Super Rugby Betting: Sharks to see Red
If Mike Harris can continue his good form with the boot, and carry that into the rest of the game, he will go a long way in getting the Reds over the line.
Although they play a second home game in a row, Matt Burke still expects the Sharks to go down to the Reds in this weekend's Super Rugby match.
Sharks v Reds
The slow-starting Sharks are at home for the second week at Kings Park, perhaps one of the most intimidating grounds in world rugby. They will have to be up for this game because the defending champions are off to a great start in looking for a repeat in 2012.
The Sharks have the pack to take on the best in Super Rugby and the Reds will be up for the challenge. For the Reds, the key to this game will be to look after the big men up front and then worry about the battle of the fly-halves.
If Mike Harris can continue his good form with the boot, and carry that into the rest of the game, he will go a long way in getting the Reds over the line. Digby Ioane needs to see the ball more and provide the spark that we saw last season. Will Genia has been quiet and comes up against Frenchman Frédéric Michalak, who is enterprising at the base of the scrum.
Patrick Lambie is the new kid on the block with plenty of skill and will control the game well for the Sharks, but the Reds have a point to prove from the 'weaker conference'.
Waratahs v Force.
The Tahs at home for the first time at the Sydney Football Stadium will be too much to handle for the Force.
Even with Wycliff Palu not available through injury, the Waratahs could put out a 2nd XV on the park and the Force would still not be up to it. They have some special players in their ranks, and even though it's not for a lack of trying, can't seem to play any type of rugby that would stress the opposition.
They play a very narrow game at the breakdown and rely heavily on David Pocock stealing the ball to regain possession. You can throw a blanket over the running pod of forwards that don't attract anyone outside the '9' position. They also employ a flat running game in the backs that is very easy to read. With no depth, they are easy pickings in defense. The ball rarely gets past the '10' to allow the men with speed to show us what they have.
The Waratahs' back row has changed a little, with Jono Jenkins coming in to start. He is a flyer and young as well, so enthusiasm will not be a worry. If the Waratahs don't read and believe all their own press they should put a good number on the Force.