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Brumbies secure Australian conference

Brumbies secure Australian conference

The Brumbies have secured the Australian Conference, defeating the Waratahs 35-24 to record their 6th win of out their last 7 games against their northern rivals. The Brumbies blew out the Waratahs in the first half, recording 28 unanswered points to race out to a 28-3 lead at the half time break. The Waratahs would show some fight in the second half to give their fans some hope, however, the Brumbies were ultimately too strong, led by strong performances from their forward pack and Christian Lealiifano.

The Brumbies seem to be hitting their strides right in time for a strong finals push, and the victory secures home-field advantage for the quarter-finals and hopefully the semifinals (if results go their way). As for the Waratahs, this should rule them out of finals contentions, which is fitting as their performance tonight and across the past 4-6 weeks has not been worthy of earning a spot to play finals football.

The Match

The Waratahs opened the scoring after marching into the Brumbies 22 from a 40m kick by Damien Fitzpatrick of all people. NSW would earn a penalty after catching Tom Cusack offside, which Bernard Foley converted from right in front to put them ahead 3-0.

This would mark the last time the Waratahs would threaten the Brumbies line for 30 minutes, with the Brumbies hitting back immediately from the restart, grinding their way to the Waratahs goal-line before lock Rory Arnold crashed over to put them in front 7-3.

They continued to assert their dominance minutes later, with a lovely worked line-out play opening up the Waratahs before Andy Muirhead crashed up in the following phases to extend their lead out to 14-3.

The nightmare run of play for the shellshocked Waratahs continued, with Irae Simone throwing a lovely cut out ball for Toni Pulu to burst away, who ended up drawing the fullback to reward Simone for his wonderful lead up play with a try. Lealiifano would convert to push their margin out to 18 points after 25 minutes.

The Waratahs were handed some reprieve when Folau Fainga’a looked to have bagged his 11th try of the season, however, he would end up losing possession right before the try-line. He would not be denied for long, with the Brumbies crashing over from their trusty rolling maul to increase the score out to 28-3.

The Waratahs looked to have regained some momentum right before the bell, however in true Waratah fashion, they ended up bombing the chance after Swinton dropped the ball over the line.

This summed up the effort of the Waratahs in the first time, who lacked any real toughness in defence and failed to execute against a well oiled Brumbies line-up, who deserved to go into the half time break up 28-3.

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The Waratahs came out strong after Daryl Gibson gave the side an almighty spray during halftime, with halfback Nick Phipps stretching over after 5 minutes of constant pressure to the Brumbies goal-line to reduce the margin back to 28-10.

However, the Brumbies would look to sniff out any faint hopes of a comeback, with their forwards dominating the Waratahs at scrum-time. However, poor handling saw the ACT side waste several chances that would have restored their lead and assured the victory.

The replacements for the Waratahs would shore up the side’s lacklustre scrum, allowing the Waratahs the opportunity to go on the attack, however, Jed Hollaway would be stopped on the line after a textbook tackle from Lealiifano dislodged the ball.

They would eventually be rewarded with 7 points after Adam Ashley-Cooper crossed the line after collecting a pinpoint Bernard Foley to bring the margin back to just 11 points.

However, the Brumbies were simply too strong for the Waratahs, and their dominance was rewarded with a try to Tom Cusack to secure the victory.

Curtis Rona would prevent the Brumbies from earning the bonus point, crossing in the corner on the bell to make the score-line slightly more respectable at 35-24 to the Brumbies.

The Turning Point

The twenty minute periods after the Waratahs penalty goal saw the Brumbies score 28 unanswered points and ultimately secured the victory for the Brumbies.

The GAGR MOTM

Folau Fainga’a was dominant throughout his stint on the field along with his fellow front rowers, destroying the Waratahs scrum and he looked damaging with the ball in hand, recording four tackle breaks and a try.

Wallaby Watch

The starting front row for the Brumbies was at their dominant best, accompanied by strong performances from Toni Pulu and Christian Lealiifano, who quite convincing outplayed his opposite number. As the Waratahs, Hooper seemed like the only one who was trying in defence during the first half. Phipps was solid during his stint on the field, whilst Beale seemed hampered by injury and Foley was a non-factor until after the result was already secured.

