Waratahs vs Brumbies – Super Rugby live scores
The Brumbies can congratulate themselves over what is turning into a successful season (AAP Image/Annaliese Frank)
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NSW Waratahs Vs. ACT Brumbies
2012 Super Rugby Tournament, 8 July, 2012
|ANZ Stadium, Homebush, Sydney, NSW|
|ACT Brumbies 19 defeated NSW Waratahs 15|
|NSW Waratahs||ACT Brumbies|
|Referee: K Brown|
|Touch judges: A Lees & J Pritchard|
The Brumbies head to Sydney tonight keen to cement their conference leading position in this all-Aussie derby against the Waratahs at ANZ Stadium. Join us for this meeting of Australian rivals at 7.40pm AEST.
Before the start of the 2012 season, who would have thought the two teams in this game would be at these positions on the ladder at this stage?
The Brumbies are flying – top of the Aussie conference with nine wins, five losses and an impressive tally of 10 bonus points. Their 2011 season seems an aberration. At the moment they sit just a point in front of the Reds.
While it has been a massive year for the Brumbies, it has been pure calamity for the Waratahs. Just four wins and 10 losses from their 14 games, and they are well out of the semi final running.
They have shown an inability to close out close games, losing many times by a point or two, and the recriminations in Waratah-land have already begun.
Still, they have plenty to play for. They will be keen to put one over their close rivals and dent the ACT franchise’s march to the finals. NSW will also field an impressive line-up, with several of their Wallaby stars finally shaking off injuries to make their way back.
The Tahs will have an all-Wallaby back three with Adam Ashley-Cooper, Lachie Turner and Drew Mitchell, supported by international centres Rob Horne and Berrick Barnes. They will also have a new-look halves partnership – Bernard Foley makes his debut in the no.10 jumper while Grayson Hart earns his Tahs debut.
Rocky Elsom is still out with injury and NSW will also be without Sekope Kepu who has a calf strain. Paddy Ryan comes into the starting side for Kepu while Jeremy Tisle moves onto the bench.
Kepu’s absence will weaken the Tahs’ scrum and will surely be a target for the Brumbies front three of Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore and Dan Palmer. The Brumbies forward pack has been a highlight all season, particularly the work of former Tah Ben Mowen and outstanding young prospect Michael Hooper.
In the backline Zack Holmes continues his education at fly-half, while Robbie Coleman will be looking for more minutes at fullback back as he continues his comeback from injury.
This should be an epic grudge match.
The Brumbies have never won at ANZ Stadium but will out to break that hoodoo tonight. Join us at 7.40pm AEST for all the tries, penalties, rucks and mauls.
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