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Brumbies break the drought against the Hurricanes

Brumbies break the drought against the Hurricanes

It’s been over 800 days since the Brumbies last defeated a side from New Zealand but the Brumbies finally broke the drought with a 24-12 win over the Hurricanes.

It was four tries to two in the end but could have been more as a number of chances went begging with a mixed bag from the Brumbies attack on the night allowing the Hurricanes defence free reign at times.

There was certainly plenty of action throughout with Kyle Godwin getting over the line in the first half followed by Folau Fainga’a, Rory Arnold and Andy Muirhead in the second half with the Hurricanes tries coming within the opening 15 minutes to TJ Perenara and Julian Savea.

The running battle with Nick Briant, Perenara and David Pocock was also a highlight as all three looked to further their refereeing careers with some ‘advice’ handed out at various times, whether it was needed or not but it was Pocock who would come out the winner as he claimed man of the match honours.

The Match

The Hurricanes got off to quick start with a try within four minutes to Perenera. He was lurking at the back of a Brumbies lineout five metres out and Joe Powell couldn’t have picked him out any better as he threw an intercept to Perenara who dived to collect the ball and score in the same motion.

The Brumbies had their chance with the ball and benefitted from some ill discipline from the visitors in their own 22. They declined shots at penalty goal and spread the ball wide and Connacht-bound Kyle Godwin replied for the Brumbies.

Even without a host of players, the Hurricanes looked in control and with Perenara running the backline and combining with Jackson Garden-Bachop, they had the Brumbies defence on the back foot and Julian Savea only needed a bit of space to have the Hurricanes second try.

The Brumbies were playing down their own end for most of the half with limited chances to attack with the Hurricanes defence hard to crack. One of the few times they did get down in the Hurricanes 22 after a break from Rory Arnold, Jordie Barrett disrupted the ball and after a look from the TMO it was ruled legal as the ball was raked backward. That was followed by a penalty to get the Hurricanes off the hook.

The Brumbies looked to have hit back just before the break but Isi Naisarani was short in grounding the ball as he reached out and then knocked on which summed up the Brumbies half as a poor grubber option from Lealiifano ended the half at 12-5.

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The Brumbies only needed two minutes to level the scores in the second half as the Hurricanes discipline again got them in trouble. This time an early tackle after they dropped the restart allowed the Brumbies a 5 metre lineout and after rolling it close, Folau Fainga’a came up with try and save the Hurricanes from a certain yellow card.

The Hurricanes went close to hitting back almost immediately as Nehe Milner-Skudder put on the stutter after the Hurricanes made some easy metres out wide and he dived to score but the TMO ruled his foot was in touch, proving that highlight yellow boots don’t always look great.

But it was the Brumbies who would take the lead as they attacked from close range and the big frame of Rory Arnold reached out to score to make it 17-12.

The discipline of the Hurricanes finally caught up with them as replacement Blade Thomson, who only just came onto the field, copped a yellow card as the trend of penalties started to creep back into their play.

Even without much possession the Hurricanes defence stood up well to repel the Brumbies attack, as their strength in the tackle to hold the player up and earn a scrum was evident.

The Brumbies had the Hurricanes on the ropes but their attack was struggling to land the killer blow with some poor decisions and handling errors not helping their cause.

Kyle Godwin went close to scoring his second of the match as he tried to make something out of nothing with a rare successful chip kick over the top but lost the ball right on the line.

Andy Muirhead was the next to bomb a try for the Brumbies after Lealiifano had linked up with Tevita Kuridrani Matt Lucas down the left wing but Jordie Barrett made a miraculous try saving effort to deny the try that looked certain to be scored.

But he would make up for that effort after a big scrum gave the Brumbies advantage and a wide pass found him on the win to seal a long awaited win, 24-12.



The Game Changer

The second half performance was pretty scratchy from the Brumbies with a few butchered chances but they did enough to keep the Hurricanes scoreless in the second period.


The G&GR MOTM

David Pocock – He got belted around the ruck numerous times and had a good verbal sparring session with TJ Perenara


Wallaby Watch

Not much Test series hangover for Pocock. With limited time in the Test series, Rory Arnold Folau Fainga’a and Tevita Kuridrani – who ran for 105 metres – had strong games


The Details

Score & Scorers

BRUMBIES 24
Tries: Godwin, Fainga’a, Rory Arnold, Muirhead
Conversions: Lealiifano, Lucas
Penalties:
HURRICANES 12
Tries: Perenara, J Savea,
Conversions: J. Barrett
Penalties:

Cards

54 mins – Blade Thomson (Hurricanes) – Yellow

  • Brumby Runner

    Another near miss when Joe Powell was caught inside the 5m line.

