Sydney wants a spectacle

Former Wallaby captain Simon Poidevin has urged the Waratahs and Brumbies to put on a show for the fans at Aussie Stadium on Sunday.

With the demise of the Reds in recent years, the ‘Tahs and Brumbies have become fierce rivals. Stirling Mortlock and Lote Tuqiri in particular have made no secret of their intense dislike for each other, a situation not helped by the fact that they are playing for the same Wallaby No 13 jersey.

Both Aussie teams possess attacking players, but last year the Waratahs opted for a safety-first approach to ensure their first Super Rugby win over the Brumbies in Canberra (10-6).

“I’m saying to both coaches, ‘Don’t put on what we saw last year in Canberra’, which was rubbish,” Poidevin said. “I know there was method in the madness, but it was rubbish. There is a chance this weekend to showcase who I think are the two exciting sides in the Super 14.

“The game can only be a better game if those sides use their attacking weapons, and there’s plenty of them, both in the forwards and the backs. I think it is a great opportunity to see an absolute humdinger; that should be the attitude of the teams.”

Meanwhile, former Brumbies fullback Sam Norton-Knight is set to replace Shaun Berne at inside centre for the ‘Tahs. Daniel Halangahu will start at No 10 depending on the fitness of Mat Rogers.