Wed. Sep 23rd, 2020

Everything you need to know about the Brumbies vs Sharks

lukhanyo am sharks stormers super rugby newlands 2019The Sharks are set for their Super Rugby quarter-final clash against the Brumbies on Saturday.

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The Sharks are in Canberra, Australia for their Super Rugby quarter-finals clash against the Brumbies on Saturday.

The men from Durban will provide stiff opposition at GIO Stadium but it should be remembered that the Brumbies have won six games in succession and have not lost a match at home since February.

But the Sharks are not thinking about that. Sharks head coach Robert du Preez admits that what’s in the past is in the past.

“We’re definitely not thinking about that; this is a one-off game and the boys will be ready for it,” he said from Australia. “We know what’s at stake. This is a team that when everything goes to plan on the day can beat anyone.”

Brumbies team and injury news

Head Coach Dan McKellar has made four changes to the team that defeated the Reds.

Toni Pulu returns to the left wing forming a potent back three alongside Tom Banks.

The other two changes are in the back-row where Tom Cusack and Pete Samu return to the starting XV alongside Rob Valetini, with loose forwards Lachlan McCaffrey and Jahrome Brown providing power and impact from the replacements bench. 

The nucleus of the pack that has been the benchmark for the Super Rugby competition in 2019 is retained with Scott Sio and Allan Alaalatoa packing down with Brumbies leading try-scorer, Folau Fainga’a, the hooker having claimed eleven tries this season.

McKellar has opted for six forwards on the bench, adding Darcy Swain into the finishers with the front row substitutes being Connal McInerney, James Slipper and Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, the latter running out for his 49th Super Rugby appearance. 

Matt Lucas makes a return to the matchday twenty-three as one of two back replacements, together with utility Tom Wright who crossed for his third try of the season in the win over the Reds. 

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Christian Lealiifano (c), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio

Substitutes: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 James Slipper, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Jahrome Brown, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Tom Wright

Sharks team and injury news

The Sharks side named to play the Brumbies in Saturday’s Super Rugby quarter-final shows just one change to the team that defeated the Stormers in Cape Town last weekend.

Aphelele Fassi has been ruled out of the match with a rotator cuff sprain on his right shoulder and in his place sees the welcome return of a fit-again Curwin Bosch who will operate at fullback. 

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (c), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Mzamo Majola
 
Substitutes: 16 Cullen Collopy, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Luke Stringer, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Rhyno Smith

Kick off time

Saturday, 22 June at 12:05 (SAST).

TV & Live Stream

The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (SS1).

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