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Brumbies pounce on Jaguares

Brumbies pounce on Jaguares

The Brumbies have made it two from two on their magical mystery southern hemisphere tour after a 39-15 win over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

It was a game where the forwards featured heavily but it was the Brumbies backs that shone brightly as they scored five of their six tries with Tom Banks and replacement back Andrew Muirhead securing doubles.

The haul of nine competition points on tour has come at a crucial time as they have all but sewn up the Aussie conference.

The Match

The week off looked to have served the Jagaures well as they used their forwards to good effect in the opening minutes. They had the Brumbies defence scrambling as they used offloads to open up the line but settled for an early penalty goal to Nicolas Sanchez after three minutes.

In contrast, the Brumbies forwards had their fair share of the ball after that score but they couldn’t find any gaps in the Jagaures defensive line with a lot of side-to-side play.

A series of penalties in the Brumbies favour got them deep into the Jagaures half and they used their rolling maul from close range to open their scoring with the try awarded to Sam Carter following a look from the TMO. Hawera’s conversion gave them a 7-3 lead after 15 minutes.

The Jaguares got their hands back on the ball and got a lucky break after a kick through was re-gathered by Joe Powell but his pass back infield was unable to be controlled by Tom Banks only five metres out. The weight of numbers was too much as Tomas Lavanini crashed over from close range as the Jagaures regained the lead at 10-7.

The Brumbies had a few chances to extend their lead with some breaks in midfield but weren’t able to execute with players unable to link up or the scrambling Jagaures defence. They finally did hit back after Tom Banks hit the gas to run through a gap and score his second try in as many weeks following a scrum.

They didn’t need to wait much longer to score again as Banks had his second in as many minutes after Jaguares winger Bautista Ezcurra dropped a kick and Chris Alcock kicked ahead and was gathered by Banks right on the line to make it 17-10.

The Brumbies had two good chances before the half time break to add to their score and instead of taking the shots at goal, they opted for set piece play but their execution let them down to let the Jaguares off the hook.

There were a few instances during the game where some decision making from the Brumbies needed to be better with unnecessary grubber kick attempts and pushed passes creeping into their play.

Just on half time, the Brumbies kicked a penalty goal to take a 20-10 lead on the back of a yellow card to Agustin Creevy.

The second half started with the Brumbies on the attack but, again, their execution was lacking. Aidan Toua made a few breaks but was unable to find support on one occasion and a dropped ball ruined another chance.

The game descended into a scrum fest as the handling started to become an issue for both sides but the Brumbies ended that sequence with their fourth try of the game to Henry Speight with man of the match Tom Banks providing the last pass.

With ten minutes to go, the Brumbies wrapped up the game with a try to replacement back Andrew Muirhead following a grubber kick from Hawera, only the second of about ten that worked in the game. Muirhead was only on a training contract and made the tour after strong games for Royals in the local Canberra rugby competition and he added a second try for good measure not long after as he rolled over and stretched out to score.

The Jaguares had one last score in them with Guido Petti rolling over a maul in the dying minutes to make the final score 39-15.

The Game Changer

No moment really stood out but the pressure from the Brumbies in the second half was too much for the Jagaures as they added three tries in the half


Tom Banks – A try scoring double on the back of last weeks display. Also provided the last pass for Speight’s try and even could have had a third

Wallaby Watch

A big night for the forwards with Sam Carter and Scott Fardy getting amongst it and causing problems for the Jaguares. Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight found decent space when they got their hands on the ball. As a smoky for the upcoming Test series with a few props out injured, Ben Alexander had a good game in his 142nd Super Rugby game

The Details

Score & Scorers

Tries: Carter, Banks 2, Speight, Murihead 2
Conversions: Hawera 3
Penalties: Hawera
Tries: Lavanini, Petti
Conversions: Sanchez
Penalties: Sanchez


40 min – Creevy (Jaguares) – Yellow



  • Bobas

    Great write up.
    The game changer for me was Banks first try. He just cornered the two centres like a 200m sprinter on the bend.
    The two players most responsible for that try was Powell and Banks, both of which combined for the Jags try just minutes before. The immediate lift in confidence for those two and in turn the team after Bank’s first had a massive role for the rest of the game.

    My Motm would have been Allan Alaalatoa with Fardy a close second.

    • There were a few candidates for MOTM but it’s good to have a choice for once.

      Alcock, Banks, Kuridrani and Speight were all solid. Even Muirhead did his job well in his cameo.

      Fardy SHOULD be 6 for the Wallabies if McMahon is out long term, MC if you’re reading this…

      • Bobas

        Michael “Oedipus” Cheika.

        • Keith Butler

          Ah but for MOC, Mumm’s the word.

        • Bobas

          To quote Rainier Wolfcastle, “that’s the joke.”

    • Pedro

      Kuridrani’s line was also key, he committed the two inside men, although Powell held it up well to create that also.

  • Andy

    The Brums are the only Oz team who know how to play and sustain pressure for 80 minutes. That masks their clear flaws, one major one being 10/12.

    Their bench was also impressive. Every player contributes and none are error prone. Compare that to the Tahs bench. I counted 4 turnovers from their replacement hooker in 30 minutes, let alone his inability to tackle or throw straight at the lineout.

    Like the look of Banks and Arnold really now looks like a consistent international standard lock. His partnership with Coleman at Wallaby level has such great potential.

    • Keith Butler

      Arnold and Coleman ready to take it to the next level.

      • Asiseeit

        Could be team mates next year if the Force get booted.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Best combination in Australia at the moment and I’d have Lukhan Tui as the backup

    • idiot savant

      The Force have had a couple pf 80 minute performances but yes you’re right the ponies do it week in week out.

  • Pedro

    Finally a good news story from Australian rugby. A complete performance, away from home against a strong side. A big win at that, foot on the throat style.

    Also two wins on the road is pretty good.

    Thanks for the write up.

    • Bobas

      9 points ahead of the tahs. Both 3 games to go, one away in NZ. Can they wrap it up before the last round, history says no but another 2 wins says they can tank like a Saffa team in the final round.

  • Brumby Runner

    Too many poor kicking options, especially by Godwin. His first instinct seems to be to put it on the boot, but he’s just very poor at it. ATM he is not contributing positively to the game.

    • Bobas

      He is struggling to find space, but at least he’s stayed on the park mostly this year. Same goes with Toua and he’s looked good on the wing.

      • MST

        Always hard to find space if you don’t look for it. In April he claimed it was due to the conditions they had played in yet every game had been played in the dry. He appears to lots of reason why not!

    • MST

      Its only taken 75% of the season for Larkham to move Toua to the wing where he should be and we can see the difference. But it now highlighted the other passenger in the backline; Godwin. The stats show that going to the line is his last resort. His kicking is poor, his option taking is even poorer and he is one of the most prolific passing centres (if not the highest) in the competition. It appears that Larkham is obsessive with keeping him on the park regardless of form to prove a point.

      • idiot savant

        Given his limited running ability and the quality of the men outside him I think passing is a good option!

  • Fatflanker

    Nice to see the passes sticking. Brumbies playing with some confidence –
    if they can keep the improvements on an upward trajectory there will be some slightly nervous kiwis come the finals.

  • idiot savant

    Really liking this Brumby forward pack. There is about 15 of them that have played consistently well all year. Man Rea’s tackle spoke volumes about their commitment in contact and that from the oldest bloke on the park.

    Like Powell too, like his pass, energy, and attitude, though would like to see how he fares behind a less dominant pack. The Reds were just crazy not giving Banks a full contract. The Brums now have a classy back 3.

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