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Same starting XV for Brumbies

01st May 2014 04:38

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Ruaidhri Murphy

Bench change: Ruaidhri Murphy

The Brumbies have made just one change to the side which defeated the Chiefs last weekend, with Ruaidhri Murphy coming onto the bench for JP Smith.

After being ruled out during the warm up last week, Siliva Siliva is again outside the matchday 23, with Josh Mann-Rea to take the back-up hooking spot and jersey number 16.

With the Brumbies squad now stabilizing after an early spread of injuries, director of rugby Laurie Fisher and head coach Stephen Larkham have been able to name an unchanged starting side for the fifth time this year.

The last time the Brumbies defeated the Crusaders in Christchurch was 2000, the same year the Cantabrians knocked over the ACT-based side in the Final.

"Playing the Crusaders away is a big challenge for everyone, we haven't had a very good record over there and no-one in this side has ever beaten the Crusaders in New Zealand," said Larkham.

"They've had three-straight wins now, including two in Africa which is never easy. After a shaky start to the season they've found some form and will be further boosted by the return of Richie McCaw.

"We've been building over the last three years, not just against the Crusaders, but at rising to challenges and overcoming those challenges. Our attack is much better today than what is has been and we feel internally like we are a better side than we have been over the last couple of years."

The Brumbies head into the clash two wins ahead of the eighth-placed Crusaders, whose last three scalps include the Chiefs, Cheetahs and Lions. Last week they had a bye, giving champion flanker Richie McCaw an extra seven days to be fit and ready for the clash.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (c), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Jordan Smiler, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Ruaidhri Murphy, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Tom McVerry, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Pat McCabe.

Date: Saturday, May 3
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kickoff: 16:35 (local, 04:35 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Ben O'Keefe (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

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