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Super Rugby: Waratahs can add to Moana’s woes

It has been a season to forget for Moana Pasifika and things won’t get any easier for them as they prepare to travel to the Waratahs for their final game on Saturday.

The Waratahs secured a 26-20 in their only previous meeting with Moana last year but the Aussie outfit looks capable of winning by a much larger margin this time around.

Waratahs making Allianz Stadium a fortress

WhatWaratahs v Moana Pasifika
WhereAllianz Stadium, Sydney
When19:35 (AEST), Saturday 3rd June 2023
How to watchStan Sport
OddsWaratahs 1.14, Moana Pasifika 5.50

Coming away from Sydney with the spoils has been challenging for visiting teams in recent months, with the Tahs winning all their last four home games in Super Rugby. 

It has been a stark turnaround for the Waratahs that had lost their previous four home games and now the Allianz Stadium appears to be a tough hunting ground for visiting sides. 

Saturday’s game will be an extra special occasion at the Allianz, with flanker Michael Hooper set to play his final home game for the Waratahs. 

Since making his debut in 2013, Hooper has been a great servant to the Tahs and will make his 140th appearance for the club this weekend. 

Given the armband for the occasion, Hooper will be eager to go out on a high and it’s hard to see the hosts not coming away from Saturday’s game without a convincing win.

Moana in the mire 

With 13 defeats from 13 outings, it’s hard to pick out too many positives from Moana Pasifika’s Super Rugby campaign so far. 

Conceding an average of 45 points in those 13 games, Moana’s leaky defence has made it extremely tough for them to be competitive in matches this season. 

Moana have lost eight of their last nine previous clashes with Australian opposition, losing their last four in a row. 

The club will be still dusting themselves down from a heartbreaking 47-46 defeat at the hands of Fijian Drua last time out, in what was a thrilling spectacle of attacking rugby. 

It’s going to be a big ask for Moana to go again and finish their season on a high. It looks more likely to be the case of getting through this game and trying to build over the offseason for a better go at the Super Rugby campaign next term. 

With that in mind, the Waratahs are available at 1.91 to win with a -14 handicap. 

Keep an eye out for Nawaqanitawase 

Mark Nawaqanitawase has been in a rich vein of form for the Waratahs of late and is certainly a player to look out for in the Tryscorer market. 

Scoring four tries in his last four home games in Super Rugby, the 22-year-old winger is available at 1.61 to score a try on Saturday, while he is 10.00 to score the first try of the contest.  

In a game that looks set to be pretty one-sided, Nawaqanitawase is certainly worth considering to touch down at some stage.

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