Result

Brumbies 35

Tries: Arnold (14′), Muirhead (20′), Simone (24′), Fainga’a (32′), Cusack (76′)
Cons: Lealiifano 5/5 (14′), (20′), (24′), (34′), (76′)
Pens:

Waratahs 24

Tries: Phipps (46′), Ashley-Cooper (70′), Rona (80′)
Cons: Foley 3/3 (47′), (70′), (80′)
Pens: Foley 1/1 (9′)

  • Steve

    Thanks for the quick and solid write up Nath.

    Great game by the Brumbies, slightly soured by too much spilt pill.

    Brumbies blew them totally out of the water in the first half, forward pack absolutely dominant – After the Rebels showing earlier in the night I’m not sure who I’d take from their pack at the moment? Hooper showed real fight.

    Lilo dominated Foley but unless he loses a leg before September Cheikhead is still going to pick him. Toomua had no chance for the Rebs but he still made things worse with aimless kicking. He is definitely not the saviour.

    Not sure who I would have taken between Banks and Beale, pretty quiet night for both?

    • Hoss

      Fair write up Steve. I can’t split Bastards v Gilbert on that one. Gilbert can equally win you a game with brilliance or lose you a game with stupidity. Bastards won’t win a game in his own, nor lose one in his own. I would suggest that whoever gets the 9-10 gig, could determine the 15. DHP’s form Is like a crazy persons shit – all over the place. After tonite I reckon the gold 11,14 & 15 are still up for grabs.

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        DHP has had a solid season though. I don’t think 1-2 awful game(s) should mire that.

        Banks has been the form back 3 player in Aus. I’ve also been impressed by Pulu and especially Speight (for different reasons) over the season.

        • Geoffro

          Very impressed with Henry this year (did they put a bit of polish on his game while he was away o/s last year ?) Pulu a different animal I reckon more of a pure finisher and dont quite see a place for him in the style being asked for mostly by wingers down here these days.He had some classy moments last night though

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Hmm, maybe it’s a nomenclature thing, but to me a finisher is someone who won’t really pass or create for other players, just run hard and powerfully and finish things himself. I think Pulu showed last night, with his play in the line out in the build up to Muirhead’s try and in his play leading directly to Simone’s try, that he isn’t just a finisher. He is a creator too.

          Naholo is a finisher though, and he has been used by the All Blacks in recent years.

        • Geoffro

          I agree and as I said he had some nice touches but his rep is as a speedy finisher which in itself is not a bad thing as it’s hard to substitute speed on a good winger.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Might have slowed a bit, but these are huge wraps:

          https://www.odt.co.nz/sport/rugby/rugby-pulu-fastest-man-nz-rugby-rennie

          I saw him easily burn some seriously quick guys on the wing when he was at the Chiefs. Was at sea for the first half of the season this year, but has really built into his season, like Simone (and Banks too really).

        • Geoffro

          Very impressed with Simone lately

        • numpty

          DHP injured most of the year…? Agree speight is my pick for one wing, Korobeite finding some damaging form in attack but still doesn’t do the little things right in my eyes and is still a defensive liability.

      • Steve

        Been the way all year hasn’t it Hoss…places are wide open but no one is really claiming the places?

        Banks (love the Bastards nickname!) looked like the man but hasn’t made it an obvious choice…right now I’d still take him for those booming touchfinders.

        Or DHP for his solidity.
        Actually I dunno.

        • Hoss

          For mine today / tonite, more people have ruled themselves out than in. The Ponies front row is the gold front row, with either Slipper or Sio on the bench for each other, Kepu as tight head reserve. Arnold & Simmons as starting locks. 6&8 still up for grabs. Powell And Lilo forming as the run-on 9&10 especially given the starting forwards are going to be largely Ponies. Kerevi & Kurindrani at 12&13. 11,14 & 15 TBA.

