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Rebels, Brumbies can start Super rugby campaigns on right foot

It’s the start of the 2013 Super Rugby season, but what a pity there’s only two games on the menu.

The Rebels shouldn’t have too many problems accounting for the visiting Force in Melbourne on Friday night, although both teams have shared the spoils in their two games at AAMI Park.

If Scott Higginbotham’s move from the Reds to the Rebels was significant, then how big is David Pocock’s move from the Force to the Brumbies?

Higginbotham will certainly make the Rebels a lot more competitive, but the arrival of Pocock should just about guarantee the Brumbies a spot in the finals. And, using Higginbotham as a barometer, the Brumbies may just pip the Reds for a spot in the finals.

The Brumbies-Reds match up on Saturday is mouth-watering, to say the least, and both teams would fancy their chances.

The Brumbies have probably displayed slightly better form during the trials and home ground advantage may prove the difference on this occasion.

However, the Reds got the cash when last they visited Canberra, but only after the Brumbies missed a penalty goal attempt in the final minute.

The Brumbies are by no means “specials”, but they boast an impressive 9-2 record against the Reds in the nation’s capital.

The action hots up next weekend with seven games, but until then it’s time to nominate the teams who are capable of making the finals before settling on a Top 6 and the 2013 champions.

Finally, let’s just hope that the Kings prove a much more competitive outfit than the Lions.

Finals chances:

Crusaders ($4.75) – Yes

Chiefs ($7) – Yes

Stormers ($7) – Yes

Reds ($10) – Yes

Sharks ($10) – Yes

Waratahs ($10) – Yes

Highlanders ($11) – Yes

Brumbies ($13) – Yes

Hurricanes ($13) – Yes

Bulls ($17) – Yes

Rebels ($51) – No

Cheetahs ($101) – No

Force ($126) – No

Kings ($501) – No

Top 6:

Crusaders

Chiefs

Stormers

Sharks

Highlanders

Brumbies

2013 Champions:

Stormers

 

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