First Start For Brown As Brumbies Face Stormers

by Brumbies Media

Flanker Jahrome Brown will make his first start for the Plus500 Brumbies as they begin their Super Rugby two-match tour with a fixture against the Stormers at DHL Newlands this weekend.

The inclusion of Brown is the only change to the starting XV that defeated the Lions 31-20 at GIO Stadium with Murray Douglas and Wharenui Hawera being included on the bench.

Other than that, Head Coach Dan McKellar sticks with the same twenty-three that clinically dispatched the Lions in Canberra with, a five-try performance that delighted the home support and made it three wins in succession at their host venue.

It’s been a tough year on the road for the Brumbies though, who’ve yet to pick up a win away from the ACT, but confidence is high in the camp ahead of the clash with the South African Province, who come into the match off a terrific win in Melbourne against the Rebels last weekend.

Brown will pack down in a mobile and physical back-row alongside Tom Cusack and Pete Samu with the front-five bringing a wealth of experience, with the all-Wallaby front-row of Allan Alaalatoa, Scott Sio and Folau Fainga’a aided by Rorty Arnold and Sam Carter at lock.

The backs will be out to maintain the excellent form they showed against the Lions with Joe Powell and Christian Lealiifano pulling the strings at half-back, allowing Tom Wright and Tevita Kuridrani to expose any frailties in the Stormers midfield.

Out-wide, wingers Henry Speight and Toni Pulu are supported by Tom Banks, the latter pair both crossing for tries against the Lions and helping the team beat 41 defenders collectively, the team’s highest recorded tally since 2011.

There was huge impact from the bench in Round 9 and the finishers in Cape Town will be aiming to repeat that when called upon with Josh Mann-Rea, Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin and James Slipper sure to have prominent roles to play.

Darcy Swain is in line to continue his nascent Super Rugby career with Scottish-born Douglas the other forward option. Scrumhalf Matt Lucas, Hawera and Andy Muirhead complete the matchday squad who last visited Cape Town in 2016.

The Brumbies record in South Africa in recent years has been good with the team recording five wins from their last seven matches in the Republic, scoring 25 points or more in four of those victories.

You can watch the Brumbies live in action on Fox Sports this weekend with kick-off at 11.05pm AEDT. (3.05pm local, South African time).

 

TEAM

  1. Scott SIO
  2. Folau FAINGA’A
  3. Allan ALAALATOA
  4. Rory ARNOLD
  5. Sam CARTER
  6. Tom CUSACK
  7. Jahrome BROWN
  8. Pete SAMU
  9. Joe POWELL
  10. Christian LEALIIFANO
  11. Toni PULU
  12. Tom WRIGHT
  13. Tevita KURIDRANI
  14. Henry SPEIGHT
  15. Tom BANKS

    REPLACEMENTS
  16. Josh MANN-REA
  17. James SLIPPER
  18. Leslie LEULUAIALII-MAKIN
  19. Darcy SWAIN
  20. Murray DOUGLAS
  21. Matt LUCAS
  22. Wharenui HAWERA
  23. Andy MUIRHEAD 

    MATCH DETAILS

    Saturday 20 April 2019
    Super Rugby Round 10

    Stormers v Plus500 Brumbies 
    (DHL Newlands, Cape Town, 23:05 – AEST)

 

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