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Brumbies captain Matt Giteau says his side must maintain discipline or Rebels five-eighth Danny Cipriani will punish them in their Super Rugby match in Melbourne on Friday.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Giteau says Cipriani, capped seven times for England, has a strong kicking game and could convert indiscretions from afar.

“Discipline will be a big thing for us,” Giteau said in Canberra on Monday.

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“He is able to kick from easily his half or from inside their half.”

In the previous match between the playmakers, Giteau made England pay for their ill-discipline in kicking six penalties in a total 20 points in Australia’s 28-14 win at Twickenham in 2008.

Giteau said the Rebels’ marquee man was a “different” type of player.

“He is quite creative,” he said.

“He kicks well off both feet.”

Cipriani replaced James Hilgendorf early in the Rebels’ 43-0 loss to the Waratahs last Friday.

Hilgendorf (shoulder) and flanker Hoani MacDonald (hand) have already been ruled out for Melbourne, while the Brumbies are unchanged for their first match at AAMI Park.

Brumbies coach Andy Friend said he was happy to build consistency with the same starting line-up for a third straight match.

The selection follows a 21-21 draw in a trial against the Hurricanes and last Saturday’s 28-20 competition win against the Chiefs.

Friend said developing combinations between the players without distractions was a positive for his side.

“Continuity/combinations are important, so we are pleased that we got through the game with no real injury concerns,” he said.

“It is always good to put the same 15 out there.”

Fitness concerns over Brumbies prop Dan Palmer and halfback Josh Valentine were allayed on Monday.

Peter Kimlin has replaced Stephen Hoiles on the bench after the backrower was ruled out on Monday afternoon with an injured Achilles.

Friend said he would not let his side take too much from their opponents’ drubbing by the Waratahs.

“Complacency – that’s always a fear in sport,” he said.

“We will certainly be talking about that.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Lip-service from Giteau… Cipriani is far from having played 80mins… nor has his tactical/territorial kicking been up to scratch (hence Huxley has been moved to 12)…

    No-one on the bench for 10… another weird decision from McQ with Dan Kelly playing decent rugby in the seconds… presume Huxley would move there should it become needed as bench covers the rest…

    Going to be every interesting to see how Phipps shapes up… he’s the next Wallabie 9 behind Genia… as is Kingo off the bench…

    Forwards pick themselves in fact imo more balanced that last week with Saffy starting…

  2. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 11:01 am:

    Yip I don’t see them having enough firepower yet. I don’t think they will be the whipping boys still towards the end of the competition. They will be better later, but it will be too late for their own cause. They will however be able to help other teams.

    Will be good for the SA & Aus conferences, because their isn;t any candidate in the NZ conference that can be classified as whipping boys.

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