  • Archie

    Congrats Brumbies, well deserved.

    Canes really missing Beauden’s influence, and Ardie, Shields and Fifita’s go forward. They’ll hopefully be back rested and healthy before the finals.

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      Indeed. But have the Canes looked like the Canes for the last 4-5 matches? I don’t really think so…

      • Archie

        No agree. Something’s not right

        • Richard Patterson

          The Hurricanes leadership group is dreadful. Lack composure and rugby intelligence when pressure builds and unless they address it very quickly they will flame out of this competition very early. I would not be holding my breath.

          Congrats to all Brumbies fans. Suddenly playing in Canberra in winter got tough again.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          ‘The Hurricanes leadership group is dreadful.’

          Is this due to Shields leaving, or do you think something is wrong with the leadership group/coach?

        • Bakkies

          Can’t be the coach Plumtree has been there for the past three years.

          I would put it down to the players. Particularly the half backs Perenara has a reputation of appealing for penalties and Barrett got a string of yellows last year for cynical infringements. He did the same thing for the ABs against Argentina at home.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I think Peranera being a dick rubs off on the rest of the players and they lose focus. It only takes one bad egg to ruin things and he’s the one ruining things for the Canes

        • Tomthusiasm

          Mate, I disagree, he’s a halfback – it’s his job to be a yappy prick. Maybe he shouldn’t be captain but Coles and Shields are injured and he’s next in line. Canes are definitely in a lull period, but came up against a hungry side that wanted it more. Last time we lost in the berra we won the title later that year, I live in hope!

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I think he takes it to far. I agree that it’s part of his role to be that link and get in the players ear but I don’t think he approaches the referees the right way. TBH I’d have someone else as captain. I don’t think being a senior player automatically means you can be captain and I think he fails at it

        • Tomthusiasm

          You’re probably right, I’m struggling to think who’d replace him though. Perhaps Riccitelli, as he’s been an 80min player all year in Coles’ absence.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Yeah he also seems a bit calmer of temperament than Perinara

        • Richard Patterson

          I think their on-field leadership group has this “this is us, this is the way we play” attitude. It’s edgy, hostile and I believe disrespectful to officials, the opposition and to the sport. Dane Coles led it and TJ Peranara has continued it. It might work when you’re flogging average teams in Wellington – but works as a gigantic obstacle in tight contests against smart opposition. We saw that last night!
          Somehow the Hurricanes don’t want to change (learn?). They need to learn very quickly or they might as well all book a 3 week holiday in Fiji for late July.

        • Mica

          First time an Aussie team has been called smart in a long time. A bit generous. Watching the game I would say less regularly dumb to be honest.

        • Richard Patterson

          Haha. Strong point!! Not hard to look smart right now against this Chris Boyd coached, TJ Peranara led team.

        • Tomthusiasm

          Under Chris Boyd the Canes have at least made the semis each year, what exactly has he been doing wrong again?

        • Richard Patterson

          With a playing roster as loaded as the Hurricanes one, he / they should be making the semi’s each year!
          This is the guy who made some rather disparaging remarks about NZ Rugby and complained that he had had no correspondence with Steve Hansen for 3 weeks. Really? Seemed very at odds with commentary from Hansen — and the other 4 Super Rugby coaches. This is the guy that has failed to reign in a culture of unruliness and ill-discipline that has festered within the Hurricanes now for 2 years. Boyd acts like a guy with a chip on his shoulder. His side is playing like it. Sides like that don’t typically go far when they come up against smarter, more organised, better disciplined sides. I sense the 2018 Hurricanes are about to learn that. After all, 1 competition win in 21 years of trying kinda tells you something doesn’t it? I hope I am wrong.

    • Hurricanes are at risk of not making the finals. Resting so many players for this game could turn out tragic for them if they don’t.

      • Bakkies

        They will make it due to Sanzaar’s farcical 8 team format. I would expect the Rebels undeservedly to make it due to this.

