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The Brumbies host the Highlanders as the Australian conference’s best team aims to keep their perfect start to Super Rugby season 2020 intact. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 7.15pm AEDT.
After conquering Australian rivals the Reds and Rebels, the Brumbies get to test their stock against New Zealand opponents the Highlanders, and if history is anything to go by, the Brumbies have plenty of things to address if they are to remain undefeated tonight.
First of all, the Highlanders have won their last four matches against the Brumbies, including a 26-point thumping the last time these two sides played one another. It is clear that the Highlanders don’t fear the men from Australia’s capital.
Secondly, All Blacks star Aaron Smith has made a habit of playing well against the Brumbies of late and should be expected again to attain at least one try assist or a try given his past record against the ACT.
Despite this though, the Brumbies appear to be in a good position to secure their third win on the trot. The Brumbies are playing terrific rugby at home and are aiming for 11 wins on the trot at GIO stadium.
It is great to see an Australian side build some form at home so confidence in that regard will be sky-high.
The Highlanders, meanwhile, are coming off a comprehensive defeat to the Sharks last week in Dunedin. They were blown off the park in the first half, and despite mounting a small fightback, the Sharks had them covered and finished the job well.
That surely would have dealt a blow to Highlanders’ confidence.
The Brumbies are the most hardworking unit in the Australian conference and numbers do not lie. They finished one game short of a grand final birth last season, and are chasing 11 straight wins at home for a reason – the Brumbies grind hard and always put themselves in a position (at home at least) to win a game.
The Highlanders certainly possess the quality to hurt the ACT, but the Brumbies at home should do just enough to get the win.
Brumbies by 5.
Time: 7.15pm AEDT
Venue: GIO Stadium
Coverage: Fox Sports, Kayo Sports
Betting: Brumbies $1.50, Highlanders $2.60
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16. Connal McInerney, 17. Tom Ross, 18. Scott Sio, 19. Cadeyrn Neville, 20. Lachlan McCaffrey, 21. Ryan Lonergan, 22. Len Ikitau, 23. Andy Muirhead
1. Ayden Johnstone, 2. Liam Coltman, 3. Siate Tokolahi, 4. Jesse Parete, 5. Josh Dickson, 6. Shannon Frizell, 7. James Lentjes (c), 8. Marino Mikaele Tu’u, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Mitch Hunt, 11. Jona Nareki, 12. Josh Ioane , 13. Rob Thompson, 14. Patelesio Tomkinson, 15. Josh McKay
16. Ash Dixon, 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18. Conan O’Donnell, 19. Jack Whetton, 20. Dillon Hunt, 21. Kayne Hammington, 22. Michael Collins, 23. Teariki Ben-Nicholas