SR: Reds 20, Brumbies 23

April 11, 2014
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imagesPoor crowd attendances aside, the Australian conference has been a lot more competitive this year.

Not always the most aesthetically pleasing games, but still good entertainment value.

The Reds and Brumbies will also contest the Macqueen Cup and with the Queensland franchise having won the first clash between the two earlier this season, a win on Friday would secure the trophy.

“This is an important match for the team,” Reds coach Richard Graham said.

“The Brumbies are fierce rivals and we currently sit just two points outside the top six on the standings – going into a bye.

“A strong performance on Friday and a positive result will mean a lot to the squad.”

However, his biggest concern is his team’s inability to close out games when they were in strong positions.

Recent results:
2014: Reds won 27-17, Canberra
2013: Reds and Brumbies drew 19-all, Brisbane
2013: Brumbies won 24-6, Canberra
2012: Reds won 13-12, Canberra
2012: Reds won 20-13, Brisbane
2011: Brumbies 22-14, Brisbane
2011: Reds won 31-25, Canberra

Teams:

Reds: 15 Ben Lucas, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Anthony Fainga’a, 11 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Ed O’Donoghue, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Mike Harris/Dave McDuling, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Jordan Smiler, 5 Tom Staniforth, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Silva, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 JP Smith, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Christian Lealiifano.

Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Will Houston (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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