It’s been a bad week for Brumbies supporters: Firstly we have Kaplan reffing a home game, which is bad enough. Then our (booby)prize recruit, Matt Giteau, is made fun of for having ample possession and territory and not being able to build a big lead with it and now we’re being called the ugliest most boring Australian team to watch in this years Super 14.
Well enough is enough, and that last one was certainly a low blow. Every other year there are more contenders for the most boring award, this year the standard for Aussie rugby has been raised so high we have 3 Aussie teams only on 3 losses with only 3 (4 actually) matches to play. A situation never been accomplished before and probably never to be again.
Also all this criticism has come too early and will mean nothing when the Brumbies ‘Van Humphries’ the Waratahs come this F*ing Saturday Night. We already thrashed the South African Tahs 61 – 15 last time both teams played. We’ll have no jetlag having played in Canberra last week and we’ll be playing on a field the Tahs can’t claim a large amount of home ground advantage on.
Last week the Brumbies didn’t overcome the tactics of the Hurricanes but I hope it was a fast learning curve for the players in the team; that they learn how to change their team tactics during the game and certainly before they waste another 2 hours of every rugby supporters life.
This is a whole new week and it will be different. The Brumbies will step up for this derby match as their season is more on the line and they need to keep their finals hopes alive and maximise the chance of George Smith and Mortlock playing again for the Brumbies. They are sitting 3 points behind the Tahs, so a bonus point win to them and a double bonus point loss to the Tahs will square everything up. As a Brumby supporter a win at all costs is imperative, but as an Australian, I would like to see 7 points come out of this match 5 to the Brumbies.
Below I’ve named the line-ups but I’m not too sure about some of the injury clouds over some Tah players.
The Tahs may be without TPN and Benn Robinson for this one, so the brumbies have a chance up front with only old man Baxter as the usual starting front rower. If Alexander can dominate him in the scrum it could set up the rest of the team nicely.
In the Locks Mumm and Chapman will face off in the converted blindside derby. And either Hand or Chisholm will line up against Douglas.
In the back row Elsom will try and outmuscle Ben Mowen. Hoiles will cover Palu’s replacement (probably Caldwell) [ED: really? What about Dennis?] and Waugh will try and show the third Faingaa whose boss.
You can draw your own conclusions about the backline but I think the dumb move of taking AAC out of outside centre will give the Tahs a huge advantage in this area with Horne and Barnes being a much more experienced combination than Tyrone and Andrew Smith.
Brumbies v Waratahs
Saturday, 24 April, 2010
|Julian Huxley||15||Kurtley Beale
|Pat McCabe||14||Lachie Turner
|Andrew Smith||13||Rob Horne
|Tyrone Smith||12||Berrick Barnes
|Adam Ashley-Cooper||11||Drew Mitchell
|Matt Giteau||10||Daniel Halangahu
|Joshua Valentine||9||Luke Burgess
|Stephen Hoiles [c]||8||Will Caldwell
|Colby Faingaa||7||Phil Waugh [c]
|Rocky Elsom||6||Ben Mowen
|Ben Hand||5||Kane Douglas|
|Mitchell Chapman||4||Dean Mumm
|Salesi Ma’afu||3||Al Baxter|
|Stephen Moore||2||Tatafu Polota-Nau Fitzpattrick
|Ben Alexander||1||Benn Robinson Kepu
|Huia Edmunds||16||Damien Fitzpatrick Freier
|Guy Shepderson||17||Sekope Kepu ?
|Michael Hooper||19||Dave Dennis
|Pattrick Phibbs||20||Josh Holmes
|Alfi Mafi||21||Tom Carter|
|Brackin Karauria-Henry||22||Sosene Anesi|