Christian Lealiifano will be unleashed against the Sharks on Saturday. Image courtesy of Source: Kym Smith/News Limited
Brumbies v Sharks
Saturday May 10 – 7:40 PM (AEST)
The Brumbies were at the wrong end of a 40-20 thumping by the Crusaders last week in Christchurch. In a good performance, the Crusaders were just the better team. The Sharks come off a 22-16 win against the Rebels last week, but given the position of both teams, it really should have been a blow-out.
The Brumbies have started the 2014 season the way they finished 2013. Runners-up last year to the Chiefs, the Brumbies are 7-3 and sitting second in a congested top 6. Coach Stephen Larkham has named a relatively unchanged line-up coming in Saturday's match. The only change is the Samoan wrecking ball Fotu Auelua, who returns to the starting side for the first time this year after overcoming a knee injury.
Sharks coach Jake White returns to Canberra for the first time since he walked out on the Brumbies mid-contract at the end of last season. Heading into this one, the Sharks are 8-2. But against the Rebels, the Sharks looked like a team disinterested. Probably thinking this was going to be an easy win, the men from South Africa were clumsy and lazy at times. They were very lucky to come away with a win in Melbourne. They have named S'bura Sithole and Cobus Reinach in the starting line-up this week. Marcell Coetzee has returned home with injury, bringing Keegan Daniel into the run-on.
With the Brumbies at home and the Sharks form slipping a little; the hosts should just come away with this one.
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