Centre Tevita Kuridrani will be of several big names out for the Brumbies, who face the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday night. ABC Grandstand
ABC Grandstand Digital: Al Crombie and I took a look at all the games coming up in Round 10 on Grandstand Breakfast this morning, and then promptly revealed that our tips have again aligned.
(Or, clearly, Crombie is protecting his lead again…)
After a disastrous round the Australian conference last weekend, all five teams are back in action, and at least one will – or should – win, with the Brumbies hosting the Melbourne Rebels in Canberra tomorrow night.
Tips: Crusaders, Hurricanes, Highlanders, Brumbies, Stormers, Bulls, Cheetahs.
Flying: I didn’t give the Stormers much hope pre-season; now I think they can top the South African conference. Image: ABC Grandstand
ESPNscrum.com: Nine rounds of the Super Rugby season done, and that means we are officially on the downhill stretch. Curiously, four teams – the Highlanders, Waratahs, Hurricanes, and Rebels – have had both byes before the halfway point, while two others – the Sharks and Lions – are yet to have their first. More on byes in a moment, too.
And after promising – or was that hoping for? – some sanity would return to the competition table this round, it proved to be another tipsters nightmare. Only the gambling kind amongst my Scrum colleagues prepared to back the Blues and Cheetahs had registered any points before the South African leg of the round kicked off.
Regardless, here were a few things that stood out in Round 9:
- Curse of the bye;
- Worst case scenario for Australian conference, and
- A finals storm brewing from Newlands.
ESPNscrum.com: Andy Withers, Sam Bruce and I discuss the rise of the Highlanders, the fall of the Waratahs, the stagnation of the Brumbies, the depth of Australian rugby – and tomahawks
Brumbies’ flyhalf Matt Toomua is looking at up to 8 weeks on the sidelines, after picking up an ankle injury in Auckland last Friday night.
The Roar: Someone was always going to be the team the Blues finally beat this season, and unfortunately for the Brumbies, it just happened to be the Australian conference leaders.
Though it might be easy to point the finger at Nic White’s missed penalty right on full time, in truth the Brumbies lost this match well beforehand.
In truth, the Brumbies once again let themselves down with their execution of the few opportunities they did create, while obviously, the injuries suffered to some key players quite likely caused some of the panic that was evident in their play. And I’ve got some thoughts on the injuries and their impact moving forward today..