Holmes pips Phibbs

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Holmes pips Phibbs

Josh Holmes has claimed the Brumbies No 9 jersey ahead of Patrick Phibbs for Friday’s big derby match against the unbeaten Waratahs in Canberra.

Coach Andy Friend is tipping Holmes to provide a strong attacking threat after promoting him ahead of Phibbs in a re-arranged backline.

“Josh has also earned his opportunity to start and will definitely test out the Waratahs’ defensive line,” said Friend.

Wallabies skipper Stirling Mortlock moves back from inside centre to his more familiar role at outside centre with Tyrone Smith getting the nod at No12.

Adam Ashley-Cooper moves out to the wing with Clyde Rathbone relegated to the bench while there is one change in the starting pack with blindside flanker Peter Kimlin earning his first start of the season ahead of Julian Salvi.

Hooker Huia Edmonds comes onto the bench for his first appearance in the Brumbies’ match-day 22 this year while Shawn Mackay has been bracketed with Sitaleki Timani, who is in doubt after sustaining a knee injury.

Brumbies – Mark Gerrard, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Stirling Mortlock, Tyrone Smith, Francis Fainifo, Christian Lealiifano, Joshua Holmes, Stephen Hoiles (c), George Smith, Peter Kimlin, Mark Chisholm, Ben Hand, Guy Shepherdson, Stephen Moore, Nic Henderson.
Subs – Huia Edmonds, Ben Alexander, Sitaleki Timani/Shawn Mackay, Julian Salvi, Patrick Phibbs, Matt Toomua, Clyde Rathbone.

Reds rookie thrown in the deep end

Reds prop Ben Daley has been thrust into the starting line up for this weekend’s game against the unbeaten Sharks.

Queensland captain Berrick Barnes believes this youngster is far from fish food and is convinced the rookie won’t crumble against arguably the Super 14′s finest front row.

Fresh from their impressive win over the Blues last weekend the Sharks will be circling the 20-year-old Reds debutant at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night as they look to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Injury to regular starter Greg Holmes gives Daley his second taste of Super Rugby and his first start for the Reds. He was given a teaser last year off the bench against the Crusaders where he was schooled in the first scrum by All Blacks prop Greg Somerville.

Reds - Mark McLinden, Blair Connor, Digby Ioane, Berrick Barnes (c), Peter Hynes, Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas; Leroy Houston, Daniel Braid, Scott Higginbotham, Hugh McMeniman, Adam Byrnes, Laurie Weeks, Sean Hardman, Ben Daley.
Subs – Saia Faingaa, Jack Kennedy, Ezra Taylor, Poutasi Luafutu, Will Genia, Anthony Faingaa, Rod Davies.