BRUMBIESMoana Pasifika take on the Brumbies in Round 15 of Super Rugby Pacific in Auckland on Saturday and the visitors are firm favourites to round off the regular season with another victory.




Moana Pasifika v Brumbies, Saturday 28th May, Auckland, KO 09:05 (South African time)


Referee : Mike Fraser
Assistants: James Doleman, Jono Bredin
TMO: Aaron Paterson


Weather Forecast – Auckland


Moana Pasifika:


Moana went down 48-28 to the Force at this venue in a catch up game on Tuesday and they remain rooted to the foot of the overall standings with just the 1 win and 6 log points. Given they are 5 points adrift of Fijian Drua they look set to finish with the wooden spoon. They have lost all their matches against Australian sides although they were a couple of close calls when losing 26-20 to the Waratahs in Auckland and 26-22 to the Rebels in Melbourne.


Their only win so far came in their first meeting with the Hurricanes, a huge upset with a “golden try” sealing victory after the scores were tied up at 19-19.




The Brumbies put up a terrific display against the log leading Blues in Canberra last week but eventually went down 21-19. They took the lead with a try just over a minute from time only for the Blues to snatch it with a penalty after the hooter.


That result saw the Blues secure top spot in the overall standings whilst the Brumbies finished the round in third spot, 4 points behind the Crusaders and 3 better off than the Chiefs.


The Brumbies have won 10 and lost 3 of their matches with other defeats coming at home to the Crusaders and away to the Reds.


Team News (subject to change)


Moana Pasifika: Abraham Pole, Ray Niula, Sekope Kepu (c), Michael Curry, Sam Slade, Solomone Funaki, Alamanda Motuga, Henry Time-Stowers, Jonathan Taumateine, Christian Leali'ifano, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Danny Toala, Levi Aumua, Solomone Kata, William Havili


Reserves: Samiuela Moli, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Joe 'Apiokotoa, Sione Tuipolotu, Lotu Inisi, Manu Paea, Fine Inisi, Anzelo Tuitavuki


Brumbies: Scott Sio, Connal McInerney, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Nick Frost, Tom Hooper, Jahrome Brown, Pete Samu, Nic White, Noah Lolesio, Andy Muirhead, Irae Simone, Len Ikitau, Tom Wright, Tom Banks


Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, James Slipper, Sefo Kautai, Cadeyrn Neville, Rory Scott, Ryan Lonergan, Rod Iona, Hudson Creighton



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Moana Pasifika +19.5 points at 9/10

Brumbies -20.5 points at 9/10


Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.


Betting Angle


Moana Pasifika have had a really tough schedule and they were well beaten by the Force on Tuesday. They have made plenty of changes, but are there for the taking and I am not surprised to see the big handicap. Conditions look to be good in Auckland and I am going to wait for the points lines before making my suggested bet.


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Update 23h10 26 May 

The points iine is 60.5 and it is fair to say the bookmakers have seen me coming here. Still I am going to stick with my initial feel which is that points will flow and will back overs. 


BET:3 units over 60.5 points at 10/11 at WSB 


Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.


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