Brumbies v Waratahs



  • Waratahs team to play the Brumbies (Friday, 4 March, 9.40pm NZT):

    1. Paddy Ryan (63 caps);  2. Tatafu Polota-Nau (131 caps);  3. Angus Ta’avao (49 caps)  4. Dean Mumm (87 caps – 99 caps for NSW)  5. Will Skelton (40 caps)  6. David Dennis (VC – 93 caps)  7. Michael Hooperr (C – 82 caps)  8. Jed Holloway (5 caps)
    2. Nick Phipps (83 caps)  10. Kurtley Beale (116 caps)  11. Zac Guildford (80 caps)  12. David Horwitz (1 cap)  13. Rob Horne (90 caps)  14. Matt Carraro (41 caps)  15. Israel Folau (46 caps)
      Reserves
    3. Tolu Latu (29 caps)  17. Matt Sandell (potential NSW/Super Rugby debut)  18. Jeremy Tilse (49 caps)  19. Sam Lousi (5 caps)  20. Wycliff Palu (121 caps)  21. Jack Dempsey (4 caps)  22. Matt Lucas (13 caps)  23. Bryce Hegarty (34 caps)
       
      http://www.waratahs.com.au/Waratahs/News/NewsArticle/tabid/157/ArticleID/17076/Milestones-a-plenty-as-Tahs-keep-same-starting-side-for-Brumbies.aspx


  • Should be a cracking game, especially with Brumbies return to open rugby. I see Brumbies officials are confident of a crowd close to 20,000.



  • Good team. Let's hope there's no home town reffing this week!



  • I think the Tahs are going to get smashed at the scrum, and I'm told young Sandell comes from the "good around the park" school of Aussie props, which surprises me, because I didn't know we had any other schools.
     
    However, there are a shitload of Wallabies running around this Friday night, so its got a lot of potential for a decent game with a few youngsters and foreign johnnies thrown in.
     
    Ruck will be keenly contested, and with Cubelli at scrumhalf for the Ponies and Phipps for the Tahs, it'll be fairly active in the backs.
     
    OR it could just be a fucking shitfest like a lot of Aussie derbies. I'd like to drive down to Canberra for a look, but can't because work.



  • Brumbies:

    1. Scott Sio  2. Stephen Moore (c)  3. Ben Alexander  4. Blake Enever  5. Sam Carter  6. Scott Fardy  7. David Pocock  8. Ita Vaea  9. Tomás Cubelli  10. Christian Lealiifano (c)  11. Joe Tomane  12. Matt Toomua  13. Tevita Kuridrani  14. Henry Speight  15. Aidan Toua
       
      Reserves: 16. Josh Mann-Rea  17. Allan Alaalatoa  18. Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin  19. Jordan Smiler  20. Jarrad Butler  21. Michael Dowsett  22. Andrew Smith  23. Nigel Ah Wong


  • I see Marto was on your bandwagon Nick about guys who kill the ruck. And, in a break from tradition for Marto, he singled out the Aussie teams as the worst, especially the Reds. Wants cards given early for guys who deliberately kill the ball. His idea is a 5min bin for ruck infringements, but give them more readily. 
     
    Ponies should get this i reckon, that's a really good side they have there, and based on last week, they've hit the ground running.



  • Brumbies by plenty - 20-30 in a canter.
    I'll get me coat.



  • I see Marto was on your bandwagon Nick about guys who kill the ruck. And, in a break from tradition for Marto, he singled out the Aussie teams as the worst, especially the Reds. Wants cards given early for guys who deliberately kill the ball. His idea is a 5min bin for ruck infringements, but give them more readily. 
     
    Ponies should get this i reckon, that's a really good side they have there, and based on last week, they've hit the ground running.

    He's like a fucking alcoholic - moments of lucidity.



  • He's like a fucking alcoholic - moments of lucidity.

    Haha. "Like".



  • Can they both lose please?



  • Can they both lose please?

    Want your Reds to get back into contention eh?



  • Ominous start...



  • Waratahs been penalised what, 6 times in the first 10 minutes?
    Multi: Brumbies win
    Lions +15.5
    Highlanders win
    Reds win
    Bulls win
    Stormers win
    SA Sevens win



  • Making hard work of this game - need to keep 15 on the field.



  • Sideline interview so I miss most of the bloody try. Great.



  • I was at Deadpool, just got back and saw the tweets.
     
    Brumbies should be appalled they didn't put 40 points on that rabble.



  • Tahs hung in there well, but were overrun in the last 10 minutes.
     
    Positives for both sides. The Brumbies may live up to the hype this year.
     
    Don't get why Tahs fans are so down on this team. I think we're a definite finals chance this year, and I haven't seen anything to prove otherwise thus far. Plenty of rust, sure, but that's the case every year.



  • TPN broken wrist - 8 weeks minimum
    Hegarty ACL - season
    Horne knee - no diagnosis this stage



  • Scrappy game. Tahs did well to hang in there. That Holloway is a good talent. Skelton hasn't kicked on. Brumbies made it hard. Taavao was same old Taavao, Guildford was quiet/non threatening. Phipps was good.
    For Brumbies Pocock was quiet (maybe gunshy?). Cubelli was sharp early but too many box kicks. That Alaalatoa (sp?) was impressive. Great final try to Ah Wong.



  • TPN broken wrist - 8 weeks minimum
    Hegarty ACL - season
    Horne knee - no diagnosis this stage

    Just read that Horne is okay and will be able to play against the Highlanders. Tahs already had a few injuries, hadn't they? Foley?


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