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Brumbies crash back to earth in Palmerston North

Brumbies crash back to earth in Palmerston North

The Brumbies came crashing down to earth after a brutal visit to Palmerston North, losing 43-13 to the Hurricanes.

The Canes’ Dane Coles pounced on an early David Pocock mistake within the 22m to score the opening try for the in the 9th minute, 7-0. A dubious forward pass call against Brumbies then led to the Canes’ second when Ngani Laumape strolled over for the first of his three to continue the early streak for the Canes, Barrett converted to make it 14-0 after 19.

The Brumbies then hit back through Folau Fainga’a in the 20th in familiar style with a driving maul to trail 14-5. The All Black legend Coles then finished off some smart work from TJ Perenara down the blind side to nail to brumbies on half time. Canes’ 19-8 at half time. The Canes’ opened the second half through a penalty to Barrett extending the lead to 22-8. Errors then held the brumbies back until Laumape again capaitlised on some genius work from Perenara down the short side scoring in the 53rd to make it 29-8. Last weeks’ hero in Canberra, Lealiifano then threw a shocker resulting in an intercept to the Canes with Laumape finishing off his hat trick, Canes 36-8 after 60.

The game then settled before the Brumbies were hit with another set back with a dubious yellow to Pocock in the 63rd. A late consolation try to Tom Wright in the 71st added some respect to the score (36-13) before the Canes’ crossed in the 80th for a resounding 43-13 victory.

Back to the drawing board for McKellar and Brumbies before his side face a strong Rebels side in Melbourne next week.


The Game Changer

the Brumbies were looking strong on the Canes’ line in the early stages when they decided to take the three despite showing early strength up front. Didn’t get back in the board until the 71st.

The G&GR MOTM

Despite 3 to Laumape, TJ Perenara takes the points for an outstanding performance which included the brilliance which consistently gets him an ABs jersey.

Wallaby Watch

Tom Banks was again strong in a losing side, Izzy is on notice.


The Details

Score & Scorers

HURRICANES 43
Tries: Laumape 3 Coles 2, Blackwell
Conversions: Barrett 4, Garden-Bachop
Penalties: Barrett
BRUMBIES 13
Tries: Faingaa, Wright
Conversions:
Penalties: Lealiifano

Cards

Yellow – David Pocock (63’)

  • MungBean

    ouch

  • Hoss

    Does google have a pacific island language translation on it – no, maybe I can help kick one off

    – Type in ‘Simone’ – translation into English ‘Foley’
    – Type in Leliafano – translation ‘missed flight, still back in Canberra some where’
    – Type in ‘Sio’ – translates to ‘Eric Clapton must start’
    – Type in ‘Hoss multi bet’ – translates ‘fucked after 1 game’

    • Keith Butler

      Damn Hoss, looks like we’re buying our own. Disappointed with the Ponies. As HT said below they believed their own hype. Quick word about Dan Coles. Great player but starting to act like a hobby little shite. Good to see the ref put him in his place.

      • Hoss

        Yes mate, one bottle of water with 4 straws please.

        100% with you on Coles. Fine player but overdoses regularly on dickhead pills. I would also argue his ruck clean out immediately before his try was no arms and dangerous.

        Hard to gauge firm isn’t it. Ponies were so very poor last night, Canes did what they needed, a few bling passes from Paranoia and the Mini-bus barging over people as usual, but Ponies didnyhemselves ni favour.

        QC would wake this morning feeling that gold 10 is his to lose.

        • Keith Butler

          Big test next week for both teams at the Stockade. I reckon the Ponies will respond by reverting to their driving game plan. Expect to see more than one line out drive. Rebs game management needs to be spot on to win this one. Laumape, a class player and where does Savea get that energy from, I want some. Sean Mc could have been our equivalent if Cheika hadn’t intervened.

        • David Creagh

          Agree on the comparison between McMahon and Savea.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Agree on Coles needing to pull his head in. I’d probably have warned him and maybe sent him to the bin as a team penalty once the numbers went up.

        • Andy

          Biggest wanker in rugby. Maybe after Beale or Eddie Jones.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          That’s a bit harsh mate. I think there’s bigger wankers out there than Coles

        • Andy

          Yep. I named 2 of them

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Maaaaaate! TBH the Canes did score off a lot of mistakes and I think the Brumbies were trying to do too much too early. At the same time some awfully good handling skills and great vision by the Canes. BB was very good and controlled the game well. Ardie is just a beast and 7 or 8 he’s pretty magic. I thought Pocock was a bit unlucky but I probably would have given him yellow as well it was pretty dumb.
      Bound to be some talk about the home team getting the rub of the green with the referee but pretty normal. Brumbies 8 was very good, I thought Banks was ok more than good but not a lot of chances. Llf was quiet but got shut down by the Canes 7 more than the Chiefs managed.

