Following on from an exciting return, Super Rugby Australia enters is second week on Friday evening and another two mouth-watering matches will be contested.
The Reds will look to continue their impressive start to the season at the expense of the resuming Rebels, before the impressive Brumbies host the young Waratahs on Saturday.
You can find a preview of both matches and our Super Rugby Australia Round 2 Tips below.
The Reds will make their second appearance in Super Rugby Australia 2021 at home against the Melbourne Rebels on Friday night.
Queensland was largely impressive during the inaugural Super Rugby Australia season, culminating in an appearance in the final, and they picked up where they left off with an impressive win over the Waratahs in Week 1.
They leaked a try very early in the piece, but all that seemed to do was switch on Brad Thorn’s side and it was all but one-way traffic for the remaining 75 minutes.
James O’Connor led from the front in a performance that well and truly underlined his vastly improved maturity, but there were ultimately things to like all over the field and they will surely only improve for the hit-out.
The Rebels will make their eagerly awaited return to action in this match, having had the bye in Week 1. They too performed reasonably well during the 2020 Super Rugby Australia season but were comfortably beaten by this opponent in the preliminary final.
While that is sure to have some baring on their eagerness to win this match, I simply cannot tip against the Reds following their performance in Week 1, and this represents another terrific opportunity to record a big win.
Bragging rights and vital competition points go on the line when the Brumbies and the Waratahs renew their historic rivalry in the nation’s capital on Saturday evening.
Plenty of contests between these two proud clubs have worked their way into Australian rugby folklore over the years, but it is fair to say that there is a big class difference between the Brumbies and the Waratahs in 2021, and the former should just be winning again.
The Brumbies weathered a spirited Week 1 fight from the Force in Perth to ultimately walk away comfortable 27-11 victors.
Leading 13-6 at the break, the Brumbies’ experience and depth of talent continued to fire in the second period and they too will only improve into Round 2.
Despite stealing the limelight early when Jake Gordon crossed just minutes into the Waratahs’ match with the Reds, the difference in experience was telling in Round 1 and they ultimately suffered a record 41-7 defeat.
Given the Brumbies are widely considered the best team in Super Rugby Australia, it’s tough imagining the Waratahs turning themselves around enough to compete for the full eight minutes this week.