The final round of Super Rugby AU has been dubbed “Super Saturday” with back-to-back matches now set to decide which teams will advance to the finals.

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Rugby Australia announced it had shifted the Melbourne Rebels’ clash with the Western Force at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle – originally scheduled for September 4 – to Saturday, September 5 at 5.05pm.

Immediately following that match, the Queensland Reds and the Brumbies will clash at Suncorp Stadium at 7.15pm.

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It means the two sides that will play off in the qualifying final will have the same number of day’s preparation time.

The NSW Waratahs have a final round bye.

There are just four points separating first and fourth on the Super Rugby AU table with the Brumbies leading with only three rounds left to play.

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The second-placed side at the end of the regular season will host the third-placed team in a qualifying final on Saturday, September 12.

The September 19 final will be hosted by the team that finishes on top of the ladder against the winner of the qualifying final.

– Melissa Woods

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