At the end of each game throughout the 2010 Super 14 season over at the forum, readers have submitted their 3-2-1’s for each Australian team. All of these votes will accumulated and an overall 3-2-1 assigned for each match to the three leading point getters for each Aussie team. This is a throw back to the old fashioned best and fairest type voting that various media organisations, and indeed players, would do at the end of the match.
We think so much of the posters on this site that last year we introduced the G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year award, decided by way of the same method (votes made after each test match). King George won the title last year and was so overcome with emotion he soon realised that there was no longer anything he needed to accomplish in World Rugby, and retired.
Let’s hope that same doesn’t occur with this years inaugural (and once off it would seem) Super 14 winners. So now we’re off to have a look back how it all unfolded for the Brumbies.
Round 1 v Force
Brumbies 24 (Josh Valentine, Stephen Moore, Huia Edmonds tries; Stirling Mortlock 3 con 1 pen) defeated Western Force 15 (James O’Connor 5 pen)
Round 2 v Bulls
Bulls 50 (Morne Steyn 2; Fourie du Preez, Gerhard van den Heever, Wynand Olivier tries; Morne Steyn 5 con, 5pen) defeated Brumbies 32 (Rocky Elsom, George Smith, Pat McCabe tries; Stirling Mortlock 1 con, 4pen, Matt Giteau 1dg)
Round 3 v Stormers
Brumbies 19 (George Smith try; Matt Giteau 1 con, 4 pen) defeated Stormers 17 (Pieter Louw try; Joe Pietersen 4 pen)
Round 4 v Lions
Brumbies 24 (Christian Lealiifano, Stephen Moore, penalty tries; Matt Giteau 3 con, 1 pe) defeated Lions 13 (Hannes Franklin try; Burton Francis 1 con, 2 pen)
Round 5 v Sharks
Brumbies 24 (Ben Alexander 2 tries; Matt Giteau 1 con, 4 pen) defeated Sharks 22 (Ruan Pienaar try; Andy Goode 1 con, 5 pen)
Round 6 v Blues
Blues 39 (Joe Rokocoko 2; Rene Ranger, Benson Stanley, Isaia Toeava tries; Stephen Brett 4 con, 1 pen, 1 dg) defeated CA Brumbies 34 (Salesi Ma’afu, Huia Edmonds, Patrick Phibbs tries; Matt Giteau 2 con, 5 pen)
Round 7 v Chiefs
Brumbies 30 (Josh Valentine, Michael Hooper, Matt Toomua tries; Matt Giteau 3 con, 3 pen) defeated Chiefs 23 (Brendon Leonard, Richard Kahui tries; Stephen Donald 2 con, 3 pen)
Round 8 (BYE)
Round 9 v Cheetahs
Brumbies 61 (Ben Alexander 2; Stephen Hoiles, Patrick Phibbs, Tyrone Smith, Rocky Elsom, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Toomua, Alfie Mafi tries; Matt Giteau 6 con, Julian Huxley 2 con) defeated Cheetahs 15 (Sarel Pretorius, Adriaan Strauss tries; Naas Olivier 1 pen, Riaan Vijoen 1 con)
Round 10 v Hurricanes
Hurricanes 23 (Conrad Smith, Victor Vito tries; Aaron Cruden 2 con, 3 pen) defeated Brumbies 13 (Patrick Phibbs, Matt Giteau tries; Matt Giteau 1pen)
Round 11 v Waratahs
Waratahs 19 (Lachie Turner try; Daniel Halangahu 1 con, 4 pen) defeated Brumbies 13 (Matt Giteau 4 pen)
Round 12 v Reds
Brumbies 32 (Ben Alexander 2; Mark Chisholm, Josh Valentine tries; Matt Giteau 3 con, 2 pen) defeated Reds 12 (Quade Cooper 4 pen)
Round 13 v Highlanders
Brumbies 31 (Rocky Elsom, Salesi Ma’afu, Josh Valentine, Matt Toomua tries; Matt Giteau 4 con, 1 pen) defeated Highlanders 3 (Israel Dagg 1 pen)
Round 14 v Crusaders
Crusaders 40 (Sean Maitland, Kieran Read, Owen Franks, Richie McCaw, Zac Guildford tries; Daniel Carter 3 con, 3 pen) defeated Brumbies 22 (Tyrone Smith, Ben Alexander, Huia Edmonds tries; Matt Giteau 2 con, 1 pen)
And that was that for the Brumbies. I think most judges thought there might be an extra game or two at the end of the season but it didn’t happen. Interestingly that one of the players who has copped some flack for sub-par performances this year is actually the winner of the inaugural G&GR Brumbies S14 Player of the Year award. That’s right, star recruit Rocky Elsom. It was a tight finish over try-scoring machine Ben Alexander and the fast finishing (in more ways than one) Adam Ashley-Cooper. The final tally is as follows:
So how about that? Is does somewhat surprise me that Rocky finished on top. In saying that he is a player that I think the punters look out for and he did play some mighty fine rugby this year. Stephen Hoiles so low surprises me as well. I think he carries a bit of a stigma, and perhaps people reacted to his captaincy style, but I thought this was one of his best seasons of footy. And Matt Giteau. In equal 11th. Not the type of finish you want for your leading play maker.