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Brumbies v Chiefs preview

Brumbies v Chiefs preview
The Hux is back

The Hux is back

The CA Brumbies have rung the changes for their clash with the Chiefs this Friday. This game sees the return to the match day squad of Julian Huxley, who returns to Super Rugby after a well documented battle with a brain tumour.

Other changes in the squad see newcomers Michael Hooper and Colby Faingaa elevated from the Brumby Runners squad and the return of Stirling Mortlock will be welcomed after the team struggled to contain a rampant Blues backline in the previous game.

The game comes at a very important time in the Brumbies season as they head into the bye after this match. The team will be looking to head into their season break with an extra 4, preferably 5, points added to their season tally. The Brumbies know they can’t play like last week if they are to compete with the Chiefs, who are coming off the bye.  The team has worked hard at training on the mistakes that were made in the key areas of restarts and missed tackles.

The new combinations across the field for the Brumbies will have little time to settle and it is crucial that the communication between the new players is working as long term injuries have made some necessary changes.
The Chiefs will be looking to get their season back on track after losing their last 2 games, which were at home, to Queensland and the Crusaders. The season started off well with 3 wins on the road that should have set them up for a good season.

The Hamiltonians will be looking to take full advantage of their dangerous counter attacking game, especially from their back 3 of Sivivatu, Masaga and Muliaina. This is not the only area the Brumbies should focus on as the back row have also all played for the All Blacks so the team could threaten from anywhere on the park.

Fly half Stephen Donald will want to hope he brought his kicking boots to Canberra as he matches up with Matt Giteau, who has been kicking well and kept his team in the game last week. Donald can be inconsistent at times but this is one game where he can not afford to do so.


BRUMBIES

 

CHIEFS

Ben Alexander

1

Sona Taumalolo

Stephen Moore

2

Aled de Malmanche

Salesi Ma’afu

3

Ben Afeaki

Ben Hand

4

Craig Clarke

Mitchell Chapman

5

Culum Retallick

Rocky Elsom

6

Liam Messam

Michael Cooper

7

Tanerau Latimer

Stephen Hoiles (c)

8

Sione Lauaki

Josh Valentine

9

Brendan Leonard

Matt Toomua

10

Stephen Donald

Francis Fainifo

11

Sitiveni Sivivatu

Matt Giteau

12

Jackson Willison

Stirling Mortlock

13

Richard Kahui

Pat McCabe

14

Lelia Masaga

Adam Ashley-Cooper

15

Mils Muliaina (c)

 

Res

 

Huia Edmonds

16

Hika Elliot

Guy Shepherdson

17

Nathan White

Mark Chishom

18

Jarrad Hoeta

Colby Faingaa

19

Luke Braid

Patrick Phibbs

20

Junior Poluleuligaga

Tyrone Smith

21

Mike Delany

Julian Huxley

22

Tim Nanai-Williams

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

Assistant referees: Paul Marks (Australia),Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Matthew Goddard (Australia)


  • Eggs

    Great to see Hux making a return, he was shaping up nicely at the Reds before he got scuttled.

  • Get your programmes here.

    So stoked for Huxley, hope he has a blinder

    • I didn’t think he had any residual visual impairment?

  • Noddy

    there is a lot to look forward to this weekend. The return of the Hux. Youngsters Hooper and Faingaa.

    Then the Tahs with Horne and Beale back starting.

    The Reds and the SAffa challenge, sans Braid.

    And the bottom placed team taking on the league leaders.

  • I got a bad feeling for the Ponies on this one. Smith out and backline changes against a full strength Chiefs….

    • Reddy!

      Nah mate. This game will be won in the last 20minutes when the Brumbies superior bench is brought on. When Huxley takes the field that is going to lift the team about 300%, no question.

  • Some Fan

    With Stirlo back in the centre to settle things down and Gits having more free space to run around at the no.12 jersey, I’m confident the Brumbies will take this.

    But it won’t be by much, perhaps by 5 to 10….

  • Robson

    It’s a bit sad that injury has forced Andy Friend to elevate Toomua and move Gits out one. However, it’s a good looking attacking side and if the combo between the backs can settle quickly they could ignite something special.

    I don’t think, however, that the result is down to backline attack. As always the pack will need to dominate first. The Brumbies forwards have looked good so far but obviously have some issues around the restart. I think that should have been well and truly sorted by now and in set piece the Brumbies have an advantage.

    But the Brumbies will not want to let the Chief’s loosies and rearguard three start calling the tune. They can score long range tries from virtually nothing which is something the Brumbies still have to prove they can do.

    On form to date, I think this game is on a knife edge.

  • Jimbo

    Key match up will be McCabe on Masaga.If the Brumbies dont stop the Chiefs going wide to Masaga then it could end up being a cricket score. If they can shut that down then I agree with Some Fan – Brumbies by about 5-10 .

  • mudskipper

    Hux came on early 11th minute to replace Franky… He played an outstanding match… all congratulations to him… Well done… he took the field after 2 years and after all his past medical issues and time off field he played like he has never had a week off at S14… Amazing… He is a inspirational guy… Well done..

    • Cameron

      Yeah what a great game he had. Great skills and vision. Basically error-free and I think he even won a ruck turnover at one point. hope he goes from strength to strength and we can see him in a wallabies jersey!

  • Some Fan

    Yes! ACT have done it!!!

    They passed the first test to their step towards making the semis; beating the Chiefs.

    Now, they can refresh themselves with a bye coming up next week and back for the remaining games:

    Cheetahs (Home)
    Canes (Home)
    NSW (Away)
    QLD (Home)
    H’landers (Home)
    Saders (Away)

    Cheetahs game will be a piece of cake.
    The Canes however, will be the same as the Chiefs game just played out earlier.
    Canes are another one of those mountains the Brumbies must climb for top 4 berth.

    Once they can get on top of the Canes, then top 4 is 100% guaranteed.

  • viking

    Fantastic to see Huxley play 70 minutes – what an inspiration!

    I thought the Brumbies backline looked much better with Gits at 12. If Hux continues at 15 I would love to see a centre combination of Gits and AAC – I think Robbie Deans ought to be looking at that as well.

    Toomua was solid but unspectacular – exactly what you would want to see at this stage of his career. He looks much more like a 10 than Giteau does.

    I think we are at last starting to see players in their right positions – it’s a bit ironic though that it has taken injuries to get there!

  • piggies 7

    gits at 12 finally. fuck yeah

  • mudskipper

    With Hux getting so involved it was like the brumbies had 3 flyhalves in Toomua Giteau and Hux… That really picked up the pace of the all. or he was in as scrum half ruck time… Phibbs , McCabe, AAC, Squeak and Hand all had good matches… Mortlock closed the outside defense down as per usual and gave the Chief nothing. (expect a loose kick). Scrum was good line was excellent.

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