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Super Rugby: Waratahs’ woes could continue in Canberra

Sat down in 10th place on the Super Rugby Pacific ladder with just one win in their first six games, things don’t get any easier for the NSW Waratahs when they travel to the ACT Brumbies on Saturday.

It’s been a torrid start to the season for the Waratahs and a 27-21 defeat on home soil against the Melbourne Rebels last time out did little to raise spirits.

A Brumbies side who edged out the Queensland Reds 20-19 last time out are lying in wait at GIO Stadium, in another game in which points and bragging rights are at stake.

. What: Brumbies v Waratahs
. Where: GIO Stadium, Canberra
. When: 18:35, Saturday 6th April 2024
. How to watch: Stan Sport
. Odds: Brumbies 1.28, Waratahs 3.75

Tahs not a million miles away

With five defeats in their opening six games of the season, the results don’t make great reading for the Tahs, whose only win has actually come against last year’s champions the Crusaders.

While the number of defeats has been disappointing, the campaign so far could have looked a whole lot different.

Barring a 40-22 blowout against the Reds on the opening weekend, the Waratahs’ defeats have been by small margins.

In their last four losses, the Tahs have lost out by a total of 13 points, losing two of those games against the Highlanders and Blues by two points respectively.

It shows that head coach Darren Coleman and his side are not a million miles away from getting big wins that would significantly help their standing on the ladder.

A home defeat to the Rebels was admittedly a step back and now the Tahs are 3.75 underdogs to get something from their trip to the capital this weekend.

Brumbies can maintain strong record

This has been very much a one-sided rivalry over the years between the Brumbies and the Waratahs, with the Canberra outfit winning 14 of the last 15 meetings.

The Brumbies are on an 11-game winning streak over the Tahs going into Saturday’s game at GIO Stadium, so it’s little wonder the hosts are the 1.28 favourites to get the win.

Head coach Stephen Larkham and his side are currently on a four-game winning run and have won 10 of their last 11 Super Rugby Pacific games on their own patch.

The Brumbies are available at 1.91 with -9 in the Line market, while over 47.5 total points in the game is currently at 2.00.

Looking to the anytime try scorer market, Corey Toole is the shortest price at 1.95 to go over on Saturday.

Toole has already scored six tries in Super Rugby Pacific this season and sits joint-top of the tryscoring charts.

The 24-year-old seems to have enjoyed playing against the Tahs, after scoring in his last two starts against the Sydney outfit.

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