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Brumbies v Southern Kings Super Rugby Preview

The Brumbies will host Super Rugby's newcomers the Southern Kings this weekend

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Article Published: Thursday 4 April 2013|

Having lost 46-30 to the Hurricanes last weekend, Super Rugby doesn't get any easier for the Southern Kings, who will make their Super Rugby debut in Australia on Friday in Canberra when they face Jake White's log-leading Brumbies.

After starting their tour with two defeats in New Zealand, the Kings have now travelled to Australia and set up camp in Sydney ahead of their match against the Brumbies, who top the log after winning five of their first six matches.

It will be the Brumbies' fourth successive match against South African opposition - of the last three, they've won two (in Durban against The Sharks and in Canberra against the Bulls) and lost in Cape Town to the Stormers.

After the Brumbies impressive win at Kings Park, where they scored four tries to The Sharks' one, the Brumbies have been outscored by both the Stormers (one try to four) and Bulls (one to two).

The Kings know Friday's match against a well-oiled Brumbies machine will be very tough.

"This competition is very tough and we're playing extremely strong opposition" said Alan Solomons, the Kings' Director of Rugby.

"The Brumbies are a very good side - they are not topping the log for nothing. They're strong all round and they have very good players across the board.

"We know it's going to be a massive challenge for us, we would really like to lift the intensity of the game and the physicality of the game for this match. I think the key lessons for us are that we need to sharpen up on the physical aspects of the game, both defensively and in terms of our break down."

The Southern Kings have rotated several players for this match and one of the changes is former Lion and Sharks back Waylon Murray.

The Brumbies have also used this match to rotate a number of players and the match will see the return of Pat McCabe after being out for five months with a broken neck.

The match will also see Siliva Siliva making his Super Rugby debut.

There are no historical stats between these teams as they have not yet played each other.

The Bookies have given the Brumbies a 25 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Brumbies at home shouldn't be too troubled by Super Rugby's newcomers. The Brumbies should win by 18.

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

Average score: N\A

Last five results

Brumbies overall record against the Southern Kings

Match No.44.: Brumbies v Kings
Date : Friday 5 April
Venue : Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2:Andrew Lees
TMO : George Ayoub



1. Ben Alexander,2. Siliva Siliva,3. Dan Palmer,4. Peter Kimlin,5. Etienne Oosthuizen,6. Ben Mowen (c),7. George Smith,8. Fotu Auelua,9. Nic White,10. Christian Lealiifano,11. Joe Tomane,12. Pat McCabe,13. Tevita Kuridrani,14. Henry Speight,15. Robbie Coleman

Replacements : 16. Stephen Moore,17. Scott Sio,18. Sam Carter,19. Colby Faingaa,20. Ian Prior,21. Andrew Smith,22. Zack Holmes

Southern Kings

15. George Whitehead , 11. Ronnie Cooke , 13. Waylon Murray , 12. Andries Strauss (Captain) , 14. Sergeal Petersen , 10. Demetri Catrakilis , 9. Nicolas Vergallo , 8. Cornell du Preez, 7. Wimpie van der Walt , 5. Rynier Bernardo , 4. Steven Sykes (Vice Captain) , 6. Devin Oosthuizen, 3. Grant Kemp , 2. Hannes Franklin, 1. Schalk Ferreira

Replacements : 16. Bandise Maku , 17. Kevin Buys , 18. David Bulbring , 19. Jacques Engelbrecht , 20. Shaun Venter , 21. Marcello Sampson , 22. Elric van Vuuren

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