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Brumbies v Reds Super Rugby Preview


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Article Published: Thursday 14 February 2013


The second Super Rugby match this weekend is between the Brumbies and Reds in Canberra and tension between the two teams has been bubbling away all week.

There is fierce rivalry between the Brumbies and the Reds as between 2000 and 2010 the Queenslanders lost every match against the Canberra men.

In that losing run there was a 12 match losing streak for the Reds but in recent times they have managed to turn things around a bit more in their favour.

Out of the last five matches between the teams the Reds have won three times and in 2012 the Reds beat the Brumbies at home and away.

Last year at the end of the season the Brumbies slipped at the final hurdle and the Reds managed to sneak into the play offs taking what was expected to be the Brumbies place.

That, as well as the two losses last year will have hurt the Brumbies and they will be looking for redemption.

Overall the Brumbies have a strong record against the Reds as the two teams have played each other 20 times and the Brumbies have won 16 of those. That works out to a record of the Brumbies winning 80 % of their matches against the Reds.

In Canberra the Brumbies have played the Reds 11 times and the home side have won nine times with an average score of 31-15. That's a home winning record of just under 82% of their matches against the Reds.

However, on the Reds last two visits to Canberra they have left as the winners as the Brumbies have not beaten the Reds in ACT since 2010.

The combined points difference between the teams in Canberra over the last two matches has been seven points so expect this week to be a close encounter as well.

Brumbies coach Jake White has made no secret of his selections and said, "This is by far the best side we can put on the field this weekend. "

The Reds have named a squad that will travel to Canberra but coach Ewen McKenzie will only finalise his starting team on Friday which means we have to use a little guesswork with what the team will look like for this preview.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 3 point start for this match- with an offer a free 50 Bet. We think that with home advantage the Brumbies be just that little bit hungrier and desperate to win this one. The Brumbies to edge it by 2.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3 HD.

Average score: 28-16

Last five results
26 May 2012 Brumbies v Reds 12-13 Canberra
06 Apr 2012 Brumbies v Reds 13-20 Brisbane
04 Jun 2011 Brumbies v Reds 22-14 Brisbane
05 Mar 2011 Brumbies v Reds 25-31 Canberra
May 2010 Brumbies v Reds 32-12 Canberra

Brumbies overall record against the Reds
Played 20 , Wins 16 , Losses 4 , Draws 0

Match No.2 : Brumbies v Reds
Date : Saturday 16 February
Venue : Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1:James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2:Ian Smith
TMO : Matt Goddard

Teams

Brumbies

1. Ben Alexander,2. Stephen Moore,3. Dan Palmer,4. Scott Fardy,5. Sam Carter,6. Peter Kimlin,7. David Pocock,8. Ben Mowen,9. Nic White,10. Matt Toomua,11. Clyde Rathbone,12. Christian Lealiifano,13. Andrew Smith,14. Henry Speight,15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements :16. Siliva Siliva,17. Ruaidhri Murphy,18. Colby Faingaa ,19. Fotu Auelua,20. Ian Prior,21. Joseph Tomane,22. Robbie Coleman

Reds Squad:

Forwards

Nigel Ah Wong, Albert Anae, Jarrad Butler, Saia Faingaa, Liam Gill, James Hanson, Greg Holmes, Ed O'Donoghue, Eddie Quirk, Jake Schatz, Rob Simmons, James Slipper (c), Adam Wallace-Harrison

Backs

Quade Cooper, Chris F'Sautia, Nick Frisby, Mike Harris, Digby Ioane, Jono Lance, Ben Lucas, Dom Shipperley, Ben Tapuai (vc), Aidan Toua.

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