Aussies Abroad – 28-Mar

PBR Unleash the Beast Tour

Injury has taken a toll on the top 35 riders in the PBR World Standings with many alternates called up for a chance to ride on the premier Unleash the Beast tour at the Tacoma Classic this weekend.

Moura’s Lawson Nobbs is one of eight riders who have gained a start in Washington and the 21-year-old enters the weekend ranked No. 47 in the world, just 77.5 points outside of the Top 35.

This event will mark Nobbs’ first start on the PBR’s Unleash The Beast tour since Billings in the 2018 season where he competed on night 1 in the extended format of the competition.

Checkout The PBR Rundown for event times and coverage details.

Round 1 Matchup Preview

That night in Billings, he faced off with Get Shorty from Dakota Rodeo – Berger, Struve and Heald Pro Bulls. The bull won in 3.83 seconds with a bullscore of 42.5 points.

Nobbs will get his chance to avenge that defeat this weekend in Round 1 inside the Tacoma Dome with a rematch against Get Shorty, who has been covered seven times from the 24 outs listed on ProBullStats. Last time we saw this bull, he was out of the left chutes with Cannon Cravens scoring 87 points in St Louis, Missouri.

Get Shorty goes back to the right delivery this weekend but his trips are very consistent from either side of the arena.

Left-handed riders such as Nobbs have just a 25% success rate against Get Shorty with Paulo Lima, Dener Barbosa and our own Justin Paton all receiving qualified rides in PBR competition. The bull will be around to the right with excellent rhythm and power. He can make a dive to the right as he leaves the chutes but settles into his work quickly. Should be a good matchup.

View the full Daysheet for Night 1 in Tacoma.

Round 2 Matchup Preview

Cow Ah Bunga from Corey & Lange Pro Rodeo and Flying Diamond Rodeo is a bull we have not seen too much of in PBR competition. This bull has spent most of his career performing at PCRA rodeos with NFR and Calgary Stampede outs to his name with a 24-9 record on ProBullStats.

Keen eyes will remember this bull from Portland earlier this season where Mason Taylor had a chance to hit a walk-off home run and beat Aaron Kleier, but the buck off came at 2.75 seconds with 42 points awarded.

Cow Ah Bunga likes to turn back to the left. His style is quite flat but he keeps the cowboys honest with lots of forward propulsion and throws his head around. This can result in some pretty spectacular rides.

The full Daysheet for Championship Sunday should be available late Sunday Evening.

PBR Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour

Atherton’s Kurt Shephard will compete in Casper, Wyoming this weekend with a single day PBR Velocity Tour event scheduled.

Shephard has failed to record a qualified ride at the past three events he has contested but has a chance to bounce back in a big way in Round 1 at the Casper Classic.

The 24-year-old has drawn Sir Mix A Lot from Wallgren Bull Company. Three riders have covered this bull in his 13 trips at all levels of PBR competition, all three qualified rides were by left-handed cowboys and they were all round winning rides.

Sir Mix A Lot turns back to the left and in his best performances, adds some big moves as he leaves the chutes. Sir Mix A Lot seems to get stronger as the out progresses so while it won’t be easy, I think Shephard has an excellent chance to make the whistle.

Check out the Daysheet for of the Casper Classic here.

Visit Ride The Rage at lunchtime on Monday afternoon to a full Wrap Up of the weekend’s action.