Super Rugby: Brumbies v Sharks


The Sharks tour to Australasia will start with a trip to the GIO Stadium as they take on the Brumbies on Saturday the 17th of March. 

Both teams will be looking for their second win of the tournament after only managing to beat minnows, the Sunwolves.

To Win (80 mins)
Brumbies 5/4
Draw 22/1
Sharks 7/10

Handicap 
Brumbies +3.5 (9/10)
Sharks (-3.5) (9/10)


Sharks
The Sharks have enjoyed a mixed bag of results, losing to the Lions, drawing with the Waratahs, and thrashing the Sunwolves.

The highly rated SA team is tipped to have a strong presence in this year’s Super Rugby tournament but somehow haven’t found their feet yet. An unconvincing draw to the Waratahs summed up their inability to capitalise on guilt-edge opportunities.

On paper, the Sharks have a formidable forward pack with the likes of Franco Marais, Tendai Mtawaria, and Thomas du Toit. While the backs include game changers such as Du Preez Junior, Nkosi, Esterhuizen, Am, and Mvovo. But we have yet to see some form of real bite from the Natalians thus far.

The Sharks should aim to win two of their four tour encounters. Their fixtures against the Brumbies and Rebels offer the only sort of realistic victories they can muster up, as the Blues and Hurricanes are out of reach, judging from the Natalians recent performances.

Brumbies
The Brumbies have lost their last two matches at the hands of the Reds and the Rebels, and the Australian side sits third from the bottom, on the Overall Conference above the Sunwolves and the Jaguares.

The Brumbies are currently the worst performing Australian team in this year’s Super Rugby tournament, and they’ll want to get that monkey off their back and with a couple and use the Wallabies in their side.

They'll need to work hard to turn things around and put their recent loss to the Rebels behind them, where they conceded five tries to their two. In a match the Brumbies dominated in terms of stats, their missed opportunities cost them as the Rebels made full use of their minuscule share of only 42% of possession.
   
In closing, I don’t know what it is about travelling to Australia – despite the jet lag – watching the Bulls lose to the Reds, and how the Stormers were found wanting, it begs the question if the Sharks can overcome the conditions and grab their second win of the tournament?

Stats

2018 Stats in Super Rugby
BRU

SHA
9
Tries
13
33
Clean Breaks
54
86.6%
Tackles Won %
84.3%
90.2%
Lineouts Won %
89.2%
88%
Scrums Won %
79%
62
Defenders Beaten
63

Verdict: Draw 22/1
I'm not convinced that both teams are playing to their full potential, so I'll have a minimal strike on the draw as a ping pong encounter is expected where the lead will change hands a few times but a draw should be on the cards. 

 Writtern by Lungelo Mdladla for Hollywoodbets

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