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After more than 30 years with The Sydney Morning Herald and Fairfax Media in Australia, Greg Growden now writes exclusively online for ESPNscrum. Never afraid to step on toes, you can expect plenty of compelling insight from one of Australia's most renowned rugby writers.
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Greg Growden's Super Rugby final tip
Greg Growden
August 1, 2013

Saturday, August 3

Chiefs v Brumbies, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

Greg Growden and Russell Barwick preview the decider
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If the Brumbies win the final, it will be Australia's best achievement in the 18-year-old tournament simply because of the difficult trek criss-crossing the world they have had to encounter. Jet-lag won't be the problem; keeping the excellent counter-attacking Chiefs at bay will be. The Brumbies won't change their game plan: they'll keep booting everything in their half back down the field; it has worked all season, but it could go awry in Hamilton because the Chiefs are not a team you want to give a leg up - especially in providing them with more possession and more chances to counter-attack. The Chiefs will play at a far higher intensity than did the brain-dead Bulls, and the Brumbies' defensive line, while it is outstanding, is not infallible.

Tip: Chiefs


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