Home team Away Team

Brumbies

  • Mogg (2),
    Penalty goals: White (2), Mogg (2),
    Conversions: Prior,
24 - 6

Reds


  • Penalty goals: Harris (2),
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 16th Feb 2013
  • KO 08:40
  • Ground: Canberra Stadium

Brumbies v Queensland Reds: Team News

Last updated: 15th February 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Aidan Toua reds profile pic

Aidan Toua: Selected following his impressive perfomances last year

david pocock brumbies

David Pocock: Will make his debut for the Brumbies this Saturday

Related links

Teams

Also see

The Brumbies will hand a debut to star signing David Pocock for their Super Rugby opener against the Reds.

Pocock, who will line up at No 7 for his 70th Super Rugby appearance, has been hailed a "game changer" by head coach Jake White.

He will be joined by former Western Force team-mate Siliva Siliva, who will make his debut off the bench behind hooker Stephen Moore.

Brumbies have also recalled last season's Australian Conference's top try-scorer Henry Speight to the right wing and he will be joined on the opposite wing by Clyde Rathbone, who makes his return following a three-year absence.

After his retirement in 2009 due to injury, Rathbone battled back against depression and began to train with his old side. A return to fitness and his sparkling pre-season form mean he is rewarded with a start for his 50th appearance for the club.

Suspension

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie admitted he selected his side based on their recent winning form against the Brumbies, meaning Aidan Toua will start at outside centre following his impressive performance in their 20-13 victory last year.

He will be joined by Ben Tapuai in midfield while the back three comprises of Dom Shipperley, Digby Ioane and goal-kicking full back Mike Harris.

Quade Cooper makes his return to the side after missing last year's qualifying final loss to Sharks through suspension to join Ben Lucas at half-back.

Skipper James Horwill is still sidelined, after a twisted ankle pushed his return back by a further two weeks, handing starts to locks Rob Simmons and Adam Wallace-Harrison. Prop James Slipper will captain the side in Horwill's absence.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Clyde Rathbone, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (c), 7 David Pocock, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Colby Faingaa, 19 Fotu Auelua, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Joseph Tomane, 22 Robbie Coleman.

Queensland Reds: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Aidan Toua, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 3 James Slipper (c), 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16 Albert Anae, 17 James Hanson, 18 Ed O'Donoghue, 19 Jarrad Butler, 20 Nick Frisby, 21 Jono Lance, 22 Chris F'Sautia

SkyBet
Click here for more betting
Forthcoming Super Rugby Fixtures
TimeFixture
Super Rugby
Friday 6th March
Super Rugby
06:35Chiefs vs Highlanders
08:40Brumbies vs Western Force
Saturday 7th March
06:35Blues vs Lions
08:40Reds vs Waratahs
15:05Cheetahs vs Bulls
17:10Stormers vs Sharks
Friday 13th March
06:35Hurricanes vs Blues
11:00Western Force vs Melbourne Rebels
Saturday 14th March
03:30Crusaders vs Lions
06:35Highlanders vs Waratahs
08:40Reds vs Brumbies
13:00Stormers vs Chiefs
15:05Cheetahs vs Sharks
Friday 20th March
06:35Highlanders vs Hurricanes
08:40Melbourne Rebels vs Lions
Saturday 21st March
06:35Crusaders vs Cheetahs
15:05Bulls vs Western Force
17:10Sharks vs Chiefs
Sunday 22nd March
05:05Waratahs vs Brumbies
Friday 27th March
06:35Hurricanes vs Melbourne Rebels
09:00Reds vs Lions
Saturday 28th March
05:30Chiefs vs Cheetahs
06:35Highlanders vs Stormers
08:40Waratahs vs Blues
15:05Sharks vs Western Force

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com