We've made it.
The last round of the Super Rugby Au regular season.
Next week it's the qualifying final, that'll be in Canberra and you'd think that's going to be between obviously the Brumbies and the Rebels.
That said, it all rides on this weekend.
Simple equation for the Force, beat the undefeated Reds on Friday night and they'll play the Brumbies next week. If they don't they'll need the Waratahs to be the Rebels on Saturday night.
Don't think the Reds will be taking their foot off the gas here, the good thing about them is that there is so much competition for positions within the side, that it'll mean they come out humming in this one after a week off.
Now the last time these two sides played, it was tight, in fact it was a cracking match @ Suncorp Stadium and typically the Reds & Force turn on a good game of rugby.
That late turnover to BPA allowed Reds fans to breathe in that one.
In fact, I was at the game that night, the Suncorp Stadium EFTPOS machines broke down just on halftime meaning the second half of the game, there was no food or drink served anywhere - they wouldn't accept any cash due to COVID.
I'm surprised there wasn't rioting up Caxton St.
Maybe there wasn't enough people there.
Anyways, I digress.
Brad Thorn hasn't mucked around, he's announced a very strong side, there's no tapering for the Reds at all.
Despite a very desperate Force outfit, I think they'll get their hearts broken here.
Reds too good, they'll win by 22.
So if the Force win, the Rebels are done.
But you'd think that's unlikely, so they should lob up here just needing to beat the Waratahs to secure a qualifying final spot.
The Waratahs almost broke the drought last week but fell agonisingly short.
Meanwhile the Rebels took the Brumbies all the way before surrendering late, it was a good performance and you'd think based on those form lines, the Rebels will win here.
Is it that simple?
I really liked Campbell Magnay @ Inside Centre for the Rebels last week, he gave them good punch in the middle.
Last time these two sides met, Matt To'omua was pretty good.
If you don't, it's probably because there was a good game of league on at the time and you missed it altogether but the Rebels gave the Tahs a bit of a touch up, not too bad, but a touch up nonetheless.
I don't think the Rebels will shit the bed here, they've probably got too much to play for but I can see the Waratahs giving them one hell of a contest.
Rebels by 10.
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