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Super Rugby moves to Canberra in the second match on Friday as the Brumbies host the Waratahs in the Australian capital.

The Brumbies got the perfect start last week by beating the Hurricanes, who hosted the 2015 final, with a bonus point that has put them on top of the Australasian Conferfence.

The Waratahs are not far behind the Brumbies in the Australian Conference as they beat the Reds 30-10 in Sydney and curently occupy the first Wild Card position.

For this week the Brumbies have made two changes. Scott Sio comes back into the starting side with Blake Enever who will be making his first appearance for the 2016 season.

Enever comes in at lock to replace Rory Arnold who picked up a knock to his knee last Friday.

The Waratahs were happy with their combinations last week so they have named an unchanged starting XV. There are however two changes to the replacements, with the Tahs’ steadfast leader, Wycliff Palu returning as a powerful replacement.

NSW country born prop, Matt Sandell is in line for his debut off the bench, in place of Benn Robinson who suffered a broken nose during last weekend’s match.

The Brumbies and Waratahs have played each other 27 times since 1996 and the Brumbies have won 11 matches and lost 16. This gives them a record of winning 41% of their matches.

At home in Canberra the Brumbies have played the Waratahs 12 times and they have won 9 times and lost three. That gives them a record at home against the Waratahs of winning 75% of their matches.

The average score when the Brumbies play the Waratahs at home is Brumbies 29 Waratahs 14, compared to 22 all across all venues.

The Waratahs have won the last four matches between the sides regardless of the venue.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs an 8 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Brumbies were so good last week that we have to back them to win this one given that they also have home advantage. The Brumbies should win by 7.

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

Average score: Brumbies 22 Waratahs 22

Last five results
01 May 2015 Brumbies v Waratahs 10-13 Canberra
21 Mar 2015 Brumbies v Waratahs 13-28 Sydney
26 Jul 2014 Semi Brumbies v Waratahs 8-26 Sydney
28 Jun 2014 Brumbies v Waratahs 8-39 Sydney
15 Mar 2014 Brumbies v Waratahs 28-23 Canberra

Brumbies overall record against the Waratahs
Played 27 , Wins 11 , Losses 16, Draws 0

Match No.11: Brumbies v Waratahs
Date : GIO Stadium, Canberra
Venue : Friday 4 March 2016
Kick Off local: 19:45 local
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1:Quinton Immelman
Assistant Ref 2:William Houston
TMO : Ian Smith

Teams

Brumbies

Scott Sio , Stephen Moore (c) , Ben Alexander , Blake Enever , Sam Carter , Scott Fardy , David Pocock , Ita Vaea , Tomás Cubelli , Christian Lealiifano (c) , Joe Tomane , Matt Toomua , Tevita Kuridrani , Henry Speight , Aidan Toua ,

Replacements : Josh Mann-Rea , Allan Alaalatoa , Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin , Jordan Smiler , Jarrad Butler , Michael Dowsett , Andrew Smith , Nigel Ah Wong

Waratahs

1. Paddy Ryan , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 3. Angus Ta’avao , 4. Dean Mumm , 5. Will Skelton, 6. David Dennis (VC), 7. Michael Hooper (C), 8. Jed Holloway , 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Kurtley Beale , 11. Zac Guildford , 12. David Horwitz ,
13. Rob Horne, 14. Matt Carraro , 15. Israel Folau

Replacements : 16. Tolu Latu , 17. Matt Sandell (potential NSW/Super Rugby debut) 18. Jeremy Tilse , 19. Sam Lousi, 20. Wycliff Palu , 21. Jack Dempsey, 22. Matt Lucas , 23. Bryce Hegarty

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