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The second Super Rugby match on Saturday in Round 8 is an Australian Super Rugby derby match in Sydney between the Waratahs and the Brumbies.

These two Australian Super Rugby teams have already met this year and the Brumbies won the Round 2 clash 32-15 in Canberra.

The Brumbies record now stands at played six and lost two while the Waratahs record is played 5 and won 2. Worryingly the Waratahs have played three at home and won two.

The Waratahs have played the Brumbies 28 times in Super Rugby and they have won 16 matches or 578% of their matches.

The Waratahs have hosted the Brumbies 15 times in Sydney and they have won 13 or 87% of their matches. The average score when these teams meet in Sydney is Waratahs 29 Brumbies 17.

In terms of selection the Waratahs have made some big changes for this week and notably Israel Folau starts at 13 with Kurtley Beale at 12. Beale missed the last couple of weeks due to injury and the Tahs have missed his guidance in the backline.

In other changes Andrew Kellaway earns a first start at fullback and Matt Carraro pairs with Reece Robinson as Zac Guildford has been ruled out due to a broken foot.

In the forwards Will Skelton has also been injected to the starting 15, joining Dean Mumm as the lock pairing. Young prop, Tom Robertson makes his starting debut.

The Brumbies have been forced into change as David Pocock has been suspended for two matches and Ita Vaea has retired due to health reasons. As a result Jarrad Butler starts at openside flanker.

Jordan Smiler will start the match at No.8, replacing Vaea. Smiler has played in all of the Brumbies matches in 2016. With both Butler and Smiler starting, rookie Michael Wells returns to the bench.

The Waratahs are effectively in 12th place overall while the Brumbies are effectively in fourth place. A victory for the Brumbies without a bonus point would put the Canberra side 11 points ahead of the Waratahs although the Brumbies will have a match in hand.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 3 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Waratahs have developed a habit of making costly slow starts while the Brumbies have been the most impressive of the Australian sides. The Brumbies should edge this by two.

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

Average score: Waratahs 22 Brumbies 23

Last five results
04 Mar 2016 Waratahs v Brumbies 15-32 Canberra
01 May 2015 Waratahs v Brumbies 13-10 Canberra
22 Mar 2015 Waratahs v Brumbies 28-13 Sydney
26 Jul 2014 (Semi) Waratahs v Brumbies 26-8 Sydney
28 Jun 2014 Waratahs v Brumbies 39-8 Sydney

Waratahs overall record against the Brumbies
Played 28 , Wins 16, Losses 12, Draws 0

Match No.60: Waratahs v Brumbies
Date : Saturday 16 April 2016
Venue : Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick Off local: 19:45 local
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2:Michael Hogan
TMO : Ian Smith

Teams

Waratahs

1. Benn Robinson , 2. Hugh Roach , 3. Tom Robertson , 4. Dean Mumm , 5. Will Skelton , 6. Jack Dempsey , 7. Michael Hooper (C) , 8. Jed Holloway , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Matt Carraro , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Israel Folau , 14. Reece Robinson , 15. Andrew Kellaway

Replacements 16. James Hilterbrand , 17. Paddy Ryan , 18. Angus Ta’avao , 19. Sam Lousi , 20. Wycliff Palu , 21. David Dennis , 22. Matt Lucas , 23. David Horwitz

Brumbies

Scott Sio , Stephen Moore (c) , Ben Alexander , Rory Arnold , Sam Carter , Scott Fardy , Jarrad Butler , Jordan Smiler , Tomás Cubelli , Christian Lealiifano (c) , Joe Tomane , Matt Toomua , Tevita Kuridrani , Robbie Coleman , Aidan Toua

Replacements : Josh Mann-Rea , Allan Alaalatoa , Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin , Tom Staniforth , Michael Wells , Joe Powell , James Dargaville , Nigel Ah Wong

 

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