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Matt Toomua joins Brumbies injury ward as ACT aims to stop 140-kilogram giant Will Skelton

Brumby Matt Toomua injured his adductor while playing for the Wallabies.

Brumby Matt Toomua injured his adductor while playing for the Wallabies. Photo: Getty Images

The ACT Brumbies are adamant a nightmare injury toll won't derail their championship bid after Wallabies star Matt Toomua joined a growing casualty ward, which looms as the biggest threat to their Super Rugby finals hopes.

The Brumbies are counting the costs of a disastrous three-week competition break for international rugby, which has put several key players in doubt for the crucial clash against the NSW Waratahs on Saturday night.

Three players need scans on Monday, including Toomua (adductor), Josh Mann-Rea (hamstring) and Joseph Tomane (cheekbone), to determine if they will be able to take on the Waratahs at ANZ Stadium.

Pat McCabe (shoulder) is rated a 50-50 chance to play, Sam Carter (ankle) is still in a moon boot and racing to be fit for the clash against the Western Force on July 11 and Stephen Moore (knee) is out for the rest of the season.

The Brumbies will sweat on scan results with Mann-Rea's potential absence creating hooker chaos, with Moore and Siliva Siliva (knee and ankle) already out of action for the rest of the year.

If Mann-Rea is out, it will leave the Brumbies without a recognised hooker on their roster with the club to draft in Super Rugby journeyman Luke Holmes and use prop Ruaidhri Murphy as his back up.

But in good news for the Brumbies, Test prop Ben Alexander is fit after missing the Wallabies series to recover from a neck problem and Tomane is pushing for selection after missing more than a month because of a fractured cheekbone.

"Moore's out, Carter's out, Mann-Rea potential, Toomua has adductor strain, McCabe is about 50-50 at best ... put them together and it's going to be a big week," said Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher.

"We'll rely on what we do, and the depth of our squad. It will test character and spirit.

"Whatever 15 or 23 we put out there, we'll have a red-hot crack. We just have to wait to see who we can put on that team list. We might get a whole heap of good news, we might get a whole heap of bad news, or we might get a bit of both.

"We've got four players who are on the doubtful list at this stage ... it's going to be a massive test for the work we've done in the last two or three years."

Toomua played 50 minutes in the Wallabies' third Test win against France before leaving the field.

The Brumbies' on-field success has transferred to international duties for their stars, but they suffered four crucial injuries during the Test break to add to David Pocock (knee) and Siliva already being on the sideline.

Toomua, McCabe, Moore and Carter were all injured while on Wallabies duties.

Mann-Rea's injury while playing for Gungahlin leaves the Brumbies without a hooker in a 35-man squad.

But Fisher is liklely to stick with former Waratahs, Force and Rebels rake Holmes, who was drafted in from Sydney club rugby when Moore got injured, with Murphy as his deputy because both players know the Brumbies system.

The Brumbies will resume training on Monday and the team that lost the final to the Blues at the Singapore world club 10s tournament on Sunday will also return to the capital.

The Brumbies need to win their last two games of the regular season to guarantee themselves a play-off spot and need to beat the Waratahs to stay alive in the race for Australia's No.1 ranking.

If the injuries weren't already a problem, the Brumbies also have to figure out a way to stop 140-kilogram Wallabies monster Will Skelton.

Skelton starred in his starting debut for the Wallabies on Saturday night and will be riding high when the Super Rugby campaign restarts.

The 22-year-old giant started on the bench when the Brumbies beat the Waratahs in Canberra earlier this year, but NSW coach Michael Cheika could opt to inject him straight into the starting pack.

"We just have to defend well, we have to play the game with good tempo and control possession," Fisher said.

"You can't single [Skelton] out, whoever has the job of tackling him has to tackle him. If you give him a run off and you let him off, you're in trouble.

