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Tahs' road to ruin ends with Reds

A big win for the Reds against a slackening Tahs side could be their ticket to the finals.

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Canberra Stadium, Saturday 3.30pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 6 2010 - Blues 39 bt Brumbies 34 at Eden Park
Head-to-head: Played 17 Brumbies 7 Blues 10
In Canberra: Played 7 Brumbies 4 Blues 3
Referee: Jonathon White (NZL)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet:
Brumbies $1.36 Blues $3.00

Greg Growden writes: The biggest flops of the tournament? Blues or the Waratahs? Close. So the Brumbies are looking at a finals spot, just as long as they don't get ahead of themselves, as the Blues aren't entirely mugs.

AAP writes: The Brumbies are on the cusp of ending an eight-year drought. A mere bonus point will guarantee Jake White’s men top spot in the Aussie conference and a first play-off berth since 2004. The Blues won’t be easy but they should still do the business at home. Blues coach Pat Lam won’t join his team in Canberra until late as he’s staying in Auckland to plead his case for a fifth season in charge. The Brumbies have exciting winger Joe Tomane back from injury, forcing Jesse Mogg back to fullback, while No.8 Fotu Auelua returns to the bench. A refreshed Ma’a Nonu is back in form and up for a big battle against Pat McCabe.

BRUMBIES: Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight, Andrew Smith, Pat McCabe, Joe Tomane, Zack Holmes, Nic White, Ben Mowen (c), Michael Hooper, Peter Kimlin, Sam Carter, Scott Fardy, Dan Palmer, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander. Reserves: Anthony Hegarty, Ruaidhri Murphy, Leon Power, Fotu Auelua, Ian Prior, Tevita Kuridrani, Robbie Coleman.

BLUES: Charles Piutau, Lachie Munro, Francis Saili, Ma'a Nonu, Hadleigh Parkes, Michael Hobbs, Piri Weepu, Luke Braid, Daniel Braid, Chris Lowrey, Steven Luatua, Liaki Moli, Charlie Faumuina, Keven Mealamu (c), Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Tom McCartney, Tevita Mailau, Andrew Van der Heijden, Peter Saili, Alby Mathewson, Orene Ai'i, Sherwin Stowers.

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Hurricanes v Chiefs

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday 7.35pm (AEST)

Crusaders v Force

AMI Park, Christchurch, Saturday 5.30pm (AEST)

Reds v Waratahs

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

Stormers v Rebels

Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, Saturday 11pm (AEST)

Sharks v Cheetahs

Mr Price Kings Park, Durban, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)

Bulls v Lions

Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)

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