Time for riders to put it all on the line. It’s Championship Saturday!
I think tonight’s rounds will play out much the same as they did last night, but with a few extra qualified rides in the final long round, so, it should be another excellent night of bull riding.
Let’s look at some of the best Round 3 and Round 4 matchups:
Kurt Shephard on Breaking Bad (MJ Bucking Bulls and Keliher Bucking Bulls)
This will be the third time in the 2021 PBR Australia season that Shephard will climb aboard Breaking Bad, and he recorded qualified rides on both previous occasions. They combined for 78-points in Rockhampton in June, and then in July, they were 83-points in Brisbane at PBR Origin. The bull can mix up his trips, but he mostly starts off to the right but should reverse to the left and allow the Mareeba cowboy to finish the ride strong into his hand.
Sam Woodall on Super Natural (CF7 Bucking Bulls)
Woodall missed out on a score last night, so he will be eager to get his name onto the leaderboard, and this is a fantastic opportunity. Super Natural has been ridden ten times on tour, and seven of those scores belong to right-handers. The bull will turn back to the right and into the Heywood bull rider’s hand.
Jake Curr on Big Buck Hunter (ST Bucking Bulls)
We haven’t seen much of Curr this season, but he returned in a big way last night, going 2-for-2 to sit second in the event aggregate. Big Buck Hunter is well known and produced his regular trip last night. He starts left and reverses to the right. The Mount Isa talent will be in good shape riding into his hand early, and if he can handle the reverse in direction from the bull, he should make the whistle.
Macaulie Leather on Comeback Kid (Dittmann Bucking Bulls)
These two matched up at Rockhampton in June, and they combined for an 81.5-point score. Leather drew some very tough bulls last night, and he wasn’t far off completing both rides. Comeback Kid will turn back into his hand once again, which should give the Calliope young-gun the advantage.
Lachlan Richardson on Freckles Brown (Wallace Bucking Bulls)
Richardson and Freckles Brown have gone up against each other for the fifth time in PBR competition. The Gresford veteran picked up scores of 87, 84 and 83-points in their first three meetings, but the bull won their last matchup in Rockhampton just a few weeks ago. The bull will start to the left and away from Richardson’s hand, and he sometimes reverses back to the right late in the clock.
Lachlan Slade on M60 (Dunne Bulls)
This looks like a nice matchup for Slade, who also missed out on a score last night in his return from injury. Those two trips would have knocked some of the rust off, so I think we will see him make a good bull ride here. M60 has been ridden twice from five starts for scores in the low-80 point range. He turns back to the right, and that will suit the Tamworth bull rider.
Aaron Kleier on Roam Aviation High Risk (Dunne Bulls)
Can Kleier be stopped? He has now ridden five straight bulls, and four of those were good enough for round wins. Left-handers have had some success on this bull despite his regular trip being around to the right. Kleier covered him for 84.5 points in Brisbane at the PBR Origin event, and I think the Clermont Champion can improve his record against the bull to 2-0.
Troy Wilkinson on Big Bang Theory (BK Bucking Bulls)
The riders have had Big Bang Theory’s measure of late, posting three scores from the bull’s last seven trips with the latest two scores going to left-handers. Aaron Kleier won a round on this bull at the final regular-season tour stop in Rockhampton with 85.5 points. The Upper Horton veteran bucked off twice on night one, and that score might be good enough to help him make it back to the Championship Round.
Brady Fielder on Gangatino (Brandenburg Bucking Bulls and MJ Bucking Bulls)
Fielder should almost have two scores to his name, but he slapped his second bull last night, so he needs to make up ground. The Clermont talent has already ridden Gangatino twice, with 83 and 86 points recorded in 2019 and 2020. This is another bull that can turn back either way, but he prefers a right-handed spin, so we should see a repeat of their earlier matchups.
Lawson Nobbs on Damage Control (Kleier Bucking Bulls)
The last time we saw Damage Control out with a left-hander aboard, he was ridden by Kurt Shephard for 82-points. That was the only qualified ride made aboard this bull in six trips, but I think the lefties will build a solid record against him. Nobbs left the arena last night without a score as he worked his way through some less than suitable draws. Look for him to bounce back strong here.