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Match Preview – Sunwolves v Brumbies


The Brumbies will want to use this match to cement their lead in the Aussie conference when the face the Sunwolves.

With the Rebels and Waratahs playing this weekend as well the Brumbies may be able to put some distance between them and the Rebels if they loose to the Waratahs.

It seems the Sunwolves have lost the plot the last couple of weeks and lost that competitive game they had earlier in the season.

The Brumbies is playing some great rugby at the moment and are the most consistant Aussie side in the competition and deserve the top spot at the moment.

This will off course will be of no use if they can not end strong in the last three rounds.

If you look at the Brumbies side you see a well balanced side playing an exciting brand of rugby. They still have one of the most dangerous driving mauls in the game with Christian Lealiifano playing some of the best rugby we seen form him.

His control at ten makes it so easy for his outside backs to score tries. His tactical game has also been impressive this year.

Unfortunately the Sunwolves have been really average on their approach the last couple of weeks. They have bene struggling to get any moment in the game and their defence has been poor.

Discipline has also been an issue which gives the opisision easy ball to play off.

To say a Sunwolves win will be a surprise is a massive understatement against a well oiled Brumbies side.

Some Interesting Facts (OPTA)

  • The Brumbies have won all four of their previous Super Rugby matches against the Sunwolves, scoring an average of 43 points per game in that span.
  • The Sunwolves have been kept scoreless in the first halves of three of their last four Super Rugby games, only once going on to score more than seven points by full-time in that span.
  • The Brumbies have won their last three Super Rugby games on the bounce; the last time they won more in succession was a four-game streak from May to July in 2016 – which included a 66-5 defeat of the Sunwolves.
  • The Brumbies have conceded just 13 turnovers per game in Super Rugby 2019, the fewest of any team in the competition and four per game fewer than the Sunwolves.
  • Gerhard van den Heever (Sunwolves) has gained 7.2m per carry this Super Rugby season, the most of any player to have made at least 100 carries.

Previous Results:

Prediction: Just can not see an upset here, Brumbies by 40


Sunwolves – 15 Semisi Masirewa, 14 Gerhard Van Den Heever, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Ben Gunter, 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Tom Rowe, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Nathan Vella, 1 Alex Woonton.

Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Conan O’Donnell, 19 Yuya Odo, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Takuya Yamasawa, 23 Timothy Lafaele.

Brumbies – 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Tom Cusack, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper.

Replacements: 16 Connal Mcinerney, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Rob Valentini, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Tom Wright.


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