Eyes On The Prize For The Brumbies

Jesse Mogg from Super Rugby's Brumbies - Lrg
The match-up between Jesse Mogg and Israel Dagg is sure be one to remember. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au/Anish Debiky/AFP
Crusaders v Brumbies
AMI Stadium
Saturday, May 3 – 2.35pm (AEST)

Brumbies: WLWWW

The Brumbies  head into Saturday’s clash with a lot of momentum, following the shellacking of the Chiefs last Friday. But they come up against refreshed Crusaders , following a bye. With the added return of Richie McCaw from a broken thumb, this one is a dead-set blockbuster.

Coach Stephen Larkham has finally been handed some luck. After a string of injuries early in the season, he has the luxury this week to name an unchanged starting side. The only change is to those on the pine, with prop Ruaidhri Murphy coming onto the bench for JP Smith. If the Brumbies can remain injury-free for longer than five games, they will be a force to be reckoned with.

There is only one thing standing in their way. The Crusaders have enjoyed the week off and are ready to put the Brumbies to the sword. Welcoming back their inspirational skipper (McCaw), the men from Christchurch have made a few changes to their line-up. McCaw will line up at blindside flanker, with the in-form Matt Todd retaining his No.7 jersey. Luke Whitelock starts at the back of the scrum, replacing All Black Kieran Read, who failed to recover from concussion. Impressive midfielder Kieron Fonotia is also back from injury and replaces Tom Taylor at centre and hooker Ben Funnell and halfback Andy Ellis also get a start.

History works in the Crusaders' favour in this one as the Brumbies haven't won in Christchurch since 2000. But with the Brumbies' confidence sky-high following the victory over the Chiefs, they will surely have the last word.

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