Will Brumbies 'risk' Lealiifano against Hurricanes?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:09
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IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham was keeping his cards close to his chest about the possible comeback of Christian Lealiifano.

Lealiifano, who has been sidelined for almost a year with leukaemia, may well feature in the Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Hurricanes this coming Friday.

Lealiifano was short-listed to feature against the Reds two weeks ago, but pulled up with a hamstring injury and was held back.

Larkham said they will reveal on Tuesday if the playmaker has recovered enough to feature in the quarterfinal showdown with the competition's defending champions.

"We'll make that assessment today [Monday], we'll see how he trains and we'll announce the team tomorrow [Tuesday].

"The way he's trained with the team over the last three months, gives me fair indication that he's ready to play."

The Brumbies should welcome back a swathe of starters for Friday's clash, including Rory Arnold and Chris Alcock, who both had injury concerns last week.

Larkham has already begun talking up the side's quarterfinal opponents, the Hurricanes, though few would dispute their quality after they ended the Crusaders' unbeaten run on the weekend.

Source: rugby.com.au

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Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
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Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28