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A rare Sunday afternoon game will wrap up Round 13, with the Brumbies in the race for the finals, while the Sunwolves will look to sink their ship, when they meet at GIO Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 4:05pm AEST.
As mentioned, the race to the finals is on. With just five rounds remaining after this game, clubs are desperate to get a roll on.
While the Brumbies still have a bye, and aren’t in the top eight, they enjoy one of the easier runs home, playing the Sunwolves today and in Round 16, before hosting the Waratahs and taking on the Reds, with a Bulls fixture in there as well.
With only three points in differential separating them from the eighth-ranked Stormers, who sit out this weekend, the Brumbies have a prime opportunity to lift themselves into the conference lead, if the Rebels also lose.
Such is the ladder this year, two easily-achievable bonus point wins against Super Rugby’s worst team would, if the points were awarded now, put them up to second on the overall table, but regardless of when they come, they’ll be welcome.
The Sunwolves won’t be playing finals, although they trail the Stormers by just 12 points, they’ve only accumulated 12 points so far, so while a finals appearance is definitely possible, it’s unlikely with their run home, which includes a tour to South Africa and Argentina.
The Sunwolves have one notable change: Hayden Parker drops to the pine, with Yu Tamura instead running out at flyhalf.
For the Brumbies, Darcy Swain comes in for Rory Arnold, who’s injured, as Scott Sio comes in for Slipper, with the K-train, Tevita Kuridrani taking over from Len Ikitau.
The Brumbies should be too strong on home turf.
Venue: GIO Stadium.
Time: 4:05pm AEST.
Referee: Damon Murphy.
Odds: Brumbies $1.16, Sunwolves $5.
Tom Banks, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Irae Simone, Toni Pulu, Christian Leali’ifano; Pete Samu Jahrome Brown, Tom Cusack, Sam Carter, Darcy Swain, Allan Alaalatoa, Folau Fainga’a, Scott Sio.
Replacements: Connal McInerney, James Slipper, Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, Blake Enever, Murray Douglas, Ryan Lonergan, Tom Wright, Andy Muirhead.
Ryohel Yamanaka, Gerhard van der Heever, Josh Timu, Phil Burleigh, Jason Emery, Yu Tamura, Kaito Shigeno, Rahboni Warren Vasayaco, Dan Pryor, Hendrick Tui, Grant Hattingh, Mark Abbott, Hiroshi Yamashita, Shota Horie, Masatake Mikami.
Replacements: Jaba Bregvadze, Conan O’Donnell, Takuma Sahara, Tom Rowe, Kara Pryor, Ben Gunter, Jamie Booth, Hayden Parker.