Brumbies hit by double blow

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Brumbies hit by double blow

The Brumbies will be without injured flyhalf Christian Lealiifano and suspended prop Guy Shepherdson against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.

Lealiifano will be sidelined for three weeks with a hamstring injury, Shepherdson has been suspended for two weeks for striking Danie Rossouw during their win over the Bulls while fullback Maek Gerrard is at least another week away from returning to action after a leg injury.

Back-up prop Salesi Ma’afu is expected to take Shepherdson’s spot, with Nic Henderson moving onto the bench.

Tahs seek attacking remedy

Coach Chris Hickey is ready to revamp the Waratahs backline in a desperate bid to kick-start a charge for the play-offs.

While the NSW coach is pleased with his side’s defence – second only to that of the Crusaders in points conceded – he is frustrated by his backline’s lack of firepower. The Waratahs’ season points tally of 169 from 10 rounds is ranked 11th.

The Waratahs fell to sixth place after defeat to the Western Force in Sydney last weekend.

‘That’s [the backline] an area we have got to have a really close look at,’ said Hickey. ‘Our defence is right up there. But in attack, we haven’t really been able to fire.’

Hickey is set to name a 26-man squad on Wednesday for the Waratahs’ tour to South Africa for games against the Cheetahs, Sharks and Lions.