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Super Rugby: Reds looking to continue Waratahs dominance

Queensland Reds will be hoping to make it five wins on the spin against the New South Wales Waratahs when the two sides go head to head on Saturday night.

The Reds have enjoyed their recent encounters with the ‘Tahs and will be looking to make it back-to-back home wins in Super Rugby Pacific for the first time since Round 7 last season. 

Reds have the sign over ‘Tahs

WhatReds v Waratahs
WhereQueensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
When19:35, (AEST) Saturday 6th April 2023
How to watchStan Sport
OddsReds 1.62, Waratahs 2.30

There’s no doubt where the dominance has lied in this fixture over the last couple of seasons and the Reds will be eager to keep their winning run over the Waratahs going this weekend. 

The Reds have been inconsistent at Queensland Country Bank Stadium but have a rare opportunity to make it back-to-back wins on their own patch after a 31-17 win over the Western Force in their last Townsville outing. 

Queensland are having a mixed season so far with four wins from their first nine games of the campaign. 

Discipline has been an issue for the Reds, with 40 offensive penalties conceded so far this season, which is the most in Super Rugby this year. 

They do have attacking talent and Fraser McReight is a man in form at the moment after scoring four tries in his last three appearances. Keep an eye on the flanker to add to his tally this weekend, with the Reds at 1.62 for the win. 

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Waratahs searching for consistency 

The Waratahs have been somewhat of a Jekyll and Hyde outfit this season and certainly in their most recent games. 

After beating Western Force 26-16, the ‘Tahs were then thumped 55-21 at the Blues, before going on to edge out the Highlanders last time out 21-20. 

The Waratahs have only managed one win on the road this season and that was a 46-17 victory at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium against Fijian Drua back in early March. 

The visitors this weekend to Townsville are 2.30 to end their fruitless run on the road against the Reds but it won’t be easy to stop their losing run against Queensland. 

Tough to go against Reds 

With home advantage, a good record in this fixture and the Waratahs struggles on the road, it’s hard to go against a Reds’ victory in this one. 

Australia international James O’Connor features again at inside centre and he will look to continue developing his partnership with fly-half Lawson Creighton. 

With Jock Campbell on the wing, the Reds have a real attacking threat in the wide channels and the hosts should have enough to claim their fifth win of the season. 

Looking at the Line market, the Reds are available at 1.91 to come out on top with -2.5 points to start with and that could be the way to go in this one. 

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