I didn't see a thread on this yet, and with the competition now into week 6, I thought it was high time one was created. Surely I'm not the only Rugby Union fan in New Zealand, Australia or South Africa on these boards? The matchups this weekend are the Highlanders vs Rebels (I'm not picking the Rebels as putting up much of a fight, especially in Invercargill), Hurricanes vs Cheetahs in Wellington (should be a bit closer in full time scores, judging from last weekends Crusaders vs Cheetahs), Chiefs vs Waratahs in Hamilton (Chiefs should see that one through considering the form they are in this season), Brumbies vs Sharks in Canberra (I'm hoping the Sharks produce an upset but not likely seeing how well the Brumbies usually play at home), Western Force vs Reds in Perth (again, hoping for an upset but Reds will be too strong for the Force), Lions vs Crusaders in Johannesburg (Crusaders should pull through, especially with Dan Carter in the starting 15), and Stormers vs Bulls in Cape Town (South Africa's two strongest teams going head to head? Looking at table points, I'm hoping the Bulls pull through that one). So far this season is going pretty interestingly, at least from a Kiwi perspective. Our two strongest teams, the Blues and Crusaders, are at the bottom of the conference so far. While I think the Crusaders will claw their way back up the ladder, especially with Richie McCaw still to play a match this season, the Blues - who are also my local team - are playing without any luster so far, despite the big names they have attracted this year. I'm hoping the Chiefs have what it takes to get through to the finals this year, it would be nice for them to win for a change. The Highlanders and Hurricanes are also looking pretty good at this point, here's hoping the interesting season we've had so far continues! EDIT: Appears I'm just talking to myself in this thread, but hey. As expected, the Highlanders completely obilterated the Rebels in the second half, not before finishing 12 all at the end of the first half, which I sure wasn't expecting. And as much as I try to hate the guy and especially his ridiculous Justin Bieber haircut - being a New Zealander and All Blacks supporter first, after all - James O'Connor just is a class act through and though, his kicking game was pretty much the only thing going for the Rebels in the second half. Now on to the other six games for this weekend!