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Super Rugby Grand Final Predictions & Tips: Brumbies v Queensland Reds (Saturday 10:20 BST)
The Brumbies and Queensland Reds have been the best two teams in the Super Rugby Australia competition in 2020, and it is fitting that these two will lock horns in Saturday’s Grand Final at the GIO Stadium in Canberra.
Brumbies finished the regular weekly rounds on top of the pile thanks to six wins from eight matches, while the Reds were one place and three points off the pace having won five matches.
One of Brumbies’ two defeats came at the hands of the Reds in round 10 when tries from Liam Wright, Chris Feauai-Sautia and Tate McDermott secured a convincing 26-7 win at the Suncorp Stadium.
That was a little measure of revenge for the Reds after they were narrowly beaten 22-20 by the Brumbies at the GIO Stadium back in round 5 with substitute Mackenzie Hansen kicking the winning penalty after the final hooter had sounded.
The Brumbies had a week off last weekend, that was the reward for finishing top of the ladder, but sometimes that can be more of a hindrance than a help. The Reds are currently on a four-game winning streak, while the last time the Brumbies were in action they were defeated.
This should be a classic encounter with both teams believing they have the edge over the other. The Brumbies will still be smarting from their round 10 defeat, while the Reds will be aiming to prove it wasn’t a fluke and beat them in the biggest game of the season and be crowned Super Rugby Australia champions.
The Brumbies head into this game as slight favourites, which is understandable considering they finished top of the standing, but I am expecting a bit of an upset. Reds head coach Brad Thorn is a born winner and he has rebuilt the team the way he wanted, and they are 80 minutes from reaping the rewards.
It would take a brave man to back against the Brumbies, but I am backing the Reds to win this Grand Final by 1-12 points, while I also expect Reds number 10 James O’Connor to be the difference between the two. Back him to get things rolling with a successful penalty attempt.