Reds v Waratahs betting tips, prediction & odds; Super Rugby AU round 1
Welcome to our Queensland Reds v NSW Waratahs free betting tips for the opening clash of the Super Rugby AU season at Suncorp Stadium on Friday, February 19.
The Reds and Waratahs are the fiercest rivals in Australian rugby, with the bookmakers making the Reds short-priced favourites at around $1.32 to defeat the young Tahs ($3.40).
The Brisbane forecast for the Reds-Tahs game is not great so keep an eye on on the latest if you are considering investing in the overs/unders match total market.
The Waratahs have an incredible record against their northern neighbours, having won 12 of the past 13 clashes, but the Reds reached the Super Rugby AU grand final last season and head into this season as second favourites for the title behind the ACT Brumbies.
The Reds had hoped to unveil their big off-season signing, code hopper Suliasi Vunivalu, the 25-year-old Fijian flyer who won two premierships, including in 2020, with the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League competition.
But Vunivalu was suspended for this opening match and fined $10,000 for an off-field incident last week in which he allegedly pushed a security guard outside a licensed venue.
But the Reds are still deserved favourites as they have had a recently settled squad for several seasons while NSW are rebuilding without key players including captain Michael Hooper, who will play for Toyota Verblitz in Japan for the first half of the season before returning to the Waratahs and Wallabies.
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 Waratahs teams
Queensland Reds team
Dane Zander, Alex Mafi, Feao Fotuaika, Angus Blyth, Seru Uru, Angus Scott-Young, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson; Tate McDermott, James O’Connor (c), Filipo Daugunu, Hamish Stewart, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, Jock Campbell. Reserves: Richie Asiata, Harry Hoopert, Taniela Tupou, Ryan Smith, Tuania Tali Taualima, Moses Sorovi, Bryce Hegarty, Ilaisa Droasese.
NSW Waratahs teams
Angus Bell, Tom Horton, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Sam Caird, Jack Whetton, Will Harris, Carlo Tizzano, Jack Dempsey; Jake Gordon (c), Will Harrison, James Ramm, Joey Walton, Izaia Perese, Alex Newsome, Jack Maddocks. Reserves: Dave Porecki, Tetera Faulkner, Sio Tatola, Jeremy Williams, Hugh Sinclair, Jack Grant, Tane Edmed, Mark Nawaqanitawase.
Continue reading for our free Reds v Waratahs tips for the opening Super Rugby AU match in Brisbane on Friday, February 19.
Queensland Reds v NSW Waratahs odds
Head to head odds: Reds $1.32, Waratahs $3.40
Handicap betting: Reds (-8.5 points) $1.90, Waratahs (+8.5 points) $1.90
Super Rugby AU title betting: ACT Brumbies $2.35, Queensland Reds $3, NSW Waratahs $7, Melbourne Rebels $10, Western Force $11.
Reds v Waratahs betting tips
Our rugby tipster has examined the odds and found several Reds v Waratahs tips for the round 1 Super Rugby clash.
Reds to win by 11-20 points at $3.70
Unibet is offering winning margins in increments of 10 and we expect the Reds to win comfortably without racking up a blowout margin. The weather could be wet but the Reds overall should have too much cohesion and experience and should get the job done.
James O’Connor to score the first try
This option just jumped out at us with Unibet with the former Australian Test star rated at a huge $23, which seems massive overs. This match could be quite disjointed so early in the season, so look out for the quick-stepping O’Connor to get away.
Queensland v NSW prediction 19/2/2021
This is one to savour for fans of the game they play in heaven, though the fact this competition features just five teams makes it see a little flat. Still, these are the two oldest rivals in it and there should be some real feeling in the season opener. Our final Reds v Waratahs prediction? Reds to win comfortably.
Qld v NSW 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 19, 2021.
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