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Western Force vs Brumbies Predictions & Tips - Defending champions tipped to cover handicap in Super Rugby AU clash
- Western Force vs Brumbies predictions for Friday’s Super Rugby AU opener
- The clash is being played at 12:55 SAST at the HBF Park
- Western Force have added a number of experienced players
- I am tipping the Brumbies to win by more than 4 points
- Betting tips, predictions and team news for Western Force vs Brumbies
Western Force vs Brumbies Predictions
The Brumbies are a strong outfit with a lot more continuity within their squad than the Western Force, so while this is likely to be a tight affair, I fancy the Brumbies to win by more than four points and beat the handicap.
- Brumbies won the 2020 Super Rugby AU title.
- Brumbies have won 7 of their last 9 matches.
- Brumbies covered the -4 handicap in 3 of their last 4 matches.
Head to Head
The Brumbies ran out comfortable winners against the Western Force in their two meetings during Super Rugby AU 2020.
The Force lost 24-0 at home and 31-14 in Canberra.
Western Force Form
The Western Force could not find any sort of form in the 2020 Super Rugby AU competition. The tournament was put together quickly and they had little time to build a squad and prepare, which left them with some average players.
This season promises to be much different. No team has recruited more heavily for the competition, so the Force have gone from bottom feeders to title challengers.
Given the amount of recruitment, we could see a slow start from the Western Force. They will need a few matches to start gelling together. Once they do click, the Force will be a far more dangerous outfit than in 2020.
Western Force Injuries & Team News
The Western Force habe been very active in the market as they look to improve on last season. They have signed Argentine internationals Santiago Medrano, Tomas Lezana, Domingo Miotti and Tomas Cubelli.
Other signs include veteran Irish fullback, Rob Kearney, Toni Pulu and Australian internationals, Tevita Kuridrani and Tom Robertson.
Richard Kahui, Jono Lance and Kyle Godwin have all been retained after strong performances in 2020.
The Brumbies head into Super Rugby AU 2021 as the defending champs. They were deserved winners last season given the strength of their squad.
Their 28-23 victory over the Reds in the final will give the team confidence heading into this year’s tournament. While they are favourites again, it is not nearly as clear-cut as in 2020.
Other teams have caught up in strength and depth, especially the Western Force. Head coach, Dan McKellar is certainly in for a bumpier road in 2021.
Brumbies Injuries & Team News
The Brumbies have retained a very similar squad to last season. Lachie McCaffrey has left, Will Miller retired and Tevita Kuridrani has moved on to the Western Force.
The good news is that Australian international scrumhalf, Nic White will be available for the full season. The Canberra-based outfit is stacked with internationals. When everyone is fit, there will only be a few positions that are not filled by international stars.
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