        • Ed

          A pity the Shorks dropped too many points in their conference. They are equal fourth from inter-conference results. The Reds have accumulated the most post points of the AUS conference against sides not from their conference, 15 from a possible 40. For context, the Crusaders have 37 from a possible 40. The best performed RSA/ARG side outside their conference is the Shorks with 22 points.
          The Brums and the Rebels have one game each against inter-conference rivals to come.

        • Archie

          Even more farcical… the Canes have more points than both the Waratahs and Lions yet are behind them both on the log. What a joke

        • Bakkies

          NZRU probably is to blame. A for not using their right to veto and B having 8 teams in the finals no doubt has their hands all over it. Probably thinking they can get all their sides in to the finals.

        • Archie

          Yep I think you’re on to something there. I also believe they had something to do with 9/11. B*stards

        • Missing Link

          I for one can’t wait for the Rebels to make the finals, I’ll be cheering them on!

        • Perth girl

          But their not your team ML, so you told me!

        • Missing Link

          Will happily support any Aus team in the finals – would have said the same if it was the Force.

      • Ed

        Canes will finish sixth at worst even if they lose their last two matches.

    • Missing Link

      Beauden Barrett has become NZ greatest talent, absolutely indispensable, probably only Mo’unga or McKenzie could step up. The Rebels did a good thing flicking Garden-Bachop last year, and West was pretty average when he came on. Sopoaga has lost it a bit and the Blues kid could be good in a few years. Then you have Mike “Fossil” Delaney, I almost shit myself when I saw him run on, I thought he was one of the Crusaders coaching team :)

      • Archie

        Haha so true about Delaney. He’s still got it though! (to some extent).

        Gives hope to those of us who thought we were well past our use-by-date, that we may rediscover some old talent :)

  • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

    I actually thought the second half performance was by far our best this entire season in terms of creating a lot of attacking plays and building pressure.

    Our support running and decision making in the red zone needs improving (I thought they were trying too hard to score off every play, rather than recycling and trying to score in the next phase or two), but some wonderful attacking moments. The first time the team has really produced that attacking, unstructured rugby that McKellar was talking about at the start of the season. If our support play and decision making had been better we could have had another 2-3 tries I thought.

    Congratulations Brumbies, and congratulations McKellar, you’ve received a lot of criticism this season but you now definitely deserve some praise. Well done.

    • Adrian

      Honestly, I didn’t think the Brums had the cattle to play the way the coach has wanted them to.
      They proved me wrong,…at least tonight!

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        I think their really big issue (which may get worse next year) is a non functioning 10-12 axis.

        • Bakkies

          I would expect Hansen to get game time next year. Should get game time against the Tahs with an expected loss against the Chiefs away from home coming up.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I think that McKellar will play his strongest team against the Waratahs regardless. I believe that he will really want to finish the season with a better win percentage than they achieved last year.

          If Lealiifano leaves Canberra I think they’ll definitely play Hansen. Will he be ready though?

        • Bakkies

          He can play Hansen off the bench. We won’t know if he is ready until he gets a shot. Brumbies used to be far better a than blooding young talent.

          Would like to see Erasmus off it too. A waste signing him than putting him in club Rugby for the bulk of the season.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Well, yeah, it isn’t like Jackson-Hope is ever being brought on, and Hawera has had his chances and not taken them. Agreed about Erasmus.

        • Bakkies

          The best I saw Hawera play was off the bench against the Bulls. Both flyhalfs had runners off 10 in motion so they had players to put away in space. This is rather than static ball off 9 and getting smashed. He nailed crucial sideline kicks as Leiliifano kicked like a drain off the tee he missed two right in front on the 22.

          I would expect Leiliifano to stay as the Japanese will have two truncated seasons due to the RWC and they have already finished the season far earlier to help the Sunwolves.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          So you think Hawera is capable of more? He’s worth persevering with? Because I imagine it would be between him and Hansen off the bench.

          Lealiifano said he was interested in trying to push for a spot in the RWC team so I would expect him to try and stay also.

          A few months ago we were discussing where Cusack’s longterm position would be, as I was unsure whether it would be blindside flanker (in which case I think he’d have to adda. few kgs) or openside. Do you still think it’s on the blindside?

