Super Rugby Trans-Tasman preview - Brumbies

Mon, 10/05/2021, 06:42 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The Brumbies will be looking to go one better than Super Rugby AU. Photo: Getty Images

The Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby teams are set to battle it out for supremacy across Super Rugby Trans-Tasman.

Ahead of the inaugural competition, Rugby.com.au will be previewing every Australian team along with their New Zealand counterparts.

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Firstly, we will examine the Brumbies, who will be eager to go one better than Super Rugby AU after their heartbreaking finals loss.

SUPER RUGBY TRANS-TASMAN FIXTURES: BRUMBIES

A tough start for the Brumbies as they face the top three teams from Super Rugby Aotearoa, starting with champions Crusaders on Saturday night.

This will be followed by away games against finalists Chiefs and the Blues.

They will finish with two games at home against the Highlanders and Hurricanes, with their Round Four game against the Highlanders shown on 9Gem.

Full Fixtures

Crusaders v Brumbies, Saturday 15 May, Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, 5:05pm

Chiefs v Brumbies, Saturday 22 May, FMG Stadium, Hamilton, 5:05pm

Blues v Brumbies, Saturday 29 May, Eden Park, Auckland, 5:15pm

Brumbies v Hurricanes, Saturday 5 June, GIO Stadium, Canberra, 7:45pm

Brumbies v Highlanders, Friday 11 June, GIO Stadium, Canberra, 7:45pm

BRUMBIES SUPER RUGBY AU FORM

Dan McKellar's men were minutes away from being crowned Super Rugby AU champions, finishing second in the regular season.

They would qualify for the finals by overcoming a valiant Western Force side 21-9 in the Qualifying Final.

Despite leading for the majority of the game, the Brumbies would once again fall to the Reds in the final minutes, conceding a 85th minute try to go down 19-16.

Click here for an in-depth breakdown of the Brumbies road to the Super Rugby AU Final

Brumbies open up the Reds for the opening try of the Final.

BRUMBIES KEY FIXTURE

It's hard to look past Round One against the Crusaders for the Brumbies.

The clash is a match-up of the 2020 champions, with both sides also finishing as the top two Trans-Tasman sides in the postponed and eventually cancelled Super Rugby season last year.

The Brumbies will travel to OrangeTheory Stadium with plenty to prove after Saturday's narrow loss whilst the Crusaders will be looking to send a message to the Reds and the rest of the competition.

It will also serve as a battle of brothers, with captain Allan Alaalatoa set to go up against Kiwi prop and brother Michael Alaalatoa.

BRUMBIES KEY PLAYER: TOM BANKS

The Wallabies fullback continues to take his game to the next level as will be crucial for the Brumbies hopes of a Trans-Tasman title.

Banks easily led the AU comp in metres gained and line breaks, running for nearly 200 metres more than his next competition.

He was also their lone try-scorer in the Super Rugby AU Final, finishing off a break from Noah Lolesio.

For a team that relies heavily on dominating set-pieces, Banks looms as their danger man when they look to spread it wide as well as putting them in prime position for their 5m maul via his boot.

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