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    Brumbies unchanged for semi

    2014-07-24 07:14

    Sydney - The Brumbies have named an unchanged side for this weekend's all-Australian Super Rugby semi-final against the Waratahs in Sydney.

    The Canberra-based side have been able to stick with the same 23 who dethroned the double defending champion Chiefs 32-30 in Canberra.

    The Brumbies are looking to get to the final for the second successive year - they lost to the Chiefs last season - and will face the Crusaders or Sharks on August 2 if they can get past the strongly-favoured Waratahs.

    "To have got through last weekend injury free, it's great for us to be playing again this weekend to maintain momentum," Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher said.

    "The result won't be determined by who's favourite. The result will be decided by who is the better team on the night.

    "There's an intense rivalry which has been there since the competition started and I'm expecting a fierce clash of bodies this weekend."

    Henry Speight and Robbie Coleman retain their places on the wing after performing well against the Chiefs, the former busting a competition-high 12 tackles and the latter scoring the second try.

    Wallabies Joe Tomane and Pat McCabe will offer back three cover from the bench meaning there is no place in the side for wing Clyde Rathbone, the sole survivor of the Brumbies' last Super Rugby title in 2004.

    Teams:

    Waratahs
    : 15 Israel Folau, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Stephen Hoiles, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Jacques Potgieter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson


    Substitutes (from): 16 Paddy Ryan, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Tolu Latu, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Mitchell Chapman, 21 Pat McCutcheon, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 24 Matt Carraro, 25 Mitchell Chapman

    Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6-Scott Fardy, 5-Sam Carter, 4-Leon Power, 3-Ben Alexander, 2-Josh Mann-Rea, 1-Scott Sio

    Substitutes: 16 Ruaidhri Murphy, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Fotu Auelua, 20 Tom McVerry, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Joe Tomane, 23 Pat McCabe

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