ACT Brumbies vs Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby Betting Tips 15-02-2019
February 11, 2019
The ACT Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels will both be looking to move on from the disappointment of narrowly missing the Super Rugby finals last season when they meet in the season opener at Canberra’ GIO Stadium on Friday.
Brumbies, Rebels Start 2019 With Confidence
Both the Brumbies and Rebels enter the 2019 Super Rugby Season with aspirations of knocking off the NSW Waratahs as the best team in the Australian conference.
The Brumbies have made a few changes to the team that went 7-9 last season. Their defence was strong last year, ensuring that four of their nine losses came by seven points or less. However, they’ve done nothing to address the kicking issues which saw them ranked last in the league for kick metres per game (380) and goalkicking percentage (65%).
Melbourne achieved one of the biggest coups of the pre-season with the signing of fly-half Quade Cooper from the Queensland Reds. There are big expectations for Cooper this season, with Rebels’ star Matt Genia even going so far as to call Cooper “the missing link” in the Rebels’ bid to make the finals for the first time.
Brumbies v Rebels Betting Tips
The Rebels got within three points against the Brumbies in Canberra last season. We think they’ve improved enough this pre-season to be a chance of causing an upset on Friday. Bet365 is paying 2.20 for a Rebels victory.
Given both teams had their fair share of close games last year, there’s a good chance this match will be decided by a try or less. If you’re hesitant about putting money on an outright win to either side, then you may want to consider TopBetta’s offer of 1.58 on the Rebels with a +6 handicap.
Now is also a good time to jump on some good title and finals odds. PointsBet is paying 1.65 for the Brumbies and 2.00 for the Rebels to make the finals.