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Brumbies v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

Rob Horne makes a break for the Waratahs against the Brumbies in the teams last meeting

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Article Published: Thursday 13 March 2014|

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The Waratahs are one of three Super Rugby teams this season who are still unbeaten so they will hoping to leave Canberra with that status still intact.

The Brumbies have played the Waratahs 22 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and in those 22 matches they have won 10 times. There have been no draws between the teams.

That gives the Brumbies a record of winning 45% of their matches at all venues against the Waratahs.

However, the average score across all venues when the Brumbies play the Waratahs is Brumbies 25 Waratahs 21.

This weekend the Brumbies will have home advantage as the match will be played in Canberra.

The Brumbies and Waratahs have played each other in Canberra 10 times and the Brumbies have won 8 times and lost twice.

That gives the Brumbies a record of winning 80% of their matches against the Waratahs at home.

The average score when the Brumbies play the Waratahs in Canberra is Brumbies 32 Waratahs 13.

In terms of form the Brumbies have been a little mixed this season as they have played three matches and lost one.

They lost their opening match (at home) to the Reds and then bounced back with a 14-27 victory over the Force in Perth.

The Brumbies best performance this season was arguably last week in Wellington when they beat the Hurricanes 21-29. The Hurricanes were very poor last week which might have made the Brumbies look good.

The Waratahs on the other hand have only played two matches this season - both at home - and in both matches they have come away with bonus point wins. Last week they had a bye so they will be hoping that they can carry their form through the bye.

Israel Folau has been the star of the show for the Waratahs and has already scored five tries. The Brumbies will need to keep a very close eye on him.

The Brumbies have retained the starting team that beat the Hurricanes last week so they will have the benefit of consistency.

The Waratahs have also been consistent in their selections as they have made just one change with Dave Dennis coming into the team as he has recovered from a knee injury.

This week will be a real test for the Waratahs and could go a long way in showing if they are the real deal. They have been one of the real form teams but they are up against a Super Rugby finalist and they are away from home.

If the Waratahs are to be taken as title contenders this season they need to win this weekend. They haven't really shown any signs of weakness yet so the Brumbies have their work cut out for them.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 1 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. As the Brumbies lost their opening match in Canberra there is some doubt over their form. The Waratahs haven't given us any reasons to doubt them yet so we are going against home advantage and the bookies. The Waratahs should win by 2.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD.

Average score: Brumbies 25 Waratahs 21

Last five results
17 May 2013 Brumbies v Waratahs 22-28 Sydney
09 Mar 2013 Brumbies v Waratahs 35-6 Canberra
07 Jul 2012 Brumbies v Waratahs 19-15 Sydney
05 May 2012 Brumbies v Waratahs 23-6 Canberra
18 Jun 2011 Brumbies v Waratahs 7-41 Sydney

Brumbies overall record against the Waratahs
Played 22 ,Wins 10, Losses 12 ,Draws 0

Match No.27 :Brumbies v Waratahs
Date : Saturday 15 March
Venue : Canberra Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : Peter Marshall

Teams

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Leon Power , 5. Sam Carter , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. Jarrad Butler , 8. Ben Mowen (c) , 9. Nic White , 10. Matt Toomua , 11. Robbie Coleman , 12. Pat McCabe , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Henry Speight , 15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements :16. Josh Mann-Rea , 17. Ruan Smith , 18. Jean-Pierre Smith , 19. Jordan Smiler , 20. Locky McCaffrey , 21. Andrew Smith , 22. Michael Dowsett , 23. Lionel Cronje

Waratahs

1. Benn Robinson (Eastwood) , 2. Tatafu Polota Nau , 3. Paddy Ryan , 4. Jacques Potgieter , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Dave Dennis (c) , 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Peter Betham , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Alofa Alofa , 15. Israel Folau

Replacements from : 16. Tola Latu , 17. Jeremy Tilse , 18. Sekope Kepu , 19 Will Skelton , 20. Stephen Hoiles , 21. Pat McCutcheon , 22. Brendan McKibbin , 23. Rob Horne , 24. Matt Carraro , 25. Jonno Lance

 
 
 
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