Brumbies v Sharks Super Rugby preview

The last four Super Rugby matches between the Brumbies and the Sharks have been won by the team that was playing at home.


Out of all the Australian sides, the Brumbies have the best home record against South African opposition.


Since 1996, they have won 34 of the 38 matches played in Canberra against teams from South Africa, for a winning percentage of 89.5%.


The last time the Sharks won in Canberra was in 1998 when the Sharks won 23-41. Since then though the Brumbies have won the last seven straight matches in Canberra against the Sharks.


The Brumbies and the Sharks have played each other 15 times and the Brumbies have won 8 and lost eight. In Canberra they have played each other eight times and the Brumbies won 7 which shows how strong home advantage is with these two teams.


On average when the Brumbies play the Sharks the Brumbies score 25 points and the Sharks score 22 points.


However when they play in Canberra the Brumbies on average score 32 points and the Sharks 20 which shows the Brumbies score on average one converted try more when they are at home.


The Brumbies have made a couple of changes one of which is double try scorer last week Joe Tomane being dropped to the bench to come on specifially as an impact player.


The Brumbies back line should also run a bit smoother as Matt Toomua returns from injury which moves Christian Lealiifano and the rest of the backs down a place.


The Sharks on the other hand have lost Patrick Lambie for this week’s match and Frederic Michalak starts at 10. The Forwards have been beefed up a bit with the return of Jean Deysel and Steven Sykes.


The Sharks led until the last 7 minutes in last week’s match only to allow the Waratahs score a late try so they will be coming off a frustrating loss.


In contrast the Brumbies are on a high having beathn the previously unbeaten Highlanders.


The Bookies have given the Sharks a 2 point start for this match – with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Brumbies look to be gaining some momentum so they should win by 5.


This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports HD1.


Average score: 25-22


Last five results
07 May 2011 Brumbies v Sharks 16-34 Durban
13 Mar 2010 Brumbies v Sharks 24-22 Canberra
28 Mar 2009 Brumbies v Sharks 14-35 Durban
19 Apr 2008 Brumbies v Sharks 27-21 Canberra
24 Mar 2007 Brumbies v Sharks 21-10 Durban


Brumbies overall record against the Sharks
Played 15, Wins 8 , Losses 7 , Draws 0


Match No.38 : Brumbies v Sharks
Date Saturday 31 March
Venue : Canberra
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Keith Brown (New Zealand)
Assistant Ref 1: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Ref 2:James Leckie (Australia)
TMO : Steve Leszcynski


Teams


Brumbies


1. Ruaidhri Murphy, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Ben Alexander, 4. Leon Power, 5. Sam Carter, 6. Peter Kimlin, 7. Michael Hooper, 8. Ben Mowen, 9. Ian Prior, 10. Matt Toomua, 11. Henry Speight, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 13. Andrew Smith, 14. Pat McCabe, 15. Jesse Mogg.


Replacements: 16. Anthony Hegarty, 17. Scott Sio, 18. Scott Fardy, 19. Ita Vaea, 20. Nic White, 21. Zack Holmes, 22. Joe Tomane.


Sharks


15. Riaan Viljoen , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. JP Pietersen , 12. Tim Whitehead , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Frederic Michalak , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Keegan Daniel (C) , 7. Willem Alberts , 6. Marcell Coe

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