        • Bakkies

          Naisarani is off to the Rabble so I would expect Valetini whose injuries concern me go to 8. It really is blindside by default. He really is the blindside (lineout option and can fetch) the Wallabies need in the long term as I don’t Tui will get through seasons without injury.

          McKellar and Larkham pinned their tail to the Hawera mast. With Godwin leaving he may go to 12 in any case. The other reason for that is goal kicking.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I just feel like Valetini (like Uelese) isn’t physically ready. He’s too young.

          Is Naisarani definitely off them?

          The collapse of Lealiifano’s kicking has been depressing.

        • Bakkies

          Valetini is probably filling out like most 19 year olds. Not good when you combine that with excessive heavy weight lifting.

          Yeah it is depressing. Muirhead and Banks are covering his line kicking. Christian’s was bad up at Ulster.

        • Ed

          Reports were Isa has signed with Melbourne after the announcement of Pete Samu joining the Brums next year. It makes sense as Naisarani probably had a good relationship with Wessels.

        • Bakkies

          I don’t know where he is going to play Samu. Starting Pocock and Samu will sacrifice the Brumbies main strength, the lineout.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I think Samu is the perfect replacement as he can play anywhere in the back-row.

          Also, Valetini doesn’t really take much line out ball yet, so it is possible he will be on the bench as it will give him more time to develop. Same takes a bit of line out ball for the Crusaders.

        • Adrian

          Agree 100%

        • Hoss

          Morning mate, what is CLL doing next year – is he at the Brumbies again ??

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          He has signed with Japan for the upcoming season. Says he is interested in coming back to the Brumbies next year though, although nothing confirmed.

        • onlinesideline

          sounds familiar !

        • idiot savant

          If the Brums draft Deegan and Pa’auia to 10 and 12 they will be a force next season.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Is that possible?

        • idiot savant

          I think Deegan will be available after his Force stint. The Reds would have to let DPA go a year early but as Thorn prefers Kerevi at 12, he is not going to play much.

    • Bakkies

      Not sure if you watched the Bulls match at Loftus that was the first time it clicked and got a result.

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        Good point, with the break I had sort of forgotten about that match.

        • Bakkies

          Things were promising in the Lions match until Arnold acted the maggot and Carter got binned straight after.

  • Bobas

    Cheers for this Steve.

    I’ve never seen a slap down called a rake backwards before and if that’s the case it should be a scrum brums as therefore it’s not a Powell knock on?

    The Hurricanes got about 7 final warnings. A cane was deliberately using Pocock’s chin as an anchor point to clear him from the ruck but that’s penalty only for a deliberate act of foul play.

    Congrats to the Brumbies, the Hurricanes are a great side.

    My MOTM would have gone to Folau Fainga’a, not a foot wrong in the line-out today, played his guts out and second to only Mr TT (Taneila Toupo) in borrowing over from close range. A dynamic weapon who basically carried the Brumbies front row (Sio went off after 15) and made them competitive the entire match. Probably a 10 if I was rating this game, massive win.

    • Pedro

      Yeah that slap down could’ve been a yellow on another night. I can’t see how it’s a knock on, but it doesn’t matter now.

      Good win all things considered.

    • Bakkies

      Fainga’a was man of the match.

    • With so much chat around Folau this week, some might have thought I had the wrong guy.

      Pocock got MOTM at the ground but I did not hear who got TV MOTM but both were worthy winners.

    • I’d have given it to Rory Arnold. I thought he had a huge match.

      • Bobas

        Handy when the opposition thinks they’ve seen the back of him and his genetically identical twin replaces him with a full tank of stamina.

        • Brumby Runner

          Richie put in a sequence of big hits when he came on.

    • The rake of the scrum half should have been a yellow, no matter what direction the ball went. Any referees can correct me if I’m wrong. Also, I think if Milner-Skudders kick had gone to the TMO, there were no players onside, so would have been called a penalty try.

    • Bakkies

      That slap out of Powell’s hands just before half time took the biscuit. Blatant playing the scrumhalf and cost the Brumbies momentum and significant loss of territory.

      • Bobas

        I haven’t seen anyone get away with that before. So glad the brumbies got the win, the cynical play was making my blood boil.

        • joy

          Be gentle. The Kiwis are learning how to lose.

  • Bobas

    “With limited time in the Test series, Rory Arnold Folau Fainga’a and Tevita Kuridrani”

    Change limited to zero.

