Round seven of Super Rugby AU sees the action hotting up at the top of the Australian table this weekend.
A perfect start for the log-leading Brumbies was brought to a halt last weekend, leaving them vulnerable at the summit as they take a bye off the back of four wins from five.
The Rebels went second by virtue of that 30-12 victory and could leapfrog their resting rivals if they can back it up this time around.
They play on Saturday against the Reds at Suncorp Stadium (kick off 11.15 SAST) with a four point gap between themselves and the Brumbies in first.
It was a case of disappointment for the hosts ahead of their return to Brisbane, capitulating 45-12 against the Waratahs last Saturday.
The New South Wales franchise can strengthen their title credentials on Friday when they tackle the ailing Western Force (kick off 11.05 SAST).
Cbus Super Stadium is the venue as Super Rugby AU heads to Queensland’s Gold Coast, with the Waratahs in third place, locked on 11 points with the fourth-placed Reds.
And the Force are up against it, having collected just two points from their four winless outings in the competition so far.
Super Rugby AU: Fixtures and kick off times Round 7
Times are SAST.
Friday, 14 August: Force vs Waratahs – 11:05
Saturday, 15 August: Reds vs Rebels – 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 7
Force vs Waratahs
Reds vs Rebels
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