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Super Rugby: Waratahs can bounce back against Dura

After the heartbreak of a narrow defeat at the hands of the Blues, the NSW Waratahs will be looking to respond on Saturday when they go up against Fijian Drua.

Both teams head into this one in Lautoka with just one win respectively to their names and these sides will fancy their chances of coming on top in what should be a tight contest at Churchill Park.

What: Fijian Drua v Waratahs
Where: Churchill Park, Lautoka
When: 11:05, Saturday 23rd March 2024
How to watch: Stan Sports
Odds: Fijian Drua 1.57, Waratahs 2.50

Waratahs out to maintain perfect record

The Tahs and Fijian Drua have faced off on four previous occasions and every time it’s the Sydney outfit who have come out on top.

In their last meeting at the Drua in 2023, the Waratahs came out on top in a high-scoring encounter, winning 46-17.

Despite that performance, the Tahs find themselves as the 2.50 underdogs going into this game, which occurs on the back of a 12-10 defeat to a strong Blues side last time out.

The Tahs are even available at 1.91 with +4 in the Line market to fall on the right side of the handicap on Sunday in Fiji.

A lack of tries has been somewhat of a concern for coach Darren Coleman, with no team in Super Rugby scoring fewer than the Tahs’ 10 in their first four outings this season.

Coleman will know his side needs to improve with ball in hand if they are to overcome a dangerous Fijian Drua side and maintain their perfect winning record in this fixture.

Hosts have strike runners to be wary of

Fijian Dua have two players that sit joint-top of the charts when it comes to clean breaks in Super Rugby this season.

Wingers Epeli Momo and Selestino Ravutaumada have both recorded seven line breaks each this season and will be eager to test this Waratahs' defence on Saturday.

The real issue for Australian coach Mick Byrne will be tightening up this Dura defence for the arrival of Coleman’s side.

Conceding 129 points in their opening four games, only the Melbourne Rebels and rock-bottom Western Force have let in more than the Drua.

It should make for a potentially high-scoring game but one that could be decided in the last 10 minutes of the contest.

Looking at the tryscorer markets, unsurprisingly both Momo and Ravutaumada are the shortest price at 2.25 in the anytime market to get over the line.

As for the visitors, Waratahs and Wallabies flyer Mark Nawaqanitawase is available at 2.37 to score anytime, while Dylan Pietsch is the same price to touch down in the 80 minutes.

Wins have been hard to come by for both these sides so far this season and both teams will know the importance of Saturday’s match to try and drag their way from the bottom of the ladder.

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