Dave Dennis back to captain Tahs vs Brumbies (team sheet)

Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika has made one change to his starting line   up for this weekend’s clash against the TeamsheetsBrumbies with captain Dave Dennis returning   to the side.

Dennis takes over from Stephen Hoiles on the side of the scrum after recovering   from the knee injury that sidelined him from the win against the Reds two weeks   ago.

But after two bonus point wins from two outings, Cheika has refused to make   any further changes to the team.

“I think they have played well enough to deserve more opportunities,”   he said.

“But there are a few players who are pressing hard from the bench as well.   Sekope Kepu is doing very well, he’s pushing hard for his chance. Obviously   it’s difficult for Stephen Hoiles because he had a very good game in the   Queensland match but everyone understands their role in the team.”

In the tight five, the front row remains the same, whilst lock Jacques Potgieter’s   robust display against the Reds has enabled him to keep his spot alongside Kane   Douglas.

The backrow is now Dennis on the blindside, Michael Hooper at openside flanker   and Wycliff Palu at No. 8.

Nick Phipps and Bernard Foley will wear nine and 10, while Kurtley Beale will   continue to make his play for higher honours from the inside centre position.

Relishing his role at outside centre, Adam Ashley-Cooper provides the link   between Beale and the back three of Alofa Alofa, Peter Betham and Israel Folau,   which remains unchanged.

Australia’s best-performing franchise last season and playing at home,   the Brumbies will be a real challenge.  ,I’m not trying to take the   underdog tag, it’s there by right,” said Cheika.

“The Brumbies have got a lot of experience, they were described in the   commentary last week as very efficient and they certainly are that.

“They are best team in Australia, they were 15 minutes away from winning   the Super Rugby competition last year and it’s up to us to take on the   best and try and compete with them away from home.”

With the Waratahs’ ball in hand style and the Brumbies’ kick and   containment, it will be a clash of two styles and a bit of a stand-off says   Cheika.

“It’s a case of who blinks first. I think they know we counterattack   they will try kick it long and pin us down there and wait for us to make a mistake.   The question for us is do we try and not make a mistake or do we counter attack   hard and play our best footy….I think you know what we are going to choose,   so we’ll see how good we are.”


1. Benn Robinson (Eastwood) , 2. Tatafu Polota Nau , 3. Paddy Ryan , 4. Jacques   Potgieter , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Dave Dennis (c) , 7. Michael Hooper    , 8. Wycliff Palu  , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Peter Betham   , 12. Kurtley Beale  , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper  ,   14. Alofa Alofa  , 15. Israel Folau

Replacements from : 16. Tola Latu  , 17. Jeremy Tilse  , 18. Sekope Kepu  , 19 Will Skelton    , 20. Stephen Hoiles  , 21. Pat McCutcheon  , 22.   Brendan McKibbin  , 23. Rob Horne  , 24.   Matt Carraro  , 25. Jonno Lance  ,


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