Brumbies Tackle Wounded Bulls

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Backline star Jesse Mogg should return from a shoulder injury for the Brumbies. Image courtesy of Debiky/AFP
The Brumbies will be smarting, and tired, no doubt, after returning home from a two-week tour of South Africa. Their unbeaten run to start the season came to a halt last weekend with a 35-22 loss to the highly-fancied Stormers in Cape Town. Despite being outscored four tries to one, the Brumbies managed to stay in the game until the last five or so minutes, which would have been a pleasing sign for coach Jake White.

The Bulls are at the back end of their Australasian tour and after starting out promisingly with a 28-21 win over an understrength Blues outfit, the Pretoria-based was smashed by the Bulls two weeks back. Then last Saturday night the tourists were denied a try after full-time when winger Bjorn Basson put the edge of his boot on the whitewash, as the Reds prevailed 23-18 in a high-quality encounter.

Basson will miss this game with an ankle injury while lock Grant Hattingh will also be a no-show after breaking his thumb. After controversially being omitted last week, Morne Steyn returns to the No. 10 jersey in place of Louis Fouche. The Brumbies should have Nic White and Jesse Mogg back from shoulder injuries after the duo missed the loss to the Stormers.

ACT won last time these teams met in Canberra in a one-point nailbiter . The Bulls triumphed on their previous visit to the nation’s capital winning 19-7 back in the 2007 season.

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