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- 25th Feb 2012
- KO 08:40
- Ground: Aussie Stadium, Sydney
- Att: 32,071
Waratahs v Reds: Teams
ANZ Stadium, Saturday February 25, kick-off 8.40am
The Waratahs will be without captain Berrick Barnes when they kick-off their Super Rugby campaign against the Reds in Sydney.
Barnes suffered a groin strain in the final trial game and has failed to recover in time for the enticing derby encounter.
Daniel Halangahu will step in to lead the side from fly-half, with off-season recruit Sarel Pretorius handed the No.9 jersey.
Fellow new-boy Adam Ashley-Cooper starts at full-back, while former Australia Sevens international Brackin Karauria-Henry returns to Super Rugby action after missing last season with a back injury.
On the bench, flanker Jono Jenkins and winger Nathan Trist are poised to make their debuts.
Australia No.8 Radike Samo is a notable omission from the starting XV for the Reds.
Jake Schatz is instead preferred by the defending champions, with former 'Tah Beau Robinson and Scott Higginbotham completing the back-row.
Hooker James Hanson and winger Dom Shipperley also get the chance to impress with Saia Faingaa (ankle) and Rod Davies (hamstring) ruled out through injury.
Quade Cooper's serious knee injury means that Mike Harris has been handed the No.10 jersey, with Will Genia providing plenty of experience alongside him.
Coach Ewen McKenzie has opted for a 5-2 split on the bench with only Ben Lucas and Jono Lance providing cover for the back division.
Waratahs: 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Brackin Karauria-Henry, 10 Daniel Halangahu (capt), 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Dean Mumm, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Lopeti Timani, 19 Jono Jenkins, 20 Brendan McKibbin, 21 Bernard Foley, 22 Nathan Trist.
Reds: 15 Luke Morahan, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Mike Harris, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 James Horwill (capt), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 James Hanson, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 Albert Anae, 17 Greg Holmes, 18 Van Humphries, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Ben Lucas, 22 Jono Lance.
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