"There's no special tactics, tackling is tackling. It doesn't matter whether a bloke is 140 kilograms or 70 kilograms, you've just got to tackle the bloke."

SUPER RUGBY ROUND 17
Saturday: NSW Waratahs v ACT Brumbies at ANZ Stadium, 7.40pm. TV time: Live on Fox Sports 2.

BRUMBIES INJURY WARD

MATT TOOMUA
Adductor, needs scans

JOSH MANN-REA
Hamstring, needs scan

JOSEPH TOMANE
Cheekbone, needs scan

PAT McCABE
Shoulder, 50-50 chance to play

SAM CARTER
Ankle, aiming to be back July 11

STEPHEN MOORE
Knee, out for season

Super Rugby 2015

Round 1
Fri, 13 FebTimes shown AEDT
CRU 10 vs REB 20 Report Stats
BRU 47 vs RED 3 Stats
Sat, 14 FebTimes shown AEDT
LIO 8 vs HUR 22 Report Stats
BLU 18 vs CHF 23 Report Stats
Sun, 15 FebTimes shown AEDT
SHA 29 vs CHT 35 Report Stats
BUL 17 vs STO 29 Report Stats
WAR 13 vs FOR 25 Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 20 FebTimes shown AEDT
CHF 19 vs BRU 17 Report Stats
REB 28 vs WAR 38 Report Stats
Sat, 21 FebTimes shown AEDT
BUL 13 vs HUR 17 Report Stats
HIG 20 vs CRU 26 Report Stats
RED 18 vs FOR 6 Report Stats
Sun, 22 FebTimes shown AEDT
STO 27 vs BLU 16 Report Stats
SHA 29 vs LIO 12 Report Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 27 FebTimes shown AEDT
HIG 20 vs RED 13 Report Stats
FOR 13 vs HUR 42 Stats
Sat, 28 FebTimes shown AEDT
CHT 25 vs BLU 24 Report Stats
CHF 40 vs CRU 16 Stats
REB 15 vs BRU 20 Report Stats
Sun, 01 MarTimes shown AEDT
BUL 43 vs SHA 35 Report Stats
LIO 19 vs STO 22 Report Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
CHF 17 vs HIG 20 Report Stats
BRU 27 vs FOR 15 Report Stats
Sat, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
BLU 10 vs LIO 13 Report Stats
RED 5 vs WAR 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
CHT 20 vs BUL 39 Report Stats
STO 29 vs SHA 13 Report Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 13 MarTimes shown AEDT
HUR 30 vs BLU 23 Report Stats
FOR 17 vs REB 21 Report Stats
Sat, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
CRU 34 vs LIO 6 Report Stats
HIG 26 vs WAR 19 Report Stats
RED vs BRU 29 Stats
Sun, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
STO 19 vs CHF 28 Report Stats
CHT 10 vs SHA 27 Report Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
HIG 13 vs HUR 20 Report Stats
REB 16 vs LIO 20 Report Stats
Sat, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
CRU 57 vs CHT 14 Report Stats
Sun, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
BUL 25 vs FOR 24 Report Stats
SHA 12 vs CHF 11 Report Stats
WAR 28 vs BRU 13 Report Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
HUR 36 vs REB 12 Report Stats
RED 17 vs LIO 18 Report Stats
Sat, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
CHF 37 vs CHT 27 Report Stats
HIG 39 vs STO 21 Report Stats
WAR 23 vs BLU 11 Report Stats
Sun, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
SHA 15 vs FOR 9 Report Stats
BUL 31 vs CRU 19 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 03 AprTimes shown AEDT
HUR 25 vs STO 20 Report Stats
REB 23 vs RED 15 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
CHF 23 vs BLU 16 Report Stats
BRU 20 vs CHT 3 Report Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEDT
SHA 10 vs CRU 52 Report Stats
LIO 22 vs BUL 18 Report Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
BLU 16 vs BRU 14 Report Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
CRU 20 vs HIG 25 Report Stats
WAR 18 vs STO 32 Report Stats
FOR 15 vs CHT 24 Report Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
LIO 23 vs SHA 21 Report Stats
BUL 43 vs RED 22 Report Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
CRU 9 vs CHF 26 Report Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
HUR 24 vs WAR 29 Report Stats
HIG 30 vs BLU 24 Report Stats
BRU 8 vs REB 13 Report Stats
FOR 6 vs STO 13 Report Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
SHA 10 vs BUL 17 Report Stats
CHT 17 vs RED 18 Report Stats
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Round 11
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
