Australia’s post-lockdown Super Rugby competition reaches round five this weekend, with another brace of fixtures Down Under.
The table is taking shape with all five sides having now played at least three Super Rugby AU fixtures.
It’s a pretty picture for the Brumbies, who cruised to a 24-0 victory over the sorry Western Force last weekend.
They now take on the second-placed Reds in a battle at the sharp end at the GIO Stadium on Saturday (kick off 11.15 SAST).
The Queenslanders head to Canberra off the back of their bye week, having sealed two wins and a draw in an unbeaten start to the campaign.
Their opponents are four points clear at the top of the log with three wins from three ahead of the capital city showdown.
The Rebels perked up last weekend to record their first success at the third time of asking, with a handsome 29-10 win at the Waratahs.
They now have the ideal chance to back it up as they take on bottom side the Western Force, fresh from their pointless outing against the Brumbies.
Sydney’s Leichardt Oval is the venue on Friday (kick off 11.05) as the cobbled together side make their fourth bid to secure a first victory of the new season.
The Waratahs will spend the weekend stewing on their last defeat as they take a bye.
Super Rugby AU: Fixtures and kick off times Round 5
Times are SAST.
Friday, 31 July: Force vs Rebels – 11:05
Saturday,1 August: Brumbies vs Reds – 11:15
Prediction methodology explained
The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
The predicted points margin draws on calculations from by a New Zealand statistician.
Super Rugby AU: Predictions Round 5
Force vs Rebels
Brumbies vs Reds
Antoinette is a recovering journalist, having written for Sports Illustrated, The Guardian, Daily Maverick and others. She has won multiple SAB Journalist of the Year awards, across a variety of categories. She thinks it’s strange writing about herself in the third person, unless she’s playing as herself in The Sims…which she’s been doing for over 20 years.