||We head straight to Perth for the next match as the Force host the Stormers!|
||Make that another reset as the Brumbies are left frustrated. The hooter sounds and the Rebels boot the ball into touch! FULLTIME!|
||We have another reset scrum and it's working in the favour of the Rebels as time ticks away.|
||The scrum falls to pieces but the Brumbies maintain possession. Pocock loses the ball in contact and the Rebels will have the feed to the scrum|
||The throw-in is not straight and the Brumbies will have the scrum feed on the halfway line|
||The maul is set and rumbles to within 8 metres from the try line. PENALTY! Fainga'a gets this hands on the ball and forces the turnover. Rebels will have a throw-in on the halfway line|
||A much better scrum by the Brumbies. PENALTY! The Rebels fail to scrum straight. Lealiifano kicks the ball into touch close to the 5 metre line for a Brumbies line-out|
||The maul is set and this time it takes the home side to the halfway line. The box kick is knocked on by the Rebels and the Brumbies will have the scrum feed just inside the Rebels' 10 metre line|
||TURNOVER! Fainga'a steals the ball at the breakdown and the Rebels are in possession on the Brumbies' 10 metre line. Debreczeni's kick is too hard and flies directly into touch. Brumbies throw-in on their 10 metre line|
||The Rebels manages to keep the Brumbies from making any distance with their maul, so the ball is sent to the backline who takes the ball inside the Rebels' 22|
||Vaea goes on another run with the ball in hand and takes two tacklers with him. The ball is then kicked up field before Harris puts in a high ball. PENALTY! Coleman is taken out in the air to hand the Brumbies a chance to go in search of more points. Brumbies line-out just outside the Rebels' 22|
||He strikes it well and has plenty of distance but misses it to the left|
||Vaea goes for a run off the back of the scrum and the Brumbies make their way to the halfway line. PENALTY! The Brumbies fail to roll away at the breakdown and Debreczeni will have a shot at goal from about 52 metres|
||The Rebels are back in possession and on the front foot as they make their way close to the Brumbies' 22. Harris takes his eye off the ball and ends up knocking the ball on. Scrum to the Brumbies just outside their 22|
||Lealiifano slots the kick for the first points of the second half|
||PENALTY! The Rebels are caught offside and the Brumbies will have a shot at goal|
||The Brumbies set a maul 7 metres from the Rebels try line. They rumble their way towards the line but Pocock comes up just short|
||The Brumnies set a maul from the line-out and make about 10 metres before the ball is kicked up-field. The Rebels opt to run the ball back. PENALTY! The Rebels enter the ruck from the side.|
||PENALTY! Stirzaker pushes Dowsett off the ball and hands the Brumbies a chance to release the pressure|
||Higginbotham bashes his way over the 22 before the ball is recycled wide. The attack is stopped thanks to a forward pass. Brumbies scrum feed on their 22|
||The maul is set but the Rebels stop them from making any metres. The ball is spread through the backline as Speight takes the ball into the 22. Possession is coughed up and Ellison puts in a massive kick which forces the Brumbies to kick the ball into touch just outside their 22|
||Brumbies look for territory and have won this round of kicking as they have a line-out close to the Rebels' 22|
||The Rebels are on the front-foot but a kick by Stirzaker is too deep and rolls over the dead ball line. Brumbies scrum on their 10 metre line|
||The Brumbies regain possession and have made a few metres before coughing the ball up to hand the Rebels the scrum feed on their 10 metre line|
||The Brumbies maintain the ball but hands possessoin back to the Rebels as the ball is kicked in touch just inside the Rebels' 10 metre line|
||It's getting pretty wet out there now as the rain continues to fall. Both sides seek the territorial advantage as they employ a kicking game plan. PLay will resume with a Brumbies scrum on the halfway line|
||He fails to land the kick as it curls across the face of the poles. Brumbies will have a 22 metre drop-out|
||The Brumbies maul their way up with the field before they kick the ball away. PENALTY! The Brumbies are caught offside and Harris will have a shot at goal from about 38 metres|
||The Rebels steal the ball at the breakdown and kicks the ball into touch on the Brumbies' 22|
