Today’s second match sees two teams both desperate to move up from their current mid-table positions. The Tahs and the Blues have both only lost twice, although neither side can claim to have really hit form so far this year.
As a home game for the Waratahs, they arguably have the most to lose and will knock the Brumbies out of fourth spot should they manage a win. The Blues are going to have to play out of their socks (and overcome their notorious inconsistency) if they are to upset a side who very seldom lose in Sydney, even when not on top of their game. I guess the refs just really like them…
Ref: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
ARs: Paul Marks (Australia), Angus Gardiner (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium
Kick-off: 10h40 SA Time, 08h40 GMT
Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Daniel Halangahu, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Phil Waugh (captain), 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Will Caldwell, 19 Ben Mowen, 20 Josh Holmes, 21 Tom Carter, 22 Sosene Anesi.
Blues: 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Viliami Ma’afu, 7 Serge Lilo, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Anthony Boric, 4 Kurtis Haiu, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Charlie Faumuina, 18 Filo Paulo, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Taniela Moa, 21 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 22 Paul Williams.