Brumbies Looking Blue After Losing Run

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Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg was a surprise exclusion from the Wallabies squad. Image courtesy of Debiky/AFP
The Brumbies looked for all money like winning the Australian Conference last year before a shock final round setback at home against the Blues bumped them out of the finals. They now have a chance to exact revenge for that surprise 30-16 defeat when they take on the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.

The Canberra-based side is hardly in sparkling form at the moment with back-to-back losses to the Crusaders and Waratahs. Jake White hasn’t lost three straight since taking over the Brumbies, but to avoid a hat-trick of defeats he’ll need to get his team up in Auckland for the first time since 2008.

After returning just in the nick of time earlier this season just before David Pocock went down with injury, George Smith will now miss the next month of rugby with a medial ligament problem. Colby Fainga’a, who is heading to the Melbourne Rebels next season, comes in to the side. Bustling centre Pat McCabe is also sidelined. The Blues will be without Steven Luatua after he suffered a neck injury in the crushing loss to the Crusaders.

Sir John Kirwan’s team was given a wet-weather lesson in Christchurch last week, going down 23-3 . It was no surprise, though, given the Blues haven’t won in the Garden City for the past decade. Given the amount of rain on the North Island this week, Eden Park is set to be soggy on Saturday. The Brumbies are accustomed to playing in the cold but the boggy ground will probably suit the Blues more.

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