Crusaders vs Brumbies Tips, Odds and Betting – Super Rugby Trans-Tasman 2021


Orangetheory Stadium will play host to Saturday”s
Round 1 Super Rugby game between Crusaders and
Brumbies. The game kicks off at 5:05 pm with Crusaders heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Crusaders vs.
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When: Saturday May 15, 2021 at 5:05 pm

Where: Orangetheory Stadium

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It’s all going against the Brumbies at the moment.

Seven days after a gut wrenching, draining loss in the Super Rugby AU Grand Final, an injury depleted squad heads over to New Zealand to take on the ruthless champions of that nation.

At full strength, this would undoubtedly be the blockbuster clash of the round however it just seems like the Brumbies quite literally will not have the horses to keep up with the Crusaders.

It was not all smooth sailing in the Super Rugby Aotearoa Grand Final but the Christchurch based side still came away with a 10 point victory there.

When you add in the fact the Brumbies have not defeated the Crusaders since 2009, I can’t back anything other than the hosts to cover here.

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Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn’s head scratching decision, Brumbies, Crusaders, Waratahs, Western Force


A week ago Australian rugby was basking in the aftermath of a thrilling final.

Two Australian teams not willing to give an inch and 40,000 glorious people in the stands chanting ‘we are red’.

It had been almost a decade since that chant echoed around Suncorp Stadium.

Kids went to sleep on their pillows dreaming of their heroes and woke up wanting to pick up a rugby ball; parents rose with rugby on the pages of newspapers and hoped the game was at long last back on track.

A week later and the defeats are already adding up following the opening weekend of the five-week Super Rugby trans-Tasman sprint, which will see the top two play a one-off final.

Unsurprisingly, Australian rugby went winless against their trans-Tasman opponents in five matches.

But it didn’t have to be.

The decision by Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn to rest some of his men and bring off the bench three of his best hurt their chances.

Already missing Hunter Paisami (fractured jaw), Harry Wilson (concussion) and Alex Mafi (concussion), Thorn chose to bring Test forwards Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Fraser McReight off the bench.

Brad Thorn’s decision to start a number of his best players on the bench might see the Reds miss the Super Rugby final. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

He did so to expose some of his squad, who hadn’t been given many minutes throughout the season.

But why not blood them during the Super Rugby AU season?

Why wait until the first match against New Zealand opponents, which is the single largest measuring stick for Australian rugby?

The Reds might have had a short six-day turnaround off the back of their success a week earlier, but, as Thorn said following their 40-19 loss to the Highlanders, the entire squad had been short of minutes because they had played just two matches in four weeks.

“Leading into the final we had one game in four weeks. I thought in the final, it was good to win it, but you could see that we had not played much footy,” Thorn admitted following their first-up loss across the ditch.

Starting the Wallabies trio might not have made a difference, but it hurt the Reds’ chances of continuing their winning run, and the belief gained by beating New Zealand opposition.

Now the Reds, Australia’s great hope to make an impression with the audience captivated at long last, face the daunting task of taking on the Crusaders in Brisbane.

Another big crowd is expected.

Yet, unless they knock off the Crusaders, who scraped past the Brumbies but have won five straight Super Rugby titles, they will miss the final next month and risk losing the momentum gained in recent months.

Tom Banks scored a stunning late try to bring the Brumbies back into the contest against the Crusaders. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Dan McKellar’s Brumbies were gallant as always and only a sideline conversion miss from Noah Lolesio denied the Super Rugby AU runners-up a share of the points against the Crusaders.

Injury hit in the forwards and missing Nic White because of a groin niggle, McKellar didn’t grant his men a breather on the bench.

Allan Alaalatoa and Scott Sio, battered from a week earlier, soldiered on and almost pulled off one of the Brumbies’ great victories.

Lock pairing Darcy Swain and Nick Frost were excellent, while Rob Valetini is now playing with the hard edge and physicality to command the Wallabies No.6 jersey.

His one-arm effort to slam the ball down on the chalk on the stroke of full-time after yet another silky play by Tom Wright revealed how dearly the Brumbies wanted to win.

The sight of McKellar and Laurie Fisher leaping from their seats and roaring with delight in the coach’s box was just the sort of passion Australian rugby fans want to see.

Like all of Australia’s five franchises though, the road ahead for the Brumbies isn’t easy.

They will now make their way to New Zealand’s North Island to continue their three-week tour of the Shaky Isles by taking on the Chiefs, who were made to work hard against the Force in Perth.

