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Moore downplays Waratahs anger at Brumbies but admits big rivalry

Sydney: The NSW Waratahs lit a fire with claims ACT Brumbies captain Ben Mowen and prop Stephen Moore had dobbed on a group of their players on the Wallabies tour
13 Mar 2014 14:47

Sydney: The NSW Waratahs lit a fire with claims ACT Brumbies captain Ben Mowen and prop Stephen Moore had dobbed on a group of their players on the Wallabies tour in Dublin last year, but Moore has downplayed the possibility tempers could erupt after saying a lot of the claims were “false”.
And Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher says they will focus on their own game rather than worry about Israel Folau and the Waratahs star-studded back line, because they had “too much class” to have a “totally defensive mindset”.
The Waratahs re-ignited old tensions with the Brumbies, which date back to the birth of Super Rugby, when they said they’d take aim at Mowen and Moore because they saw them as responsible for four Waratahs players being suspended, and five more receiving warnings, for drinking or breaking team curfew in the lead-up to the Test against Ireland, as part of a group of 15 that were punished.
Brumbies Scott Fardy and Nic White were both given warnings.
The claims quickly squashed by Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie, but it’s created a potentially explosive situation that could erupt when the arch rivals meet at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night.
Moore admitted the claims were being driven by someone, but said there was “no ill feeling between any of us and any of the Waratahs”.
– Sydney Morning Herald




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