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What promises to be the match of the weekend in Super Rugby is scheduled for the GIO Stadium in Canberra on Saturday, with the Brumbies entertaining the Chiefs from across the Tasman, At the end of Round 5 last weekend, The Chiefs were to be found sitting astride the overall ladder, with the Brumbies leading the Australian Conference, and having picked up just two points less than the Kiwis over the course of their first five fixtures. The Brumbies go into Saturday's game, having returned from their South African tour which brought mixed fortunes. While they lost their 100% winning record to the Stormers, they did then secure a win against the Cheetahs in Bloem.

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Previous matches in Canberra this season, have brought the Brumbies thumping wins, against the Hurricanes by 52-10 and the Waratahs 32-15. The Chiefs have already played three away matches this season, in three different continents, winning them all, against the Crusaders, the Kings and Los Jaguares. However, Canberra has not been a happy hunting ground for the in the past, with just two wins in 12 attempts when visiting the city. In fact over the course of the past two seasons, the Chiefs have not fared well at all when crossing the Tasman, a 24-3 win in Brisbane against the Reds in 2015 being their only success in five fixtures.

Posted: 19th July 2014


Canberra hosts a repeat of the Super Rugby 2013 final on Saturday, when wild card qualifiers the Brumbies host the reigning champions the Chiefs. The only changes to the home team, from that that which defeated the Force last weekend, when the Brumbies finally confirmed their place in the post-season knockout phase, sees Robbie Coleman returning to the starting line up in place of Clyde Rathbone. On the bench there is also one change from the Force match, which is the inclusion of rookie prop Allan Alaalatoa. Coleman is the side's joint leading try scorer his season, with seven tries in 2014, and will add to the cutting edge of the team, along with his fellow outside backs Henry Speight, Joe Tomane, Pat McCabe and Jesse Mogg, who between them have crossed the white wash 22 times this season. The Champions from New Zealand only just scrambled into the play-offs on the final weekend of the season with their 11-8 win against the Blues, but have the experience of having "been there and done it" for the past two seasons.

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The visitors make one change to their starting line up. Dwayne Sweeney is selected at fullback, with Tom Marshall providing back up from the bench.

Posted: 25th April 2014

Canberra promises to host one of the matches of the Super Rugby season so far on Canberra Stadium, Saturday. when the Brumbies play host to the current champions the Chiefs from New Zealand. The Brumbies top their national conference by just a point from the Waratahs with the Force just a further point adrift, and so a positive result is essential to keep them ahead of the chasing pack. The home side comes into the match with the benefit of having had a bye last weekend, following on from the previous week’s narrow victory at the Suncorps Stadium against the Reds, who they squeezed past 23-20.

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The Chiefs meanwhile, had a bruising encounter at home to the Crusaders, which they eventually lost by 17-18. Coming on the back of their tour to South Africa, when they drew both their games, the Champions could probably do without yet another tough, body battering encounter, such as they are faced with on Saturday. Victory last weekend against the Crusaders, would have seen the Chiefs open up a significant gap at the top of the New Zealand Conference. As it is, that defeat leaves them with a three point advantage over last weekend’s conquerors, and a four point lead over the Hurricanes, who look like being the only other Kiwi challenger for a place in the play-offs.

Tags: Super Rugby, GIO Stadium, Brumbies, Chiefs, Robbie Coleman, Dwayne Sweeney, Canberra Stadium
Posted: 2nd April 2016

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