||Iona runs the ball out of the Brumbies' 22 and takes the play into Rebels territory|
||A kicking battle ensues but the Rebels win this round as play will resume with a Brumbies line-out close to their 22|
||The Rebels are back in possession on the Brumbies' 10 metre line|
||It's kept among the forwards as they inch their way closer to the try line. The attack comes to nothing as they lose the ball forward. Scrum to the Brumbies on their 22|
||KICK-OFF! Harris gets the second half underway as the rain comes pouring down. Iona attempts to kick the ball down field but it comes off the side of his booth to hand the Rebels a line-out inside the Brumbies' 22|
||Lealiifano's attempt is run down by a charging Stirzaker. The touch keeps the ball left of the uprights as the teams head into the HALFTIME break|
||The Brumbies forwards inch their way closer to the line and fins themselves 6 metres from the try line. The Rebels are standing tall in defence and keeping the home side at bay. After double-digit phases, the ball is flung out to the right to find an open Speight, who gets an easy score in the right corner|
||The Brumbies set a rolling maul from their 10 metre line. PENALTY! The Rebels are penalised for collapsing the maul and play will resume with a Brumbies line-out 10 metres from the Rebels try line|
||Everything seems to be going wrong for the home side as they can't seem to hold onto the ball long enough to launch a meaningful attack. They cough the ball up in Rebels territory which allows the visitors to clear the ball up-field|
||The kicking battle returns and comes to an end with Coleman kicking the ball into touch on the Rebels 10 metre line|
||Harris fails to extend the lead as he pulls the attempt for his first miss of the night|
||Lealiifano breaks through the Rebels defence to give the Brumbies front-foot ball. TURNOVER! The Rebels steal back possession and launch a counter attack. PENALTY! The Brumbies are penalised for a late tackle by Speight. Harris will have a shot at goal|
||The Rebels are on the attack again as they make their way to the 22. PENALTY! This time the Rebels are caught in possession to hand the Brumbies a chance to clear the pressure. Brumbies throw-in on the halfway line|
||It's a scrappy line-out but Stirzaker mops it up. Debreczeni puts in a huge kick that ends up inside the Brumbies' 22. The return kick by the Brumbies goes into touch just outside their 22. Rebels with the throw-in|
||Into the 22 they go. PENALTY! Once again the Brumbies fail to release the ball after being tackled to hand possession back to the Rebels|
||The Brumbies look to run the ball up but the Rebels defence is not letting them through. Pocock has the ball and gives a neat inside pass to Taliauli who gets the Brumbies to the 22|
||Harris makes no mistake with the attempt to stretch the Rebels' lead|
||PENALTY! The Brumbies collapse the scrum once again and the Rebels opt for a shot at goal from 40 metres|
||It's time for a kicking battle once again but the Rebels wins this battle as Lealiifano knocks the ball on. Scrum to the Rebels on the Brumbies' 10 metre line|
||It's a little scrappy at the moment. PENALTY! The Brumbies are penalised once again for going off their feet at the breakdown. Platy will resume with a Rebels line-out close to the Brumbies' 22|
||PENALTY! The Rebels stand tall in defence and force the turnover as the Brumbies fail to release the ball after going to ground. The ball is kicked into touch for a Rebels line-out on their 10 metre line|
||The Brumbies keep the ball among the forwards as they look to inch their way closer to the line|
||The Brumbies hold the Rebels up from the line-out and as the maul goes it ground, the ball fails to emerge to hand the Brumbies the feed to the scrum in an excellent attacking position|
||Dowsett puts in a little box kick and the ball rolls into touch 5 metres from the Rebels try line.|
||A kicking battle ensues but the Brumbies manage to hold onto the ball on their 10 metre line. Lealiifano kicks it into the Rebels' 22 but Harris' return kick fails to find touch and the Brumbies run the ball back|
||The resulting line-out throw is not straight and the Brumbies will restart the game with a scrum feed close to their 22|
||After a reset, the Rebels are awarded a PENALTY after the Brumbies' front row collapsed under severe pressure|
||The Rebels knock the ball on from the restart to hand the Brumbies the feed to the scrum on the Rebels' 10 metre line|
||Harris slots his second kick of the match to extend the Rebels' lead|
