Greg Growden's Super Rugby round 17 tips
June 6, 2013
Western Force will look once again to follow Matt Hodgson © Getty Images
Friday, June 7
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.
Sunday, June 9
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.
Byes: Blues, Bulls, Cheetahs, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders, Hurricanes, Queensland Reds, Sharks, Southern Kings, Stormers.
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