    Add Banks to that list, he was dynamic and close to error free, which is what you want between the games where he gets to open stride.

    • Bakkies

      For Banks to get a start at fullback Cheika will have to get approval from Mrs Folau. His line kicking was crucial. Brumbies can’t afford to butcher that many chances against the Chiefs. Left a crucial bonus point out there.

  • Nutta

    Thanks Steve

    Good win Donkeys

    A couple of random thoughts:

    • Great game Blake Enever

    • Kyle Godwin – don’t chip kick ever again. Ever. Please.

    • I thought slapping the ball off the halfback was not tolerated

    • Toby Smith owned Ben Alexander

    • I’m getting tired of seeing cheap shots on Pocock

    • Do you think TJP recognises that his behaviour actually alienates the Ref?

    • Bobas

      Kyle ‘Goodwin’ is what the saffa comms call him.

      • Nutta

        The Saffas always butcher the names of folk they lost. Same with Pocock and Rathbone.

        • Bakkies

          The never had Godwin and Pocock. They both emigrated from Zimbabwe as children.

        • Nutta

          No, but it just makes me chuckle the number and consistency of Jarpies who will weave it into the chat at some point. It’s like Oz & NZ cracking each other over having Polys in their teams.

        • Missing Link

          SA had their “Pocock”, his name was Heinrich Brussouw and for some reason their own coach left him out of the team in favour of playing 3 massive units!

        • Nutta

          I’ve often wondered about the Saffa propensity for Terminator T1000’s and ignoring a Fetcher. They’ve relied on Bismark DP and the current Lions guy at Hooker. They’ve largely ignored the ability of Kwagga and guys like that i reckon.

        • Bakkies

          Brussouw also had injury problems.

    • Pedro

      The kicking was weird at times as it never seemed necessary. That is, the canes defense gave up metres without trying anything fancy.

    • Kyles off North. He can chip kick as much as he wants until he comes back.

    • Archie

      Re Pocock… yep it was the same with McCaw. Constantly targeted with cheap illegal (and usually unpunished niggle). It’s infuriating right? I remember Tuqiri’s spear tackle, Dean Greyling’s elbow to the back of his head, Aurelien Rougerie‘s cowardly eye gouge in the RWC final, Nic Stirzaker stomping on Gisborne groin, Scott Higginbotham kicking in the head (that won wasn’t even cited let along penalised or red carded)… and I haven’t even got to Wales and England yet.

      So yeah it sucks. Perhaps it’s a number seven thing. Doesn’t make it any easier to swallow right

    • Archie

      Re Pocock… yep it was the same with McCaw. Constantly targeted with cheap illegal (and usually unpunished niggle). It’s infuriating right? I remember Tuqiri’s spear tackle, Dean Greyling’s elbow to the back of his head, Aurelien Rougerie‘s cowardly eye gouge in the RWC final, Nic Stirzaker stomping on his groin, Scott Higginbotham kicking him in the head (that one wasn’t even cited let along penalised or red carded)… and I haven’t even got to Wales and England yet.

      So yeah it sucks. Perhaps it’s a number seven thing. Doesn’t make it any easier to swallow right

      • Bakkies

        H’bum was banned for the headbutt in the same match.

      • Bobas

        KFC nz just brought out a new menu item. The Pocock. They start with the best part, the neck, and then they add secret hobo spices. Heaped on to a crusty roll with a bit of sheep’s choice mayonnaise.

        • Bobas

          “Hi drive through operater bro, it’s Bin Skeen here,
          I would like 4 fried nick rolls and a coke, charge it to my camera 7″

      • Gun

        I thought you kiwis would be above that behaviour. Those players should be reported immediately to the crime against niceness officials.

      • Nutta

        Dude you seriously need to get that chip off your shoulder. It must cost you a bomb in chiropractic fees.

        What’s really sad in rugby atm is this forensic ‘look at me’ interference by tmo on the most innocuous shit whereas deliberate, targeted proper-dangerous foul play is ignored. And I’m sorry old mate but NZ leads the world in this garbage. That said, I really don’t care who does it to whom – it’s shit.

        But as I’ve said multiple time before, for every act of the antichrist on one side, the opponent will have a perceived wrong on theirs.

