Reds v Rebels betting tips, prediction & odds; Super Rugby AU week 2
Welcome to our Queensland Reds v Melbourne Rebels free betting tips for the Super Rugby AU clash at Suncorp Stadium on Friday, February 26.
The Reds opened their season with an emphatic 41-7 win over the Waratahs last week in Brisbane, and this week get the chance to debut their big off-season signing, former Melbourne Storm NRL flyer Suliasi Vunivalu.
Vunivalu, though yet to debut in Super Rugby, has already been earmarked as a Wallabies player. He missed last week’s first-up game thanks to a suspension for getting involved in an off-field incident in which he allegedly pushed a security guard outside a licensed venue.
Queensland firmed up in title betting after their easy win last weekend, and bookies rated them and ACT Brumbies as head and shoulders above their three rivals in Super Rugby AU.
The Reds have also included star front-rower Taniela Tupou, aka the Tongan Thor, in the starting line-up after he was used off the bench last week.
The Rebels are playing their first match of the year and if you fancy them to do some damage this season, now is the time to back them in the tournament-long markets. You back them to finish in the top two or even win the title with Unibet.
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).
Reds v Rebels teams
Queensland Reds team
Jock Campbell, Jordan Petaia, Hunter Paisami, Hamish Stewart, Filipo Daugunu, James O’Connor (c), Tate McDermott; Harry Wilson, Fraser McReight, Angus Scott-Young, Seru Uru, Angus Blyth, Taniela Tupou, Alex Mafi, Dane Zander. Reserves: Josh Nasser, Harry Hoopert, Feao Fotuaika, Ryan Smith, Sam Wallis, Moses Sorovi, Bryce Hegarty, Suliasi Vunivalu.
Melbourne Rebels teams
Tom Pincus, Lachie Anderson, Stace Ili, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Matt To’omua (c), Joe Powell; Michael Wells, Richard Hardwick, Brad Wilkin, Trevor Hosea, Steve Cummins, Vaauli Faamausili, Jordan Uelese, Cabous Eloff. Reserves: Ed Craig, Isaac Aedo Kailea, Rhys Van Nek, Rob Leota, Josh Kemeny, James Tuttle, Glen Vaihu, Frank Lomani.
Continue reading for our free Reds v Rebels tips for the Super Rugby AU match in Brisbane on Friday, February 26.
Queensland Reds v Melbourne Rebels odds
Head to head odds: Reds $1.24, Rebels $4.10
Handicap betting: Reds (-13.5 points) $1.85, Rebels (+13.5 points) $1.95
Super Rugby AU title betting: ACT Brumbies $2, Queensland Reds $2.75, NSW Waratahs $9, Melbourne Rebels $10, Western Force $17.
Reds v Waratahs betting tips
Our rugby tipster has examined the odds and found several Reds v Rebels tips for the round 2 Super Rugby clash.
Rebels +13.5 points/Marika Koroibete to score a try multi-bet
There has been plenty of talk about the Reds’ gun recruit Suliasi Vunivalu, but do not forget about another Fiji-born former Melbourne Storm winger who is already an established star of the 15-man game. Marika Koroibete is a try-scoring machine and we expect he will score at some stage and his team will put up a big performance. He is rated around $2.25 to score a try.
Rebels +13.5 points/match total over 48.5 points
This option is paying around $3.50. While the Reds won by a street in their opening match, we suspect the Rebels will provide much sterner opposition in a free-scoring match in steamy conditions in Brisbane.
Queensland v Melbourne Rebels prediction 26/2/2021
We like the look of the Rebels on paper with a handful of international players adding some real direction to the back line. The question will be can the Rebels stand up in the forwards. We think they can and expect them to push the Reds, who we rate as the pick of the Super Rugby AU sides, all the way. Our final Reds v Rebels prediction? Reds to win a close one.
Qld v Melbourne Rebels 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 6.45 local time (7.45pm AEDT) on February 26, 2021.
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