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Super Rugby, Saturday, 28 June 2014 - Round 17 - ANZ Stadium

Waratahs versus Brumbies
Players Robinson (15min), Alofa (18min, 68min), Foley (60min), Palu (79min) Tries 5 Tries 1 Players Mogg (29min)
Players Beale 0/1 (0%), Foley 4/4 (100%) Conversions 4 Conversions 0 Players Lealiifano 0/1 (0%)
Players Beale 1/2 (50%), Foley 1/2 (50%) Penalty goals 2 Penalty goals 1 Players Lealiifano 1/2 (50%)
Players Drop goals 0 Drop goals 0 Players


Match Tracker

Waratahs vs. Brumbies

  1. 1 minute
  2. 2 minute
  3. 3 minute
  4. 4 minute
  5. 5 minute
  6. 6 minute
  7. 7 minute
  8. 8 minute
  9. 9 minute
  10. 10 minute Brumbies: Substitution Off Tevita Kuridrani Brumbies: Substitution On Rodney Iona
  11. 11 minute
  12. 12 minute
  13. 13 minute
  14. 14 minute
  15. 15 minute Waratahs: Try Benn Robinson
  16. 16 minute Waratahs: Conversion Bernard Foley
  17. 17 minute
  18. 18 minute Waratahs: Try Alofa Alofa
  19. 19 minute Waratahs: Conversion Bernard Foley
  20. 20 minute
  21. 21 minute
  22. 22 minute
  23. 23 minute
  24. 24 minute
  25. 25 minute
  26. 26 minute
  27. 27 minute
  28. 28 minute
  29. 29 minute Brumbies: Try Jesse Mogg
  30. 30 minute
  31. 31 minute
  32. 32 minute
  33. 33 minute
  34. 34 minute
  35. 35 minute Waratahs: Substitution Off Dave Dennis Waratahs: Substitution On Stephen Hoiles
  36. 36 minute
  37. 37 minute
  38. 38 minute
  39. 39 minute
  40. HT Half time

Waratahs vs. Brumbies

Waratahs vs. Brumbies

  1. 41 minute Brumbies: Substitution Off Jordan Smiler Brumbies: Substitution On Fontunuupule Auelua
  2. 42 minute
  3. 43 minute Waratahs: Penalty Goal Bernard Foley
  4. 44 minute
  5. 45 minute
  6. 46 minute Brumbies: Penalty Goal Christian Lealiifano
  7. 47 minute
  8. 48 minute
  9. 49 minute Waratahs: Substitution Off Jaques Potgieter Waratahs: Substitution On Will Skelton Waratahs: Substitution Off Benn Robinson Waratahs: Substitution On Paddy Ryan
  10. 50 minute
  11. 51 minute
  12. 52 minute Brumbies: Substitution Off Scott Sio Brumbies: Substitution On Jean-Pierre Smith
  13. 53 minute
  14. 54 minute
  15. 55 minute
  16. 56 minute
  17. 57 minute Brumbies: Substitution Off Jean-Pierre Smith Brumbies: Substitution On Scott Sio
  18. 58 minute
  19. 59 minute Brumbies: Yellow Card Fontunuupule Auelua
  20. 60 minute Waratahs: Try Bernard Foley
  21. 61 minute Waratahs: Conversion Bernard Foley Brumbies: Substitution On Ruan Smith Brumbies: Substitution Off Ben Alexander
  22. 62 minute Brumbies: Substitution Off Ruaidhri Murphy Brumbies: Substitution On Luke Holmes
  23. 63 minute
  24. 64 minute
  25. 65 minute
  26. 66 minute
  27. 67 minute
  28. 68 minute Waratahs: Try Alofa Alofa
  29. 69 minute Waratahs: Conversion Bernard Foley
  30. 70 minute Waratahs: Substitution On Taqele Naiyaravoro Waratahs: Substitution Off Alofa Alofa Waratahs: Substitution Off Sekope Kepu Waratahs: Substitution On Jeremy Tilse Brumbies: Substitution On Jack Whetton Brumbies: Substitution Off Leon Power
  31. 71 minute
  32. 72 minute Waratahs: Substitution Off Nick Phipps Waratahs: Substitution On Brendan McKibbin Brumbies: Substitution On Michael Dowsett Brumbies: Substitution Off Nicholas White Brumbies: Substitution On Lionel Cronje Brumbies: Substitution Off Rodney Iona
  33. 73 minute Waratahs: Substitution On Silatolu Latu Waratahs: Substitution Off Tatafu Polota-Nau
  34. 74 minute Waratahs: Penalty Goal Kurtley Beale
  35. 75 minute Waratahs: Substitution On Jonno Lance Waratahs: Substitution Off Bernard Foley Brumbies: Substitution Off Scott Sio Brumbies: Substitution On Jean-Pierre Smith
  36. 76 minute
  37. 77 minute
  38. 78 minute
  39. 79 minute Waratahs: Try Wycliff Palu
  40. FT Full time