        But from my POV – on an Aussie site talking Aussie rugby – NZ foul play can all be traced back to James Allen. Everything was just fine until that filthy bastard showed up.

        • Archie

          Yep disagree. Ironically I think the same about past Wallabies.

          Just looking at some of the Australian involved incidents above, when they happened they were largely ignored by Aussie fans… if you do that (and Im sure every nation’s fans do) you only build a library of incidents in your mind you actually want to commit to memory, I.e. only those ones that support your preferred narrative.

          Point and case, you imply Kiwis own dirty play, yet when I show evidence to the contrary, you shrug it off with a flippant remark about a chip on my shoulder.

        • Nutta

          Dude, you consistently come on here with an open agenda to bait and then you act aggrieved when you get a verbal slap-back? I’ve been watching your feigned ‘egalitarian participation’ for a while now and it’s really a bit tiresome.

          I hear the Chinese government has a group of Web-Prowlers whose job it is to proactively patrol non-Chinese websites, ingratiate themselves with some ‘Hale Fellow Well Met’ bullshit and then slap down any criticism of The Great Nation on open media. That’s their job. I guess you are the AIB version of that? Tell me- do they pay you or do you do this for spank and giggles?

          I’ll make a couple of passing comments about AIB foul play – proper foul play – and I’ll leave it at that. As far as I can recall (and I’m a pretty open minded guy under my sarcasm) a Wallaby has not ever done anything to an All Black that comes remotely close to what Meads did to Catchpole, what Low did to Carozza or even what Franks did to Douglas.

          There’s been rucking, there’s been punching (and seriously Micheal Brian on Frank Bunce was a national humiliation to us because throwing all those punches for simply zero impact on the target was just embarrassing), there’s been high tackles, shady whacks and whatever else both ways. That’s rugby. But for simple, sheer outright acts of one-off unjustified thuggery we lose and you win. Over the years your closest rival was probably the French but they’ve dropped off the pace a bit in the last 20yrs or so.

          Anyway, good luck to you. You see being a white ant on this site as your crusade. So fair sailing and I wish you well. I won’t interact with you again.

        • Archie

          Mate I have no agenda, just enjoy the debate with equally passionate rugby fans. Sure like everyone else I’m partial on certain topics and because of that you get in to disagreements, and you sometimes get defensive, but that’s just inevitable. I’m really sorry to annoy or cause any offence, certainly none intended Nutta.

        • onlinesideline

          Im seeing alot of deleted comments here. Who said what ?
          Did someone mention Richard Loe ?

        • Archie

          Haha yeah. Bit of foul play going on… TMO decision pending.

          Nah, I know I deleted a comment I posted because I made a bad spelling mistake in it.

      • Pedro

        Gagr, still haunted by how hard done by Richie Mccaw was throughout his career.

        • Nutta

          I know. It’s like the Orange Marches in Nth Ireland.

        • Pedro

          Imagine what he could have achieved if he just got a fair go.

      • joy

        No mention of Cooper’s pat on the head?

        • Archie

          Nah, that was cowardly you’re right, but he’s a Kiwi… I was really thinking of examples of non-Kiwis

      • Funk
        • Greg

          Cooper cited for biting?

      • juswal

        ‘usually unpunished’, Archie? History is full of these awkward things called facts.

        Tuqiri suspended. Greyling suspended. Stirzaker suspended. Higginbotham suspended. Rougerie not cited because McCaw had to take his medicine after kneeing Morgan Parra in the head and putting him out of the match.

        I loved watching Lote Tuqiri tackle McCaw. He tossed him around, slammed him and roughed him up.

        • Archie

          Haha, I’m sure you did. And I’ve loved watching New Zealand smash Aus and hold the Bledisloe Cup aloft every year for almost two decades (although it is getting a bit the boring now)… but what you and I each love watching is probably not that relevant to whether someone deserves to be subjected to dirty play.

        • juswal

          Where did you get the idea that any player deserves it? There is no ‘whether’ on that score.

  • formerflanker

    That neck roll on Pocock illustrates all that is wrong with the Laws of rugby.
    Tackler grabs player high – deliberate. Has a chance to stop but doesn’t.
    Tackler decides to use head as lever and pulls – deliberate. Has a chance to stop during the roll but doesn’t.
    Tackler continues to thrust players head onto ground – deliberate. Has the opportunity to stop but doesn’t.
    Laws of the game, designed to protect the head, allow for penalty only.
    Rubbish. The neck roll takes a lot of time and the tackler could stop at any time. Thus a completed neck roll is deliberate and should result in a yellow card.

