While every Super Rugby team will say each game is as tough as the next, the reality is there are lean and mean stretches for all sides.
With the unexpected early reveal of the 2019 Super Rugby draw now public, it's time to take a look at the draw for each Australian franchise and decipher when they must strike and when they must buckle up for a tough block.
Starts to a season don't come much tougher than the Reds' first three matches next year.
After starting the season with a bye they will face the Highlanders (A), Crusaders (H) and Waratahs (A) - that's three title contenders in as many weeks.
If they aren't playing their best rugby from the outset it could be another long year for Queensland fans.
If the Reds do pick up a win or two in the three match block to start the season they will find themselves in an enviable position, with a four match block against the Sunwolves (A), Brumbies (H), Rebels (H) and Stormers (H) to follow immediately after.
They will be a big chance in each of those games, the ideal platform for the two week tour of South Africa that follows.
The two week South African tour where the Tahs will face the Bulls and Lions in round 11 and 12, respectively, is followed by a trip to Suncorp to face the Reds and a home game against the Jaguares.
A win or two on tour will be vital as both the Reds and Jaguares will be primed and ready to strike upon the Tahs' return.
The four week stretch prior to the Waratahs' South African tour, in May, shapes as a prime opportunity to pick up points.
NSW will host the Sunwolves before facing the Blues (A), Rebels (H) and Sharks (H) - a string of starts the Waratahs' will likely start favourites in.
A one month block between round eight and round 11 where the Brumbies will face the Crusaders (A) and Lions (H) before travelling to South Africa and Argentina to play the Stormers and Jaguares is arguably the toughest stretch any of the Australian Super Rugby sides will endure.
Emerge with a 2-2 split from that block and ACT will have done very well.
The Brumbies' toughest stretch will be followed by a chance to pick up points, with matches against the Blues (H), Sunwolves (H), Bulls (H) and Sunwolves (A) a perfect opportunity to build momentum into the final fortnight of the season.
Melbourne will need to be in prime position for a finals berth heading into the final three weeks of the season, with clashes against the Waratahs (H), Crusaders (A), and Chiefs (H) easily the toughest run home of all the Australian Super Rugby sides.
The three week stretch upon return from South Africa where the Rebels will face the Reds (A), Sunwolves (H) and Stormers (H) between round seven and nine will hand Melbourne the chance to pick off three straight wins.