Waratahs vs. Brumbies


Match Statistics

1 Benn Robinson

Substitution Off

1 Scott Sio

Substitution On
Substitution Off

2 Tatafu Polota-Nau

Substitution Off

2 Ruaidhri Murphy

Substitution Off

3 Sekope Kepu

Substitution Off

3 Ben Alexander

Substitution Off

4 Jaques Potgieter

Substitution Off

4 Scott Fardy

5 Kane Douglas

5 Leon Power

Substitution Off

6 Dave Dennis

Substitution Off

6 Jordan Smiler

Substitution Off

7 Michael Hooper

7 Jarrad Butler

8 Wycliff Palu


8 Ben Mowen

9 Nick Phipps

Substitution Off

9 Nicholas White

Substitution Off

10 Bernard Foley

Penalty Goal
Substitution Off

10 Christian Lealiifano

Penalty Goal

11 Rob Horne

11 Clyde Rathbone

12 Kurtley Beale

Penalty Goal

12 Robbie Coleman

13 Adam Ashley-Cooper

13 Tevita Kuridrani

Substitution Off

14 Alofa Alofa

Substitution Off

14 Henry Speight

15 Israel Folau

15 Jesse Mogg

Match Statistics
Waratahs Reserves Brumbies Reserves

Silatolu Latu

Substitution On

Luke Holmes

Substitution On

Jeremy Tilse

Substitution On

Ruan Smith

Substitution On

Paddy Ryan

Substitution On

Jean-Pierre Smith

Substitution On
Substitution Off

Will Skelton

Substitution On

Fontunuupule Auelua

Yellow Card
Substitution On

Stephen Hoiles

Substitution On

Jack Whetton

Substitution On

Brendan McKibbin

Substitution On

Michael Dowsett

Substitution On

Jonno Lance

Substitution On

Rodney Iona

Substitution On
Substitution Off

Taqele Naiyaravoro

Substitution On

Lionel Cronje

Substitution On

Waratahs vs Brumbies

  • Possession

    Waratahs 66%
    66% 34%
    Brumbies 34%
  • Rucks/mauls

    Waratahs 103
    65% 35%
    Brumbies 56
  • Line breaks

    Waratahs 9
    90% 10%
    Brumbies 1
  • Offloads

    Waratahs 18
    100% 0%
    Brumbies 0
  • Scrum wins

    50% 50%
  • Scrums won against head

    50% 50%
  • Lineout wins

    Waratahs 16
    64% 36%
    Brumbies 9
  • Lineouts won against throw

    Waratahs 5
    71% 29%
    Brumbies 2
  • Runs

    Waratahs 143
    69% 31%
    Brumbies 65
  • Run metres

    Waratahs 549m
    75% 25%
    Brumbies 187m
  • Kicks

    Waratahs 29
    53% 47%
    Brumbies 26
  • Kick metres

    Waratahs 0m
    50% 50%
    Brumbies 0m
  • Tackles made

    Waratahs 73
    37% 63%
    Brumbies 122
  • Tackles missed

    Waratahs 15
    31% 69%
    Brumbies 34
  • Turnovers

    Waratahs 19
    40% 60%
    Brumbies 28
  • Penalties conceded

    Waratahs 7
    35% 65%
    Brumbies 13
  • |
    Waratahs statistics
    Israel Folau FBCK 80 13 77 1 0 3 3 0 2 0 1
    Alofa Alofa RWNG 70 8 77 4 1 2 1 0 2 0 0
    Adam Ashley-Cooper OCEN 80 12 43 5 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
    Kurtley Beale ICEN 80 9 59 1 1 1 4 0 1 0 0
    Rob Horne LWNG 80 5 36 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Bernard Foley FIV8 75 8 41 3 0 1 13 0 1 0 3
    Nick Phipps HB 72 6 25 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Benn Robinson LHP 49 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tatafu Polota-Nau HOOK 73 5 8 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Sekope Kepu THP 70 5 12 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jaques Potgieter LCK1 49 10 27 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Kane Douglas LCK2 80 3 5 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Dave Dennis BSFL 35 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Hooper OSFL 80 14 60 9 1 3 0 0 2 0 1
    Wycliff Palu NUM8 80 19 29 7 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Silatolu Latu RES 7 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jeremy Tilse RES 10 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Paddy Ryan RES 31 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Will Skelton RES 31 9 12 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Stephen Hoiles RES 45 4 11 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Brendan McKibbin RES 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jonno Lance RES 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Taqele Naiyaravoro RES 10 1 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brumbies statistics
    Jesse Mogg FBCK 80 9 34 3 3 0 8 0 0 0 0
    Henry Speight RWNG 80 6 40 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 2