    • 22DropOut

      Pocock acts completely illegally at the breakdown too, unfortunately it is countered by such other illegal activities. The referees need to be more disciplined full stop.

      • formerflanker

        Are you seriously comparing “not support own weight” at the breakdown with a wrench on the head and neck of a player? Using your logic then Pocock’s team mates should counter the neck roll with an fists and elbows assault on his attacker.

        • 22DropOut

          No I am not drawing an equivalence to that, obviously.

          The fact is he does act illegally at the breakdown, and that is countered by other illegal acts. Obviously physically dangerous acts like neck-rolling are more serious. it is symptomatic of referees losing control of the game they should be governing.

        • Greg

          Agreed, you can’t compare and I don’t think you were trying to.

          A neck roll or some of the other activities were conscious acts rather than something marginal like “not supporting own weight”

        • Parker

          22 DropKick has taken up the role of resident troll from the moment he/she appeared on this site. Do not feed. Best ignored.

  • The win never seemed possible, but you knew once Ihaia West came on it was game over and one to chalk up. Hurricanes will really rue that loss, especially as they underestimated the Brumbies and thought they could rest a few key players.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Well done Brumbies. Nothing to complain about you wanted it more and played better.

    Canes really missed some of their players but that’s no excuse for some of the poor decisions and dumb plays. Like a lot here I wish Perenara would just Shut the Fuck Up. I think this is something that needs work as I can see a decision going his way in the future as he acts like a twatt and pisses off the referee.

    This opens up both conferences a bit and I think that’s a good thing, even though I’m still pissed at some of the dumb play. Hurricanes really need to look at themselves here.

    Oh, and well done Hoss, you won this round mate

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      Hoss certainly did :D . Bad luck mate.

  • Nicholas Wasiliev

    That TJ try was absolute filth. From that point on afterwards though, the Brums were solid.

    Got one very happy fan here. Build on this performance lads. One week at a time from here on out.

    • Archie

      Not sure if you’ve seen it but the Sunwolves went one better in terms of gifting a try to the opposition… massive 25m quick throw on their own line, straight to Jesse Kriel. Quite crazy

      • Mica

        Don’t think TJPs try was a gift. His timing, anticipation and execution had to be perfect and it was. Brilliant piece of play on his part. In real time I thought he had to be offside and the officials cocked up, but it was fine. Now if he could just shut his yap, I could get on board his fan club. :)

        • Archie

          Good call. Yeah I’d like him to tone down the chirping a bit too.

        • Brumby Runner

          He does need to cut out his continual yapping. He is otherwise the best of the NZ No 9s at this time. Even better than Aaron Smith imo.

        • Mica

          I don’t know Aaron is pretty good at tapping too. :)

    • Missing Link

      TJ’s try was no doubt a piece of acrobatic brilliant, but I question why he was standing where he was and not behind the lineout where he should have been? Was it not offside?

      • Brumby Runner

        I am pretty sure he was within the 15m line so probably legally comprised part of the lineout. What it might have meant for numbers in the lineout, I haven’t checked and have no idea. If he was legally there, then I think he was within his rights to do what he did. But it certainly was an impressive piece of athletic ability.

  • Greg

    There are quite a few comments here about Pocock being targeted off the ball.

    I didn’t see the match. Was it over the top or just the stuff that happens in every game?

    • Nutta

      It depends who you ask.

      It was enough for cautions to be issued post game but these are the same people who think Skeen does a bang-on job, that Folou’s natural athleticism deserves to be rubbed out of the game but it’s ok to smash a Frenchmans face in with a swinging arm and a shoulder charge.

      It was enough to make even someone who fancies a bit of robust play like me say ‘Steady on’ but then the McAwe lovers showed up and made it all about a retired player and all the dastardly deeds done to him instead.

      So I dunno. Eye of the beholder I guess.

      • juswal

        Kiwi fundamentalists hijacked the thread and flew it into the side of McCaw Mountain

      • Richard Patterson

        Right out of the Phil Kearns playbook of Intelligent Rugby Analysis Nutta.

  • Missing Link

    Well done Ponies, great win, well deserved!

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