Super Rugby Australia’s regular season will draw to a close this weekend and there is still plenty on the line.
The Waratahs have the bye, but funs, coaches and players alike are sweating on the result of Saturday afternoon’s match between the Rebels and Force.
Focus then moves to Brisbane on Saturday night for a potential Grand Final preview between the Reds and Brumbies.
We’ve previewed both games, and you can find our Super Rugby Australia tips below.
The penultimate match of the Super Rugby Australia regular season will see the Rebels and Force do battle at McDonald Jones in Newcastle.
The Rebels’ fate remains in their own hands and it is black and white – beat the Force with a bonus point on Saturday afternoon and they will play the Reds next weekend’s Super Rugby Australia qualifying final, lose and the season is over.
They left the door open for the Waratahs when they failed to overcome that side last weekend, but they simply could not be offered a better opportunity to atone and to stay alive.
The Force, still chasing their first win of Super Rugby Australia, enter their final game of the season off the back of a spirited yet comfortable loss to the Brumbies.
They certainly did not look out of place in the first half of that match, even managing to open the scoring when Fergus Lee-Warner busted a tackle and crashed over.
Obviously, the Rebels deserve to start this match as favourites, but they have had a habit of beating themselves when everything is on the line, and I am confident that the Force can stick with them the whole way.
We’ll be treated to a top of the table clash between the Reds and Brumbies in Brisbane on Saturday night.
Both sides are assured finals rugby and there is every chance that this will be a preview of the decider.
The Reds had the bye in Week 9, but dispatched the Force the week prior and really have clicked back into gear at the right point of the campaign.
The Brumbies meanwhile have hardly put a boot wrong all season, weathering a credible Force performance and comfortably winning last week and ultimately losing just once all season.
I think that the Brumbies will win the whole thing, but I’m also expecting them to respect the Reds this week and gain an idea on what to potentially expect in a couple of weeks.