The Reds tackle the Crusaders in the inaugural final to the Super Rugby tournament, when they face each other for the second time at Suncorp Stadium this season, and this time it is for more than just log points.
Looking at the home team first, they have had a nice easy run in to this weekend’s match, with a weekend off two weeks ago and beat the Blues last weekend at this very same stadium.
The Crusaders on the other hand, had to tackle the Sharks at home, and then had to travel to Cape Town to tackle a Stormers outfit in a match that looked easier than it really was, and have now made the trip back to Australia to take on the table topping Reds.
The difference in this match will come down to the flyhalves. Quade Cooper vs Dan Carter reads like a tale of the tape between between two heavyweight boxers. One is a fleet footed running machine while the other commands a backline and kicks like there is no tomorrow. The battle of the flyhalves will ultimately decide who wins this match,
The bookies are giving the Reds a head start on points, meaning that the Crusaders are seen as favourites to this match, but it will be a shame if the team finishing top of the table does not win the trophy at the end of the day.
Reds :1. Ben Daley , 2. Saia Faingaa , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Rob Simmons , 5. James Horwill (c) , 6. Scott Higginbotham , 7. Beau Robinson , 8. Radike Samo , 9. Will Genia (vc) , 10. Quade Cooper , 11. Digby Ioane , 12. Ben Tapuai , 13. Anthony Faingaa , 14. Rod Davies , 15. Jono Lance
Replacements : 16. James Hanson , 17. Guy Shepherdson , 18. Adam Wallace-Harrison , 19. Jake Schatz , 20. Liam Gill , 21. Ian Prior , 22. Will Chambers
Crusaders: 1. Wyatt Crockett , 2. Corey Flynn , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Brad Thorn , 5. Sam Whitelock , 6. George Whitelock , 7. Richie McCaw (c) , 8. Kieran Read , 9. Andy Ellis/Kahn Fotuali’i , 10. Dan Carter , 11. Zac Guildford , 12. Sonny Bill Williams , 13. Robbie Fruean , 14. Sean Maitland , 15. Tom Marshall
Relacements : 16. Quentin MacDonald , 17. Ben Franks , 18. Luke Romano/Chris Jack , 19. Matt Todd , 20. Kahn Fotuali’i/Willi Heinz , 21. Matt Berquist , 22. Ryan Crotty
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Stuart Dickinson (Australia), Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)