Brumbies keep the faith

Date published: March 2 2017

The Brumbies have named an unchanged side for their fixture against the Sharks at GIO Stadium on Saturday.

Head Coach Stephen Larkham keeps faith with the 23 that was narrowly beaten by the Crusaders in Christchurch meaning that four from the starting XV will make their home debut.

Scrum-half Joe Powell will continue in the playmaking role at number nine, alongside Powell, Wharenui Hawera will make his GIO Stadium bow with the New Zealand-born fly-half hoping to continue where he left off in Round 1, his 100 percent kicking success from the tee almost leading the Brumbies to what would have been an upset victory.

In the pack the form of Chris Alcock, another who will make his maiden bow in front of the home supporters, could be key to the Brumbies hopes of a win. The former Force and Waratahs man secured four turnovers in Round 1, the most of any player in any game.

The battle of the front rows should be an absorbing contest as well with Wallaby star Allan Alaalatoa coming up against South African Tendai Mtawarira with the scrum battle set to be extremely important in setting any foundations for dominant possession.

Discipline could be key with Sharks Patrick Lambie a deadly presence with the boot. As such the Brumbies defence, which was led by an outstanding Scott Fardy against the Crusaders, will need to be at their most vigilant and decisive best. Fardy continues in the backrow alongside Alcock and Jordan Smiler.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Nic Mayhew
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Isaac Thompson

Date: Saturday, March 4
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 19:45 local (8:45 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Jordan Way (Australia), Edward Martin (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)


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