RECAP: Brumbies v Sharks
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our coverage of the Super Rugby quarter-final between the Brumbies and the Sharks in Canberra.
The Brumbies enter in the clash in red-hot form, winning eight of their past nine games, and they are gunning for seven straight wins for the first time in franchise history against a team they didn’t face in the regular season.
The Durban outfit kept their season alive with an after-the-siren try against the Stormers last week and travel to Canberra as underdogs.
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said he’s wary of the Sharks’ dangers but remains confident his men can justify their favourites tag.
2018: Brumbies won 24-17, Canberra
2017: Sharks won 27-22, Canberra
2014: Brumbies won 16-9, Canberra
2013: Brumbies won 29-10, Durban
2012: Sharks won 29-26, Canberra
2011: Sharks won 34-16, Durban
2010: Brumbies won 24-22, Canberra
2009: Sharks won 35-14, Durban
2008: Brumbies won 27-21, Canberra
2007: Brumbies won 21-10, Durban
Prediction: The Brumbies have won three of their last four Super Rugby matches against the Sharks, the last three matches in that span have been decided by seven points or fewer. The Sharks have lost their last five away matches in the Super Rugby finals series, the last time they won a finals match outside South Africa was in Australia in 2012 (30-17 v Reds). The Brumbies have lost their last two matches at home in the Super Rugby finals series, after winning eight of their previous nine such matches in competition history. Ruben van Heerden (Sharks) has the best tackle success rate of any player in Super Rugby 2019 to make 100+ tackles this season (95 percent -101/106). No player has won more line-outs on their own team’s throw this season than the Brumbies’ Rory Arnold (69) or Sam Carter (64, level with Guido Petti Pagadizaval).
Margin: Six points
As it happened: Brumbies v Sharks
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