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Super Rugby tip is harder to choose than a broken nose




Well, another weekend of trans-Tasman dating and another round of exciting entertainment.

This of course with the exception of the Rebels, who despite leading 14-0 early on, ended up being awarded a cricket score. And the Force, which was in it for 30 minutes and started hunting.

It is sad to watch the rebels because they simply have no direction. They obviously have talented players individually, but unfortunately it requires a full squad to perform.

It’s interesting how the rebels seem to have a weak belief that the Waratahs encountered last year. Winning is a habit, but the Rebels don’t seem to have a plan b or c and plan a just doesn’t work.

The Reds also continue to slide. It’s even more incredible considering the overall talent of their team. At home against the lowest-ranked New Zealand side, the Reds should have won, but again they can’t string together enough phases and they don’t take advantage of key moments.

The Waratahs picked up their first win across the gap since 2015 and although it was against Moana Pasifika and not a New Zealand franchise, it will give them confidence.

The interesting thing for the Waratahs is that these are games they have found a way to lose over the last four or five years.

The Pasifika are a new team but they are a good team. They have been competitive all year and will be a force for the next two or three seasons.

Can the Waratahs pull off two more wins and maybe secure a home final? Let’s dream.

The Brumbies and Chiefs have always been the most anticipated game of the round and it hasn’t failed to impress.

After 27 minutes, it was tit for tat rugby. When the Brumbies scored, the Chiefs responded with their own runs.

Both teams were pretty much even at the start of the game, and it showed throughout.

But the Brumbies were so clinical. I wanted the Brumbies to win but I thought the depth of that Waikato unit would be too great.

Two victories by Australian teams in the land of the long white cloud were unheard of 5-6 years ago. I didn’t see it coming.

The Force then faced off against the powerful Crusaders of Perth who sought revenge.

The Force has got to be one of the toughest teams in the competition to face. They just don’t go away.

They are break down pests, they try anywhere and are just solid, but you can’t help but feel sorry for them. They’ve been in nearly every game this year and that includes the Blues who look unstoppable. Then the Crusaders arrived.

After 27 minutes, the Force were leading 8-5 and then the Crusaders began to attack with brute force, and the exceptional skill of Richie Mo’unga who has the skill of Carlos Spencer and the measured approach of D Carter.

Yeah, all the crusaders contributed, but his keys are awesome. Unfortunately, that meant the game was over in the 60th minute. Especially with stupid turnovers at crucial moments.

The Force tried to continue the game and as a result gave up a lot of points. The Saders are too good on the counter-attack.

Australian teams simply need to score early in games to have a chance at the end of the year. Our neighbors across Tasmania are comfortable when they are behind the scoreboard and just don’t panic as they know they have the points in them.

Harry Hoopert of the Reds (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

All Kiwi teams are fantastic to watch. The skill level is there and their conviction is astronomical.

If the Brumbies and Tahs can secure finals at home, they could cause an upset.

The Brumbies in particular have to be contenders but need to finish top of the ladder to get the GF at home despite their fine win.

For mine, the Blues are stealing and the Crusaders and Chiefs have so much more footy endgame experience.

The Brumbies and Waratahs won’t give them an easy path, however. The Reds need to regain their confidence and if they can it will be a disruption too, but they have the Blues, Pasifika and Crusaders in a tougher race than the Tahs and Brumbies.

If the Force does the eight somehow, no one will want to play them.

The Drua have a tough job today against the Hurricanes and it would be great to see another victory in New Zealand from an Australian conference team. It’s a big ask though.




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