        • Brumby Runner

          Was Rob Simmons even on the ground tonight?

          Actually, saw him put in a hit on Banks but they both went to ground where the hit took place. If he was a dominant player, he would have driven a man many kilos lighter than him backwards, just as most of the Brumbies forwards did to the Tahs.

        • David Creagh

          I actually thought Simmons was OK last night and this season has been the best one I have seen from him…. EVER.

          I will now go and take a shower as I feel dirty for saying it.

        • Patrick

          I’m with Brumby Runner, what were you drinking tonight?

          Surely you would start with the Brums team now and swap in matchwinners as available: Pocock, obviously, and Kerevi, maybe Jones, and perhaps one of Korobiete or Sefa.

          Hooper, Simmons, Genia, Beale, Rangi, Kepu all in the running for a bench spot.

        • joy

          The ACT is a spit on the Australian map full of arseholes who think they know what is best for us. Well no actually. We have other ideas. Don’t bother to ask.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Again, can you please give it a rest.

        • disqus_NMX

          Your name is a misnomer.

        • Hoss

          Huh? My team is nearly all Brumbies as listed above.

          Whilst I would pick a fit Pocock, Hooper will be 7 and Captain. Simmons, after Arnold has been the most consistent Oz lock all year. Starting 6&8 are less clear cut. I would lean to Naisarani at this point and maybe Jones at 6, but it could be anyone of Jones, McCaffrey, Dempsey, FKA, Valentini, Swain, Holloway – no one has made 6 their own as yet.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Hooper is my 7, but he is no captain. He is a rubbish captain who doesn’t build a good rapport with referees, makes poor decisions in terms of goal kicking vs kick for the corner constantly and rarely if ever rallies his team when they’re down, or makes them play a different way.

          I don’t think you can have Jones and Naisarani in one back row, they’re good players but neither attack the breakdown enough.

          McCaffrey has been our best no. 8 this season, while Naisarani is the best ball-runner. Could pick Naisarani at 6 and McCaffrey at 8. McCaffrey attacks the breakdown much more than all our other 6s/8s, so he would potentially combine well with Hooper. Hooper’s best international season was in 2013, when Fardy and Mowen went hard at the breakdown, letting Hooper play wider.

        • Geoffro

          ….and he wasnt captain in 2013. I love the guy he just puts so much out there every week but yeah he is a crap cappie.

        • Geoffro

          Rodda. Simmons just doesnt have that fire in his belly.Hes proficient but I want more

        • Hoss

          I have Rodda on the pine in my team with Coleman/Jones. Being a RWC I can’t see a relatively inexperienced set of locks starting. You don’t play near 100 tests by fluke. I reckon Skelton is a Smokey in there somewhere as well.

        • Geoffro

          Maaate,he’s been around the Wobs for a couple years now and I cant count on my hands and feet the amount of times Simmo has been an absolute passenger among his near hundred tests

        • Patrick

          Sure, in reality you are likely right but if I was picking freely Hooper would never be captain and would only be starting if Pocock wasn’t fit.

          And I would start from the basis that Carter was the incumbent and let Simmons prove himself in an RC match or two.

          I do think he is a quality player but I’m not sure he does enough for me to displace the presumption I would have in favour of the Brumbies pack and also against members of the NSW pack who have been pretty embarrassing at times this year.

        • numpty

          Hoss, I think Salakai-Loto also has to be in the discussion, he has that bit of mongrel about him in contact and is a good lineout operator. McCaffrey was pretty quiet this weekend after sticking his head out with that interview.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Don’t see the point of Simmons on the bench to be honest, he’s an 80 minute grinder, not a bench option. Anyway, I’d pick Simmons to start as he’s our best line out forward and I want the Wallabies to focus on attacks from set pieces, and he is the highest work rate and best passing tight forward we have.

