Brumbies v Reds Super Rugby preview

 Both teams will be coming into this match off a loss. The Brumbies loss was arguably more embarrassing as they lost to the Rebels who were playing in their second Super rugby match.

That Rebels loss was followed by the sacking of the coach Andy Friend.

Quite often when a team sacks their coach during the week the teams becomes a tighter unit and they go on to win handsomely. As Reds coach Ewen McKenzie pointed out in Europe they call it “The Electro-Shock because the coach and the team sparks up”.

The Brumbies situation this week will only make matters more difficult for the Reds. That is if it could get more difficult for the Reds.

Having lost both of their opening matches the Reds have admitted that their 2011 game plan is “not relevant” and that they have had to go back to the drawing board.

The Reds have an outstandingly bad record against the Brumbies. In the 16 matches between the two teams have met the Reds have won just once (in Brisbane) and lost 15 times.

On score averages in matches between these two teams the Brumbies normally score 30 points and the Reds score 15. Even last year when the Reds had their most successful season in almost a decade the Brumbies thumped the Reds 32-12 in Canberra.

Despite the Reds having a mountain to climb the the Bookies have given the Reds just five points as a start – with an offer of bet £10 and get £20 in Bets. Given the shock of the coaching saga, the Reds history against the Brumbies and way the Reds have struggled this season we can’t see the Reds getting within two tries of the Brumbies. Brumbies to win by 14.

Last five results
Sat, 01 May 2010 Brumbies v Reds 32-12 Canberra
Sat, 02 May 2009 Brumbies v Reds 52-13 Brisbane
Sat, 01 Mar 2008 Brumbies v Reds 43-11 Canberra
Sat, 17 Feb 2007 Brumbies v Reds 6-3 Brisbane
Sat, 29 Apr 2006 Brumbies v Reds 36-0 Canberra

Brumbies overall record against the Reds
Played 16 , Wins 15, Losses 1, Draws 0

Match No. 18 Brumbies v Reds
Date :Saturday 5 March
Venue : Canberra
Kick Off local: 19:40
Kick Off GMT: 8:40
Referee: Mark Lawrence
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2:Sindile Mayende
TMO :George Ayoub


Brumbies :1. Ben Alexander,2. Steve Moore ,3. Dan Palmer ,4. Ben Hand ,5. Mark Chisholm,6. Colby Faingaa,7. Julian Salvi,8. Ita Vaea ,9. Josh Valentine ,10. Matt Giteau ©,11. Francis Fainifo,12. Robbie Coleman,13. Adam Ashley-Cooper,14. Henry Speight ,15. Pat McCabe

Reserves:16. Huia Edmonds,17. Salesi Ma’afu,18. Peter Kimlin,19. Michael Hooper,20. Patrick Phibbs,21. Matt Toomua,22. Christian Lealiifano

Reds team (from fullback): Ben Lucas, Rod Davies, Will Chambers, Anthony Faingaa, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia (c), Leroy Houston, Beau Robinson, Scott Higginbotham, Van Humphries, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Saia Faingaa, Ben Daley (vc)

Reserves: James Hanson, Greg Holmes, Adam Wallace-Harrison, Ed Quirk, Liam Gill, Mike Harris, Luke Morahan

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