Super Rugby match preview: Waratahs v Brumbies
Last Updated: 18/05/13 4:39pm
Waratahs have made two changes to their squad ahead of their Super Rugby derby clash with Brumbies at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
Paddy Ryan will make his fourth start of the season in place of Sekope Kepu at tighthead prop.
Wartahs head coach Michael Cheika only other change sees Drew Mitchell start on the left wing with Peter Betham reduced to the bench.
On the bench Will Skelton comes into the squad as well as Berrick Barnes to offer options to Cheika as he looks for third successive victory.
Jake White has also named two changes to the Brumbies side which lost 30-23 to the Crusaders last time out.
Scott Sio returns to the starting XV at loosehead prop in place of Dan Palmer who is left out of the match-day squad.
Also in the forwards Scott Fardy is back in Brumbies colours after an injury lay-off and is set to start in the second row.
The changes mean there is room for front row Ruan Smith on the Brumbies bench who previously made two appearances for the Western Force.
Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau. 14 Cam Crawford, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis (capt) 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Will Skelton, 19 Mitchell Chapman, 20 Matt Lucas, 21 Berrick Barnes, 22 Peter Betham
Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (capt), 7 George Smith, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Fotu Auelua, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Pat McCabe
What they said...
Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika
"There's always something special about these Australian derby games because there's so much rivalry built up over all the years of playing each other.
"With the Brumbies also leading the competition, this is a very important game for us."
Brumbies head coach Jake White
"There are no easy away games in this competition, we are aware of that. So to win in Sydney against an in-form Waratahs side is a big challenge.
"We have trained well this week and will be putting our best foot forward to come away from Sydney with a win."