          This is the team I would pick for round 1 of the Rugby Championship if everyone available:

          1. Slipper
          2. Faingaa
          3. Alaalatoa
          4. Simmons
          5. Arnold
          6. Fardy (in my dreams, if not, Naisarani)
          7. Hooper
          8. McCaffrey
          9. White
          10. Lealiifano
          11. Pulu/Speight (very good wingers for different reasons)
          12. Kerevi
          13. Kuridrani
          14. Banks
          15. DHP

          16. TPN
          17. Sio
          18. Kepu
          19. Rodda
          20. Pocock
          21. Powell
          22. Hodge
          23. I’m not sure…

          I would have a preference for Banks switching to fullback if he plays well enough in the RC, with DHP to wing, but this is probably the more logical selection anyway.

        • Geoffro

          White is an unknown quantity to my mind.Toomua was burning it up in the uk too but has been a fail so far.If Pocock could get a shot with so little game time I’d like to see Petaia maybe get a shot (is he near recovery) I know they’re different circumstances but reckon he is something special.Would hate to be a selector because the consistency of most of our players is fairly poor.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Toomua has had a poor season actually. Check out Nick Bishop’s latest article.

        • Geoffro

          Yeah,but prior to his wallaby recall last year I heard reports he was firing so his foot in the door was probably based more on the previous season.He doesn’t excite me at all and is overrated in any event imho

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          He was better than Foley or Beale last year though. He also wasn’t as consistently good as White, but I get you. This will be in the rugby championship, where White can show his abilities.

        • David Creagh

          I am going to be controversial here, if you are going to play an 80 minute grinder I think Carter brings more to the table than Simmons and has a good partnership with Arnold (we are going to miss that pair next year, hopefully Swain and the new boy are up to the mark). Also the Brumbies lineout has functioned well all year. Carter does the little things right week in, week out whereas Simmons can do some really stupid stuff. Simmons is a great line out operator though.

          You could do worse than picking the Brumbies eight and replacing Cusack for Hooper.

        • Brumby Runner

          Nick Frost scored two tries overnight for the Junior Wallabies, one from 60m and the other from about 30m. Still very young (19yo) but one for the future.

          Don’t forget the Brumbies have Blake Enever in reserve.

        • David Creagh

          I don’t rate Enever.

        • Brumby Runner

          Blake has a lot of experience now at Super level and is a better than average practitioner at lineout time. He has a high workload, hitting rucks and making tackles. Not so good with ball in hand. Remember too, he has a Wallabies jersey – perhaps somewhat by defualt, but he has it.

          I expect the second row next year will start with Blake and Darcy unless Richie Arnold can be enticed home to replace brother Rory.

        • idiot savant

          Good thoughts Sherbert. Agree totally about Simmons. Have always felt he is the workhorse and not an impact player. We cant have Fardy of course tho I get the need for a jumper with breakdown presence. So Naisarani is probably next best. Higgers and Cheik wont be in the same room unfortunately but it wouldn’t surprise to see Valentini in there. There was a bit to like about his first half last night. I too would like to see Banks on a wing. Would you have Beale as your 23?

        • Patrick

          I would start with Pocock every day of the week and twice on Sunday, and would start Carter not Simmons and let Simmons force his way in bu trying him out in an RC game for the full 80.

          Then I would at least try plugging Genia and Cooper into there for a few halves in the RC.

          I agree Higgers has looked worth a go.

        • David Creagh

          Korobiete and Sefa are not good enough, both lack good defensive skills and they do not go looking for the work. There are better and more polished wingers out there. Clark and Newsome I think have plenty of potential.

        • Brumby Runner

          Koroibete has been playing quite good lately and has come off his wing often to take the ball up. He is without doubt far better than either Newsome or Clark.

        • Patrick

          Yes I’m open to Clarke or Newsome but only if we think they will score more tries than Sefa or Koroibete, and I’m really not sure they will. Koroibete hitting the line in between Kerevi and TK would make any defense think twice about where to commit and that is what we need.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I agree on people ruling themselves out. Be interesting how it comes out as Foley, apart from one grubbed, was very poor

        • idiot savant

          Cant see Powell getting ahead of Genia or Phipps but the rest sounds right. Rodda might push Simmons.

