Aussies Battle For Place In Super GF

Jesse Mogg and Israel Falou. Image courtesy of: Source: News Limited
Who will be Australia's No.1 Super Rugby team? Image courtesy of: Source: News Limited

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Waratahs v Brumbies

Allianz Stadium

Saturday July 26 – 7:30 PM (AEST)




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This is what every Australian rugby fan has been waiting for. The NSW Waratahs have been the best team all year, and the ACT Brumbies are last year’s runners-up. Now they both are playing for a spot in the 2014 Super Rugby Grand Final. For just the third time in the franchise’s history the Waratahs have made it this far, the Brumbies though have been here five times before.

This year, the Waratahs are playing some of the best rugby I have seen for quite a long time. They are dominant in the ruck, and skilful out wide. Israel Falou seems to create opportunities every time he touches the ball. His partnership with Kurtley Beale is so good, oppositions struggle to shut it down. Bernard Foley is having a breakout season. Creating so much attack for the not only the Waratahs, but also the Wallabies. He has once again been picked for the Wallabies ahead of the Rugby Championships in August, along with his halves partner Nick Phipps. Coach Michael Chieka has recalled his stars to the starting XV, with Falou returning at fullback, Jacques Potgieter at loosehead and Rob Horne onto the wing.

The Brumbies have struggled with injuries for much of this year, but are a dangerous side when buzzing. Last week, they eliminated the Chiefs 32-30, to earn a crack at the Tahs. Last year they were the pinnacle of Australian Rugby, losing to the Chiefs in the final. However this year, they've been overshadowed by the Waratahs in so many ways. But they have the experience to take it all the way. Nic White is playing like a man destined for greatness. It is as if he sees the play unfold seconds before it even begins. He is always in the right place at the right time. Christian Lealiifano has been a bit 'hot and cold' this year, but last week against the Chiefs he was instrumental right up until the final siren.

I have always been a huge fan of Izzy. From his debut with the Melbourne Storm right up to now, he has always been one of the best players to watch. If the Waratahs make the Grand Final, Falou goes into the same league as Sonny Bill Williams. He may have failed at AFL but he has dominated at rugby. I can’t wait to see him lift the Super Rugby trophy at the end of the year.

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Toby's Tip: Waratahs at the line -6.5

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