      Overall I’m pretty happy

      • Hoss

        No qualms with anything you say there KRL. Just abject disappointment, nay frustration with what the Ponies rolled out. They should ask the Canes for a receipt as I believe donations are a taxable deduction and the Ponies sure as shit donated a lot.

        • David Creagh

          TBH Hoss, I think the Brumbies played as well as the ‘Canes let them. Their tactical kicking forced the Brumbies to play from their own half, they made mistakes, the ‘Canes then capitalised.
          There were some exceptional skills on display also with some of the out of the back of the hand passing to runners in depth, at speed sublime.

      • Adrian

        Too much too early summarises it KRL.

        And not as much “luck” as last week. 50:50 passes didn’t stick.

        I think Banks needs a better strategy for the head on tackle, but they aren’t easy.

        Hurricanes on fire however, and great to watch.

  • From NooZealand

    Greetings Hoss and MungBean. The Rebels did well though and that is something to celebrate. Waiting for KRL to show up.

    • Hoss

      Hello my Middle-Earth cousin – your too late, he’s been sticking it to me on an earlier post from today. Having said that. I did lead with my chin…….

      • From NooZealand

        I like the “cousin” bit. Cheers.

  • Huw Tindall

    Brums looked like they believed their own hype and tried to play far too expansive. Should have kept it tight. As it was the Canes did their thing and oh boy did they look good with B.Barrett back in the seat. Looks like he went on a rugby skills camp for honeymoon as he didn’t miss a beat. Thank christ for the Rebels.

    • Who?

      I just wanna know two things about Marika’s falcon. Firstly, how on earth did the ref think that was a knock on?! His hands were nowhere near it! Secondly, why on earth wasn’t he immediately sent off for a HIA?! We had a lady concussed by a kick that wasn’t near as high as that one, that was straight to the face…

      • Huw Tindall

        Both good questions! Think Fijians are built of different materials than the rest of us though so probably shrugged it off no worries.

      • Singapore Sling

        The ref in the Rebs/landers game was very indecisive. On several occasions he awarded a scrum or free kick one way then reversed it after listening to yapping players.

        The brumbies would be disappointed and they were beaten by a better side but they were hurt badly by unseen forward passes. Definitely 2 maybe 3 Canes tries were scored from forward passes. It’s hard enough beating the kiwi side at home without that BS. Tom White is a sharp looking kid I’m looking forward to seeing more from him this year. The brumbies will take down some good team this season.

        Locky Mc has shown Cheika the minimum standard for work rate and physicality required from a backrower. Could you imagine Haningan having the kind of game LM had. I have never seen Hanigan bump off a defender or put in a really solid tackle…..ever! He may be the greatest imposter to ever wear a Wallaby jersey.

        • Brumby Runner

          Tom Wright LK, not White.

        • David Creagh

          Agreed but sadly we will still see the Work Experience Kid in the Wallabies earning an arm chair ride to 50+ caps despite the quality back rowers in Australia. McCaffery, Valentini, Timu, Cottrell, Philip, Dempsey, Hardwick, Scott-Young to name some still in Australia. LFG, McMahon two playing O/S.

    • laurence king

      Gilbert 2

  • Cameron Rivett

    The Brumbies got unlucky a couple of times with the bounce of the ball/ref calls/risky plays resulting in points at the other end of the field. The scoreline doesn’t really represent the skill disparity between these teams, after all the Brumbies beat them near the end of Super Rugby last year.

    Also worth discussing how the change in ref at half-time hurt the Brumbies, as the Hurricanes were infringing all over the park and the new ref was one of those who will never blow his whistle for anything.

    • Brumby Runner

      Alsemi (?) has been extremely unimpressive in two games I watched him this year. What point is there in having a significantly better scrum when the opposition is permitted to play on despite their scrum being demolished before the ball emerges?

      However, the NZ ref was no better. A high tackle on Pocock by Kerifi in first few minutes goes unnoticed; a tip tackle on Kuridrani allowed to play on and ball then turned over; scrum win to the Canes when their LHP had his knee on the ground as soon as the ball had been fed; missed forward pass by at least a metre in the lead up work to a try.

      I’m not complaining that the ref was responsible for the loss. I daresay that as many poor decisions went against the Canes, but didn’t register with me. My complaint is with the overall extremely poor performances of both referees who had control of this game (and the Rebels/Landers as well – when is a clear Falcon a knock on?).

      • John Tynan

        TK tackle didn’t go past the horizontal – granted it was close, and it was actually his actions that stopped it being so. It did have me thinking about what would happen if he had’ve tucked and rolled with it – would that turn it to a penalty?

