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Match Preview – Brumbies v Reds

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This is most properly the match most fans were looking forward too, Brumbies hosting the Reds.

By far the two best sides in Australia for the last couple of years and if we can keep all 30 players on the park this week we should see a classic.

The Brumbies and the Reds have been unbeaten so far after in the competition with the Brumbies with 3 out of 3 and the Reds 2 out of 2.

This match will go a long way to see who will take the lead in the competition and most properly, even if it is early, who will secure home ground advantage when it comes to the playoffs.

The Reds will come to Canberra with two changes to their starting XV after their last win over the Rebels.

Suliasi Vunivalu will take his first starting role after an impressive first match for the Reds against the Rebels. That means that Petaia will move to the midfield partnering with Hunter Paisami for this one.

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto will make his return to lock after his suspension during last years Try Nations match against Argentina saw him miss the earlier matches in the competition.

With Fotuaika suspended for the next three matches, Zane Nonggorr will get a seat on the replacement bench.

The Reds will also be happy to see Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Josh Flook back as they also take up their places on the bench for this weekend.

Tom Cusack will be leading the Brumbies out on the park this weekend with regular captain Alan Alaalatoa unavailable for the next three matches.

This will also mean that Tom Ross will earn his first start in the number three jumper alongside Fainga’a and Scott Sio.

Cusack will be joined by Rob Valetini and Peter Samu as the loose trio combination this weekend which should see and interesting battle with Angus Scott-Young, Fraser McReight and Harry Wilson.

Nic White who has been in great form will again pair with Noah Lolesio as the halfback pair with Simone and Ikitau in the midfield.

On the wings we will have Andy Muirhead and Mack Hansen with Tom Banks at fullback to make up the back three.

Archer Holz will surely make his debut this weekend off the bench. Lachlan Lonergan and Harry Lloyd will be backup for the front row this weekend.

The hero of last week Ryan Lonergan will again play off the bench this weekend and will surely make an impact for the home side later in the match again.

One feel the team that can keep their players on the park for the full 8- minutes and keep their discipline will win this one, it is really a toss-up for this one.

Predictions: Too close to call so we just going with the Brumbies by 4, definitely not a match we gonna bet on.

Teams:

Brumbies: Scott Sio, Folau Fainga’a, Tom Ross, Darcy Swain, Cadeyrn Neville, Rob Valetini, Tom Cusack (c), Pete Samu, Nic White, Noah Lolesio, Mack Hansen, Irae Simone, Len Ikitau, Andy Muirhead, Tom Banks

Replacements: Lachlan Lonergan, Harry Lloyd, Archer Holz, Nick Frost, Jahrome Brown, Ryan Lonergan, Reesjan Pasitoa, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa

Reds: Dane Zander, Alex Mafi, Taniela Tupou, Angus Blyth, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Angus Scott-Young, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor (c), Filipo Daugunu, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, Suliasi Vunivalu, Jock Campbell

Replacements: Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Harry Hoopert, Zane Nonggorr, Ryan Smith, Seru Uru, Moses Sorovi, Bryce Hegarty, Josh Flook

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