Teams are starting to make their move in Super Rugby Pacific with round five set to bring plenty of action despite a raft of schedule changes
The action kicks off on Friday night with a re-match of last year’s Super Rugby AU final when the Brumbies host the Reds at GIO Stadium. Both teams are the only sides to remain unbeaten in the competition, with the hosts hungry to avenge several last-minute defeats in 2021
Saturday is a triple-header of action, starting with newcomers Fijian Drua welcoming the Western Force to Leichhardt Oval. The Force are coming off two disappointing losses to the Reds and Waratahs whilst Mick Byrne's men are gaining in confidence every week and are hunting for their second victory.
Also on Saturday, the Chiefs will now play Moana Pasifika at Mt Smart Stadium. The original schedule had Moana slated to play the Highlanders whilst the Chiefs were set to travel to Wellington to face the Hurricanes. However, COVID cases throughout several clubs forced the change, allowing the newcomers to play their second game.
The action rounds out at the historic SCG as the red-hot Waratahs take on the Melbourne Rebels. The Waratahs find themselves in the top four after experiencing an incredible revival under Darren Coleman, whilst the Rebels are struggling in 11th place.
Check out our official round five match programme to see all the team lists, key stats, players to watch and feature stories – including a look at the Fijian Drua and their long-awaited inclusion. You can also subscribe to the weekly programme on the official tournament home page super.rugby - sign up now with your email address.