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Stormers vs Scarlets 2023 URC Round 2 Predictions, Odds, Picks and Betting Preview
- The Stormers edged past the Lions in their tournament opener
- The Scarlets lost to the Bulls in their opening match of the season
- The Stormers are favoured to win over the Scarlets in Round 2
The 2023-24 season of the United Rugby Championship is officially underway.
One of the games to watch in Round 2 is the showdown between the Stormers and the Scarlets.
Read on as Sports Brief brings you a preview of this matchup.
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Where: DHL Stadium, Cape Town
When: Saturday, October 28 - 4:00 pm local time
Betting on the Stormers (-24.5)
The Stormers will head to their showdown against the Scarlets with momentum on their side after recording a 35-33 win over the Lions in their tournament opener.
Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu starred in the victory, scoring 16 points, including two tries, to grab the man of the match honours.
The Stormers built a 27-7 advantage at the break but had to settle for a two-point win at the end after the Lions made a furious fightback in the second half.
The victory came at a huge price, though, for the Stormers as captain Salmaan Moerat sustained an injury to his pectoral muscle, per SARugbyMag.
Moerat played his first match after a lengthy absence due to knee surgery but it appears he will once again be sidelined for a considerable period of time.
Tighthead prop Neethling Fouche is tipped to replace Moeraat as Stormers captain while the latter is out injured.
Betting on the Scarlets (+24.5)
The Scarlets' opening game of the 2023-24 season didn't go according to plan as they suffered a humiliating 63-21 loss to the Bulls last Sunday.
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The Bulls ran riot in their league opener, scoring a record nine tries in Pretoria. They already wrapped up a bonus point inside the game's 24 minutes through tries from Ruan Nortje, Cameron Hanekom and Johan Grobbelaar.
Things went from bad to worse in the second half for the Scarlets, who allowed five more tries during that period.
The Bulls' 63-point tally was the highest the Scarlets have allowed in their history, surpassing the 60 points Osprey scored against them in 2010.
Taine Plumtree was the lone bright spot for the visitors in this contest, recording two tries on his debut.
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