Brumbies players react following Noah Lolesio’s conversion miss, which would have given the Australian side a draw against the champion Crusaders. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Following the Reds’ defeat Thorn again reiterated why he wanted Australia’s Super Rugby franchises to be involved in a fully-fledged trans-Tasman competition in 2022.

“Personally, I prefer the format that we’re going [towards], 10-12 teams,” Thorn said.

“Seen a fair bit of the competition; highly skilled and good rugby and highly competitive across the five teams,” he added.

“Obviously I played here and been around New Zealand rugby, that’s why to me it’s important to play the New Zealand teams.”

As idealistic as that may be, five Australian defeats on a weekend is not what the code needs.

It’s why keeping Super Rugby AU remains important; even if it is for half the season.



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While the Rebels are miles off the pace, that Alaalatoa focused more on the sting of a loss than the effort of his men highlights why the Brumbies aren’t satisfied with near misses anymore.

“The Brumbies brought it tonight,” said Crusaders captain David Havili.

A wave of optimism sweeping through Australian rugby was always going to be put under the microscope in this six-week competition, particularly after the Reds and Waratahs both recorded 21- and 16-point losses, respectively, on Friday evening.

Ethan Blackadder fends off Reesjan Pasitoa.

Ethan Blackadder fends off Reesjan Pasitoa. Credit:Getty

The Crusaders had won 19 of their previous 20 games against Australian teams. Beating them requires accuracy and a slice of good fortune.

With no margin for error, there were moments that left Brumbies coach Dan McKellar fuming.

As Alaalatoa put it: “It shows when you go up against the Crusaders you need to play a perfect game.”

Receiving the ball off kick-offs have been a problem for the Brumbies at times this season, so when Valetini knocked on and Richie Mo’unga sliced through the Brumbies defence from the very next phase, the big back-rower knew he wasn’t in the coach’s good books.

Then there was an intercept, thrown by halfback Ryan Lonergan off the back of a ruck, that resulted in a runaway try.

From there, the Brumbies were chasing their tail in Christchurch and nearly pulled off an epic comeback.

A Lolesio penalty in the 59th minute dragged the Brumbies back to 19-17 before the Crusaders regained momentum to lead 31-17 with eight minutes remaining.

However, when Tom Banks scored a five-pointer and Valetini crashed over, the Brumbies looked like escaping with two competition points.

Assistant coach Rod Seib consoles Noah Lolesio after his missed kick that could have levelled the match.

Assistant coach Rod Seib consoles Noah Lolesio after his missed kick that could have levelled the match.Credit:Getty

It was somewhat unfair that Lolesio, who had a fine game and is showing maturity beyond his years, had to be consoled by teammates after his missed kick.

The true litmus test for Australian sides comes next week. The Reds host the Crusaders, while the Brumbies continue their three-week road trip with a tough outing against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

The Waratahs travel to Auckland to face the Blues.

More Australian losses in round two will prompt major questions about the trans-Tasman head-to-head stakes.

Tom Banks is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the hosts.

Tom Banks is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the hosts.Credit:Getty

Six days on from their Super Rugby AU triumph, the Reds could be forgiven for being five per cent off the pace, according to Brad Thorn, in their 40-19 loss to the Highlanders.

But at Suncorp Stadium, in front of what is expected to be another decent crowd, there is no better way for the Reds to show they are the real deal.

Otherwise it might be another false dawn for Australian rugby.

Australia’s director of rugby, Scott Johnson, has said he wants two teams in the Trans-Tasman final.

That might be a stretch, but certainly the inferiority complex of recent years appears to have dissipated.

After the Brumbies lost to the Crusaders, the Force fell against the Chiefs 20-19.

Force replacement five-eighth Domingo Miotti scored a try in the 80th minute and had a conversion attempt to snatch victory against the Super Rugby Aotearoa runners up but like Lolesio, failed to convert.

Meanwhile, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper’s Japanese team, Toyota Verblitz, were knocked out of the Top League semi-finals by Panasonic Wild Knights on Saturday.

It means Hooper will be on a flight back to Australia as early as next week but he won’t feature in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, as much as the Waratahs would like him to.

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“The Brumbies brought it tonight,” said Crusaders captain David Havili.

A wave of optimism sweeping through Australian rugby was always going to be put under the microscope in this six-week competition, particularly after the Reds and Waratahs both recorded 21- and 16-point losses, respectively, on Friday evening.

Ethan Blackadder fends off Reesjan Pasitoa. Credit:Getty

The Crusaders had won 19 of their previous 20 games against Australian teams. Beating them requires accuracy and a slice of good fortune.

With no margin for error, there were moments that left Brumbies coach Dan McKellar fuming.