    Tevita Kuridrani OCEN 10 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Robbie Coleman ICEN 80 4 8 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Clyde Rathbone LWNG 80 3 27 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Christian Lealiifano FIV8 80 3 12 9 2 0 3 0 0 0 1
    Nicholas White HB 72 5 18 7 6 0 11 0 0 0 1
    Scott Sio LHP 70 5 11 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ruaidhri Murphy HOOK 62 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Alexander THP 61 4 3 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Scott Fardy LCK1 80 4 4 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Leon Power LCK2 70 0 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Smiler BSFL 40 1 1 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jarrad Butler OSFL 80 6 7 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Mowen NUM8 80 6 3 14 3 0 1 0 0 0 1
    Luke Holmes RES 18 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ruan Smith RES 19 2 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jean-Pierre Smith RES 10 1 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Fontunuupule Auelua RES 40 2 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Whetton RES 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Michael Dowsett RES 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Rodney Iona RES 62 2 7 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Lionel Cronje RES 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Top Players

    Player name Lionel Cronje 1
    Player name Israel Folau 3
    Player name Bernard Foley 13
    Player name Wycliff Palu 19
    Player name Israel Folau 77
    Line Breaks
    Player name Israel Folau 2

    Match Details

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    Waratahs v Brumbies

    Stephen Samuelson

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    That was a comprehensive win for the Tahs who now stand alone at the top of the Super Rugby ladder and can thank their ability to score four tries in a game for the clear lead over the Sharks.

    If the Force lose tonight, the Waratahs are the guaranteed Australian conference winners with two rounds to go. Even if the Force win, they probably only need one more bonus to secure that spot.

    Next Sunday they face the Highlanders, a victory on that occasion will guarantee a top-two finish.

    Forget the scoreline, the injury-hit Brumbies were tremendous. That tackled with vigour and their kicking was purposeful. They lacked a lot in attack and in the lineout, but injuries played their part in those facets.

    The Tahs were tested, they probably lacked a bit of cohesion, but a depleted Brumbies team was just the tonic they needed to shake off the post-internationals cobwebs.

    That's it for me. Come back to RugbyHeaven for the match news, reaction and analysis from Georgina Robinson and Chris Dutton.

    That try nearly had everything. Kurtley Beale laid on perfect ball to Michael Hooper who made a clean break, he laid on the goose step and swivel but was eventually caught. Jono Lance and Kane Douglas eventually combined to send Palu over in the corner. Fulltime WARATAHS 39 BRUMBIES 8

    80th min: Try Wycliff Palu.

    78th min: The match is as good as over, but some of the collisions are frightful.

    Bernard Foley does love the Waratahs' system of play. He has been named man of the match.

    74th min: The Tahs got their bonus point while Auelua was off the field. They earn another penalty and with the bonus point in the bad, they opt for goal. That is the trigger for lots of fans to dessert their seats and beat the traffic home. Beale kicks the penalty. WARATAHS 34 BRUMBIES 8

    Big bopper Taqele Naiyaravoro is on for Alofa Alofa. This is his second Super Rugby game and with players hoping to play in the finals requiring four games under their belt, he needs to figure in all the remaining Super Rugby games to be eligible.

    71st min: Early word is that the crowd is over 29,000, just short of the record for a Super Rugby crowd in Australia this season with the Reds-Crusaders drawing just over 30,000.

    70th min: Foley converts from the sideline. WARATAHS 31 BRUMBIES 8

    Despite Rob Horne's blunder, the Brumbies could not escape their own territory and the Tahs won a scrum, Folau jinked and weaved out wide and released Alofa Alofa for a free run to the line. He finished with a flourish, diving in the corner.

    69th min: The Tahs have their bonus point try.

