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SUPER RUGBY TRANS-TASMAN ROUND 5

NSW WARATAHS VS WAIKATO CHIEFS

SATURDAY JUNE 12, 7.45 PM, BROOKVALE OVAL, SYDNEY

The last game of the regular season of the inaugural Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition comes from Manly, where the hapless Waratahs will look to fight out a result against the Chiefs who are almost certainly out of reckoning for a Final berth.  Waikato would need all of the Kiwi teams to lose and not even attain a bonus point, and then beat NSW by plenty to have any chance of making the Final, safe to say that isn’t happening, they beat Melbourne by 10 last week though.  NSW have no joy to look back upon in the entire 2021 calendar to date, after still another belting by Otago most recently, they are surely looking to rebuild stocks for 2022 from this point.  Saturday is forecast to be a classic cloudless winter’s day, with just a bit of wind to make the game a little trickier for players, in front of what could be a decent crowd, as the curtain comes down on NSW’s season.

Tom Horton gets a game for NSW at hooker, while Tetera Faulkner is named at blindside prop, to start, and Hugh Sinclair plays at lock, while Dempsey moves to flanker to accommodate Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco’s inclusion at number 8.  Grant is given a chance in the halves for NSW, as he pairs up with Harrison, while James Ramm gets a game on the wing, pushing Nawaqanitawase to fullback.  Aidan Ross returns at prop for Waikato while they have installed Slater back at hooker, for what is sure to be their last game of the Super Rugby season, while Kapeli gets a game at lock.  Brad Weber returns to the halves, to partner Gatland, and Wainui returns on the wing, while Nankivell plays at outside centre.

Waikato belted the Tahs last season, before the lockdown disabled the continuation of the competition, 51-14, and nothing says this game will be any different, in fact Waikato have improved out of sight since then.  Waikato are a slight mathematical chance of qualifying for the Final, but as mentioned it is not going to happen, hence their $501 odds to win the competition, that NSW frankly were never going to threaten.  Waikato are predicted to win this game by 22 points or more and are $1.05 favourites, despite being away from home, in Sydney, where the Tahs are $9 hopes of recording what would be the most unlikely of wins, in a winless year to date.

PREDICTION: Waikato by 25+.

BETTING TIP: $1.91 for Waikato to beat their handicap of 22 points makes sense.

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