Melbourne Rebels desperate for a win as Queensland Reds come to town.
The Stormers have moved to the top of the Super Rugby table with a 29-13 victory over fellow South Africans the Sharks in Cape Town.
Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson capped off an outstanding Super Rugby season by winning the franchise's Nathan Sharpe Medal.
Melbourne Rebels lock Hugh Pyle says a brutal match-review session has left the players in no doubt about what's required in Friday's Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders.
Blues and All Blacks prop Charlie Faumuina probably won't play Super Rugby again until May after damaging his calf muscle.
"If you're going to go to a gunfight you might as well take the right weapons."
Greg Growden picks the form team from the Australian conference. Teams in brackets followed by number of times selected.
Test winger Drew Mitchell will go to South Africa with the Waratahs this morning and may be up for selection against the Cheetahs in two weeks' time.
I was asked on New Zealand radio yesterday about the relative strength of the Australian conference compared to the rest. Everyone has their thoughts but I have found this year's competition to be one of the tightest in memory and this is more of a reflection on the strength of play from all teams as opposed to any perceived weaknesses.
IT'S BEEN a hell of a week for the Waratahs. Injury, suspension, newborn babies and the common cold have turned a luxurious eight-day turnaround into an exercise in flexibility, faith and extreme patience.
Western Force have extended the woes of Super Rugby champions Queensland, thrashing the Reds 45-19 in Perth on Saturday and condemning them to a third straight loss.
WARATAHS centres Rob Horne and Tom Carter are up to the challenge of stopping one of the most potent back lines in the Super Rugby competition this weekend, veteran coach Alan Gaffney says.
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Saturday 5.35pm (AEDT)
Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Saturday, 3.30pm (AEDT)
Newlands Rugby Stadium, Cape Town, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)
Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, Sunday 2.05am (AEDT)
Rugby Park, Invercargill, Friday 5.35pm (AEDT)
nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 9.40pm (AEDT)
Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Saturday 7.40pm (AEDT)
The Liberal National Party challenger for the seat of Nicklin in the Queensland state election had to effect a 16.3 per cent swing against the seated independent to be successful but, despite every effort, this was a bridge too far for former Reds andWallabies coach John Connolly. Connolly managed a swing of about 10 per cent, which mirrored what happened around the state in a political landslide, but wasn't enough for him.