Five key match-ups in the Brumbies v Waratahs RWC audition

The NSW Waratahs host the Brumbies in a blockbuster Super Rugby game that will double as an audition for Wallabies acnes at the RWC on Saturday. Sports fanatics from all over the world can now grab Rugby World Cup Tickets online to enjoy the most exciting rugby matches.

Five key match-ups in the Brumbies v Waratahs RWC audition
Five key match-ups in the Brumbies v Waratahs RWC audition

There are five key matchups in the penultimate round clash that could go a long way to deciding who starts for Australia in Japan later this year.

Constricted head props Sekope Kepu (Waratahs) and Allan Alaalatoa kick effects off in the front row, while second rowers’ locks Rory Arnold and Rob Simmons will latch horns behind them.

Arguably the most stimulating battle is at No.10; with inspiring Brumbies skipper Christian Lealiifano facing under fire Waratahs playmaker Bernard Foley.

That competition will have a big effect on the next, with red hot Brumbies outside center Tevita Kuridrani watching to run through veteran Adam Ashley Cooper.

Finally, it’s the encounter of the fullbacks viewing to fill the annulled of exiled star Israel Folau. The showdown sorts the hugely talented Kurtley Beale against Brumbies young gun Tom Banks.

The 10 rugby players have 588 Test caps among them but half will be demoted to the bench or even drop outside the game day 23.

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar supposed he was looking forward to the head to head fights and believes Lealiifano is the form five-eighth in Super Rugby.

“I don’t think Michael Cheika will be picking his Wallabies 10 off the back of Saturday night but all of these games certainly play a role,” McKellar said.

It will be as close to Test game footy as you can get at Super Rugby level, so you just get a meter of how players grip that situation.

Christian has played in more of these matches than most and he will be very comfortable and calm and will know he’s just got to do his job well.

“Christian has been the form 10 of the competition, consistently.  I don’t think he’ll be thinking a whole lot about Bernard.”

McKellar also sponsored his fullback.

“Banksy and Beale isn’t a bad one, he’s playing well Tommy, he gets a lot of raps when he’s scoring tries, but for me, the strength of his game this year is his ability to clean up kicks in the backfield,” McKellar said.

His cautious work is a real area he’s better as well and we all know he can attack.

“I think Kurtley (Beale) is more dangerous at 15 (than 10 or 12), it allows him to sit in behind the play and chime in and spot opportunities when they present.”

The Brumbies are leading the Australian session after winning six of their past seven matches, and can all but secure a home round by ending NSW’s period at Bankwest Stadium.

“There’s a lot on the line for us and them, and (for) individuals, so she’ll be on,” McKellar said.

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