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Super Rugby semi final preview: Waratahs v Brumbies
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Super Rugby semi final preview: Waratahs v Brumbies

The Waratahs host the Brumbies in the second Super Rugby semi final on Saturday, July 26 at Allianz Stadium. The match kicks off at 7.40pm (AEST).

What: Super Rugby semi-final preview – Waratahs v Brumbies
When: Saturday, July 26 – 7.40pm (AEST)
Where: Allianz Stadium
I can view it on: Fox Sports

What did they do last week?

The Waratahs put their feet up after finishing top of the Super Rugby ladder at the end of the regular season.

The Brumbies shot out to an early lead and survived a tense finish to beat defending champs the Chiefs 32-30 in Canberra.

Things you need to know:

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has made one change to the side that smashed the Reds 34-3 a fortnight ago, with Jacques Potgieter returning to the starting line-up for man mountain Will Skelton who drops to the bench. The Tahs have won their last seven matches heading in. They haven't played finals footy since 2011.

The Brumbies have named an unchanged side with Henry Speight (jaw), Leon Power (head), Jess Mogg (back), Josh Mann-Rea (hamstring) all proving their fitness. Stephen Moore and David Pocock are both on the long-term injured list with knee injuries. Last year's grand finalists have won two on the trot heading in.

Reason to watch:

Both teams are loaded with Wallabies. They hate each other and are playing in a Super Rugby semi final in front of what should be close to a full house at Allianz Stadium. Need any more convincing? Ok, Israel Folau and Henry Speight are both playing ... and Kurtley Beale, and Matt Toomua, etc.

Reason to turn away:


Don't!

Say what:

"If you worry about too much of that parochialism you'll get caught up and you'll forget about what you need to do in the game. We understand that we've been on the receiving end (of criticism) over the years and it's warranted because we haven't delivered, but here's a chance for us," – Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Final instructions:

These two sides split their regular season clashes. Stephen Larkham's men got up 28-23 in Canberra in Round 5 but the Waratahs atoned with a 39-8 smashing of the injury-ravaged Brumbies in Sydney four weeks ago. The Brumbies are closer to full-strength this time around and have won four of their last six meetings with the Tahs, but their record in Sydney is atrocious. They have won just twice in 13 trips to the Harbour City, although one of those wins was a 51-10 triumph in the 2002 semi final. With all that said, there won't be much in it this weekend. The Tahs deserve to enter as favourites based on recent form and the Brumbies' poor record in Sydney, but the men from Canberra know they've beaten the Tahs before this season and are perfectly capable of doing it again. We don't think they will, but it'll be close. Waratahs by seven.

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