Queensland Reds host Saturday’s Super AU final at what is expected to be a packed Suncorp Stadium looking to exact revenge on the Brumbies for defeat in last season’s showpiece match.
You can watch all the action live from Brisbane for free with World Rugby, as James O’Connor, Jordan Petaia and Harry Wilson take on Wallabies team-mates Nic White, Noah Lolesio and Tom Banks.
The Brumbies won a tight contest 28-23 at Canberra Stadium last September to lift the inaugural Super Rugby AU title.
However, the Reds have been the form team in 2021, and lost just one of their eight regular season matches to finish top of the standings and secure home advantage for the final.
By contrast, the defending champions were required to take on this season’s surprise package, the Western Force, in a qualifying final last Saturday.
Tom Wright and Banks both breached the Force goal-line as the Brumbies secured a 21-9 victory in Canberra to set up a repeat of 2020’s showpiece match.
The regular season meeting between the teams was a 78-point thriller as the Brumbies scored five tries but came up short, 40-38, thanks in no small part to the boot of O’Connor, who finished the match with 20 points.
Wallabies playmaker O’Connor will captain the Reds at Suncorp Stadium with Liam Wright named on the bench having returned to the side in the team’s last regular season match, a narrow defeat to the Force.
Ryan Smith returns to the starting line-up, while 19-year-old Josh Flook replaces the injured Hunter Paisami in midfield and fit-again Jock Campbell is selected on the wing.
The Brumbies, meanwhile, lost Pete Samu and James Slipper to injury following the qualifying final win over the Force last weekend. Scott Sio and Nick Frost have taken their places in the starting line-up for Saturday.
"What a great thing for Australian rugby," Reds coach Brad Thorn said this week.
"They're talking around 40,000 spectators and you think back to last year, there were times there was a lot of doom and gloom, wasn't there?
"Was the game going to be still running and it just shows that people love their rugby.
"It should be quite an event.”