||Stirzaker breaks from the back of a scrum on the halfway line, he finds Naivalu who powers his way over the line for a try!|
||His attempt makes it way through with the help of the left upright to hand the Rebels the early lead|
||PENALTY! Moore slows the ball down at the breakdown and hands Harris a chance to have a shot at goal from about 30 metres|
||Another kick from the Rebels goes into touch close to the halfway line with the Brumbies having the throw in. It goes over the top and the Rebels regain possession. Higginbotham has a charge at the Brumbies defence and gets his side closer to the 22|
||They probe the blindside before switching the play back to the openside. Pocock gives a poor pass and the ball flies into touch on the Rebels' 22|
||Expect a lot of kicks in this match with the wet underfoot conditions. The Brumbies are in possession now and have made their way inside the Rebels 22|
||The Rebels regain possession but overcook a kick and play will restart with a 22 drop-out for the Brumbies.|
||It's a solid first scrum from the Rebels as the ball is handed to Debreczeni who puts in a kick that rolls into touch on the Brumbies' 10 metre line|
||The Brumbies regain the ball from the kick-off and have made their way to the Rebels' 22. Their attack seems to be gaining momentum but a knock-on stops their progress to hand the Rebels the feed on their 22|
||KICK-OFF! Lealiifano gets the match underway as Joe Tomani plays in his 50th Super Rugby match|
||It's been bucketing down at the venue but the rain has stopped, although it will be slippery underfoot|
||Tamati Ellison will run out in his 100th Super Rugby game|
||The Brumbies are coming off the back of a loss to the Blues while the Rebels enjoyed a bye in Round Nine|
||The Brumbies have won all four of their meetings with the Rebels in Canberra and have won their last 11 home games, equalling their best run of its kind since winning their first 13 at home between 1996 and 1998.|
||Welcome to match four of Round 10 which sees the Brumboes host the Rebels in Canberra|
Two delectable north-south derbies in New Zealand, a trans-Tasman showdown and an all-Australian encounter is what we look at.
Two delectable north-south derbies in New Zealand, a trans-Tasman showdown and an all-Australian encounter.
That is what we look at in the first half of our Round 10 preview- as Super Rugby's league stages moves into the second half of the season.
They don't get much better than the seven-time champion Crusaders hosting the two-time champion Chiefs in Christchurch.
And that is our opening match of the weekend - also the only Friday outing.
Saturday starts with the very intriguing trans-Tasman encounter between the unbeaten Hurricanes against the defending champion Waratahs.
Can the men from Sydney, currently 10th on the standings, get their campaign back on track by becoming the first team this season to the table-topping Hurricanes?
The Highlanders face a tricky encounter against a Blues outfit that finally broke their duck when they beat the Brumbies last week. At least the fifth-placed Highlanders will have homeground advantage.
We bring this part of our preview to a conclusion when we look at the all-Australian derby between a Brumbies team desperate to bounce back from last week's disappointment and the Rebels coming off a bye.
Friday, April 17
Crusaders v Chiefs
(AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Kick-off: 19.35; 07.35 GMT)
There was a lot of talk about "attitude" this week. It is obvious there will be plenty of 'feeling' out on the park on Friday, especially from a Crusaders team desperate to stay in the play-off race.
The game is almost a must-win for the seven-time champion Crusaders, who are eighth on the ladder after four wins and four loses.
Despite their erratic from, Chiefs coach Dave Rennie still rates the Christchurch-based outfit very highly.
"The Crusaders are a quality side," Rennie said.
"Our previous encounters with them have been of test match intensity and this is a must win game for both sides to remain in touch with the Hurricanes."
Crusaders scrumhalf Andy Ellis made no secret of the fact that the Crusaders need to bring the "right attitude" if they are to avenge their Round Three loss to the Chiefs.
"That was frustrating but it probably was a kick in the pants for us and got us refocused," the veteran scrumhalf told the New Zealand media.
"We've made some good growth since then although we're still a bit up and down."