As Alaalatoa put it: “It shows when you go up against the Crusaders you need to play a perfect game.”

Receiving the ball off kick-offs have been a problem for the Brumbies at times this season, so when Valetini knocked on and Richie Mo’unga sliced through the Brumbies defence from the very next phase, the big back-rower knew he wasn’t in the coach’s good books.

Then there was an intercept, thrown by halfback Ryan Lonergan off the back of a ruck, that resulted in a runaway try.

From there, the Brumbies were chasing their tail in Christchurch and nearly pulled off an epic comeback.

A Lolesio penalty in the 59th minute dragged the Brumbies back to 19-17 before the Crusaders regained momentum to lead 31-17 with eight minutes remaining.

However, when Tom Banks scored a five-pointer and Valetini crashed over, the Brumbies looked like escaping with two competition points.

Assistant coach Rod Seib consoles Noah Lolesio after his missed kick that could have levelled the match.

Assistant coach Rod Seib consoles Noah Lolesio after his missed kick that could have levelled the match.Credit:Getty

It was somewhat unfair that Lolesio, who had a fine game and is showing maturity beyond his years, had to be consoled by teammates after his missed kick.

The true litmus test for Australian sides comes next week. The Reds host the Crusaders, while the Brumbies continue their three-week road trip with a tough outing against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

The Waratahs travel to Auckland to face the Blues.

More Australian losses in round two will prompt major questions about the trans-Tasman head-to-head stakes.

Tom Banks is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the hosts.

Tom Banks is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the hosts.Credit:Getty

Six days on from their Super Rugby AU triumph, the Reds could be forgiven for being five per cent off the pace, according to Brad Thorn, in their 40-19 loss to the Highlanders.

But at Suncorp Stadium, in front of what is expected to be another decent crowd, there is no better way for the Reds to show they are the real deal.

Otherwise it might be another false dawn for Australian rugby.

Australia’s director of rugby, Scott Johnson, has said he wants two teams in the Trans-Tasman final.

That might be a stretch, but certainly the inferiority complex of recent years appears to have dissipated.

Meanwhile, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper’s Japanese team, Toyota Verblitz, were knocked out of the Top League semi-finals by Panasonic Wild Knights on Saturday.

It means Hooper will be on a flight back to Australia as early as next week but he won’t feature in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, as much as the Waratahs would like him to.

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Dave Rennie wary of slow trans-Tasman start as All Blacks star Dane Coles lauds Queensland Reds, ACT Brumbies


Wallabies coach Dave Rennie won’t be alarmed if the five Australian franchises fail to win a match this weekend but admits the first round of action against Kiwi rivals will reveal the strength of Super Rugby AU.

Bookmakers have installed the five New Zealand franchises as heavy favourites in each of the trans-Tasman matches this weekend.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie.Credit:Getty

Australians were buoyed with the quality the Super Rugby AU but with the Reds and Brumbies having played an intense final, and the Waratahs, Force and Rebels not having played in several weeks, Australian sides may not registered a victory in round one. But Rennie isn’t overly concerned.

“This week will tell us a little bit, won’t it,” Rennie said.

“Just because of the big clash on the weekend and what the mindset is of teams like the Reds and Brumbies and what they put out there and so on

“I have no doubt that we’ll win some games but I couldn’t tell you how many.”

Rennie hopes the return of Reds and Brumbies stars, and the difference in game styles between Australian and New Zealand sides, will be enough to ensure some success.

“I look at the Rebels and they defend a little bit differently to all the Kiwi sides. I’ll be interested to see if they can apply a bit of pressure to the Blues and profit off that,” he said.

“The fact that teams are a little bit different is a good thing. I don’t think the Crusaders would have come up against a side that mauls as well as the Brumbies and so on. It’s exciting.

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Super Rugby 2021: Waratahs odds to win, Queensland Reds, Brumbies written off as Crusaders heavy favourites, Roger Davis


Australia’s pundits were spruiking “rugby’s back” following the Reds’ gripping Super Rugby AU success against the Brumbies on Saturday, but according to the bookmakers the code is about to be given a reality check ahead of this weekend’s trans-Tasman crossover competition.

It’s a far cry from the optimism Rugby Australia director of rugby Scott Johnson was professing when he said he wanted to see two Australian franchises in the stand alone final on June 19.

“We want two Australian teams in the final. I want to be clear with that. That’s the ambition,” Johnson said earlier in the year.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has too repeatedly said Australia’s sides have “stepped up” from last year and the Reds and Brumbies were playing a standard to match the quality on display across the ditch.

