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MAD MONDAY- How the Brumbies have trialed

  • MAD MONDAY- How the Brumbies have trialed

The ACT Brumbies have been put to the test twice in the lead up to their opening match of the 2014 Super Rugby season on Saturday.

They first played a trial game in Queenstown, New Zealand against the Otago Highlanders- going down 15-11 there.

They then played an ACT XV invitational squad in Canberra and blew the younger versions of themselves off the park in a 67-0 demolition.

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But as is always the case, it is questionable as to how relevant these trials are.

The Brumbies rested much of their mainstream squad, giving younger players a run.

Stars Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Ben Mowen, Scott Fardy, David Pocock, Nic White, Matt Toomua, Joe Tomane and Jesse Mogg played only in the ACT XV match, while Pat McCabe only featured in Queenstown.

Young guns from the John I Dent Cup were given their best chance to shine in the matches.

Sam Windsor, Rodney Iona, Jordan Smiler, Ruan Smith, Lionel Cronje, Ruaidhri Murphy, Tom Staniforth and Josh MannRea- just to name a few- all played solidly as outside Brumbies contracted players.

But are the trials really necessary for the season-proper?

Are they just for the younger blokes, or should they be treated more seriously with only mainstream players lining up?

Skipper Ben Mowen said after the ACT XV match they worked to test player combinations.

At the same time however, players were rotated frequently from the park to the bench.

The only major injury to come out of the squad in the trials is that of Fotu Auelua, who will miss 10-12 weeks after suffering a medial ligament rupture.

The trials will prove there worth starting this Saturday at Canberra stadium for round one of the Super Rugby.

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