Ellis said the keys to victory over the Chiefs were intensity in attitude and defence for 80 minutes.
"We've got to give it everything because we know they will," he said.
"It will come down to being smart on attack and making good decisions."
Both teams are capable of playing some entertaining and expansive rugby, but the Crusaders may be set for a more tactical approach - given that Dan Carter and Colin Slade will play next two each other.
Also of interest will be the head-to-head battle between Carter and Sonny Bill Williams at inside centre.
2015: Chiefs won 40-16, Hamilton
2014: Crusaders won 18-17, Hamilton
2014: Chiefs won 18-10, Christchurch
2013: Chiefs won 20-19, Hamilton (semifinal)
2013: Crusaders won 43-15, Christchurch
2013: Chiefs won 28-19, Hamilton
Prediction: Since the start of 2012, the Chiefs have maintained a 66 percent win rate against the Crusaders. Eight of the last 10 encounters between the sides have been settled by margins fewer than 10 points. Indeed, a losing bonus point has been scored in four of the last six meetings between these sides hosted by the Crusaders. The Crusaders have failed to hit double figures in the first half of their last four encounters against the Chiefs and managed no more than 10 second half points in each of those games too. These two sides are the worst disciplined in the competition so far. Only the Chiefs (12.4) have averaged more penalties than the Crusaders (12.3). Both sides have been shown six yellow cards apiece, more than any other team. The Crusaders and Chiefs rank last and second last for ruck success rate this season (both 93 percent). The Crusaders are the best side when in possession at scrum time, winning 96 percent of their feeds and more than any other side. It is a tough call to make, as the teams appear evenly matched. The Chiefs don't have any problems winning in Christchurch, but we're going to take a punt on the Crusaders and say they will win by seven points or less.
Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 David Havili, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Richie McCaw, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Nafi Tuitavake.
Chiefs: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam (captain), 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Pauliasi Manu, 19 Mike Fitzgerald, 20 Liam Squire, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Bryce Heem.
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Kane McBride (New Zealand), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Saturday, April 18
Hurricanes v Waratahs
(Westpac Stadium, Wellington - Kick-off: 16.30; 14.30 AEST; 04.30 GMT)
The question on everybody's lips is: How long will the Hurricanes remain unbeaten?
The men from Wellington have looked near unstoppable - with the coaching combination of Chris Boyd and John Plumtree adding some real forward grunt to compliment the obvious backline class.
On the flip side there is a desperate Waratahs heading to Wellington, the defending champions looking to return to the winners circle and keeping their play-off hopes alive.
Last weekend the New South Welshmen went down to the Stormers (18-32) in an end-to-end contest in Sydney.
The Waratahs have won four of seven fixtures this season and stalwart centre Adam Ashley-Cooper believes they need to find some form if they want to compete with the Hurricanes, who currently lead the overall conference by six points.
"One, they're playing really good football at the moment and two, it's over in New Zealand so the travel is going to be a challenge. It will be a real test of character," Ashley-Cooper said in an interview on the Australian Rugby Union website.
Waratahs assistant coach Daryl Gibson considers the New Zealand heavyweights to be genuine title contenders in 2015.
"The Hurricanes look very hungry this year and you can see that by the way Conrad Smith is leading the team, they have a very experienced backline and the forwards to me, look like they have transformed into a hard-working pack," Gibson said
"They have always been a very good team from unstructured play, they can score long-range tries and they have showed that this season," Gibson said.
Hurricanes assistant coach Richard Watt said they are confident that last week's bye won't break the team's rhythm, but admitted the Waratahs pose a massive threat.
"They are a team that's a bit wounded at the moment," Watt told The dominion Post.
"That loss last week [to the Stormers] has probably stung them and they'll be desperate for some championship points.
"If you look where they're sitting on the table I think they're tenth at the moment, so they will come here pretty fired up.
"They're playing through champs, a lot of international players, that forward pack is pretty much an Aussie pack.
They are a big forward pack and they've got a lot going on [in attack]. They're pretty direct when they want to be and create space for themselves."