    The Hurricanes defeated the Crusaders earlier tonight

    Here's the match report for your perusal

    65th min: Rob Horne pass the ball son! He has blown a certain try. Adam Ashley-Cooper made a clean break offloaded to Horne who only had to draw Jesse Mogg and pass to Nick Phipps for a certain five-pointer. He didn't pass and they didn't score.

    Some people thought the yellow card should have been shown sooner.

    The Tahs forwards drove from the lineout and as the Brumbies were back-pedalling, Foley sliced through under the posts. He converts his own try. WARATAHS 22 BRUMBIES 8

    61st min: TRY! Bernard Foley.

    59th min: The Brumbies lineout is a mess and the Tahs win possession and eventually the penalty. The Brumbies breakdown spoiling tactics has seen Steve Walsh send Fotu Auelua to the bin.

    58th min: The Brumbies may not win this game but that won't be because they gave up. They just earned a scrum penalty five metres out from their ownline as the Tahs laid siege.

    It was the Beale and Folau show. From a counter-attack Beale cut them open, and then a few phases later Folau jinks through and then with four or five Brumbies forward on him he drives his legs and gets there or therabouts to the line. The video is inconclusive and therefore it is ... NO TRY!

    57th min: Possible try to the Waratahs!

    55th min: Again the Brumbies defence stands firm. They repelled wave upon wave of Tahs attack until once again Will Skelton is isolated and concedes the penalty.

    54th min: Steve Walsh issues Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen a final warning for slowing the ball down. Next man is off.

    Tragedy: Waratahs skipper Dave Dennis is taken from the field with the rest of his Super season in huge doubt.

    Tragedy: Waratahs skipper Dave Dennis is taken from the field with the rest of his Super season in huge doubt. Photo: Getty Images

    53rd min: A mini kicking duel takes place, and the Tahs earn the points with a lineout throw five metres into Brumbies territory.

    51st min: The Tahs are making more inroads now into the Brumbies defence. That's the bench advantage playing into their hands. But the Brumbies are holding on and force the penalty when Will Skelton is isolated.

    Big Will Skelton is on for Potgieter and Paddy Ryan replaces Benn Robinson. Meanwhile, Foley misses the shot at goal.

    48th min: Waratahs' big names beginning to step up with both Folau and Hooper making telling bursts. Steve Walsh rewards them with a penalty.

    47th min: He doesn't miss. WARATAHS 17 BRUMBIES 8

    46th min: Steve Walsh has clamped down on offside all night and he has just pinged the Tahs. Christian Lealiifano will step up to take the kick.

    After receiving some attention, Speight has wondered back into the Brumbies line. He copped an accidental knee from Tatafu Polota-Nau. Not much either player could have done about it.

    43rd min: More dramas for the Brumbies. Henry Speight is lying flat on his back behind play. It doesn't look good for the flyer. Meanwhile, in the spirit of the Origin match that was on here last week, there is a bit of ill-natured niggle.

    Like his previous two kicks tonight, Bernard Foley does not miss. WARATAHS 17 BRUMBIES 5

    42nd min: Penalty for the Tahs in kicking range. Foley is stepping up to take the three points. The Tahs demolished the Brumbies scrum and despite a raid down the blindside, there was no advantage.

    Play is underway and the Waratahs have an attacking scrum on the Brumbies 22.

    In case anyone is wondering, the Tahs could be on top of the ladder if they win tonight. Furthermore, if they win and the Force lose, they will just about be guaranteed top spot for the Australian conference.

    Lights out: Tevita Kuridrani of the Brumbies is knocked unconscious while attempting to tackle Jacques Potgieter.

    Lights out: Tevita Kuridrani of the Brumbies is knocked unconscious while attempting to tackle Jacques Potgieter. Photo: Getty Images

    Chris "Blocka" Dutton shares some insights:

    The Brumbies' injury ward was already bursting before the match started and their woes got even worse with Tevita Kuridrani getting knocked out after just 10 minutes. The Brumbies were missing Matt Toomua, Stephen Moore, David Pocock, Joseph Tomane, Andrew Smith, Pat McCabe and Sam Carter before kick-off. But despite missing so many stars, the Brumbies were backing their depth to shine through. Depth was tested even more when Kuridrani went down after trying to tackle Waratahs forward Jacques Potgieter. With all football codes cracking down on concussion, Kuridrani was in the spotlight. He failed his concussion test and wasn't allowed back on the field. It threw Tuggeranong Vikings rookie Rodney Iona into the match.

