Brumbies unchanged for the Blues in Auckland

Brumbies captain Stephen Moore was particularly pleased with his team's mau

The Brumbies have named an unchanged team to play the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday this week.

The Brumbies played the Cheetahs last week and won the match 20-3 so coach Stephen Larkham has chosen not to tinker with the team.

On the bench JP Smith reclaims his spot as back-up prop with Allan Alaalatoa dropping out of the match-day 23.

Given the Blues strength up front and unpredictability in the backs, the game promises to be a massive battle which will test the Brumbies across the park.

Brumbies and Wallabies prop Scott Sio said his side would need to be on top its game to make an impact on Friday.

“One of the points that came out of our meetings was that six of their eight forwards are All Blacks. They have a wealth of experience and you can’t take that away from them,” Sio said.

“If you have a look at their games, they haven’t lost a game by more than 12 points all year. They’ve been in every match and we’re expecting them to really throw themselves into the game on Friday.”

The last time these two sides met at Super Rugby level was in April 2014 when the Brumbies managed to keep the Blues try-less to win 26-9. The two sides met again in Singapore for the World Club 10s last year, the Blues getting one back to claim the Final 10-5.

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore (c) , 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Blake Enever , 5. Sam Carter , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. David Pocock , 8. Jarrad Butler , 9. Nic White , 10. Matt Toomua , 11. James Dargaville , 12. Christian Lealiifano , 13. Henry Speight , 14. Joe Tomane , 15. Robbie Coleman

Replacements: 16. Josh Mann-Rea , 17. JP Smith , 18. Ruan Smith , 19. Jordan Smiler , 20. Ita Vaea , 21. Michael Dowsett , 22. Lausii Taliauli , 23. Nigel Ah Wong

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