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Brumbies meet Stormers

  • Brumbies meet Stormers

The ACT Brumbies play host to the Cape Town Stormers in round six Super Rugby action on Saturday night in their first big test of depth.

The Brumbies are without star winger Henry Speight for the next six weeks, adding to further losses of fellow outside backs Fotu Auelua and Clyde Rathbone.

While the club has dealt with injuries each round this season, Saturday night will be the first time they are without three key backliners.

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Forward Scott Sio was another casualty from last week's brutal clash against the NSW Waratahs, and that created a reshuffle in the side- something else that will test the side in this fixture.

Jean-Pierre Smith has come into the side at loose-head prop, while Sam Carter moves to lock.

The rest of the side remains unchanged, besides of course the continued losses of David Pocock and Christian Lealiifano.

It will be the ultimate time for the Stormers to pounce in what has been a horror draw for them to start this season. 

But they will also take confidence knowing they have a streak over the ACT side that stretches back to 2010.

However despite the Brumbies' injuries, their depth and composure should get them over the line.

Joe Tomane has returned from his own injury to the lineup this week, and combined with Jesse Mogg, Robbie Coleman, Pat McCabe and Andrew Smith, Speight should be well covered for.

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