Round 1 Key Matchups
We kick things off with a matchup between the Queensland Captain Aaron Kleier and Kasper Bucking Bulls’ SweetPro’s Turn It Up who has defeated his last six cowboys.
Ethan Watts leads things off for the New South Wales team against Jackie Who. Six of the last seven riders to climb aboard this Dunne Bulls’ bucker have posted scores.
The youngest cowboy in PBR Origin Donovan Rutherfurd will be aiming to become the first rider to post a score aboard Ooh Kit Carson. Six riders have reached the mid-point of the ride, but nobody has gone on to make a qualified ride aboard this bull from Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls.
Our first re-match comes mid-way through the first section with Lachlan Slade and Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls’ Feel The Fire matching up. They last met at the Sydney Show on the Sunday night where the bull won in 3.87 seconds.
PBR World Finals Qualifier Nathan Burtenshaw continues his return from injury and will take on On Point from Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls. On Point bucked off both his opponents in Sydney back in April with Justin Robards the last to post a score on his way to win in Traralgon.
Cliff Richardson faces a rematch with Wallace Bucking Bulls’ Scene of the Crash. Scene of the Crash has bucked off his last five riders while his penmate Django, has bucked off four of his last five and will be hoping to add Sam Woodall to that list.
Mitchel Paton looks to have a favourable matchup with Super Natural from Wallace Bucking Bulls, as does Joshua Jones who faces Shots from Dittmann Bucking Bulls. Shots has given up five straight qualified rides.
One rider who will have his work cut out for him is Flávio Vinícius da Silva, who will go up against Juiced Wiggles. This George Ayres bull has bucked off 15 consecutive riders.
The New South Wales captain has possibly one of the toughest matchups of the night. Troy Wilkinson will face off with Brandenburg Bucking Bulls’ Tuff Territory for the fourth time. The bull is 3-for-3 against the 2017 PBR Australian National Champion.
Round 2 Key Matchups
Mitch Paton has another nice draw in Round 2 with Iron Jacket from Wallace Bucking Bulls. This bull has been covered in four of his last five outs.
The Queensland captain Aaron Kleier goes up against Wallace Bucking Bulls’ Freckles Brown who is unridden in PBR competition.
It has been a while since we have seen Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls’ Night Hawk in a long round, but Sam Woodard gets his chance to become the fifth rider to make the whistle in the last eight months.
Kurt Shephard returns from injury for a rematch against Dunne Bulls’ Pistol Whip. The two met at last years PBR Australia Grand Finals with Shephard posting 84.25 points.
Troy Wilkinson goes up against the unridden Twisted X Hidden Agenda from Kasper Bucking Bulls in section two of the round while Cody Heffernan gets a chance to level the score against Coors Light from John Gill & Sons. Coors Light currently holds the advantage with two wins to Heffernan’s 1.
Ransom 2 from John Gill & Sons is a great draw for any rider, and Justin Robards gets his chance to post a score.
The ultra-fast Brandenburg Bucking Bulls bucker Annihilation will go up against Flávio Vinícius da Silva with Nathan Burtenshaw taking on Dittmann Bucking Bulls’ POA Ray Ban.
After defeating Dittmann Bucking Bulls Ted a fortnight ago in Rockhampton, Joshua Jones gets a chance to repeat the does while Lachlan Slade closes out the round against penmate Lock n Load who has bucked off his last eight straight riders.
Check out the PBR Australia Website on Saturday morning for more in-depth analysis of some of the Round 1 and 2 matchups in this weekend’s edition of The Morning Line.
Bonus Round Pen
Ooh Call Me Joe from Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls has been marked an average bull score of 43.98 points over the past two seasons. While he has given up multiple rides, riders know they can be 89 or 90 points. Cody Heffernan was the last rider to make a qualified ride on the bull at the Royal Easter Show, scoring 88 points to take the win on Sunday.
Another bull to watch will be Rock the House from Dunne Bulls and BSA. This bull bucked off Cody Heffernan in the Championship Round at the last event in Rockhampton and was marked 43.5 points for 2.4 seconds work. Last time we saw him ridden was by Aaron Kleier who was 85.5 points at Iron Cowboy Tamworth.
Brandenburg Bucking Bulls and MJ Bucking Bulls bring us Slam n Jam who has bucked off his last 20 cowboys in PBR competition, dating back to the Townsville 15/15 Bucking Battle in 2016. The average buck off time in the past 12 months is just 3.04 seconds.
Wrangler’s Volatile also has an excellent record against the cowboys bucking off seven of his last nine riders. If you can be there at the whistle on this Kasper Bucking Bulls’ bucker, expect a score in the high 80 point range. Aaron Kleier was 89 points at Dubbo last season and last week in Rockhampton; Lawson Nobbs rode him to victory and 87.5 points in Rockhampton.
The Dittmann Bucking Bulls pair of POA Fully Locked & Loaded and POA Palooka will also be bulls to keep your eye’s on in the Bonus round.
Fully Locked & Loaded has averaged a 44.04 point bull score since last June’s PBR Global Cup in Sydney. Ryan Storey combined with this bull for a 2018 season-high 90.5 points to seal the hometown win in Mackay.
His penmate Palooka is also a tough bull to get by, having been ridden just once since June 2017. That was by Justin Paton who put up 88.0 points on his way to being crowned the Tamworth Iron Cowboy last November.
Stay tuned to Ride the Rage for my 2019 Monster Energy PBR Origin Late Mail after lunchtime on Saturday.