24 May 2012

Kimlin at 6 as Fotu's brain gets a break against the Reds

| johnboy
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The Brumbies have announced the side for Saturday’s epic encounter against the resurgent Queensland Reds.

Kimlin will wear the No 6 jersey, with Ben Mowen moving back to No 8 and Fotu Auelua out of the 22-man squad. Claiming Kimlin’s bench spot is Leon Power who has turned in a series of impressive performances for Queanbeyan over the last two weekends.

The University of Canberra Brumbies scrumhalves will also rotate for Saturday’s match with Ian Prior moving back to the bench and Nic White back into the starting side.

Meanwhile big Link McKenzie is less than thrilled with the way the Brumbies have been talking about the match:

Having listened to the thoughts of Jake White and their team over the past few days, it would appear that the performance, selection and tactics of the Reds had nothing to do with that loss. It was their off-night which allowed the Reds to dominate them physically at the breakdown and force them into too many errors.

This attitude, combined with the fact that they have managed to include the tag “champions” in almost every reference they’ve made of the Reds, shows us the mentality in which they are approaching this game.

The side named is:

    University of Canberra Brumbies v Reds
    Canberra Stadium, Bruce
    Kick-off: 7.40pm
    Referee: Steve Walsh

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

    16. Anthony Hegarty
    17. Ruaidhri Murphy
    18. Leon Power
    19. Ita Vaea
    20. Ian Prior
    21. Robbie Coleman
    22. Tevita Kuridrani

Fun facts from the Brumbies:

    • The Reds and the Brumbies share one of the competition’s most colourful histories. Since 1996 the two sides have met 19 times, with the University of Canberra Brumbies managing to keep the wood over their northern rivals for the majority of that time.

    • Of those 19 meetings the Reds have won just three, with two of those victories occurring in the last 12 months.

    • Until Week Three 2011, the University of Canberra Brumbies had won a massive 12 games on the trot, the Reds one and only prior victory coming in 1999 when they won 19-18 at Ballymore.

    • Week Three 2011 was the Reds only victory at Canberra Stadium, which they claimed despite being outscored four tries to one.

    • While tonight’s match is sure to pack finals intensity, the only time the two teams have met in the playoffs 2001 when the Brumbies triumphed 30-6 in Canberra.

    • The last three times the University of Canberra Brumbies and the Reds have met, the Queenslanders have managed two wins. The most recent was Week Seven this year when they won 20-13 in Brisbane.

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