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Super Rugby Round 17 - ESPN FootyTips
Greg Growden's Super Rugby round 17 tips
Greg Growden
June 6, 2013
Western Force flanker Matt Hodgson looks for an opening, Western Force v Stormers, Super Rugby, ME Bank Stadium, Perth, Australia, April 2, 2011
Western Force will look once again to follow Matt Hodgson © Getty Images

Friday, June 7

Brumbies v Melbourne Rebels, Canberra Stadium

19:40 local, 09:40 GMT, 19:40 EST, 19:10 CST, 17:40 WST

Head to Head: Played 5; Brumbies 4, Rebels 1

In Canberra: Played 2; Brumbies 2, Rebels 0

Last clash: Round 2, 2013 - Rebels 13 - 30 Brumbies, AAMI Park, Melbourne

This is the round of attrition that will show which province has the most adequate back-up. Here, the Brumbies have the advantage as they have been able to use their reserves as a powerful resource. Sometimes the Rebels bench looks like a lost tour group.

Tip: Brumbies

Sunday, June 9

Force v Waratahs, nib Stadium

14:05 local, 06:05 GMT, 16:05 EST, 15:35 CST, 14:05 WST

Head to Head: Played 10; Force 2, Waratahs 7, 1 draw

In Perth: Played 5; Force 0, Waratahs 5 (* Waratahs 3-0 at nib Stadium)

Last clash: Round 7, 2013 - Waratahs 23 - 19 Force, Allianz Stadium, Sydney

There are those cynics who believe Michael Foley rested players from the British & Irish Lions match so they are instead primed for the mob that let him go - New South Wales Waratahs. There may be something in that. And if there is going to be an upset, it will come in this game. But an improvement in the level of belief at the Waratahs should get them through.

Tip: Waratahs

Byes: Blues, Bulls, Cheetahs, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders, Hurricanes, Queensland Reds, Sharks, Southern Kings, Stormers.

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