2014: Waratahs won 39-30, Sydney
2013: Hurricanes won 41-29, Wellington
2012: Hurricanes won 33-12, Sydney
2010: Waratahs won 32-16, Sydney
2009: Waratahs won 26-22, Wellington
2008: Waratahs won 20-3, Sydney
Prediction: A losing bonus point has been netted in just one of the last seven meetings between the sides. The Tahs have won five of those seven matches. The last five meetings between the sides have all seen 45+ points on the board in total and an average of 56 per game. The Hurricanes have equalled their best ever run of form in this competition (seven wins). Four of those wins have come via a margin of a converted try or less. The Tahs have produced fewer kicks from hand per game (13.7) than any other team, while The Hurricanes have been the beneficiaries from the fewest kicks from hand from their opponents; an average of 14.9. Only the Hurricanes (9) have scored more last quarter tries than the Tahs (7). This may well be the match that send the Waratahs into a nosedive and out of the play-off race. The Hurricanes to win by about 16 points.
Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Callum Gibbins, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Adam Hill, 21 Frae Wilson, 22 Rey Lee-Lo, 23 James Marshall.
Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Pat McCutcheon, 5 Dave Dennis (captain), 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements - from: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Jeremy Tilse, Paddy Ryan, Jacques Potgieter, Mitchell Chapman, Stephen Hoiles, Brendan McKibbin, Matt Carraro, David Horwitz, Jed Holloway.
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Shane McDermott (New Zealand), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)
Highlanders v Blues
(Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - 19.35; 07.35 GMT)
The Blues will be keen to prove last week's win over the Brumbies, their first of the season, was not a one-off fluke.
However, injuries have not been kind to the men from Auckland - who will be without Luke Braid (concussion), while prop Tony Woodcock, left wing Melani Nanai and inside centre George Moala have all been bracketed pending a decision on their fitness to be made on Friday.
Coach John Kirwan was adamant he has the depth to cover the setbacks.
"You have got to trust the squad," Kirwan told stuff.co.nz.
"There is no use playing guys that are a little bit injured."
The coach added that the Blues had put last week's win behind them and are looking to gather some momentum.
"We haven't taken too much notice of it," he said of their 16-14 triumph in Auckland - secured when Ihaia West slotted a 75th-minute penalty and Nic White hooked his last-minute attempt past the uprights.
"We have dropped that pretty quick and we are focusing on the Highlanders.
"We know they are an in-form team at the moment.
"They are playing exceptionally well."
The Highlanders, with back-to-back wins over the Stormers and Crusaders, will fancy their chances at home.
Hooker Liam Coltman, prop Kane Hames and lock Mark Reddish all start in a changed tight five that gives the home team a solid foundation.
2014: Blues won 30-12, Auckland
2014: Highlanders won 29-21, Dunedin
2013: Highlanders won 38-28, Dunedin
2013: Blues won 29-18, Auckland
2012: Highlanders won 27-20, Auckland
2012: Highlanders won 30-27, Dunedin
Prediction: Seven of the Highlanders' last eight matches have been settled by a losing bonus-point margin. The Landers have won their last three at home to the Blues but lost the previous three before that; they have never won four on the bounce at home to the Auckland-based side. The last seven clashes between the sides have seen an average of 51 points on the board and no fewer than 42, which was in their most recent meeting last year. The last three visits of the Blues to the Highlanders have produced 173 points; an average of 57 per match. The Highlanders' opponents have won more scrums at a better success rate (93 percent) than against any other side. However, the Dunedin-based team has forced the lowest tackling success rate (82 percent) from their opponents. Both these sides have scored just one opening quarter try this season. The Blues have scored the fewest final quarter tries too (one). The Blues may have some confidence after their maiden win for the season, but the Highlanders have been more consistent and that will be crucial. The Highlanders to win by at least 10 points.
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jason Emery, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 James Lentjes, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Mark Reddish, 3 Josh Hohneck, 1 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Brendon Edmonds, 18 Pingi Tala'apitaga, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Richard Buckman.
