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After four rounds in the Super Rugby AU tournament, the Brumbies lead the standings but Queensland’s Reds are hot on their tails just two points behind.

In New Zealand the Crusaders have opened up a five point lead over the Blues and these two teams face each other in Auckland.

A Blues win on Sunday could move the Blues into the top spot so they will everything to play for.

The Super rugby action starts in Melbourne on Friday where the Rebels host a struggling Waratahs side who had last weekend off to sort out any problems.

There are two matches on Saturday – The Reds v Force and Chiefs v Hurricanes – and then the Blues v Crusaders match on Sunday.

The Brumbies and Highlanders have the weekend off.


Melbourne Rebels v NSW Waratahs Super Rugby AU Preview

The Rebels have played the Waratahs 20 times in Super rugby since 2011 and the Rebels have won 4 matches, lost 16 times and drawn none.

The Rebels 4 wins out of 20 matches gives them a record of winning 20% of their matches against the Waratahs regardless of venue.

The average score when the Rebels play the Waratahs is : Rebels 21 Waratahs 30.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Rebels and they have had home advantage in 10 of the 20 matches.

In those 10 Rebels home matches they have won 2 matches and lost 8.

The average score when the Rebels play the Waratahs at home is : Rebels 21 Waratahs 31.

The Waratahs have won two of the last five meetings between these teams.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs an 11 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Rebels 21 Waratahs 30

Last five results
2019-04-20 NSW Waratahs 23 – 20 Rebels
2019-05-31 Rebels 15 – 20 NSW Waratahs
2020-02-14 Rebels 24 – 10 NSW Waratahs
2020-07-24 NSW Waratahs 10 – 29 Rebels
2020-08-29 Rebels 32 – 38 NSW Waratahs

Melbourne Rebels overall record against the NSW Waratahs
Played 20, won 4, lost 16, drawn 0

Match Officials and details
Match : Melbourne Rebels v NSW Waratahs
Date :   Friday 19 March
Venue : AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick Off local:  19:45
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Amy Perrett
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : Brett Cronan

Teams

Rebels

Cabous Eloff, James Hanson, Pone Faamausili, Steve Cummins, Trevor Hosea, Joshua Kemeny, Richard Hardwick, Michael Wells, Joe Powell, Matt To’omua (c), Marika Koroibete, Reece Hodge, Stacey Ili, Lachie Anderson, Tom Pincus

Replacements: Jordan Uelese, Matt Gibbon, Lucio Sordoni, Tom Nowlan, Rob Leota, James Tuttle, Glen Vaihu, Frank Lomani

Waratahs

Harry Johnson-Holmes, David Porecki, Tetera Faulkner, Hugh Sinclair, Sam Caird, Lachie Swinton, Carlo Tizzano, Jack Dempsey, Jack Grant, Will Harrison, James Ramm, Tepai Moeroa, Alex Newsome (c), Jack Maddocks, Mark Nawaqanitawase

Replacements: Tom Horton, George Francis, Darcy Breen, Sam Wykes, Jeremy Williams, Henry Robertson, Tane Edmed, Lalakai Foketi


Queensland Reds v Western Force Super Rugby AU Preview

The Reds have played the Western Force 20 times in Super rugby since 2006 and the Reds have won 10 matches, lost 9 times and drawn once.

The Reds 10 wins out of 20 matches gives them a record of winning 50% of their matches against the Western Force regardless of venue.

The average score when the Reds play the Western Force is : Reds 24 Western Force 22.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Reds and they have had home advantage in 11 of the 20 matches.

In those 11 Reds home matches they have won 7 matches and lost 4.

The average score when the Reds play the Western Force at home is : Reds 26 Western Force 20.

The Western Force have won four of the last five meetings between these teams.

The Bookies have given the Force a 15 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Queensland Reds 24 Western Force 22.

Last five results
2016-03-05 Queensland Reds 6-22 Western Force
2017-03-02 Western Force 26-19 Queensland Reds
2017-05-26 Queensland Reds 26-40 Western Force
2020-07-17 Queensland Reds 31 – 24 Western Force
2020-08-21 Western Force 5 – 57 Queensland Reds

Queensland Reds overall record against the Western Force
Played 20, won 10, lost 9, drawn 1

Match Officials and details
Match : Queensland Reds v Western Force
Date : Saturday 20 March
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 18:45
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Reuben Keane
TMO : Brett Cronan

Teams

Queensland Reds

Dane Zander, Alex Mafi, Taniela Tupou, Angus Blyth, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Angus Scott-Young, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor (c), Ilaisa Droasese, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, Suliasi Vunivalu, Jock Campbell

Replacements: Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Harry Hoopert, Zane Nonggorr, Ryan Smith, Seru Uru, Kalani Thomas, Hamish Stewart, Bryce Hegarty

Western Force

Tom Robertson, Feleti Kaitu’u, Greg Holmes, Jeremy Thrush, Sitaleki Timani, Fergus Lee-Warner, Kane Koteka, Brynard Stander (c), Tomas Cubelli, Jake McIntyre, Richard Kahui, Henry Taefu, Tevita Kuridrani, Byron Ralston, Robert Kearney

Replacements:Jack Winchester, Angus Wagner, Santiago Medrano, Ryan McCauley, Tim Anstee, Ian Prior, Jack McGregor, Marcel Brache


Hurricanes v Chiefs Super Rugby Aotearoa Preview

The Hurricanes have played the Chiefs 38 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Hurricanes have won 21 matches, lost 15 times and drawn twice.

