There has not been a team this season who has delivered performances further below the expectations than these two teams.
The Brumbies are 2nd from bottom of the log courtesy of the twisted system of giving teams on a bye 4 log points. Had it not been for this system the Brumbies would not only have been at the bottom of the Convict conference, but they would also have been at the bottom of the overall log.
The Waratahs are not much better off. They find themselves 2nd on the Convict conference but again courtesy of the bye points.
Ref: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
ARs: Stuart Dickinson (Australia), Joey Salmans (South Africa)
Venue: Canberra Stadium – Canberra
Kick-off: 10:40 RSA time
Brumbies: 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Francis Fainifo, 10 Matt Giteau (captain), 9 Josh Valentine, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Colby Faingaa, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Huia Edmonds, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Salesi Ma’afu, 18 Peter Kimlin, 19 Michael Hooper, 20 Pat Phibbs, 21 Matt Toomua, 22 Robbie Coleman.
Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Phil Waugh (captain), 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Sekope Kepu.
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Dave Dennis, 20 Pat McCutcheon, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Daniel Halangahu.