3/22/2012

Side named to halt the Highlanders


The University of Canberra Brumbies have named their team to face the Highlanders at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night.

After falling in the final moments to the Chiefs last Friday, the University of Canberra Brumbies have made just three changes for Saturday’s clash.

Scott Fardy has moved to the bench, with Sam Carter being given back his starting No. 5 jersey in the second row. His return to the tight five has pushed Peter Kimlin to blindside flanker.

Cam Crawford has dropped off the bench with Tevita Kuridrani given his first chance in a Super Rugby, 22-man squad.

Should Kuridrani make it onto the pitch on Saturday night he will become Brumby No 149 and the eighth new University of Canberra Brumbies cap of 2012.

Head Coach Jake White said keeping selections consistent had allowed the team to work on its new combinations.

“We’ve been lucky with injuries this far in the competition which has allowed us to pick similar 22-man squads each week,” White said.

“The more these guys play together the better they will understand each other’s game and we are seeing a lot of those combinations take shape.

“The Highlanders are the benchmark of the competition and are still undefeated so Saturday presents us with a tremendous opportunity to see where we are up to.”

University of Canberra Brumbies v Highlanders
Canberra Stadium, Bruce
Kick-off: 7.40pm
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe


University of Canberra Brumbies
1.    Ben Alexander
2.    Stephen Moore
3.    Dan Palmer 
4.    Leon Power     
5.    Sam Carter                
6.    Peter Kimlin                     
7.    Michael Hooper                   
8.    Ben Mowen (c)                         
9.    Nic White                           
10.    Christian Lealiifano 
11.    Henry Speight              
12.    Pat McCabe                     
13.    Andrew Smith                     
14.    Joe Tomane              
15.    Jesse Mogg                     

Replacements
16.    Anthony Hegarty             
17.    Ruaidhri Murphy                
18.    Scott Fardy                    
19.    Ita Vaea                              
20.    Ian Prior                               
21.    Zack Holmes                      
22.    Tevita Kuridrani                   

Head Coach: Jake White
Forwards Coach: Laurie Fisher
Backs Coach: Stephen Larkham
Team Manager: Tony Thorpe

  • The two teams have faced off for an entire season’s worth of games, with tonight’s fixture being the 17th hit-out since 1996. Of those, the University of Canberra Brumbies have managed to snare nine wins to the Highlanders seven.
  • For the two extra wins, the University of Canberra Brumbies have also managed to score 110 more points, with the Highlanders biggest-ever loss occurring right here at Canberra Stadium back in 1996.
  • Since that 70-26 walloping, the two teams have played at Canberra Stadium on eight occasions with tonight being the ninth.
  • Last time the Highlanders played at Canberra Stadium, University of Canberra Brumbies fans farewelled two of the club’s biggest names in George Smith and Stirling Mortlock with a solid 31-3 point win in chilly conditions.
  • The leading point and try-scorer for the University of Canberra Brumbies against the Highlanders is Mortlock, with 76 points and six tries.
  • The Highlanders haven’t always found the ACT the easiest place earn wins, their last coming in 2006 when they clung to a two-point victory 28-26. Other than that they’ve only won here once, in 2002, with that win clinching them a spot in the top-four play-offs.