Tahs change two for Brumbies

Date published: April 30 2015

Michael Cheika has made two changes to his team as the Waratahs look to close the gap on Aussie rivals the Brumbies on Friday.

The defending champions currently lie second in the Australian conference, four points behind the Brumbies before the clash in Canberra.

To try to reel them in, Cheika has brought Wycliff Palu and Jacques Potgieter into his back row, but otherwise it's the same team that edged past the Rebels last time out.

The Waratahs have not won in Canberra since 2011 but come into the game on the back of consecutive wins over the Rebels and the Hurricanes.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Dave Dennis (c), 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements (one to be omitted): 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Mitch Chapman, 20 Stephen Hoiles, 21 Pat McCutcheon, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 24 Matt Carraro.
Date: Friday, May 1
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 19:40 local (09:40 GMT, 21:40 NZST, 11:40 SAST)
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Matt O'Brien (Australia), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)