The 2014 Super Rugby campaign comes to an end at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, where the Waratahs will be looking to build on their normal season triumph with a much more meaningful win over the Crusaders.
In a battle of first against second, the Australian hosts arrive in Sydney with their first-ever Super Rugby title in sight. In contrast, this will be familiar ground for the visitors, who are hoping to win their eighth competition crown.
The lines have been closely drawn in a fixture that sees the Waratahs as slim favourites to overturn history and add a maiden championship to their cabinet.
However, all sense of logic or context can tend to be discounted when the stakes are this high. Six bold predictions for how this season's finale will unfold are detailed ahead.