Although many teams are in the same boat, Matt Burke can't see an injury-laden Reds finding it in them to muster a victory against the Brumbies in this weekend's Super Rugby.
Reds v Brumbies
What a fortnight it's been for the Reds: not so good in the stats department in terms of the 'for and against' column. This week, however, they return to their fortress of Suncorp Stadium, albeit with a different outfit.
Will Genia has struggled to control aspects of his game that he made him so dominant last season. The difficulty for the Reds lies in the number of injuries that have hit them, but everyone is in the same boat: for example, there is no Matt Toomua for the Brumbies after a season-ending knee injury either.
So, it's a case of managing your way through the desperate times, and perhaps playing at home might just be the remedy.
Perhaps, being the operative word!
The Brumbies, on the other hand, are leading the Australian conference, and with some stand-out performances from non-Wallabies are carving their way through teams with some expansive rugby being played. Pat McCabe will wear the 12 jersey and two-try hero Joe Tomane comes in on the wing.
A pretty reasonable swap!
The Brumbies loss last week to the Sharks wasn't as bad as it appears. Yes, they incurred a loss, but it was the way they brought the ball back 70 metres to have that last shot at the title that mitigates this somewhat.
Away from home, the Brumbies will prevail, with their confidence still riding high. One unit on the Brumbies.
Highlanders v Stormers
This is one top-of-the-table clash I'm very much looking forward to it, with two different styles will be on display, but both sides combining with raw power up front.
The Highlanders have been the surprise packets of this year's Super Rugby. Coach Jamie Joseph has instilled a self-belief in this team where everyone has the ability to go forward, with Adam Thompson the one the Stormers will have to watch as he plays very loose and wide.
Remember, there is no Schalk Burger to combat Thompson but the rest of the Stormers pack has been intimidating and physical. They have a big road trip ahead of them, which will no doubt be a factor in how they play. The Stormers topped the SA conference last season and look to go further in this year's Super Rugby.
The big test will start on the weekend.
I'm picking the Highlanders to win this at home in a tight one with the travel being the difference on the night. Highlanders one unit.