Yet, each of New Zealand’s Super Rugby sides are shorter-priced than Australia’s, including the Reds ($13) and Brumbies ($15) who haven’t been given much hope of giving the six-week competition sprint a shake.



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Reds vs Brumbies Tips, Odds, Teams and Predictions – Super Rugby Australia Grand Final 2021


Suncorp Stadium will play host to Saturday”s
Round 12 Super Rugby game between Reds and
Brumbies. The game kicks off at 7:45 pm with Reds heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Reds vs.
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When: Saturday May 8, 2021 at 7:45 pm

Where: Suncorp Stadium

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The Brad Thorn Ballymore Rebuild Project can crown Year Four with its first major trophy if the Reds can win one more game.

It will not come easy to them considering their last meaningful game came four weeks ago when the held off the Brumbies 24-22 at Suncorp Stadium.

Since then they have had a pair of byes and a dead rubber defeat in Perth against the Force so you might see them come out of the blocks a little bit slowly.

As for the Brumbies, they might not have been overly pretty, but they got the job done in a grinding Semi Final against the Force last weekend.

History is firmly on the Reds side having won both meetings this season, albeit by a combined total of four points.

This game will come down to one player, James O’Connor, quite often the subject of scorn and derision in Australian Rugby, he has had arguably his best season as a professional and his experience should help the Reds get over the line.

If you know anything about rugby in Queensland though, they won’t do it the easy way, it would not be a surprise if this game comes down to a kick in the final five minutes though so I won’t touch the line, instead I’ll back the Reds to win a close game.

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Reds vs Brumbies Teams

REDS (1-15): Feao Fotuaika, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Taniela Tupou, Ryan Smith, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Angus Scott-Young, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor (c), Jock Campbell, Hamish Stewart, Josh Flook, Jordan Petaia, Bryce Hegarty

Reserves: Alex Mafi, Dane Zander, Zane Nonggorr, Seru Uru, Liam Wright, Kalani Thomas, Isaac Henry, Filipo Daugunu

INs: Jock Campbell, Dane Zander, Isaac Henry,

OUTs: Hunter Paisami, Richie Asiata, Ilaisa Droasese

BRUMBIES (1-15): Scott Sio, Lachlan Lonergan, Allan Alaalatoa (c), Darcy Swain, Cadeyrn Neville, Nick Frost, Rory Scott, Rob Valetini, Nic White, Noah Lolesio, Tom Wright, Irae Simone, Len Ikitau, Andy Muirhead, Tom Banks

Reserves: Folau Fainga’a, Harry Lloyd, Tom Ross, Henry Stowers*, Luke Reimer, Ryan Lonergan, Reesjan Pasitoa, Mack Hansen

INs: Henry Stowers, Harry Lloyd

OUTs: Pete Samu, James Slipper





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NRL confident Suncorp Stadium will handle eight games during Magic Round after Super Rugby final between Queensland Reds and ACT Brumbies damages surface


The NRL is confident the Suncorp Stadium surface will handle hosting eight matches in a little more than 48 hours after questions were raised about the ground’s capacity to recover from a bruising Super Rugby AU final.

The Reds’ heart-stopping after-the-siren win over the Brumbies on Saturday night has provided an unintended dilemma for the NRL, which is also closely monitoring the COVID situation in NSW as it tries to safely ensure all 16 teams will be able to get in and out of Brisbane for Magic Round.

The heavyweight packs of both Queensland and the ACT took visible chunks out of the Suncorp Stadium turf, requiring the referee to set scrums on different patches of the ground in the dying minutes.

The NRL scheduled the Broncos to play in Townsville a week before Magic Round to give the ground recovery time, but it was booked for the Super Rugby final after the Reds won hosting rights.

Having been forced to cancel Magic Round last year during the COVID suspension of the competition, the NRL said it planned to talk with stadium management on Monday before the three-day extravaganza starting on Friday.

Scrums were moved several times during the Super Rugby AU final.

“Everything is full-steam ahead next week,” NRL head of football Graham Annesley said. “We’ll continue to liaise with the [Queensland] government and stadium over the next few days.

“They’ve got full-time ground staff and they’ll be working around the clock to get it in tip-top shape. We’ll deal with the stadium in the lead-up to the game as we normally would.”

The NRL will be desperate to avoid a round of injury carnage as club casualty wards continue to bulge nearing the midway point of the season.

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Queensland Reds favourites for Super Rugby grand final against Brumbies, but statistics show not much between them


“IT’S OUR TIME,” the Queensland Reds’ marketing for the Super Rugby AU Final has screamed from the moment they locked in top spot in the standings, and all the hosting rights that came with it.

