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Coleman starts for Brumbies against Chiefs

Robbie Coleman gets double tackled by the Chiefs in the eleventh round

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Article Published: Thursday 17 July 2014|

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The Brumbies have named their team to play the Chiefs in the Super Rugby qualifier in Canberra with Robbie Coleman returning to the starting line up.

Coleman comes into the Brumbies starting line up replacing Clyde Rathbone who drops out of the match-day 23.

Rookie prop Allan Alaalatoa comes into the match day squad on the replacements bench in the only other change to the side that beat the Force last week.

Alaalatoa's debut inclusion comes at the expense of JP Smith. Alaalatoa was a star member of the Australian Under 20's at the most recent Junior World Cup in New Zealand and follows the debut of his brother Michael who made his first appearance for the Waratahs last weekend.

With seven tries to his name in 2014, Coleman leads the Brumbies try-scoring tally alongside his fellow-back-three member, Jesse Mogg.

It's been a big season for the Brumbies outside backs, with Henry Speight, Joe Tomane, Pat McCabe, Mogg and Coleman combining for a total 22 five-pointers.

Coleman was instrumental in guiding the Brumbies to victory over the Chiefs in their first encounter of 2014, making more tackles than any of his backline colleagues other than centre pairing of Tevita Kuridrani and Christian Lealiifano.

"It was tough watching the boys play so well last week and not being a part of it," Coleman said.

"I thought they were outstanding in pretty much everything they did. I'll be looking to build on that momentum this week. I want to be able to add to that performance.

"The last few weeks I've had some issues with my quad and as a result my speed probably hasn't been where it needs to be. That's all resolved now though and I'm looking forward to taking on the Chiefs."

Brumbies

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

Replacements : 16. Ruaidhri Murphy , 17. Ruan Smith , 18. Allan Alaalatoa , 19. Fotu Auelua , 20. Tom McVerry , 21. Michael Dowsett , 22. Joe Tomane , 23. Pat McCabe

 
 
 
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