We’ve arrived at the final week of the Super Rugby Pacific regular season, and results have simply never been more vital.
The action kick off with the catch up game between Moana Pasifika and the Western Force on Tuesday, but the round proper launches in New Zealand on Friday evening and will see the Crusaders take on the Reds.
Eight teams will make the finals, so there’s still plenty on the line, and you can find my complete Super Rugby Pacific Round 15 Tips below!
The Crusaders will almost certainly finish the regular season second in overall standings, and they can complete an ideal lead-up by beating the Reds.
On several occasions this season, the Crusaders haven’t been at their best, but their bottom line is still higher than most other clubs’ best, and they have recorded ten wins from thirteen matches.
The Reds’ recent form has left a little to the imagination, and the loss for James O’Connor for at least four weeks has dented their championship chances.
The Fijian Drua’s debut Super Rugby season will conclude after they host the finals-bound Chiefs on Friday night.
Understandably, the Drua haven’t managed to win many games in their first competitive season, two in fact, but they have been competitive on many other occasions, and they probably have exceeded expectations.
The Chiefs have been a typically dangerous opposition for every other club this season, and they can strengthen their position in the top four with a big win this week.
The match of the round looks like it will almost certainly materialise between the Waratahs and the Blues on Saturday night.
The Waratahs have been Super Rugby’s big improvers this season, and they are subsequent finals-bound! Some incredible wins, namely their triumph over the Crusaders have been extremely promising, and they look a young side who will genuinely flourish into a championship chance in coming seasons. Really good for Australian rugby.
The Blues, meanwhile, have been the competition benchmark this season, and they’ll likely finish the regular season on top of the ladder. They are deserving favourites ahead of this clash, but they won’t have it all their way in Sydney.
The Rebels are still in theory a chance of making the Super Rugby Finals, but they would need to record an enormous win over the Highlanders, which looks unlikely.
It has been one of the worst seasons contested by the Melbourne franchise since their inception, and the Rebels have plenty of work to do ahead of their 2023 campaign.
The Highlanders also haven’t been particularly good, but they were forced to play the other Kiwi sides several times, and they are still likely to sneak into the finals.