Super Rugby Australia enters Round 7 and another two exciting games will be contested.
The competition-leading Brumbies are on the bye this week, which means that the Force and Waratahs will lock horns on Friday night, before the Reds and Rebels square off on Saturday.
Betting suggests that Round 7 of Super Rugby Australia will begin with a one-sided contest between the Force and the Waratahs.
The Force have shown plenty of fight in their first four games back in the competition, but they remain winless and at the bottom of the table.
They do enter this refreshed from a week off, but there is no doubt that they’d need to go to another level to win.
It is fair to say that the Waratahs are rocks or diamonds, but last week proved that they are one of Super Rugby’s better sides when they put it all together.
Scrum-half Jake Gordon starred for the Tahs, steering his side through plenty of gaps in the Reds defence and scoring a hat-trick himself, but it was easily their best team performance of the campaign, and has surely installed a bit of confidence leading towards the pointy end of the season.
Anything close to that performance would clearly be too good for the Force and given the line is just 7.5 points, I’m more than happy to be with them again.
An intriguing and potentially crucial clash awaits the Reds and Rebels at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Offered the perfect opportunity to lump the pressure on the Brumbies after that team suffered a shock loss on Friday night, the Reds did not fire a shot against the Waratahs and have instead slid to fourth in overall standings.
What was particularly worrying of that performance was that they trailed 38-0 at halftime (having started match favourites), and probably only scored in the second half because their opponent had taken the foot off the accelerator.
The Rebels meanwhile enter this fixture off the back of their best performance and win of the season.
The previously undefeated Brumbies went into the game as clear favourites, but the Rebels were excellent from the outset and ultimately outlasted and outscored the competition leaders.
Regardless, Brad Thorn won’t let his side produce a lacklustre performance two weeks in a row, and I’m confident that the Reds will bounce back with a win.