Rugby Union


Brumbies v Chiefs

GIO Stadium, Canberra, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

Last meeting: Round 11 2014 - Brumbies 41 bt Chiefs 23 at GIO Stadium

Head-to-head: Played 20 Brumbies 12 Chiefs 7 drawn 1

In Canberra: Played 11 Brumbies 8 Chiefs 2 drawn 1

Referee: Craig Joubert (RSA)


TV: Live, FoxSports 2

Ladbrokes: Brumbies $1.53, Chiefs $2.50

Betfair: Brumbies $1.63, Chiefs $2.66

AAP writes:  The Brumbies get first shot at knocking out the two-time defending champions in this grand-final rematch. While the Brumbies are talking down the revenge angle, you can be sure there isn’t a single player who’s forgotten the pain of having last year’s Super Rugby trophy snatched from their grasp in the final 15 minutes of last season. The Brumbies have made just one starting tweak, Robbie Coleman returning from a quad niggle for injured winger Clyde Rathbone (hamstring). The Chiefs will also have the luxury of making just one change, with Dwayne Sweeney starting at fullback, pushing Tom Marshall to the bench. The Brumbies are coming into this qualifying final full of momentum after smashing the Western Force 47-25 in Canberra last week. Five-eighth Matt Toomua picked up a hat-trick in the win, and his battle with All Blacks No.10 Aaron Cruden should be a cracker. The Chiefs only just scraped into the finals with an 11-8 victory over the Blues last week. But they’ve proven they’re a big-match side, winning their last four finals matches - albeit all at home.

BRUMBIES: Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Robbie Coleman, Matt Toomua, Nic White, Ben Mowen (c), Jarrad Butler, Scott Fardy, Leon Power, Sam Carter, Ben Alexander, Josh Mann-Rea, Scott Sio. Reserves: Ruaidhri Murphy, Ruan Smith, Allan Alaalatoa, Fotu Auelua, Tom McVerry, Michael Dowsett, Joe Tomane, Pat McCabe.

CHIEFS: Dwayne Sweeney, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Tim Nanai-Williams, Bundee Aki, James Lowe, Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Liam Squire, Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Mike Fitzgerald, Ben Tameifuna, Mahonri Schwalger, Jamie Mackintosh. Reserves: Nathan Harris, Pauliasi Manu, Nick Barrett, Matt Symons, Tevita Koloamatangi, Augustine Pulu, Gareth Anscombe, Tom Marshall.