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Match Preview – Reds v Brumbies

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The last time these two teams met, the Reds came out winners but be sure this is going to be a cracker on Saturday when the two best teams in Australia clash in Brisbane.

Here is the current log standings:

Super Rugby AU

PosTeamPWLDPts
1770032
2752025
3624011
4624010
560602

The Brumbies have won eight of the last 10 Super Rugby matches  and both of their losses came at the hands of the Reds.

This game is so nicely poised, both teams have been brilliant on the ground with the Reds having McReight with nine turnovers in the competition and Neville from the Brumbies with seven.

The Brumbies have a massive set piece and the only team that really could hold a candle with them has been the Reds. One of the Brumbies most dangerous weapons is there driving maul but it is not the only thing that makes them such a good side.

They have playmakers and enough speed outside to run at teams the whole day.

The Reds have a similar setup with brilliant rugby brains in their side that can outsmart the best out there with a pack that can hit a punch.

The unbeaten Reds have made no changes to their starting XV from the team that beaten the Rebels last weekend.

Hegarty will start in his 100th Super Rugby match this weekend which will be a huge moment. He made his debut in 2013 for the Rebels and also played 30 matches for the Waratahs.

Liam Wright will make his return to the game after an ankle injury which is good new for the home side.

The Brumbies will se their captain Allan Alaalatoa back for this important match after serving his three week suspension. This means Slipper will return to the other side of the scrum. Folau Fainga’a will pack down between the two big men.

Darcy Swain is the only other change to the side as he will partner Cadeyn Neville in tech second row for this weekend.

Rob Valetini, Tom Cusack and Pete Samu will stay as the loose forward trio this week as well.

Prediction: Funny enough the connivance for the Reds will be high for this one at home so we went with Reds by 6

Cath the game live o Saturday on SuperSport at 11:40

Teams:

Reds: 15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Jock Campbell, 10 James O’Connor (captain), 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Feao Fotuaika.

Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Richie Asiata, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Seru Uru, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Kalani Thomas, 22 Josh Flook, 23 Filipo Daugunu.

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper.

Replacements: 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sefo Kautai, 19 Nick Frost, 20 James Tucker, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Bayley Kuenzle, 23 Mack Hansen.

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