The Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders and Hurricanes are gearing up for their Super Rugby Pacific campaigns, with some big derbies coming this weekend in the form of Chiefs v Highlanders and Crusaders v Hurricanes.
Due to several Moana Pasifika players testing positive to Covid-19, their match against the Blues on Friday will be postponed.
Sports prediction website Superbru says that with the South African sides now competing in the United Rugby Championship, the new 12-team Super Rugby Pacific sees the familiar 10 New Zealand and Australian sides joined by two Pacific sides: Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika.
“Somewhat similar to the old Super 12, each team will play each other team in a home-or-away format, followed by three rounds with a focus on derbies and then quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final in June,” says Superbru.
“Without South African TV audiences to worry about, Super Rugby Pacific’s scheduling is kinder, with matches earlier on Friday evenings and running through the afternoon into the early evening on Saturdays.”