Despite a front-row crisis of sorts at the Rebels and a few positional changes for both sides and Jake White rotating some of his first choice players this game is shaping up to be a cracker.

Super Rugby, Saturday, 14 April 2012 – Round 8 – Canberra Stadium
Kick-off 19.40PM (AEST), 11.40 (RSA), 21.40 (NZ)


Week 3: Win, 24-23 v Cheetahs, Canberra
Week 4: Loss, 29-22 v Chiefs, Hamilton
Week 5: Win, 33-26 v Sharks, Canberra
Week 6: Loss, 29-26 v Sharks, Canberra
Week 7: Loss, 20-13 v Reds, Brisbane

Week 3: Loss, 11-6 v Reds, Brisbane
Week 4: Loss, 33-26 v Cheetahs, Melbourne
Week 5: Win, 30-29 v Force, Melbourne
Week 6: Loss, 43-12 v Highlanders, Invercargill
Week 7: Win, 34-23 v Blues, Melbourne


Brumbies 1. Ruadhri Murphy, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Dan Palmer, 4. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 6. Ben Mowen, 7. Michael Hooper, 8. Fotu Auelua, 9. Nic White, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Joe Tomane, 12. Pat McCabe, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Henry Speight, 15. Jesse Mogg.

Reserves: 16. Anthony Hegarty, 17. Ben Alexander, 18. Peter Kimlin, 19. Ita Vaea, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Robbie Coleman, 22. Andrew Smith.

Rebels 1. Nic Henderson, 2. Ged Robinson, 3. Rodney Blake, 4. Al Campbell, 5. Hugh Pyle, 6. Luke Jones, 7. Jarrod Saffy, 8. Gareth Delve (c), 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Danny Cipriani, 11. Mark Gerrard, 12. James O’Connor, 13. Mitch Inman, 14. Lachlan Mitchell, 15. Kurtley Beale.

Reserves: 16. Luke Holmes, 17. Eddie Aholelei, 18. Michael Lipman, 19. Tim Davidson, 20. Richard Kingi, 21. Julian Huxley, 22. Lloyd Johansson.

REFEREE: Craig Joubert


Jake White is finally happy with the conditioning and fitness of his monster recruit eighth man Fotu Auelua. The skilled 190cm 120kg behemoth has already been touted as having all the attributes of Toutai Kefu by Eddie Jones and Brumbie’s fans are looking forward to his debut. Dynamite open-sider Michael Hooper returns to menace the break-down and 196cm 105kg 20 year Tevita Kuridrani makes his first start at outside centre. White’s bench reads as his first choice players as he rotates his players before the trip to RSA.

Injuries to props Laurie Weeks and Paul Alo-Emile sees Rodney Blake remain at tight-head a position he clearly doesn’t enjoy and 20 yr old development player Eddie Aholelei move to the bench. It’s going to be interesting to see whether tackling machine Jarrod Saffy can thwart Hooper from his new position at 7 and how young fire-brand lock Luke Jones fares at 6. Obviously O’Connor and Beale remain the players to watch in the backs.

These two teams have met twice with each winning their respective home games.

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  1. It’s a tough one this… even as a Rebels fan I quite like the goals this under-dog Brumbie’s side are kicking… not to mention the Jake White factor. And judging by JW’s Twotter… I’m not the only one semi-supporting the Brumbies because of him.

    Some useless Jake White-isms I’ve recently heard…

    – On his first day in his office he got one of the Brumbies players (that’s also a Chippy) to knock down all his walls so all the assistant coaches and himself were in the same room.

    – He has introduced a ‘handing over of the jerseys’ before each match and greats Joe Roff, George Gregan, Owen Finegan as well as former Wallaby James Holbeck and author Bryce Courtenay have addressed the team… this week it is Clyde Rathbone’s turn.

    – After Rathbone revealed he was fighting depression, White offered him a once in a lifetime opportunity to come out of retirement and join his Super Rugby squad. Rathbone, 30, thought seriously about making a comeback before declining the offer.

    What a coach!

  2. Average scores predicted

    Brumbies 24 – 19 Rebels

    31 out of 35 picked the Brumbies.

    GO REBELS, I don’t care about Rat Race points

  3. Reply to Boertjie @ 1:41 pm:

    Yep not the only one… Os Du Randt was an alcoholic… his farm was in dire straits… and the young JW had a notion… and the rest they say is history…

    Ben Mowen is the new John Smit too…

  4. Reply to Deon @ 3:40 am:

    I also said in a post on Friday that I’d given up on any strategy in RR and SB so I was picking one side to win in RR and then doing the exact opposite in SB.

    o don’t get your panties all moist about it…

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