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Super Rugby AU 2020 Round 1 Predictions

Super Rugby AU will be joining Super Rugby Aotearoa this weekend as our world strives to get back to some sort of normality.

There are a different set of law trials going on in Super Rugby AU compared to Super Rugby Aotearoa. It’s going to be interesting how the players cope with this, especially the kicking laws.

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Reds v Waratahs – Waratahs by 3

Before the COVID19 shutdown the Reds were relatively heading in the right direction. They only won 2 out of 7 games but 5 bonus points shows you that they were at least getting close.

Since then though they have lost 3 senior players and that’s got to have impacted the squad. Will this pull them together or will it just mean a drop in quality?

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The Tahs were a mess and have since lost Kurtley Beale however several people thought he was part of the problem not the solution anyway. Mack Mason also appears to have gone but he wasn’t getting much game time anyway.

I’m backing the disruption to be more at the Reds than the Tahs and so I’m backing them.

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Brumbies v Rebels – Brumbies by 5

It’s a shame that this is happening in round 1 as it’s already looking like a title deciding game. Sure there is a finals series in Super Rugby AU but finishing top means you get a week of rest before the final. Other competitions have shown this to be the deciding factor frequently.

You have to say that the Brumbies are coming into this competition as the strong favourites due to their pre-lockdown form. 10 points clear with 6 games played was a dominating performance.

The Rebels have picked up a couple of Sevens players but these transitions don’t always work. They should be a good challenge for the Brumbies as long as their focus is on the game and not that they have to live away from home due to the Melbourne COVID19 cases.

Bye – Western Force

Wow the Western Force are back in Super Rugby! At the moment it’s only for 1 season and they are publicly saying they’ll be returning to Global Rapid Rugby next year.

A bye at the beginning of the competition will allow them to see how the new law variations impact things. The flip side is that they won’t get as much rest during the season.

Record So Far

Well we haven’t had any games yet!

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