    Tuggeranong Vikings star Rodney Iona has had plenty of chances to impress Brumbies coaches, but he won't put his first Super Rugby touch on his highlights reel. Iona, who has played for the Brumbies at the London sevens and Singapore 10s, was thrown into the match after 10 minutes after Tevita Kuridrani was knocked out. The pint-sized inside centre was in the match because of a host of Brumby injuries. With his first touch he tried to pass the ball to Robbie Coleman. But with Coleman running an inside line, Waratahs winger Alofa Alofa pounced, intercepted the ball and ran 75 metres for NSW's second try.

    With the Brumbies battling to make inroads into the Waratahs' defence, it was a high-flying Jesse Mogg who finally got his team on the scoreboard. Christian Lealiifano put in a cross-field kick and Mogg leapt above cross-code superstar Israel Folau to win the ball and score a try. It provided a much-needed confidence boost for the Brumbies and for Mogg. Before the three-week international bye, Mogg was dropped from the Brumbies starting line-up. He was also left out of the Wallabies squad for the three-Test series against France. But an injury to Pat McCabe opened the door for Mogg to return and he impressed early on.

    It doesn't matter if you're a Brumbies fan or Waratahs tragic, you've got to feel for NSW captain Dave Dennis. Just before half-time Dennis fell awkwardly at the back of a ruck and immediately grabbed at his knee. Having already had two knee reconstructions, Dennis feared the worst straight away. He was left on the ground in anguish before being carried from the field. He cast a dejected figure on the Waratahs bench. Dennis will also miss the Waratahs charge to the play-offs and could threaten his career. Dennis has a contract with the Waratahs until the end of next year, but if he needs a third knee reconstruction it could be the end.

    Halftime: That was an interesting first half. The Brumbies may be down on personnel but not spirit. Their defence has been outstanding but have lacked that cohesion in attack. The Tahs have been willing but their timing seems out and considering that one of their tries was an intercept to Alofa Alofa, the scoreboard probably flatters them.

    Dave Dennis' knee injury looks serious and for the second time in three weeks, Michael Hooper has to step up into a leadership role. The Wallabies captain is now the Waratahs captain.

    38th min: Quick turnover by the Brumbies sends Folau scrambling back to field a kick. Through the desperate play, the Tahs forgot that the ball was carried back into the 22 and Bernard Foley's kick out on the full gives the Brumbies an attacking lineout ... but Murphy's throw is crooked.

    37th min: After all that, Kurtley Beale had a long-range shot at goal and missed.

    Dennis tried to walk off but needs the help of two trainers. Former Brumby skipper Stephen Hoiles replaces him. Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper is now Waratahs skipper.

    35th min: Bad news for the Waratahs, Dave Dennis is writhing in pain as play goes on upfield. It looks like he has done his knee.

    34th min: Mogg has cleaned up a clever kick by Foley and avoided the steam train Potgieter but a Nic White pass was just a little bit too in front of Ben Alexander and the Tahs have an attacking scrum.

    32nd min: Jesse Mogg is having a whale of game, the international break seems to have done him good as the Waratahs earn a penalty and Jordan Smiler a stern talking to from Steve Walsh.

    That was the culmination of a good 10 minutes of play by the visitors and the cross-field by Lealiifano sees Jesse Mogg outleap Israel Folau of all players to plant the ball in the corner. Lealiifano missed the conversion. WARATAHS 14 BRUMBIES 5

    29th min: TRY Brumbies!

    27th min: The problems of having a prop as a hooker. Ruaidhri Murphy nearly through the ball to the halfback in that lineout, it was so crooked. But the Brumbies make amends winning a scrum penalty with a dominant shove on the Tahs.

    25th min: That was nearly a try for both teams. For the second times in five minutes, Alofa Alofa nearly swooped on a stray pass, but Robbie Coleman got the ball, made some inroads, but spilled it as the Tahs defence was struggling to cope with the situation. Good passage of play by the Brumbies.

    23rd min: Michael Hooper makes a half break for the Waratahs but just before the Tahs could mount more pressure, Tatafu Polota-Nau drops the ball.

    More bad news for the Brumbies. Kuridrani is not coming back after suffering a concussion.

    Unlucky for the Brumbies. Alofa Alofa swooped on a pass from new boy Iona and sprinted 60 metres to score. Foley kicks the conversion. WARATAHS 14 BRUMBIES 0.

    18th min: TRY Waratahs!

    That was ominous for the Brumbies. The first time the Waratahs entered their opponents quarter, they scored.

    It was Benn Robinson who dived over from the base of the breakdown after Bernard Foley had gone close to scoring himself from a charging run. Foley kicks the conversion. WARATAHS 7 BRUMBIES 0

    15th min: TRY for Waratahs!

