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Waratahs v Brumbies Semi-Final Preview

Bernard Foley looks to get away from Nic White of the Brumbies

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Article Published: Thursday 24 July 2014|

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Out of the last five matches between the Waratahs and the Brumbies the Sydney based Waratahs have won two matches and the Brumbies have won three.

The Waratahs have played the Brumbies at home and away this year and both teams won their home matches.

In 2012 and 2013 both teams won their home matches so the last away team to win was the Waratahs in 2011.

Overall the Waratahs have played the Brumbies 24 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Waratahs have won 13 matches or 54% of the contests between the teams.

The average score when the Waratahs play the Brumbies across all venues is : Waratahs 22 Brumbies 24.

This weekend the Waratahs will have home advantage as the match will be played in Sydney where the teams have met 13 times.

In those 13 matches the Waratahs have won 11 matches and lost two. That gives them a record of winning 85% of their home matches against the Brumbies.

The average score when the Waratahs play the Brumbies in Sydney is : Waratahs 29 Brumbies 18.

The Waratahs are the form team in Super Rugby. They have won their last seven matches and finished the season on top of the standings. If they beat the Brumbies they will host the final.

No other team in Super Rugby this year has won as many matches as the Waratahs consecutively so they have earned their place on top of the standings.

At home in Sydney the Waratahs have played 8 matches and they have won all 8 matches. They are unbeaten at home and they have won 75% of their matches against all teams.

The Brumbies have won their last two matches and overall they have won 65% of their matches against all teams. Away from home the Brumbies have played 8 matches in 2014 and they have won three or 38% of their away matches.

The Brumbies have lost their last four matches away from home and their last victory on the road was in April against the Reds in Brisbane.

The Canberra based Brumbies have retained the team that beat the Chiefs at home last week. It is the first time since the June break that they have been able to name an unchanged side.

The Waratahs have made two changes to the team that beat the Reds 3-34 in Brisbane and they have been able to name Israel Folau in their starting line up as the extra week bye allowed him to recover from a corked thigh.

The Waratahs have also named Jacques Potgieter in their starting team which is the only other change to the team.

The Bookies have given the Brumbies a 5 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Brumbies have taken a step up in recent weeks at home but away from home they have been a little shaky. The Waratahs on the other hand have been unstoppable at home in 2014. The Waratahs should win this by 7.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD

Average score: Waratahs 22 Brumbies 24

Last five results
28 Jun 2014 Waratahs v Brumbies 39-8 Sydney
15 Mar 2014 Waratahs v Brumbies 23-28 Canberra
18 May 2013 Waratahs v Brumbies 28-22 Sydney
09 Mar 2013Waratahs v Brumbies 6-35 Canberra
07 Jul 2012 Waratahs v Brumbies 15-19 Sydney

Waratahs overall record against the Brumbies
Played 24 ,Wins 13 ,Losses 11 ,Draws 0

Super Rugby Semi-Final
Date :
Saturday 26 July 2014
Match : Waratahs v Brumbies
Venue : Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Kick-off (19:40 local, 21:40 NZT, 11:40 SAST, 09:40 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
AR1: Craig Joubert
AR2: James Leckie
TMO: George Ayoub

Teams

Waratahs

Israel Folau, Alofa Alofa, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Rob Horne, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Stephen Hoiles, Kane Douglas, Jacques Potgieter, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson.

Replacements :(from) 16 Paddy Ryan, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Tolu Latu, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Mitchell Chapman, 21 Pat McCutcheon, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 24 Matt Carraro, 25 Mitchell Chapman

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio, 2. Josh Mann-Rea, 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. 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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