The Hurricanes 21 wins out of 38 matches gives them a record of winning 55% of their matches against the Chiefs regardless of venue.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Chiefs is : Hurricanes 24 Chiefs 21.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Hurricanes and they have had home advantage in 20 of the 38 matches.

In those 20 Hurricanes home matches they have won 14 matches and lost 6.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Chiefs at home is : Hurricanes 28  Chiefs 21.

The Hurricanes have won four of the last five meetings between these teams. The fifth match was a draw. The Chiefs have not beaten the Hurricanes since 2018.

The Bookies have given the Chiefs a 2 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Hurricanes 24 Chiefs 21

Last five results
2019-03-15 Chiefs 23 – 23 Hurricanes
2019-04-27 Hurricanes 47 – 19 Chiefs
2020-03-13 Chiefs 24 – 27 Hurricanes
2020-07-05 Chiefs 18 – 25 Hurricanes
2020-08-08 Hurricanes 31 – 18 Chiefs

Hurricanes overall record against the Chiefs
Played 38, won 21, lost 15, drawn 2

Match Officials and details
Match : Hurricanes v Chiefs
Date : Saturday 20 March
Venue : Sky Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19:05
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:James Doleman
TMO : Glen Newman

Teams

Hurricanes

Jordie Barrett, Julian Savea, Billy Proctor, Ngani Laumape, Salesi Rayasi, Orbyn Leger, Luke Campbell, Ardie Savea, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Isaia Walker-Leawere, James Blackwell, Tyrel Lomax, Ricky Riccitelli, Xavier Numia.

Replacements: James O’Reilly, Fraser Armstrong, Tevita Mafileo, Liam Mitchell, Devan Flanders, Jonathan Taumateine, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Wes Goosen.

Chiefs

Damian McKenzie, Jonah Lowe, Anton Lienert-Brown, Quinn Tupaea, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Kaleb Trask, Brad Weber (cc), Luke Jacobson, Sam Cane, Mitchell Brown, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Tupou Vaa’i, Angus Ta’avao, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Aidan Ross.

Replacements: Bradley Slater, Oliver Norris, Joe Apikotoa, Samipeni Finau, Simon Parker, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Alex Nankivell, Chase Tiatia.


Blues v Crusaders Super Rugby Aotearoa Preview

The Blues have played the Crusaders 37 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Blues have won 11 matches, lost 25 times and drawn once.

The Blues 11 wins out of 37 matches gives them a record of winning 30% of their matches against the Crusaders regardless of venue.

The average score when the Blues play the Crusaders is : Blues 20 Crusaders 26.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Blues and they have had home advantage in 19 of the 37 matches.

In those 19 Blues home matches they have won 8 matches and lost 10.

The average score when the Blues play the Crusaders at home is : Blues 21 Crusaders 21.

The Crusaders have won the last 13 meetings between these teams and the last Blues win was in 2014.

The Bookies have given the Blues a 2 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Blues 20 Crusaders 26.

Last five results
2018-07-14 Crusaders 54 – 17 Blues
2019-02-16 Blues  22 – 24 Crusaders
2019-05-25 Crusaders 19 – 11 Blues
2020-02-14 Blues 8 – 25 Crusaders
2020-07-11 Crusaders 26 – 15 Blues

Blues overall record against the Crusaders
Played 37, won 11, lost 25, drawn 1

Match Officials and details
Match : Blues v Crusaders
Date : Sunday 21 March
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland
Kick Off local: 15:35
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:James Doleman
TMO :  Brendon Pickerill

Teams

Blues

15 Stephen Perofeta, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Harry Plummer, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Otere Black, 9 Jonathan Ruru; 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu ©, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Luteru Tolai, 1 Alex Hodgman.

Replacements: 16 Kurt Eklund, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Tom Robinson, 21 Adrian Choat, 22 Finlay Christie, 23 TJ Faiane.

Crusaders

1. Joe Moody 2. Codie Taylor (VC) 3. Michael Alaalatoa 4. Scott Barrett (C) 5. Samuel Whitelock 6. Ethan Blackadder 7. Sione Havili Talitui 8. Cullen Grace 9. Bryn Hall* 10. Richie Mo’unga 11. Leicester Fainga’anuku 12. David Havili (VC) 13. Jack Goodhue 14. Sevu Reece 15. Will Jordan

Replacements: 16. Brodie McAlister 17. George Bower 18. Oliver Jager 19. Mitchell Dunshea 20. Whetukamokamo Douglas 21. Mitchell Drummond 22. Fergus Burke 23. Dallas McLeod


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