        • Brumby Runner

          I disagree John. Legs were definitely above the body when he was in the air. Maybe not when he landed but then it’s too late, the offence has been committed. Just determines the severity of sanction.

      • Cameron Rivett

        I never comment on scrum penalties, but most of those other calls were pretty line and I was happy that Briant let the play continue. The forward pass was definitely missed though.

        Refereeing has been a serious issue for several seasons now as teams learn to really push the line of what’s permissible, and only a handful of referees around the world are capable of standing up to it. Most of those can’t even do it consistently. I wonder if a broader review of the refereeing setup is warranted.

      • Hoss

        Agree with plenty there wild colonial boy. Didn’t cost brumbies game, but the standards was very poor. My pet hate across all games this year. Every side is a mile offside at the ruck. ‘Last feet’ seems to have gone out the window.

      • Who?

        I saw the article on here praising his reffing of the Reds/Clan scrum last weekend. My instant thought was, “Why are you praising incompetence?!” If you allow consistent early shoves, then you’re setting yourself up for a scrummaging disaster. Plus, it’s a method weaker scrums use to their advantage – why shouldn’t that be penalized? The Canes did it last night.
        My bias shouldn’t be so obvious, but it does make sense that he’s an Argentinian. As they were the team most likely to ignore the scrum engagement sequence requirements when they first came in back in 2013. They were feeding the scrum at 45º (and generally unpenalized by the typically lazy international refs), because they didn’t believe in hooking. Argentina has a strong history as a scrummaging nation, but they regularly bend laws, so it’s unsurprising that refs from Argentina have similarly unorthodox attitudes to the laws around the scrum.

  • Brumby Runner

    Very disappointing scoreline but that is what happens when a team plays a risky style like the Brumbies have adopted late last year and this. There were just too many hail Mary passes at the end of otherwise good movements and the Hurricanes are the best at punishing those mistakes. Training this week should concentrate on players taking the ball to ground when not in a position to pass to support. Take the turnover tries out of the game and it was a lot closer than the scoreline indicates.

    I thought Blake Enever had a strong game at lock, while Pete Samu and Pocock both won plenty of ball at ruck time. Disappointments were mostly to do with tackling failures along with the poor decision making in off loading when a pass wasn’t on. Think there might be a change to both wingers again next week owing to poor defensive efforts.

    • Singapore Sling

      Loose carries mate! The Rebels were similar. It’s a general problem with all Australia teams. It’s like the balls a giant watermelon seed.

    • Cameron Rivett

      The Chance Peni experiment hasn’t really succeeded in my view. It’s a real shame that Toni Pulu got injured in the first game of the season because I think he was a necessary addition to their back 3.

      • Brumby Runner

        Still think Speight and Talauili might be the best pairing.

  • John Tynan

    I admit I bought into the excitement. At least it was only tipping, not betting.

    • Adrian

      Ditto John

  • Adrian

    I think Brumbies need to stick to what they are doing. They were 5% down on 5 “little” things and we’re smashed.

    I thought Hurricanes were brutal as well as brilliant.

    Q.What other SR side would beat them in that form?
    A. None, but they are rarely in that form

    • Ed

      Saders. Their full-strength pack would strangle the Canes and deny Beauden the space he needs.

      • Adrian

        Probably right Ed

        • Brumby Runner

          But I agree Adrian, the Brumbies need to stick with what they’re doing, just bring a little more patience to the game.

  • Andy

    Too many dropped tackles. The biggest problem with Oz rugby after turnovers.

    Canes really turned up though. Their 12 looks the goods

    • Who?

      Ngani should do, given he’s a capped AB and one of the better options there this RWC…

      • Andy

        Didn’t know that. O well, another one off the conveyer belt…

  • Nutta

    Gudday

    Pride cometh before the fall

    Agree with most on here that Coles is a fool. Good footballer. But hanging around TJ too much. Or maybe watching Kyle too much?

    I also agreed with someone who id’d his no-arms charge on the ruck prior to his try. Latu anyone? Consistency? Or is it too early in the season for darkness cloaks of invisibility conspiracy theories?

    Disappointed Donkeys took the 3 from the early penalty. I know many disagree with me and that’s fine. But when you’re opponent is a try-scoring team and they have committed fouls to stop you scoring tries you simply can’t do what they want and take a play-line that doesn’t score a try. Call the scrum for centre-a-side and either score or force the yellow. taking the 3 that early was simply rewarding their illegalities and set the tone for the rest of the match.

    Hope McCafe is ok and Poey’s card was a terrible call.

    Likewise the failure to go back for the glaringly obvious forward pass on the 2nd try was a terrible call. There had NOT been 2 rucks since so it was just wrong.

    However all that said, the Canes won fair enough. Congratulations to them.

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