Final Showdown

Robbie Coleman. Image courtesy of: Picture: Getty Images
Robbie Coleman is back to help the Brumbies through to the Semi_Finals. Image courtesy of: Picture: Getty Images

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Brumbies v Chiefs

GIO Stadium

 Saturday July 19 – 7:40 PM (AEST)

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Last year, the Brumbies and the Chiefs were fighting for the Super Rugby trophy - twelve months later it's to stay alive in 2014. On Saturday, they go head-to-head in Canberra to see who will face either the Crusaders or the Waratahs in the Semi-Finals.

At the start of the season, the Brumbies looked to have started from where they left off last year. Winning five of their opening six games, the men from the nation's capital had their eyes on the prize from the get go. But they have dropped off badly towards the end of the season. Losing four from six to finish the regular season was not what coach Stephen Larkham had in mind. A huge boost for the home side is the escalation of Robbie Coleman to the starting XV. Coleman has been a revelation for the Brumbies, making his debut back in 2010, and the last time these two teams met he was inspirational in victory. With Coleman starting on the wing, Clyde Rathbone drops from the match-day 23, with rookie prop Allan Alaalatoa added to the bench.

This is the second year in a row the Chiefs are the defending champs. Last year, they proved they weren’t one hit wonders by defeating the Brumbies in the Grand Final to nab their second consecutive Super Rugby Trophy. But the wheels seemed to have fallen off the wagon at the back-end of the season. Losing seven of their last ten games was not how the defending champions wanted to enter the Finals. Coach Dave Rennie has made just one change to his starting XV, with Dwayne Sweeney starting at fullback in place of Tom Marshall who shifts back to the bench.

The Chiefs may have claims to the title, but the Brumbies have the goods on the champs in 2014. Smashing them in Round 9 this year 41-23, the Brumbies know how to beat the Chiefs and will look to emulate that success. Both teams will put everything on the line on Saturday, but it’s hard not to see the Brumbies get up at home.  

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