The final round of the dragged out Super Rugby season is finally upon us and there is a host of positions yet to be determined for next weekend’s opening finals matches. New Zealand hasn’t just dominated at international level, with their five club teams in the Crusaders, Chiefs, Highlanders, Hurricanes and Blues all performing admirably this year.
While only the Brumbies and Waratahs are in contention to play in the Super Rugby finals, the other three teams in the Reds, Rebels and Force will all be keen to finish their seasons on a high and build some momentum before the 2017 season gets underway. This weekend the Reds host the Rebels at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Friday night while Waratahs are in Auckland to tackle the Blues.
On Saturday, the Brumbies play the Western Force in Canberra and it is expected to be freezing in the nation’s capital over the next few weeks. By the time all of the Saturday matches are played, the winner of the Kiwi Conference will be revealed, with the Chiefs favourites to pip the Crusaders for top spot.
On Sunday, South Africa’s Stormers play the Kings, the Cheetahs suit up against the Bulls and the Lions battle the completely depleted Jaguares.
Saturday, July 16, 7:45pm (AEST) @ GIO Stadium
The Brumbies have the luxury of playing after the Waratahs, with the two teams locked on 39 points each after 16 rounds of the Super Rugby season. Last weekend the Brumbies missed their chance at extending their lead in the Australian Conference when they were spanked by New Zealand’s worst performing team this year; the Blues at Auckland’s Eden Park.
The Force is enduring a horrific year on and off the field and things are not expected to improve on Saturday night when they go up against the Brumbies in the cold of Canberra. Injuries, poor form, floggings and off-field dramas have plagued the Western Australian franchise this year and UBET has them at long odds to reverse their fortunes in this must-win game for the Brumbies.