mitchell ,13. Adam Ashley-Cooper ,12. Tom Carter ,11. Tom Kingston ,10. Bernard Foley,,9. Brendan McKibbin ,8. Wycliff Palu ,7. Michael Hooper ,6. Dave Dennis (c),5. Kane Douglas ,4. Sitaleki Timani ,3. Sekope Kepu ,2. Tatafu Polota-Nau ,1. Jeremy Tilse

Replacements:16. John Ulugia ,17. Benn Robinson ,18. Paddy Ryan , 19. Mitchell Chapman ,20. Lopeti Timani ,21. Matt Lucas ,22. Ben Volavola

 
 
 
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