It’s a theme that has been picked up by players in press conferences here and there, and the belief is no doubt building that, after beating the Brumbies twice already in 2021, Saturday night will indeed be their time.

It’s a theme the Brumbies have noticed too, and it will almost certainly be stuck up on their changeroom walls underneath Brisbane’s Lang Park on Saturday night.

“We know that Queensland are the favourites, and deservedly so. A lot of people want them to win, it’d be a great story in a few people’s eyes, for the game in this country,” Brumbies coach Dan McKellar noted this week.

“But it’s our job to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

For their part, the Reds seem to have taken on a view of, ‘yeah, well they started it’ with scrum-half Tate McDermott this week making reference to the manner in which the Brumbies celebrated their 28-23 triumph in last year’s decider.

“There’s been a couple of points where we’ve rewatched that — you see they kick it out and there’s a bit of carry-on [after] they win,” McDermott said.

“There’s been a fire burning since that moment last year and it’s helped.”

It’s all very tantalising and everything, but these two teams hardly need to resort to mind games.

Over the course of 10 rounds of Super Rugby, just four points separated the Reds and Brumbies on the competition table, but the numbers behind those numbers were even closer.

The Reds scored 271 points to the Brumbies’ 267. The Brumbies conceded 165 points to the Reds’ 170. Both teams finished the regular season with five bonus points.

The Reds scored 33 tries and conceded 18, while the Brumbies scored 37 and conceded just 15 – the fewest of any team either side of the Tasman, with the crossover series against the New Zealand teams now just a week away.

Even with the Brumbies scoring just two tries against the Western Force in the qualifying final, they’re still averaging 4.3 tries per match to the Reds’ 4.1.

Of the sides’ two meetings this year, in Canberra in March and in Brisbane in April, the aggregate scoreline reads: Reds 64, Brumbies 60. The last three clashes between the two sides have been decided by a total of nine points.

The Super Rugby AU season stats tell us the Reds and Brumbies are ranked either first and second for points and tries scored per game, metres made, clean breaks, and tackle success rates. Both are in the top three teams for goal-kicking success rate, defenders beaten, turnovers conceded, and ruck success rates.

In set pieces, the Brumbies led the competition at the lineout, but the Reds have the best scrum in the country.

The Reds do have a distinct advantage in the game being played in Brisbane, with just six Super Rugby champions over 26 seasons winning their title away from home.

“I think it does count for a bit. We’ve earned the right to be on top and deserved a home final,” Reds centre Hamish Stewart said this week.

“We put in the work to get where we are now, we just have to continue that form going into the final.”

The Brumbies have been quick to take the underdog tag this week, with McKellar naming a team without prop James Slipper and back-rower Pete Samu, after both picked up knee injuries last weekend.

“We’ve just got to get our game right and go up there to enjoy what’s really a special occasion, understand that the pressure’s all on the opposition, not on us.

“We can just go about our work, and try and cause a major upset.”

For their part, and having named a side only missing boom centre Hunter Paisami, the Reds said they are comfortable with favouritism.

“Yeah definitely, and we’re a team that thrives under pressure,” Stewart said.

“We’re looking forward to the final and we can’t wait to get out there in front of our home fans, and hook in for the boys.”

Overall, the Brumbies hold a large head-to-head advantage, winning 27 of the 39 clashes between the two sides since 1996. And they’ve won nine of the 17 games in Brisbane too, but have now lost six on the trot at Lang Park since 2015.

But, of the 160 minutes they’ve played this season, the Brumbies have led for 156 of them.

And maybe that’s why the sneaky jibes have flown back and forward this week. There’s been nothing between these two teams all season, and it’s hard to see that being much different come Saturday night.

Super Rugby Trans-Tasman starts next weekend, with three games in Australia and two in New Zealand.

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Super Rugby AU 2021 final: Queensland Reds beat Brumbies, results, James O’Connor, scores, updates, highlights


It was written in the stars, wasn’t it?

Having won twice throughout the regular season with the last play of the game, the Reds did it again to steal the match at the death and secure their first Super Rugby title in a decade.

The Brumbies, resilient all match, gave it their all and had the chance to bury the game when Folau Fainga’a had a lineout throw with 90 seconds remaining.

But the Wallaby’s throw went long and Fraser McReight, the Junior Wallabies captain and Michael Hooper’s heir apparent, picked up the ball and raced forward.

Moments later the Reds had another penalty advantage, a two-person numerical advantage and one Taniela Tupou.



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