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Pre-season Match Brumbies v Waratahs

Braveheart81

James Horwill (77)
Staff member
The NSW Waratahs team to play the Brumbies this Saturday at McDonald’s Park, Wagga Wagga this Saturday 6 February:

1. Jeremy Tilse
2. Hugh Roach
3. Paddy Ryan
4. Ned Hanigan
5. Will Skelton
6. David Dennis (C)
7. Jack Dempsey
8. Jed Holloway
9. Jake Gordon
10. Andrew Deegan
11. Andrew Kellaway
12. David Horwitz
13. Matt Carraro
14. Reece Robinson
15. Zac Guildford
Reserves:
16. Tolu Latu
17. Benn Robinson
18. Angus Ta’avao
19. Matt Sandell
20. Senio Toleafoa
21. Matt Lucas
22. Harry Jones
23. Bryce Hegarty
24. Brad Wilkin
25. Cameron Orr
26. Rowan Perry
 

RugbyReg

Rocky Elsom (76)
Staff member
Aquis Brumbies v NSW Waratahs – Saturday 6 February 2016, Wagga Wagga
  1. Allan Alaalatoa
  2. Josh Mann-Rea
  3. Ben Alexander
  4. Tom Staniforth
  5. Sam Carter
  6. Jordan Smiler
  7. Jarrad Butler
  8. Ita Vaea
  9. Tomás Cubelli
  10. Matt To'omua
  11. Nigel Ah Wong
  12. Jordan Jackson-Hope
  13. Andrew Smith
  14. Lausii Taliauli
  15. Aidan Toua
RESERVES
  1. Albert Anae
  2. Robbie Abel
  3. Leslie Leuluai’ali’i-Makin
  4. Ruan Smith
  5. Rory Arnold
  6. Blake Enever
  7. Ben Hyne
  8. Michael Wells
  9. Joe Powell
  10. Michael Dowsett
  11. Nick Jooste
  12. Joe Tomane
  13. Jake Rakic
  14. Tevita Kuridrani
  15. James Dargaville
  16. Isaac Thompson
 

Brumby Runner

Tim Horan (67)
So Rowan Perry is lining up for the Waratahs. I'd hoped he might come back to Canberra when he wasn't awarded any sort of contract in NSW.
 

Brumby Runner

Tim Horan (67)
Lots of good young, promising players in both sides will be on show on Saturday. Looking forward especially to seeing Holloway and Kellaway for the Tahs, and Jooste and Jackson-Hope for the Brumbies.

According to Larkham on the Brumbies site, Jooste will replace To'omua at 10 at some stage in the game. Matt will take the goal kicks initially, and Jooste will be the kicker when he comes on. Been a long time since Matty has kicked for goal that I can recall. Probably a sign that there won't be much kicking for penalty goals in the match. Based on how he played for Argentina, I expect Cubelli to run the ball a bit more than we've been used to from our No 9s in the past.

Big question is, will the Brumbies' forwards be able to stop Big Willy, and how effective will Will be at scrum and line out time?
 

WorkingClassRugger

Simon Poidevin (60)
Given the strength of both lineups, Brumbies should take this comfortably.


Yeah, but I don't mind the Tahs coaching staff giving a number of new additions and young guys the opportunity to show a bit of what they've got. We'll get to see if the likes of Holloway and Horwitz have the mindset in place to step up. Same for Hanigan though I think he's a solid season off. Plus, I'm quite interested to see R.Robinson transition across from League. He has Rugby experience so I want to see if that makes it easier.
 

WorkingClassRugger

Simon Poidevin (60)
Lots of good young, promising players in both sides will be on show on Saturday. Looking forward especially to seeing Holloway and Kellaway for the Tahs, and Jooste and Jackson-Hope for the Brumbies.

According to Larkham on the Brumbies site, Jooste will replace To'omua at 10 at some stage in the game. Matt will take the goal kicks initially, and Jooste will be the kicker when he comes on. Been a long time since Matty has kicked for goal that I can recall. Probably a sign that there won't be much kicking for penalty goals in the match. Based on how he played for Argentina, I expect Cubelli to run the ball a bit more than we've been used to from our No 9s in the past.

Big question is, will the Brumbies' forwards be able to stop Big Willy, and how effective will Will be at scrum and line out time?


Interested to see what the immersion into a pro environment will result in for Jooste. Could tell in the NRC that with the right set up he'd develop into a good player. Which is why you'd have to assume he chose to relocate.
 

fatprop

Jason Little (69)
Staff member
Why Guildford at 15?? How good is his kicking game?


When sober, he is an energiser bunny, immense workrate, I just hope some of his off the ball workrate rubs off on some of the other units.

Aus rugby really lacks back three units with those skills; those who will chase kicks hard, and work back hard to give a kick receiver support options
 

Hugh Jarse

Rocky Elsom (76)
Staff member
Any "up and commer" has to have their first game somewhere, but it is a fairly hot cauldron that they have been tossed into.

Better in a trial environment to see how their development is going and where nothing "really" matters as opposed being forced to conduct that "experiment" during the Super Season when sheep stations are at stake.

Jooste looked OK in NRC but that is, as it is designed to be, a tier below Pro Rugby. I think he has potential to go a long way, if he remains injury free and listens to Bernie.

Not so sure about JJH. I hope he has packed a bit of lean muscle mass on since I last saw him play for Aust Schoolboys in 2014. Back then he didn't have the look of a potential Pro-Rugby Inside Centre about him. Things can change significantly in the first couple of years out of school, body shape wise.
 

Lee Grant

John Eales (66)
Staff member
I wish I could watch this match but I doubt if the streaming can be accessed after the game and I will be at the Sevens and back late.

So - lots of comments please guys.

I think that Cubelli will be one of the significant recruitments in Super Rugby (and not just counting Australian teams) given that the alternative scrumhalves are not experienced players.

Interested to see what the immersion into a pro environment will result in for Jooste. Could tell in the NRC that with the right set up he'd develop into a good player. Which is why you'd have to assume he chose to relocate.

Maybe, but the chance for a young flyhalf to learn from Larkham would be beyond price.

Big question is, will the Brumbies' forwards be able to stop Big Willy, and how effective will Will be at scrum and line out time?

When Willy came back to the Tahs he was a basket case in the heat - last at everything; but when he hadn't finished his exercise work in the time allotted he completed them, as the others were having a drink - and commending him for it.

Now he looks as fit as a trout - maybe it's the haircut, who knows - regardless, he is more than a cartoon character, and an impressive trainer to the best of his ability.

As for the lneouts - I haven't seen too many good ones at Tahs' practice with or without Willy.

As for the scrums, who knows? We hope that both Paddy R and Angus T can step into Sekope K's boots but they both have skinny calves and I fear the worst.

Trouble is - Kepu was so durable, he started in every game last year; so Paddy got no time as the starting THP.

About Guidford

He has been one of the best trainers for the Tahs - (though the standout is Beale). And he is one of the quickest - I believe that only Reece Robinson is faster and that's because he has a smooth sprinter's style whereas Zac is all over the place.

Whatever - it with be good to see a couple of Tahs' guys showing top-end speed.

It's been a while.
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Brumby Runner

Tim Horan (67)
I wish I could watch this match but I doubt if the streaming can be accessed after the game and I will be at the Sevens and back late.


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According to the Brumbies site, the game will be available for replay any time from immediately after the game. You might then get to see it.
 

Brumby Runner

Tim Horan (67)
Matt To'omua appointed as Captain.

https://www.brumbies.com.au/uncategorised/To'omua-to-captain-brumbies-for-first-time
 
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