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Waratahs 19, Brumbies 12

UPDATE:
There were 40,271 spectators at a damp ANZ Stadium in Sydney to watch the Waratahs beat the Brumbies 19-12 in a match when the best activity came after the final siren had sounded, the death throes of a tedious game.
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No doubt play-off tension has come early for the Waratahs and Brumbies, who will both be adopting knock-out mentality ahead of their showdown at Homebush on Saturday.

Jan de Koning – Rugby365

The Waratahs had won five straight for the fifth time in Super Rugby, prior to losing to the Crusaders just before their bye. That defeat dropped them from first to fourth position on the championship ladder, and they have subsequently been pushed out of the semifinal positions during the bye weekend.

The Brumbies too, could have advanced above the Waratahs, but blew the opportunity by losing at home to the Hurricanes. That defeat has left the Brumbies season teetering on a knife’s edge.

Lose again and they will make qualification difficult with just three games to play.

Officials are planning for the biggest crowd of the Australian Super 14 season on Saturday, such is the nature of these derbies between the ‘Tahs and Brumbies.

With estimates nearing 40,000 for the blockbuster clash, the event has been given major event status.

“This match is shaping up as a pretty special date on the calendar and the crowd is building accordingly,” said Jim L’Estrange, Waratahs CEO.

“Last year when we ventured to ANZ Stadium we drew our biggest crowd of the season and this year it is no different.

“It’s not that long ago that Concord Oval was the home of Rugby in NSW and ANZ Stadium is only down the road, so it’s not surprising that our ticket sales in north-west and western Sydney have been extremely strong.”

L’Estrange said that while a good crowd was always expected for the fixture, there is extra excitement surrounding the performances of both teams this year.

“The Tahs and the Brumbies sit in fifth and sixth respectively, and with three of the teams in the top four having to play each other over the next month there’s a real opportunity for one of these teams to springboard into a finals campaign with victory on Saturday night,” said L’Estrange.

“There’s no doubt that the feeling between these two teams gets stronger every year, and with the number of Wallabies on show from both sides you know that neither team will give an inch.”

Super 14 results:
2009: Brumbies won 21-11, Canberra
2008: Waratahs won 24-17, Sydney
2007: Brumbies won 36-10, Canberra
2006: Waratahs won 37-14, Sydney

rugby365.com Prediction: The home team has won in each of the last four years, with the last ‘away win’ being the Waratahs in Canberra in 2005 (a 10-6 squeaker). The Brumbies last won in Sydney in Sydney in 2002, but on that occasion they put 51 points past the Waratahs. However, the form and qualities of the two sides suggest there won’t be a rout this week. We feel the Waratahs will edge Brumbies and win by less than 10 points.

Teams:

Waratahs squad: Chris Alcock, Sosene Anesi, Al Baxter, Berrick Barnes, Kurtley Beale, Luke Burgess, Will Caldwell, Tom Carter, Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Damien Fitzpatrick, Adam Freier, Daniel Halangahu, Josh Holmes, Rob Horne, Sekope Kepu, Drew Mitchell, Ben Mowen, Dean Mumm, Dan Palmer, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson, Rory Sidey, Lachie Turner, Phil Waugh (captain).

Brumbies: 15 Julian Huxley, 14 Pat McCabe, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Tyrone Smith, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Josh Valentine, 8 Stephen Hoiles (captain), 7 Colby Faingaa, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Mitchell Chapman, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Huia Edmonds, 17 Guy Shepherdson, 18 Ben Hand, 19 Michael Hooper, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Brackin Kaurauria-Henry, 22 Alfie Mafi.

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5 Comments

  1. avatar

    JT

    April 24, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Finally ref blows up a tackled player for getting up and continuing the run and then the commentators go after him :shake:

    If you are brought down to the ground in a tackle you have to let go of the ball, get up and then play it again! Not refereed often enough IMO!

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    JT

    April 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Enjoy the rugby – I have to go to our game! Perfect day, sunshine, no wind, mid 20’s °C :bowdown:

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  3. avatar

    Boertjie

    April 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Reply to JT @ 11:59 am:

    That law has been in the book
    for at least 50 years – when
    I played the game.

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    JT

    April 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Reply to JT @ 12:00 pm:

    B team lost 24 – 25 yesterday :evil: but am proud of the youngsters. Back-line was full of 1st timers especially at 12 and 13 who played out of their skins.
    Pack did well too but Graz were just better organized and calm when it needed it most in the 2nd half. Graz scored a try in the last few minutes to win by 1 point.

    Next week we have 1st division and 2nd division game and some of the B team have raised their hands for a starting A team jersey. :thumbup:

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  5. avatar

    Boertjie

    April 25, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Reply to JT @ 6:30 pm:

    Graz scored a try in the last few minutes to win by 1 point.
    ==
    Tell them NEVER to relax!

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