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Super Rugby Au Final - Brumbies v Reds

cyclopath

George Smith (75)
Staff member
Yeah Dru. I reckon we’ll have the count in the 23.


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Dctarget

John Eales (66)
Vodafone Super Rugby AU Grand Final: St.George Queensland Reds v Brumbies – GIO Stadium, Canberra on 19 September at 7:20pm AEST

1. JP Smith – GPS
2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa – Sunnybank
3. Taniela Tupou – Brothers
4. Angus Blyth – Bond University
5. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto – Souths
6. Liam Wright – Easts ©
7. Fraser McReight – Brothers
8. Harry Wilson – Brothers
9. Tate McDermott – University of Queensland
10. James O’Connor – Brothers
11. Filipo Daugunu – Wests
12. Hamish Stewart – Brothers
13. Hunter Paisami – Wests
14. Jordan Petaia – Wests
15. Jock Campbell – University of Queensland

16. Josh Nasser – University of Queensland
17. Harry Hoopert – Brothers
18. Ruan Smith – GPS
19. Tuaina Taii Tualima – GPS
20. Angus Scott-Young – University of Queensland
21. Moses Sorovi – Wests
22. Bryce Hegarty – GPS
23. Jack Hardy – Easts
 

Dctarget

John Eales (66)
Happy with that line up with CFS out. That's a devastating backline if they can click. JP in for Hoopert is smart for the first 50.
 

Dctarget

John Eales (66)
Biiiiiig play, Lolesio & Powell to start in the final:
PLUS500 BRUMBIES GRAND FINAL TEAM
1. Scott Sio
2. Folau Fainga'a
3. Allan Ala'alatoa (c)
4. Murray Douglas
5. Cadeyrn Neville
6. Lachlan McCaffrey
7. Will Miller
8. Pete Samu
9. Joe Powell
10. Noah Lolesio
11. Tom Wright
12. Irae Simone
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Andy Muirhead
15. Tom Banks

REPLACEMENTS
16. Connal McInerney
17. James Slipper
18. Tom Ross
19. Nick Frost
20. Rob Valetini
21. Nic White
22. Bayley Kuenzle
23. Solomone Kata
 

Dctarget

John Eales (66)
Disappointed we don't get a Valetini v Wright match up.

Fortunately there's more than enough narratives elsewhere to make up for it:

- BPA has nothing to lose and everything to gain against FF (Folau Fainga'a), Brumbies front row + bench definitely has the upper hand.

- AAA must be champing at the bit to put the young bull in his place. This is the battle I'm looking forward to the most.

- Wilson v Samu. Battle for Wallabies 8.

- The halves battle, fears Lolesio & Powell will be underdone against the Reds halves who have a whole season together.

- Simone's got Stewart's spot in the Wallabies.

- Same goes for Paisami v TK


'ken oath. Can't wait. Reds by 12+
 

Up the Guts

Steve Williams (59)
I'm happy to see Lolesio back before the test series start. Kuenzle can count himself unlucky though, I think he's done a pretty decent job for the Brumbies.
 

PhilClinton

John Hipwell (52)
Disappointed we don't get a Valetini v Wright match up.

Fortunately there's more than enough narratives elsewhere to make up for it:

- AAA must be champing at the bit to put the young bull in his place. This is the battle I'm looking forward to the most.


Does AAA have beef with JP Smith? Or are you referring to Taniela? Those two won't actually be packing down against each other, and I think TT has it all over AAA in terms of play around the field if that's where the clash will be happening.
 

TSR

Mark Ella (57)
Ala'alatoa is quality though - I don’t think we should be discounting his capacity to rise to the occasion. He is not going to be as visible as Tupou but he’ll do plenty of good work.

One of the biggest signs of how well Tupou is going is that he seems to have convinced almost everyone that he is clear first choice in front of Allan.
 

PhilClinton

John Hipwell (52)
The thing with Tupou is there needs to be the right balance, from his coaches, peers and general public, of the acknowledgement that he has clearly become an equal first choice tighthead along with AAA, but at the same time, he's reaching these heights very early.

I feel he still has a ways to go to reach his peak, but managing those expectations from now until say the next world cup, encouraging him to hone his craft, whilst also appreciating his standing as a first picked Wallaby, will be interesting to watch.
 

Braveheart81

Will Genia (78)
Staff member
Ala'alatoa is only two years older than Tupou.

Tupou debuted a year younger for the Wallabies than Ala'alatoa did so in some ways there is only one year difference in terms of their development and "age" in rugby years.
 

Dctarget

John Eales (66)
Does AAA have beef with JP Smith? Or are you referring to Taniela? Those two won't actually be packing down against each other, and I think TT has it all over AAA in terms of play around the field if that's where the clash will be happening.

They're competing for the #3 jersey, that's what I mean. AAA is the incumbent, Taniela is the crowd favourite. Everytime AAA goes on instagram or facebook he probably sees some highlight video praising the bloke everyone has pegged to take his jersey.
 

Up the Guts

Steve Williams (59)
They're competing for the #3 jersey, that's what I mean. AAA is the incumbent, Taniela is the crowd favourite. Everytime AAA goes on instagram or facebook he probably sees some highlight video praising the bloke everyone has pegged to take his jersey.
Alan probably just takes that in his stride, he seems like a top bloke.
 

Tomikin

Simon Poidevin (60)
Thor has had a whale of a season, but it would be interesting to see the stats AAA always seems to be a workhorse rower great in the scrum and good around the field,, I think histalso had a pretty good year as Captian, I think the covid break brought us back to the field but didnt we awesome first 6 games as well.

Allan's not a bloke who I believe worries to much about competition he wants to win, and if that means off the bench then so be it. I love the fact we have two of the best in the world at number 3..

As for the game, what a cracker, but I believe Teams coming off the bye and playing at home have a real advantage in this comp... Brumbies by 7.
 
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