Lions Tackle Table-Topping Brumbies

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Jesse Mogg was unlucky to miss a Wallaby call-up. Image courtesy of Debiky/AFP
The ACT Brumbies have been the most consistent Australian team in Super Rugby this season, and even without their smattering of Wallabies, Jake White’s side still has the cattle to push a second-string British and Irish Lions side in the final warm-up before the first Test.

The tourists have a number of injury concerns with hamstring injuries to George North and James Roberts, as well as Manu Tuilagi’s shoulder problem, depleting the Lions’ outside backs division. The situation is so dire that 36-year-old former Wales winger Shane Williams is flying in from Japan to Canberra for an 80-minute cameo before returning the next day.

The match will give Warren Gatland his first look in Lions colours at his newest tourists; centres Billy Twelvetrees and Brad Barritt, as well as winger Christian Wade. None of the trio is likely to figure in first Test calculations, but with the attrition rate on this tour, all will be out to impress in case the casualty ward grows.

Even without Wallaby squad members Christian Lealiifano and Pat McCabe, as well as injured halfback Nic White, the Brumbies have still named a strong backline. The match will give the unlucky Jesse Mogg and Matt Toomua a chance to press their claims for representative honours in the future.

After a scare against the Reds the week before, the Lions flexed their collective muscle against a hapless Waratahs side trouncing them 47-17 on Saturday. The Brumbies pushed the Lions all the way on their last tour before the tourists prevailed 30-28 . 

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