Rebels v Waratahs betting tips, prediction & odds; Super Rugby AU week 4
Welcome to our Melbourne Rebels v NSW Waratahs free betting tips for the Super Rugby AU clash at AAMI Park, Melbourne, on Friday, March 19.
It is a measure of how far the Waratahs have fallen that the Melbourne Rebels are as short as $1.22 with some bookies to beat them, with more than $4 available about the once-mighty Tahs.
NSW are the only side in the Super Rugby AU series in 2021 without a win but their young side showed signs of life in their most recent match, a 20-16 loss to the Western Force in Sydney. That followed thrashings in the first two rounds, 41-7 by the Reds and 61-10 by the Brumbies.
The Rebels were a lot more competitive against those two standout teams, losing 23-21 to the Reds and 27-24 to the Brumbies, before they finally chalked up their first win in week four, beating the Force 10-7 despite finished with 14 men.
Melbourne coach Dave Wessels has made one change to his starting line-up, with Ross Haylett-Petty banned three weeks for the dangerous tackle on Force loose forward Tomas Lezana that earned him a red card. Lock Steve Cummins comes off the bench as his replacement.
Waratahs coach Rob Penney has stuck with the side that lost to the Force a fortnight ago. The Tahs face the added challenge of tackling the Rebels in the latter’s first home match of the season at AAMI Park.
This is the first of two Super Rugby AU matches this weekend with the second match Queensland Reds at home to the Western Force from 7.45pm AEDT on Saturday.
How does Super Rugby work this season?
With South Africa out of the equation, the Super Rugby season has three componenents: Super Rugby AU (Australian regional tournament), Super Rugby Aotearoa (New Zealand regional tournament, starting February 26), then the combined Super Rugby Trans-Tasman (starting May 14).
Rebels v Waratahs teams
Tom Pincus, Lachie Anderson, Stacey Ili, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Matt To’omua (c), Joe Powell; Michael Wells, Richard Hardwick, Josh Kemeny, Trevor Hosea, Steve Cummins, Pone Fa’amausili, James Hanson, Cabous Eloff. Reserves: Jordan Uelese, Matt Gibbon, Lucio Sordoni, Tom Nowlan, Rob Leota, James Tuttle, Glen Vaihu, Frank Lomani.
Mark Nawaqanitawase, Jack Maddocks, Alex Newsome (c), Tepai Moeroa, James Ramm, Will Harrison, Jack Grant; Jack Dempsey, Carlo Tizzano, Lachie Swinton, Sam Caird, Hugh Sinclair, Te Tera Faulkner, Dave Porecki, Harry Johnson-Holmes. Reserves: Tom Horton, George Francis, Darcy Breen, Sam Wykes, Jeremy Williams, Henry Robertson, Tane Edmed, Lalakai Foketi.
Continue reading for our free Rebels v Tahs tips for the Super Rugby AU match in Melbourne on Friday, March 19.
Rebels v Waratahs odds
Head to head odds: Rebels $1.22, Waratahs $4.30
Handicap betting: Rebels (-11.5 points) $1.95, Waratahs (+11.5 points) $1.85
Super Rugby AU title betting: ACT Brumbies $2.05, Queensland Reds $2.15, Melbourne Rebels $8.50, Western Force $41, NSW Waratahs $101.
Rebels v Waratahs betting tips
Our rugby tipster has examined the odds and found several Rebels-Waratahs tips for the round 5 Super Rugby clash.
Rebels to win by 1-12 points
The Waratahs have had a week off to regroup and have a long history of success against the team from Melbourne, though the Rebels won 24-10 in their only meeting in 2020. The Waratahs will be desperate to climb off the bottom of the table and have enough young talent to make this one interesting if the Rebels drop their guard.
Waratahs-Rebels half-time/fulltime double
As mentioned we expect the Tahs to be up for this one early. If they can get a roll on they could be in the match early though we expect the Rebels greater strength and experience to tell out in the end.
Melbourne Rebels v NSW Waratahs prediction 19/3/2021
The Waratahs’ rusted-on supporters need to see some sort of reaction from the Tahs after their dismal start to the season otherwise things could go south very quickly. NSW have been a powerhouse of Australian rugby for a century and this season is surely shaping as one of their lowest ebbs. They are a wonderful nursery for finding young guns and they are worth watching to see who is ready to emerge. Our final Rebels v Waratahs prediction? Rebels by 7 points.
Rebels v Waratahs Super Rugby AU details
In Australia: Channel Nine has acquired the rights to Super Rugby. All Super Rugby AU matches will be shown on streaming service Stan, with one match per weekend on free-to-air channel 9GEM.
New Zealand: Sky Sports. South Africa/Africa: SuperSport. Argentina/South America/North America: ESPN. Japan: Wowow. Pacific: Digicel. United Kingdom: To be confirmed.
The game starts at 7.45 local time on March 19, 2021.
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