Super Rugby: Brumbies v Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium
Last Updated: 31/05/13 12:01pm
The ACT Brumbies take on Wellington-based Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium ideally placed to finish on top of the Australian conference.
They currently enjoy a five point lead over the Queensland Reds and will hope to extend that tally by recording another victory after seeing off Blues last week.
Meanwhile, the 'Canes are chasing a play-off position currently in ninth position on the table with 38 points - just four points behind the Crusaders and Blues who are in joint sixth spot.
The Brumbies have name unchanged line-up from that victory last weekend as they snapped a two-game losing streak at Eden park.
The men from Wellington will be boosted by the return of their captain, and centre, Conrad Smith as well as hooker Dane Coles who are back after spending time on the sidelines with injuries.
They have also recalled the services of 122kg lock James Broadhurst and loose forward Brad Shields, but have lost prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen for the remainder of the season to a torn medial cruciate ligament.
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 (c), 7 Colby Faingaa, 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, 19Jordan Smiler, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Clyde Rathbone.
Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Reynold Lee-Lo, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Brad Shields 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Dan Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Tusi Pisi, 22 James Marshall.
What they said...
Brumbies coach Jake White
White has predicted that the Hurricanes will change from their usual expansive style of play to a more forward orientated game for this encounter.
"They got a return on the maul and pick and drive game in the A-zone and will bring up a couple of those big guys to try and do that this year again," said White.
"I'm assuming that they see a weakness there.
"By their selections it looks to me that's an area where they think they can have a crack at us."
Super Rugby 2013 Round 16
The Bulls opened an eight-point gap at the top of the South African conference with a 30-25 victory over the Cheetahs.
The Reds kept their play-off hopes alive with a hard-fought 33-20 win over the Rebels in Brisbane on Saturday.
The Highlanders ran in four first-half tries tries before holding on to secure a 38-28 victory over the Blues.