We're into the second round already.
I've got to admit, no real surprises with where everyone is on the ladder.
I think we've tipped every winner except one, here's the ladder.
In summary, it's gone according to script.
Reds & Brumbies close at the top, the Rebels in behind them, then the Force and then a ginormous gap to the Waratahs.
The Rebels get the week off this week.
I'll be honest with you all, Friday night I'll be watching the Roosters & Souths do battle in the league - that'll be a belter.
But, I'll be keeping an eye on this one.
It's one of those weeks where I really fear for the lives of the Western Force.
They were competitive with the Brumbies in Round 1 and then only lost narrowly to the Reds last week, whilst those performances have been encouraging, they now take on a Brumbies outfit fresh off a break.
Could get nasty this one, Brumbies pack to dominate like they normally do, James Slipper is back and that 8, 9 & 10 of Samu, White & Lolesio are playing some good footy.
Force need a solution @ flyhalf in my humble opinion.
Brumbies by 21.
What do you do with the Waratahs?
Back against them is probably the answer.
The Reds have mixed things up a bit this week, Angus Blyth has been completely wiped from the side. Is he injured?
Harry Wilson shifts to the bench. He's been in the team of the week just about every week, perhaps it's just a bit of rest for the big fella? Not sure what is going on.
Ryan Smith makes his starting debut, a good reward for the young bloke and no doubt when the Reds lead by 20-30, young halfback Kalani Thomas will get his first crack in Super Rugby off the bench.
Izaia Perese returns for the Waratahs, he'll play 12. I don't mind that, but I'd prefer him in the 13 jersey. That said, he might be a bit of a 'Paisami' @ Inside Centre.
That'll be interesting.
Nonetheless, it won't be enough.
Reds by 24.
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