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SUPER RUGBY TRANS-TASMAN ROUND 5

ACT BRUMBIES VS OTAGO HIGHLANDERS

FRIDAY JUNE 11, 7.45 PM, GIO STADIUM, CANBERRA

Otago head to Canberra with high hopes of maintaining their position and heading to the Final, giving them every chance of claiming the title, but will be up against a formidable opponent, in the shape of the Brumbies.  Otago enjoyed a strong win against NSW in Dunedin in round 4, and if any team is equipped to play in blizzard-like conditions in Canberra, it is the Highlanders.  The Brumbies were superb last weekend, knocking off the Hurricanes by 2 points, derailing their title hopes, and will be planning on doing the same here, despite their non-existent hopes of advancing to the Final.  Even if Otago win, they need a bonus point and a big margin, as the Crusaders will be out to slaughter the Rebels, and claim a Final berth, they need the bonus-point win and a margin of 9 better than these Highlanders’.  Friday will be a little warmer but still cold, and at times wet conditions in Canberra, but that will not deter these two teams from providing a spectacle.

Rory Scott is the only new face in the Brumbies pack, as they look to bring down another top chance in the competition, playing the spoiler roll to perfection.  They have altered their halves pairing, giving White a starting job this weekend, as Simone’s inclusion at inside centre, gives Kuenzle the chance to play in the halves, while Tom Wright replaces Kata on the wing.  Hugh Renton gets a game for Otago, in a rearranged backrow, as Parkinson switches to the 4 jersey and Evans is in the 5.  Aaron Smith returns in the halves alongside Hunt, in the only other adjustment to their starting 15, that obliterated the Tahs last weekend.

Otago snaffled a well-into overtime victory against the Brumbies in 2020 at this venue, which will surely give them some hope here, but that kind of win is likely not going to be enough, as they need a bonus-point win.  Otago are $12 chances of winning the title, which shows how tough this game is for them, as they need to hold off Canterbury, while the Brumbies are no hope of playing in the inaugural Final.  Otago are +7 favourites for this game, which must give their supporters hope, and $1.40 to beat the Brumbies, which is rather eyepopping, the Brumbies are $3.10 despite beating Wellington at this venue.

PREDICTION: Otago will be on a high and playing hard to win, and should get the job done by perhaps 5.

BETTING TIP: $2.60 is good odds for Otago to win by 1-12.

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