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The Reds are finally in the winners’ circle in Super Rugby 2020 but a tough test awaits against a very talented Sharks side this evening. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 7:15pm AEDT.
After losing their opening three matches of the season, the Reds finally got their campaign going in the right direction last week courtesy of a thumping win over the Sunwolves in their first match in Queensland.
While the win is a great step in the right direction and a boost for confidence, victory against the Sunwolves was widely expected and it will be interesting to see how the hosts fair against far tougher opposition this evening.
The Sharks have been on a bit of a big road trip in recent weeks and it has thus far yielded promising wins over the Highlanders and Rebels to go with a defeat to the Hurricanes.
The Reds are no strangers themselves to the road trip this season, already visiting South Africa and Argentina with nothing to show for their strong efforts.
Regardless, the Reds showed plenty of promise with the ball in hand in the first half against the Jaguares a fortnight ago and it was no surprise to see them build on that performance by piling on the points against the Sunwolves.
The Sharks themselves are playing some risk-on rugby, putting the Highlanders and Rebels to the sword with some positive attacking play which is great to see in a competition that sorely needs some attacking spark to get the crowds in.
This should be one of the games of the round. Both teams are building for the future and the attacking rugby from both teams thus far suggests that an open and high scoring contest awaits. While the Reds should be competitive at home, the Sharks have been more impressive against tougher opposition so far and are value for a tight win.
Sharks by 7.
Time: 7.15pm AEDT
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Coverage: Live Fox Sports, Kayo Sports
Betting: Reds $1.81, Sharks $2.04
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