The CA Technologies Brumbies were unable to match a determined NSW Waratahs side in their final match of the 2011 season, going down 41–7 at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
In what was a disappointing send off for some of the CA Technologies Brumbies veterans, including Captain Matt Giteau and Mitchell Chapman, the Waratahs put up a dominant performance as they secured a place in the Super Rugby finals series.
CA Technologies Brumbies Head Coach Tony Rea has named his team to take on the Waratahs this Saturday night, with the goal of finishing the final three games of the season with three wins firmly in sight.
Rea had the pleasure of naming an almost unchanged line-up from the one that defeated the Rebels last Friday night, with Josh Valentine returning to the bench from injury while Ita Vaea is back from suspension. Making way for Valentine and Vaea are Nic White and Sam Carter
Brumbies Rugby are holding Junior Development Clinics over the July School Holidays in and around Canberra.
Clinics are open for anyone aged from Under 8’s to Under 14’s and will be held at the Brumbies Training ground, Griffith Oval #2, Captain Cook Crescent, Griffith.
Coming in from his second-last training run with the CA Technologies Brumbies in the freezing cold at Viking Park, Adam Ashley-Cooper was keen to remind his fans that he will be anything but a Waratah this weekend at ANZ Stadium.
After eight years in the ACT region, Ashley-Cooper indicated earlier in the year that he would be moving back to Sydney and to Waratahs to be closer to his family and partner Pip for the end of this season.
The CA Technologies Brumbies have sent off four long-time servants of the club with an impressive win over the Rebels in their last home game of 2011 at Canberra Stadium on Friday night.
Matt Giteau, Mitchell Chapman, Patrick Phibbs and Adam Ashley-Cooper all said goodbye to Canberra Stadium with smiles on their faces – Giteau sealing the occasion with a try, a penalty and two conversions.
The CA Technologies Brumbies have named their team to play the Rebels this Friday night at Canberra Stadium with two changes in the forwards due to Ita Vaea’s suspension and Mark Chisholm’s injury.
Mitchell Chapman will slide to the back of the scrum at No 8, while Henry Vanderglas will take his place at blind-side flanker in his first Super Rugby start.
CA Technologies Brumbies lock Ben Hand will earn his 50th Cap on Saturday night in Brisbane when his side takes on the table-topping Reds in one of Australia’s fiercest rivalries.
The steadfast lock has been a terrific leader in a tough year for the CA Technologies Brumbies, having played in every game and featured frequently for the club during the last three seasons after joining from the NSW Waratahs.
Scrumhalf Nic White is set to make his debut from the CA Technologies Brumbies bench this weekend, with the Eastwood playmaker being drafted into the side in the absence of Josh Valentine who is out with a hamstring strain.
White is one of just two changes to the CA Technologies Brumbies team which took on the Stormers last weekend, with Henry Vanderglas making his long awaited return to the top grade in place of Michael Hooper and Colby Faingaa – both are in Italy with the Australian Under 20’s.
The Stormers have claimed their first ever victory in the ACT after grinding out a 16-3 win in frosty conditions at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night.
Skipper Matt Giteau was ruled out on Saturday morning with an infected tooth, leaving Stephen Moore to lead the side.
Ita Vaea returns to the base of the scrum at No 8 this Saturday night, when the CA Technologies Brumbies take on the Stormers at Canberra Stadium.
Vaea, who was one of three changes to the team, missed last Saturday’s clash with the Force in Perth after suffering an ankle injury against the Lions.