Super Rugby Betting: High scorer in Melbourne
The Rebels are down on personnel, with key play-maker O’Connor injured and Danny Cipriani headed home.
Matt Burke doesn't see home ground advantage as having much impact on the Super Rugby match-up between the Rebels and the Bulls.
Rebels vs Bulls
Two teams coming off the bye will be fresh for this game in Melbourne.
The Rebels are down on personnel, with key play-maker O'Connor injured and Danny Cipriani headed home. The latter has been somewhat of a liability for the outfit.
It is defense that could prove a problem for the Rebels though. Highly regarded defensive coach John Muggleton hasn't had the desired impact on the team and that's a primary reason behind their struggles. For that reason, Betfair punters will see a high-scoring match.
The Bulls are vying for a place in the top six and have attacking penetration in both the forwards and the backs. Add to that a goal-kicking ace and they have a fully rounded outfit.
The only hope for the Rebels will be not to play the same game as the Bulls and thus getting into a wrestle up front. They must chance their arm, hence my belief this could be a high scorer.
Regardless, this will be a big win for the Bulls.
Cheetahs vs Force
Playing at altitude, this game could also provide plenty of tries.
We have seen many high-scoring matches played here in the past and the Cheetahs style of play is to let the ball talk. They would be still stinging after the near miss at the weekend.
The Force have an advantage over their Australian counterparts when it comes to traveling to South Africa but their record isn't good and I would suggest one of the key reasons for this is the lack of a quality fly half. They really needs a quality 'number 10' to open up the game and give the ball some width.
The game against the Stormers last week was a perfect illustration of the Force's lack of depth and inability to take the right option.
The Cheetahs have the ability to move the ball around the park and play a high-paced game, even accounting for their big forward pack.
It is for that reason that I envisage a comfortable Cheetahs to win.
I can see them scoring as many as eight tries against the battling Force.