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Waratahs v Brumbies Super Rugby Preview

Dan Palmer celebrates earlier this season - this week he has been dropped out of the 22.

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Article Published: Thursday 16 May 2013|

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The Brumbies have won the last three Super Rugby matches between them and the Waratahs.

Overall the Waratahs have played the Brumbies 21 times since 1996 in Super Rugby and the Waratahs have won 11 times and the Brumbies 10 times.

That means the Waratahs have won 52% of their matches against the Brumbies across all venues.

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

This weekend the Waratahs will be hosting the Brumbies in Sydney where the teams have played each other 11 times.

Out of those 11 Super Rugby matches in Sydney the Waratahs have won an intimidating 9 times and lost just twice.

That means the Brumbies have won twice giving the Waratahs a record of 82% of their matches against the Canberra men.

The average score in Sydney when the Waratahs play the Brumbies is Waratahs 28 Brumbies 18.

The Waratahs have been a vastly improved team over the last month or so. They struggled initially to adapt to the new game under coach Michael Cheika but in recent times they look a lot more comfortable and back themselves when it matters.

While they have won their last two matches across all venues at home this year they have won their last four matches and that includes the Stormers, Chiefs, Force and the Blues.

The only team to have beaten the Waratahs in Sydney this year was the Cheetahs in Round 5. They have played 6 and won 5 in Sydney.

The Brumbies have led the Super Rugby standings for half the season but they did start a week ahead of the rest of the field so they have had a game in hand.

The highpoint of the Brumbies season was their 10-29 victory over the Sharks in Durban and they were also impressive against the Highlanders.

However they lost at home to the Crusaders and drew at home with the Reds. They hammered the Force but overall this year they have won just 64% of their matches and drawn 18%. They have also won 60% of their away matches.

The Brumbies had a bye last week - their second - and have made two changes to the team that lost to the Crusaders with Scott Sio coming into the starting line up Scott Fardy also comes into the team.

The Waratahs have also made two changes with Paddy Ryan and Drew Mitchell coming into the starting line up.

The Waratahs appear to be a team on the up while the Brumbies look like they might be leveling off. The Brumbies need to win this weekend to get back on track.

The Bookies have predicted a draw for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. We agree with the bookies that this will be close but we are not going to sit on the fence. The Waratahs will sneak this by 1.

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

Average score: Waratahs 21 Brumbies 25

Last five results
09 Mar 2013 Waratahs v Brumbies 6-35 Canberra
07 Jul 2012 Waratahs v Brumbies 15-19 Sydney
05 May 2012 Waratahs v Brumbies 6-23 Canberra
18 Jun 2011 Waratahs v Brumbies 41-7 Sydney
26 Mar 2011 Waratahs v Brumbies 29-22 Canberra

Waratahs overall record against the Brumbies
Played 21 ,Wins 11 ,Losses 10, Draws 0

Match No.86.: Waratahs v Brumbies
Date : Saturday 18 May
Venue : ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1:Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : Peter Marshall

Teams

Waratahs

1. Benn Robinson , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 3. Paddy Ryan , 4. Sitaleki Timani , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Dave Dennis (c), 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Brendan McKibbin , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Drew Mitchell , 12. Rob Horne , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Cam Crawford , 15. Israel Folau

Replacements, 16. John Ulugia , 17. Sekope Kepu , 18. Will Skelton , 19. Mitchell Chapman , 20. Matt Lucas , 21. Berrick Barnes , 22. Peter Betham

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio,2. Stephen Moore,3. Ben Alexander,4. Scott Fardy,5. Sam Carter,6. Peter Kimlin,7. George Smith,8. Ben Mowen,9. Nic White,10. Matt Toomua,11. Joe Tomane,12. Christian Lealiifano,13. Tevita Kuridrani,14. Henry Speight,15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements,16. Siliva Siliva,17. Ruan Smith,18. Fotu Auelua,19. Colby Faingaa,20. Ian Prior,21. Robbie Coleman,22. Pat McCabe.

 
 
 
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