Saia starts for Reds

RICHARD FERGUSON updates followers of the latest Super Rugby news from Australia.

Saia starts for Reds

The Reds have made two changes to their team for the clash against the Blues, both of which are in the front row.

Saia Fainga’a returns to the starting line-up, dropping James Hanson to the bench, while Ben Daley starts ahead of Greg Holmes.

The Reds have had a good run of results, making up ground with the Brumbies at the top of the Australian conference. They are only two points behind and will want to keep the pressure on the Brumbies with a win over the Blues this weekend.

Reds: 15 Jono Lance, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Ed Quirk, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Ben Daley. Substitutes: 16 James Hanson, 17 Greg Holmes, 18 Ed O’Donoghue, 19 Jarrad Butler, 20 Ben Lucas, 21 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 22 Dom Shipperley.

Brumbies opt for consistency

Jake White made a single change to his side to take on the Force this weekend, Scott Sio starting in the front row ahead of Dan Palmer.

Palmer, who is injured, drops from the match 22, with Ruaidhri Murphy coming onto the bench. Sio forces Ben Alexander to the three jersey in the absence of Palmer.

The only other change is to the bench where we see a return from injury for Robbie Coleman, who replaces Clyde Rathbone.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joseph Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Fotu Auelua, 7 George Smith, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Peter Kimlin, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio. Substitutes: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Leon Power, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Pat McCabe, 22 Robbie Coleman.