CHF 35 vs FOR 27 Report Stats
BRU 31 vs HIG 18 Report Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
CRU 29 vs BLU 15 Report Stats
WAR 18 vs REB 16 Report Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
LIO 34 vs CHT 29 Report Stats
STO 15 vs BUL 13 Report Stats
RED 19 vs HUR 35 Report Stats
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Round 12
Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
HIG 48 vs SHA 15 Report Stats
BRU 10 vs WAR 13 Report Stats
Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU 41 vs FOR 24 Report Stats
HUR 29 vs CRU 23 Report Stats
REB 16 vs CHF 15 Report Stats
Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
CHT 25 vs STO 17 Report Stats
BUL 35 vs LIO 33 Report Stats
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Round 13
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
CRU 58 vs RED 17 Report Stats
REB 42 vs BLU 22 Report Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
HUR 32 vs SHA 24 Report Stats
FOR 18 vs WAR 11 Report Stats
LIO 28 vs HIG 23 Report Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
STO 25 vs BRU 24 Report Stats
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Round 14
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU 23 vs BUL 18 Report Stats
RED 46 vs REB 29 Report Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
HUR 22 vs CHF 18 Report Stats
WAR 33 vs SHA 18 Report Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
LIO 20 vs BRU 30 Report Stats
CHT 24 vs HIG 45 Report Stats
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Round 15
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
CHF 34 vs BUL 20 Report Stats
RED 14 vs SHA 21 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU 5 vs HUR 29 Report Stats
WAR 32 vs CRU 22 Report Stats
FOR 3 vs HIG 23 Report Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
CHT 17 vs LIO 40 Report Stats
STO 31 vs REB 15 Report Stats
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Round 16
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
CRU vs HUR 17:35Trafalgar Park
BRU vs BUL 19:40GIO Stadium
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
SHA vs REB 03:10Growthpoint Kings Park
HIG vs CHF 17:35Rugby Park
FOR vs RED 19:40nib Stadium
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
STO vs CHT 01:05DHL Newlands
LIO vs WAR 03:10Emirates Airlines Park
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Round 17
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
HUR vs HIG 17:35McLean Park
FOR vs BRU 21:00nib Stadium
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
REB vs BUL 15:30AAMI
BLU vs CRU 17:35EP
RED vs CHF 19:40SS
CHT vs WAR 23:00FSS
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
STO vs LIO 01:05DHL Newlands
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Round 18
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
BLU vs HIG 17:35EP
REB vs FOR 19:40AAMI
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
BRU vs CRU 15:30GIO Stadium
CHF vs HUR 17:35Yarrow Stadium
WAR vs RED 19:40AS
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
BUL vs CHT 01:05Loftus Versfeld
SHA vs STO 03:10Growthpoint Kings Park
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Round 19
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
7 vs 7 09:00
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
7 vs 7 09:00
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Round 20
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
7 vs 7 09:00
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
7 vs 7 09:00
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Round 21
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
7 vs 7 09:00
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Super Rugby 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Hurricanes 13 12 1 0 143 57
Waratahs 13 9 4 0 50 41
Stormers 13 9 4 0 42 38
Chiefs 13 9 4 0 87 44
Brumbies 13 7 6 0 102 38
Lions 14 8 6 0 -27 36
Highlanders 13 9 4 0 89 43
Bulls 13 7 6 0 29 35
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