Super Rugby 2018 – Week 2 Wrap + Week 3 Predictions
by Ken Edwards, 26 February 2018
The Brumbies have a happy knack of beating other Australian teams and should defeat the Reds in Brisbane.
They proved their ability-away-from-home against the Sunwolves in Tokyo with the ACT coming back from 14-3 deficit to clinch a 32-25 win. They are not intimidated by big parochial crowds and Brisbane will hold no fears.
The Reds were abysmal against the Rebels in Melbourne. Giving away unnecessary penalties and sin-binnings must be addressed if the Reds are to improve. The Rebels took full toll of the Red’s brain fades.
A repeat performance should produce a similar result on Friday night, when the Brumbies visit Brisbane.
The Brumbies showed evidence of their fighting away qualities to edge the Sunwolves in Tokyo and will be better for the run as they look to avenge a last-gasp-loss to the Reds at Suncorp Stadium the last time around.
NSW stole an opening night victory in Sydney against South Africa’s Western Stormers in the 81st minute, with a Ned Hanigan try snatching the win.
The win will give the Waratahs a huge psychological boost, but can they win next week in the humidity of Durban against the Sharks? We think not, the ‘Tahs don’t travel well.
Despite claiming a record-breaking 45-19 victory over the Queensland Reds in their home Super Rugby opener at AAMI Park on Friday, coach Dave Wessels is fully aware that their performance will need a vast improvement if they are to be successful in their trip to Tokyo this week to take a dangerous Sunwolves unit.
The Rebels, featuring a number of new impressive signings, made history by scoring seven tries – beating their previous record of six in a single game. However, to put it into perspective, the Reds were awful and the Rebels will look to improve on the road.