Waratahs v Brumbies Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Sydney based Waratahs and the Canberra based Brumbies the Waratahs have won three.

Overall the Waratahs have played Brumbies 25 times in Super Rugby and they have won 14 matches and lost 11. There have been no draws.

That gives the Waratahs a record of winning 56% of their matches against the Brumbies regardless of the venue.

The average score when the Waratahs play the Brumbies is : Waratahs 22 Brumbies 23.

This weekend the match will be played in Sydney which is home to the current champion Waratahs and where the teams have met 14 times.

In those 14 matches the Waratahs have won 12 and lost twice. That gives them a record of winning 86% of their home matches against the Brumbies.

The average score when the Waratahs play the Brumbies in Sydney is : Waratahs 29 Brumbies 17.

The Waratahs have played four matches so far this season and they have won two and lost two. They started with a loss at home and last week they were beaten by the Highlanders.

In between those two results the Waratahs beat the Reds and the Rebels. The Waratahs have shown glimpses of the form that won them the title last year but it has not been consistent.

For this week the Waratahs have made three changes one of which is Tolu Latu starting in the front row for Tatafu Polota-Nau who has been ruled out with a head knock.

In the backs Taqele Naiyaravoro comes into the team to replace Peter Betham on the wing and for the first time in 2015 Hugh Roach is named on the replacements bench.

The Brumbies lead the Super Rugby standings after five matches and their only loss to date was a 19-17 loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton. They deserve to be at the top of the standings and have been consistent in their form despite the loss to the Chiefs.

For this match the Brumbies have made one change to the match day squad with David Pocock coming on to the replacements bench. Otherwise they have kept the faith with the starting XV for the third straight week.

The Bookies have given the Brumbies a 1 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. Even though the Brumbies have a poor record in Sydney they are enjoying better form than the Waratahs and can use this match to impress Wallabies/Waratahs coach Michael Cheika. The Brumbies should edge this by one point.

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

Average score: Waratahs 22 Brumbies 23

Last five results
26 Jul 2014 (Semi) Waratahs v Brumbies 26-8 Sydney
28 Jun 2014 Waratahs v Brumbies 39-8 Sydney
15 Mar 2014 Waratahs v Brumbies 23-28 Canberra
18 May 2013 Waratahs v Brumbies 28-22 Sydney
09 Mar 2013 Waratahs v Brumbies 6-35 Canberra

Waratahs overall record against the Brumbies
Played 25, Wins 14, Losses 11, Draws 0

Match No.38:Waratahs v Brumbies
Date : Sunday 22 March 2015
Venue : Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick Off local: 16:05 local, 18:06 NZDT, 07:05 SAST
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2:Stuart Berry
TMO :George Ayoub

Teams

Waratahs

15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Matt Carraro, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jaques Potgieter, 5 David Dennis (c), 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Benn Robinson.

Replacements : 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Mitchell Chapman, 21 Stephen Hoiles, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Jono Lance, 24 Peter Betham (one to be omitted)

Brumbies

1. Ben Alexander , 2. Stephen Moore (c) , 3. Scott Sio , 4. Rory Arnold , 5. Sam Carter , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. Jarrad Butler , 8. Ita Vaea , 9. Nic White , 10. Matt Toomua , 11. Joe Tomane , 12. Christian Lealiifano , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Henry Speight , 15. Robbie Coleman

Replacements : , 16. Josh Mann-Rea , 17. Jean-Pierre Smith , 18. Ruan Smith , 19. Jordan Smiler , 20. David Pocock , 21. Michael Dowsett , 22. James Dargaville , 23. Lausii Taliauli

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