Super Rugby 2018 – Week 4 Previews, Tips & Predictions
by Ken Edwards, 07 March 2018
The Brumbies are licking their wounds after a surprise loss to the Reds. The Brumbies have been uncharacteristically inconsistent, the loss following an impressive away-win over the Sunwolves in Tokyo. Which Brumbies team will turn up to face the Rebels? It shouldn’t matter. The Rebels are warming to their task very nicely.
After upsetting the Brumbies in Brisbane last weekend, the bookmakers have bought into coach Brad Thorn’s Ballymore revolution. Have the players also drunk the Kool Aid? It appears that Thorn is not allowing his side to get carried with the hype, whipping them through an intense weights session and leading them powerfully through like only the winning-State of Origin, NRL Premiership, Rugby World Cup, Heineken Cup and Super Rugby champ can.
After barely hanging on to scrape out a very rare draw against the Sharks in Durban and secure a valuable 2 points, the NSW Waratahs head to Argentina to take on the imposing-at-home, Jaguares.
NSW scored at the death to defeat the Stormers in their opening match and again showed good stamina to hold off the Sharks. They certainly are fit, although sloppy in their executions.
“What I am pleased about with the team is around the fight in our team, we don’t give up,” Coach Gibson said.
“We’re fit and we’re giving our best so that’s a good foundation to grow from.”
The times are a-changing. The Rebels are heavy favourites to defeat the Brumbies at their AAMI Park home in Melbourne this weekend and there’s no reason to believe they won’t bury the Brumbies.
The Rebels are humming with confidence and whilst not yet polished like a well-oiled machine, it’s the first time in their eight seasons that Melbourne have begun with two-successive-wins, thanks to their injection of ex-Western Force stars and new coach Dave Wessels.