Brumbies vs Chiefs - Super Rugby Betting Tips 23-02-2019
The ACT Brumbies will aim to square their 2019 Super Rugby ledger when they host the Waikato Chiefs on Saturday night. The Brumbies opened the season with a home loss to the Rebels, while the Chiefs lost at home to the Highlanders.
Brumbies Sweating on Pocock’s fitness
The Brumbies will be sweating on star back-rower David Pocock ahead of this weekend’s match at Canberra’s GIO Stadium. Pocock went off with concussion six minutes into the Brumbies 27-34 loss to the Melbourne Rebels in round one. Wallaby forwards Folau Fainga’a, Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalatoa, and Sam Carter all scored crossed the line for the Brumbies in their season opener. But the efforts of those players weren’t enough to hold off a Quade Cooper-inspired Rebels.
The Chiefs, quarter-finalists in 2018, lost a thrilling season-opener against the Otago Highlanders. The Chiefs led for most of the night and had the advantage of an extra man after a Highlanders’ player was sent off in the 67th minute. But the Highlanders stole the points with a last-minute try from All Black Aaron Smith.
Brumbies v Chiefs Betting Tips
The Brumbies are a clear underdog, and only a brave punter would put their cash on the boys from the ACT. The last time these teams played each other in Canberra was in 2016, when the Chiefs won 48-23. PointsBet has set the handicap at 7.5 points. This is good value considering the Brumbies went 4-4 at home last year and lost only one game by more than seven points.
Double result markets provide good value in Super Rugby, where the lead often changes hands numerous times during a game. Double results let you put your money on the half-time leader and full-time winner, with both needing to match up to get a payout. The Brumbies could surprise the Chiefs early, which is why it’s worth having a think about bet365’s offer of 5.50 on a Brumbies-Chiefs double result.