      • Geoffro

        i assume willy and quade are back in the saddle next week.If the chiefs do a number on them like the saders which you know theyre well capable of will have to shift my allegiances to the brumby pair

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Mate I think Beale has it over Banks on attack, as long as he stays out the back and doesn’t come into the line as a receiver. In broken play he’s actually very good and last night he did a couple of things well. Just shit at making play in the line and poor defence. Banks is definitely more traditional and has better defence but last night I thought he lacked impact in attack. Mainly I think though a lack of distribution. His timing appeared off and he didn’t seem able to penetrate at all.

        • Hoss

          Morning Mr KRL,

          Your probably right. I go back to Segall’s comments about 10 weeks ago, where he said something like ‘where form is similar, combinations would take precedence’ . With so many Ponies likely and rightly to be in the XV, I don’t see Gilbert’s form as being far in front of Banks to justify his selection and I see more value with Gilbert on the pine. One things for sure the RC takes on a lot more meaning in terms of selections though. In my XV I still haven’t pencilled in a 6,8, 9,10, 11,14,15 yet. Let alone the whole bench. I can see a few twists coming with White and Skelton in the mix somewhere.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Nah I think he’s wrong. Beale passes more, and I don’t think anyone would deny he is a better passer (he was formerly a flyhalf and a 12), but Banks beats far more defenders, makes it over the advantage line pretty much every time he runs, his distribution is okay, and often busts a tackle and gets an offload away.

          Compare to Kurtley who plays 10m behind the advantage line. Even when he beats a defender (which is often) because he plays so deep and runs sideways, he is often caught behind the advantage line. Likewise with his long loopy passes. Jeez they look good when they come off, but how often does it lead to the player getting tackled way behind the advantage line.

          Banks line leading up to Muirhead’s try is a perfect example of something that none of our other fullbacks, especially Beale, can do. Beating them man initially and making good meters while they closed the angle off, before cutting inside enough to allow both blindside and openside attacks from next phase, and placing the ball back well, so that even though he was slightly isolated, the ball wasn’t turned over.

          Time to build a team around moneyball principles, and not stuff that looks good in highlight reels.

        • Brumby Runner

          I also noticed Banks coming into first receiver on a number of occasions last night. Took a bit of pressure off CLL by doing so.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Yeah he’s doing that more and more. Get the feeling he is working on his distribution game.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I though Skelton was gone. Castle coming out and saying there will be no relaxation of the rules so he has to cancel his current contract and get one with a cash strapped RA. I can’t see it mate

      • David Creagh

        I did not think that Beale had a good game. Banks on the other hand was solid without doing anything spectacular. I think he made his tackles (Beale didn’t) and didn’t overplay his hand in attack (Beale tried too hard IMO).

      • idiot savant

        Up until this season I haven’t thought Banks was ready for test football. I now think he absolutely is. He has the body of work. He is solid every week, and his kicking for touch is the best in Australia. He must be in the back 3 conversation for gold.

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      Didn’t see the tackle stats, but I thought Ala’alatoa had an extremely good game also. Won multiple scrum penalties and ran more than I usually remember him doing. His clean outs are also fantastic.

      How well has Simone built into his season? Potentially a Wallaby squad next year for him if he keeps this up. If Kerevi leaves and Simone keeps improving, he may push for a spot in the 23 by 2020.

      • Steve

        At this point I feel like you don’t even need to mention when 7As, Fainga’a, Slipper, Sio, Arnold come out and dominate…crazy huh.

        When you think how recently 7As was a converted loosehead being trained at TH.

    • Nathan Williamson

      Tough to split the two fullbacks tonight, if pressured I would have to slighty give it to Banks. Shame Lilo will likely miss out on the flyhalf role, I think he’s been essential to the Brumbies run and his story acts as a real motivation internal and externally

      • Steve

        He needs to be given a crack, I still have hope that he will get the nod over Cooper. If you’d asked me 5 rounds ago I’d have said Quade all day, but honestly I don’t see what he’d be bringing now.

        On top of great solidity you’re also getting a great leader, especially as we’re expecting a largely Brumbies pack.

