Scott Sio returns to face Bulls
Canberra - A two-month stint on the
sideline is over for Scott Sio as the Samoan giant returns to the Brumbies
starting line-up to face the Bulls on Friday in Canberra.
from a 60-minute run with club side Tuggeranong Vikings last weekend, Sio hasn't
been seen since Round 9 in Auckland when he strained his medial ligament
against the Blues.
having come through the match with the Vikings unscathed, the loosehead prop
has been handed the task of stabilising the Brumbies scrum against an
experienced Bulls pack.
Matt Toomua out for at least one more week with a syndesmosis strain, Robbie
Coleman returns to the starting side to face the Bulls, bringing Nigel Ah Wong
onto the bench in his place.
Prop JP Smith will drop from the match-day
23, providing an opportunity for up-and-comer Allan Alaalatoa to make an impact
in the second half.
Kick-off for Friday’s clash is scheduled
for 11:40 (SA time).
15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita
Kuridrani, 12 Robbie Coleman, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic
White, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold,
3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan
Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Michael
Dowsett, 22 Nigel Ah Wong, 23 James Dargaville
15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13
JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy
Paige, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant
Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1
Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Trevor
Nyakane, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Jacques du Plessis, 20 Lappies Labuschagne, 21
Jacques Louis Potgieter, 22 Travis Ismaiel, 23 Jesse Kriel