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By Jess Fagan

 

After an impressive start to their 2015 Super Rugby campaign, the ACT Brumbies have been dealt a major blow. David Pocock, who captained the side in their win over the Reds, has been ruled out of Friday’s clash with the Chiefs, after he suffered a grade-one syndesmosis injury.

 

He was brilliant for the Brumbies in a man-of-the-match performance on Friday night, but didn’t train with the side on Monday. Having spent so long on the sidelines, Pocock admitted it was a disappointing outcome, but he’s confident he’s in good hands with the Brumbies medical team and the injury is treatable.

 

Coach Stephen Larkham was quick to point out the injury wasn’t related to Pocock’s knee problems. The star flanker will be assessed every week until he’s fit to return to action.

 

It’s disappointing for the Brumbies, but they will take plenty of positives away from their dominant, six tries to none win over the Reds. The Canberra side got off to a quick start and kept up the momentum, running in 47-3 winners. They leave for New Zealand on Wednesday.

 

In another all-Aussie clash, the Western Force proved too good for the NSW Waratahs. The Waratahs will be looking to bounce back quickly as they now prepare to face the Melbourne Rebels on Friday.

 

The Rebels scored a 20-10 win over the Crusaders in Christchurch in round 1, their first win on foreign soil.

 

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