    14th min: Big scrum for the Tahs who win a tight head and to compound the problem for the Brumbies, Steve Walsh pings them for offside. For the first time tonight the Tahs should have the ball in the opponet's quarter.

    12th min: The first scrum of the night is an even affair. The Waratahs are playing their ball-in-hand game but the Brumbies defence is resolute and at times stinging.

    Kuridrani is off for a concussion test and Rodney Iona is on for his first Super Rugby match.

    11th min: Wycliff Palu has just thrown the biggest hospital pass to Kurtley Beale who is absolutely smashed by Tevita Kuridrani. But there is more drama for the Brumbies two phases later as Kuridrani is knocked out trying to tackle Jacques Potgieter.

    9th min: Steve Walsh awards the penalty to the Tahs and they have a chance to clear their quarter. This is an arm wrestle with the Brumbies on top.

    8th min: The Brumbies blow their attacking opportunity but this time Jesse Mogg finds touch with a beauty. The Waratahs have the throw this time. That is called kicking with purpose.

    6th min: This has been an excellent start by the Brumbies. The Tahs won the lineout but went no where before conceding the penalty. Nic White's kick for touch a beauty.

    5th min: The Tahs get their first penalty of the night and their first opportunity to have possession in the Brumbies half.

    4th min: Christian Lealiifano hits the post and Michael Hooper drops it before Nick Phipps cleans up for the Tahs. Hairy moments for the home team.

    3rd min: Brumbies move into attacking position and get the penalty advantage which referee Steve Walsh eventually gives them.

    2nd min: Through the smoke from the fireworks I can faithfully report that there has been a bit of kicking in the first couple of minutes but Israel Folau did make one half-break and nearly set up another with a nice offload.

    We have kick-off.

    Welcome to a cold Sydney night. ANZ Stadium is filling up with a crowd of around 30,000 expected.

    Some changes to the Brumbies announced team. As faithfully reported in the Canberra Times, Andrew Smith has succumbed to a hamstring injury. Robbie Coleman takes his place in the No.12 jumper and with Clyde Rathbone coming on on the wing.

    ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

    Last meeting: Round 5 2014 - Brumbies 28 bt Waratahs 23 at GIO Stadium

    Head-to-head: Played 23 Waratahs 12 Brumbies 11

    In Sydney: Played 12 Waratahs 10 Brumbies 2

    Referee: Steve Walsh (AUS)

    TV: Live, FoxSports 2

    Ladbrokes: Waratahs $1.27, Brumbies $3.80

    Betfair: Waratahs $1.38, Brumbies $3.75

    Steve Samuelson writes: Victory for the Waratahs will see them top the Super Rugby ladder. The Brumbies have won just twice in Sydney but must overcome an horrific injury toll to make it a third. Last year’s runners up must do without Stephen Moore, Sam Carter, Matt Toomua and Pat McCabe while the Waratahs have the luxury of using Wallabies starter Will Skelton off the bench.

    AAP writes: The injury-hit Brumbies loom as a punching bag for a Waratahs outfit that are eyeing top spot for the play-offs. Wallabies quartet Stephen Moore, Sam Carter, Matt Toomua and Joe Tomane are all missing while No.12 fill-in Andrew Smith is in doubt. Moore's loss is huge with Laurie Fisher forced to convert Irish prop Ruaidhri Murphy into a hooker. In contrast, the star-studded Tahs look the real deal. Despite a three-week break, their momentum has continued with NSW's big guns carrying their form through the Wallabies' series whitewash over France. Three straight wins over the Brumbies, Highlanders and Reds will ensure a home semi-final and, if they are good enough, grand final.

    WARATAHS: Israel Folau, Alofa Alofa, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Rob Horne, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Jacques Potgieter, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota Nau, Benn Robinson. Reserves (from): Tolu Latu, Jeremy Tilse, Paddy Ryan, Will Skelton, Stephen Hoiles, Brendan McKibbin, Jono Lance, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Cam Crawford

    BRUMBIES: Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Robbie Coleman, Clyde Rathbone, Christian Lealiifano, Nic White, Ben Mowen (capt), Jarrad Butler, Jordan Smiler, Leon Power, Scott Fardy, Ben Alexander, Ruaidhri Murphy, Scott Sio. Reserves: Luke Holmes, Ruan Smith, JP Smith, Fotu Auelua, Jack Whetton, Michael Dowsett, Rodney Iona, Lionel Cronje.