        • numpty

          Couldn’t agree more steve. I am getting real shades of Larkham from Lilo this 2nd half of the season. imo he has been hard done by for WB selection his whole career. He has more playmaking ability then foley and none of the brain fades of either QC or Foley. Also stronger in D. Only problem is none are crash hot kicking off the tee – foley better by a margin on this one.

    • numpty

      I pick Banks based purely on kicking. Banks technique, decision making and execution is just better. Beale’s kicks often come off the side of his boot so they stay in play rather than going out. Also, Banks ability to put the ball out 5m from the try line from penalties is uncanny and almost worth selection alone. Beale on bench as utility.

  • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

    Thanks for the quick write up mate. Appreciate it.

  • Pedro

    The difference is the Brumbies have played their squad all year. The tahs have relied on their strongest 20 or so. Gibson’s a good coach but recruitment or trust is an issue when arguably the richest province in Australia can’t involve more players.

    Look at Muirhead for example. Eminently super standard but only gets a go here and there. In the back row the brums somehow barely miss Pocock, brown and Valentini only playing bit parts.

    The tahs are a well trained team but a poorly, or at least wastefully, managed team.

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      That’s mostly been forced by injury though. Credit to the coaches in ensuring that the squad players could lift to the standard required, but injuries had a lot to do with it.

      • Pedro

        Nah, they’ve cleared the bench and rested potential Wallabies. The tahs have really just tried to play every game like a final. Injuries have played their part, but that’s par for the course.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Let’s be honest though, the reason why guys like Cusack, Samu, Brown, Muirhead got so many minutes, was because of long injuries to Pocock, Valetini, McCaffrey and Pulu.

          McKellar wasn’t constantly rotating players when everyone was fit. He might rotate 1 or 2, but he generally played close to our best 23 each week when available (outside of Wallaby rests).

        • Pedro

          That’s the difference though, the tahs will presumably need to rest a whole bunch of Wallabies in their final match. The Brumbies have played a smarter strategy.

          Incidentally I think Samu would’ve got plenty of minutes regardless of injuries.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I don’t disagree that McKellar handled the resting better than Gibson, but the Brumbies also had fewer players to rest, especially in decision making positions (e.g. 9, 10, 12, 15).

          I’m not sure about that. I think it is pretty evident McKellar’s first choice back row was Valetini, Pocock and McCaffrey. I agree that Samu would have gotten minutes off the bench every week, but I would have been surprised if he had forced his way into the starting side.

          Brown was actually the revelation for me. Really a silent achiever who week in, week out allowed his other backrowers to take on a looser role (and guys like Samu to use their running games), as he was making so many tackles and hitting so many rucks.

    • Nathan Williamson

      I think a lot of that has also had to do with the success that Canberra/Brumbies has had in making the NRC an effective feeder system for the state squad. The Brumbies have rewarded players like Mcinerney, Muirhead, Swain who had strong showings for the Vikings and they have been crucial to the Brumbies during their injury ravaged season. Performances like Muirhead’s tonight show the importance of taking the comp serious, something that NSW Rugby have fallen afoul to

      • Pedro

        Yep, management.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Bang on Nathan. The Tahs are failing through the NSW ignoring the NRC and those eggheads in North Sydney who still think SS can prepare a player for Super or international play.
        I still think Gibson has been a failure mainly because there’s been no development and no growth in any area of the team since he’s been in charge

      • Nutta

        What? Are you seriously suggesting that Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union failure to see (let alone develop) beyond ANZAC Pde and the self-interest of eastern Shute Shield clubs to the death of the NRC has been to the detriment of the game? Really? Well Geez… I dunno… let’s take a minute to think that through…

        I mean, well there is the outright denial of any decent rugby in the west of Sydney, there is also the deliberate refusal of investment into western Sydney by Twiggy-ball, then there is the 1 guy who is solely responsible as the development officer for the +750 schools between Parra to Richmond to Campbelltown, then there is the deliberate refusal to support the NRC…

        Do you reckon that could hurt the supply of talent and development beyond Knox, Joeys, Kings, Newington et al?

