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RE­CRUIT­MENT BAL­ANCE They have David Po­cock back so, on that ba­sis alone, they are up on where they were last year. They will feel the loss of Scott Fardy and To­mas Cubelli but on bal­ance, the Brumbies have a sim­i­lar strength squad to the one they used in 2017. WHAT CAN WE EX­PECT TAC­TI­CALLY? The pro­mo­tion of as­sis­tant coach Dan McKel­lar to re­place the Wal­la­bies-bound Stephen Larkham, leaves an el­e­ment of the un­known about the Brumbies.

They were a lit­tle more ad­ven­tur­ous in 2017 than they were in 2016, but it would be a sur­prise if they are not a safety-first team that will still re­vert to the driv­ing maul as their go-to op­tion.

The re­turn of Po­cock means they will win turnovers and the po­ten­tial to counter at­tack will be there. GUT FEEL – RISERS OR FALL­ERS? Nei­ther. We are ex­pect­ing more of the same from the Brumbies and don’t see them nec­es­sar­ily be­ing dif­fer­ent in any sig­nif­i­cant way. WHERE WILL THEY FIN­ISH? They have edged the Aus­tralian Con­fer­ence in the last two years but we don’t think they will have quite enough fire power to pull that off again. Or more ac­cu­rately, we think the Waratahs will fi­nally pull fin­ger and come closer to ful­fill­ing their po­ten­tial which is greater than the Brumbies’.

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