Blues: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Pita Ahki, 12 George Moala/Francis Saili, 11 Melani Nanai/Tevita Li, 10 Dan Bowden, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jerome Kaino (captain), 7 Brendon O'Connor, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 James Parsons, 1 Ofa Tu'ungafasi.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Tony Woodcock/Sam Prattley, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Hayden Triggs, 20 Blake Gibson, 21 Jimmy Cowan, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Francis Saili.
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Mike Lash (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
Brumbies v Rebels
(GIO Stadium, Canberra - Kick-off: 19.40; 09.40 GMT)
The Rebels will arrive in Canberra rested and fresh after their bye in Round Nine.
They will be met by a Brumbies team under a cloud of injury.
After easing through the first month of Super Rugby with just the one significant injury, the Brumbies depth is being tested - with another three starting players injured last week.
Along with Test stars Matt Toomua (ankle) and Scott Sio (knee), versatile outside back James Dargaville (foot) all went down during the narrow two-point (14-16) loss to the Blues and all are expected to spend lengthy periods recovering.
But despite the three joining a long list of injured players - which include Wallaby outside centre Tevita Kuridrani, Fotu Auelua and Jesse Mogg - Wallaby utility forward Scott Fardy is optimistic that the Brumbies team will have the depth to bounce back from last week's disappointment.
"We've had so much faith in what the guys off the bench have done this year," Fardy said in an interview on the Brumbies website.
"I think the guys you saw in Auckland - those we brought guys off the bench - did a great job.
"I'm really excited for those guys [who will start in place of the injured players].
"I look at it more as an opportunity; you've got to take those things, when guys get injured you've got to see it as an opportunity to increase your depth and see how guys are.
"I'm really excited about the potential players who are about come in and see what they're going to do for us."
One player in line to replace injured prop Scott Sio for the Brumbies important local derby with the improving Rebels is South African-born JP Smith and Fardy said that his fellow Brumbies were excited to see the newly awarded Australian citizen start.
"Yeah [it's a] big opportunity for him [Smith], he was one of those guys that came off the bench last week and was really impressive," Fardy said.
"When he came on I think he made about 14 tackles in half an hour and he was incredible. He's someone who just needs an opportunity and obviously with Scotty's injury he gets that so we're looking forward to watching how he plays."
Saturday's match against the 10th placed Rebels serves as a vitally important match for the Brumbies, who in the coming weeks face the difficult propositions of facing the Highlanders and Waratahs at home before a two week tour of South Africa.
2015: Brumbies won 20-15, Melbourne
2014: Brumbies won 37-10, Canberra
2014: Rebels won 32-24, Melbourne
2013: Brumbies won 39-17, Canberra
2013: Brumbies won 30-13, Melbourne
2012: Brumbies won 27-19, Melbourne
2012: Brumbies won 37-6, Canberra
Prediction: The Brumbies have won all four of their meetings with the Rebels in Canberra; scoring 32, 37, 39 and 37 points during the course of these meetings. The aggregate score in those matches is 145-50, with the Rebels' smallest losing margin in this run sitting at 15 points. The Brumbies have won their last 11 home games, equalling their best run of its kind since winning their first 13 at home between 1996 and 1998. The Brumbies have the best line-out success rate (91 percent) this season, while the Rebels' is the worst (78 percent). The ACT-based side has conceded fewer (9.3) and won more (12.6) penalties per game than any other team this year. The Brumbies have scored eight tries and conceded just one in the 20 minutes following half-time. The Rebels have scored two and conceded five in the same timeframe. The Brumbies will have been stung by last week's loss and the Rebels could feel the brunt of their frustrations. The Brumbies to win by 15 points or more.
Brumbies: 15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Lausii Taliauli, 13 Henry Speight, 12 Nigel Ah Wong, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Michael Dowsett, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 JP Smith.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Ita Vaea, 21 Jordan Smiler, 22 Nic White, 23 Rodney Iona.
Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Tom English, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Sefanaia Naivalu, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Tim Metcher, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Colby Fainga'a, 21 Jordy Reid, 22 Luke Burgess, 23 Bryce Hegarty.
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)
Compiled by Jan de Koning
Statistical information provided by Opta Sports
The Rebels handled the slippery conditions better to pick up a 13-8 victory over the Brumbies and win for the first time in Canberra.