        Geez I reckon you’re being a bit harsh there Nathan.

  • joy

    Where is the Rebels report? All you have reported here is the failure of the Waratahs to score enough tries to pull off an impossible comeback, an outcome that would have been a real possibility just a few weeks ago.

  • Brumby Runner

    Nathan,

    Thanks for the quick write-up. But what more do you think the Brumbies need to do to secure a home quarter final? They have third spot (maybe second) wrapped up and therefore will have the home quarter final regardless. The only result that will impinge on a home semi final is if they lose their quarter final.

    • Nathan Williamson

      Good spot, that’s poor wording on my part. It has been updated, thanks for pointing that out

    • Ben Fox

      Find the $75,000

  • Crescent

    An uncomfortable match for me to watch – being a Tahs supporter wanting the Brumbies to win. Brumbies played as a squad, backing each other up, doing the hard work before looking for glory and achieved the right result. I could say more, but others have already covered it pretty well in comments.

    Tahs were their trademark, inconsistent dog shit. Leaving ball carriers isolated and prone to be turned over, leaky ruck defence in particular – just basics of the game played poorly and rightly punished. Gibson has to go – he has taken this team nowhere in terms of development, and has not addressed the fundamental flaws in the team that have been evident for some time. The tight results that the Tahs could not close out this season really tell the tale of the lack of grit and graft required to take a team from also rans to finalists.

    For the good of our national game, we needed the Tahs to fail – now to see if the panel of selectors can do the right thing and pick a form team for the World Cup.

    • Hoss

      Feel you pain comrade – I was in same boat. Being saying all year, this out the back, mungo ball, second phase attack is shite for any number of reasons but primariy as it leaves EVERY Tah’s forward 10 yards in front of the pill, so when we get tackled……………we have the might of Spanners, Gilbert and co contesting the breakdown FFS.

    • MalachyBernard

      Amen brother. Failure for the Tahs and Wallabies may just clear out a lot of garbage at the coaching and player level.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Nathan,

    I braved the cold to go to the game. I must admit that stadium is one of the best I’ve been to for watching a game of rugby. The game itself was pretty poor at times with lots of mistakes by both teams. A real clincher for me was when Hooper took the ball with a 5 on 1 overlap and rather than draw and pass he ran on a diagonal for the corner which only cramped the other players and caused them to lose the ball in the contact. I was blown away, it’s like this is trained into them as so many do it.
    TBH I didn’t think much of either Beale or Banks at 15 last night, both really lacked penetration and neither achieved much. Simone was good as was Rona as they both took the ball into contact and then actually made ground.
    Brumbies definitely deserved the win and tome the Tahs just didn’t look like a team, they looked like a bunch of individuals who never knew what each other was doing.

  • adastra32

    Godawful display by the Waratahs – yes, I was there. Game was over by half-time. Only one team turned up. How can you spill the pill twice in the act of scoring? They did…

  • Zippo

    I was at the game also.
    The horror-tahs had no heart at all.
    I think a snap shot of their mindset was constantly displayed when any decision didn’t go their way, they always back chatted the referee, they were waving their arms about like soccer players, and every time the Brumbies kicked for touch, Foley and Beale – in particular – were always “instructing” the linesman the point of touch was “further back”.

    Always someone else’s fault!,,

  • numpty

    Good writeup – brumbies pack dominated contact around the park and lineouts, Tahs actually held up their end in scrums which was surprising. Even in the 2nd half when brumbies were pinned in their 22, the tahs pack repeatedly went backwards from the physicality of the brumbies. As you said Hooper was the only tah who put his hand up, foley did nothing except a pinpoint grubber for AAC. Only downside for the brumbies was not playing rugby from 40-60min. They just let the tahs back into the game a bit. They needed to get and hold onto the ball.

  • Andy

    What a game to finish at home for Foley, Beale, Rona, Kepu and Phipps who are likely all departing. The tahs needs to do some serious planning for next season with staff and roster. Otherwise its going to be an extremely tough few years on the horizon….

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