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The Brumbies can seal the Australian conference with a win at Bankwest Stadium, when they take on the Waratahs. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 7:45pm AEST.
The Brumbies have pretty much sewn up the third position, leading their closest Australian rivals – the Rebels – by five points with two rounds left. They finish with a game against the Reds, a much easier ending than the other Aussie conference teams.
The Rebels are in sixth place, but play the Chiefs and Crusaders, a hard task at the best of times, and it’s unlikely that Dave Wessels’ men will overtake the Canberrans.
NSW, on the other hand, have it all to do. With the mandatory resting of Wallabies players, they’ll have to sit a number of key men out, and make up some ground.
They trail the top eight by just three points, but a number of the current finals teams will play in the coming rounds, thus taking points from each other.
For this weekend, the Tahs will hope the Bulls lose to the Highlanders, and Lions lose to the Hurricanes, with the Rebels falling to the Crusaders and Jaguares defeating the Sharks.
If that all went to plan, a bonus point win could see them as high as fifth.
A loss however, leaves them at the mercy of the Stormers, Highlanders and Blues, who could all overtake them, knocking them from 10th to 13th.
In team news, Daryll Gibson has again declined to rest players, instead naming a full-strength team for this game. Ned Hanigan is ruled out with concussion, and Tom Staniforth comes in for him, to play against his former team.
Tolu Latu could also make a return, after his drink driving incident. Andy Muirhead and Rob Valentini make up the two changes for the Brumbies, with Henry Speight and Jahrome Brown sitting it out.
It’s hard to tip against a firing Canberra team, and the Waratahs have been dismal at Bankwest Stadium.
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Time: 7:45pm AEST.
Venue: Bankwest Stadium.
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe.
Odds: Waratahs $1.82, Brumbies $2.
Tom Robertson, Damien Fitzpatrick, Sekope Kepu, Tom Staniforth, Rob Simmons, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Hooper, Michael Wells, Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Curtis Rona, Lalakai Foketi, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Alex Newsome, Kurtley Beale.
Reserves: Andrew Tuala/Tolu Latu, Harry Johnson-Holmes, , Chris Talakai, Jed Holloway, Will Miller, Jake Gordon, Tuatalatasi Tasi, Cam Clark.
James Slipper, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Sam Carter, Rob Valetini, Tom Cusack, Pete Samu, Joe Powell, Christian Lealiifano, Toni Pulu, Irae Simone, Tevita Kuridrani, Andy Muirhead, Tom Banks.
Reserves: Connal McInerney, Scott Sio, Les Makin, Darcy Swain, Locky McCaffrey, Jahrome Brown, Matt Lucas, Tom Wright.