We’re now just a few weeks away from the Super Rugby Australia Finals and the make-up of the ladder has not changed.
The Brumbies can and probably will keep the pressure on the Reds with a big win over the Waratahs on Friday, before the Rebels attempt to take something away from their match with the impressive competition leaders.
Check out previews for both matches and our Super Rugby Australia Round 7 tips below.
The most one-sided match in either Super Rugby competition will take place on Friday night when the winless Waratahs host a strong Brumbies outfit.
We’re into the seventh week of Super Rugby Australia and the Waratahs are still yet to taste winning form – a sad indication of their season that has ultimately cost coach Rob Penney his job.
The Brumbies meanwhile have lost just one match to the Reds in 2021, and they enter this off the back of a thrashing 42-12 win over the Force, who themselves beat the Waratahs just a few weeks ago.
When these sides last played, the Waratahs put in a good 30 minutes before they were left in the Brumbies’ dust, and ultimately walked away on the wrong end of a 61-10 score line.
While some teams do step up to be counted the week after their coach is sacked, there’s just too big of a class difference between these two sides for that to be considered here.
A far better game if betting is to be believed, but it will still take a mighty performance from the Rebels to deliver the Reds their first loss of the 2021 Super Rugby Australia season on Saturday.
There’s no denying that the Rebels have been a clear-cut third in this year’s competition, and while there’s a big gap between them and the Force and Waratahs below, there’s also quite a gap between them and the Reds and Brumbies above.
They do enter this match fresh off the bye and prior to that, a relatively easy win over the Waratahs.
The Reds have been the benchmark since Week 1 and are justifiable favourites to take out the whole thing at season’s end.
Not that they needed to tune up, but that’s exactly what they did at the expense of the Waratahs last week, and I’m expecting another impressive performance on Saturday.
The Rebels led for most of the way before just being pipped late by the Reds in Round 2, but I’m not confident that they can return a similar performance and result, even at home.