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REVIEW: Brumbies net Sharks on fishing trip

REVIEW: Brumbies net Sharks on fishing trip
Solid game from Auelua

Solid game from Auelua

The Brumbies lobbed in the Republic and named five changes for this match against the also undefeated Sharks. Would Jake White’s changes be enough to extend the Brumbies’ winning start to the season?

The Match

The Brumbies enjoyed the early share of possession and their forwards dominated the play before Jesse Mogg dived over for the first try within 5 minutes.

The Sharks were being starved of the ball and the visitors added to their score with a try down the left wing to Joe Tomane after foregoing a penalty shot at goal.

The Sharks eventually got their hands on the ball and settled themselves with a penalty goal to Lambie but the Brumbies then responded with their third try within 20 minutes.

Great handling and interplay saw the TMO give fly-half Matt Toomua the nod after he dived over again down the left hand edge as the Sharks’ tackle count started to rise rapidly.

The Brumbies then secured their four-try bonus point before half time after a tight head within the Sharks’ half led to Henry Speight diving over in the corner to silence the home crowd.

The Brumbies continued with more of the same early in the second half and were unlucky not to score again with poor handling letting them down twice as the conditions worsened.

The Sharks were finally able to hang onto the ball and with the weight of possession, they finally scored a try to their number 8 Ryan Kankowski – their first since round 1.

But as the rain continued the handling ruined the spectacle and made it hard for either team to get any real continuity. If anything, the Sharks had the better of the play but left their run too late.

A penalty goal to Lealiifano was the only addition to the visitors’ score in the half to secure the 29-10 win and come away with 5 points. They now head to Cape Town to take on the Stormers next week full of confidence.

Some injury concerns followed the game with scrum-half Nic White and Fotu Auelua leaving the field with head knocks and Jesse Mogg battling a shoulder problem.

The Game Changer

No real incident stood out but the Brumbies’ fourth try before half time made the Sharks’ task even more difficult.


Fotu Auelua loves playing in South Africa and made some huge runs and set up tries for the Brumbies.

Wallaby Watch

Joe Tomane had a solid game, as did many others, to put their names in the mix come the Lions series.

The Details

Crowd: Damp and angry.

Score & Scorers

Sharks: 10
Tries:  Kankowski
Conversions: Lambie
Penalties:  Lambie

Brumbies: 29
Tries:  Mogg, Tomane, Toomua, Speight
Conversions:  Lealiifano 3
Penalties: Lealiifano

Cards & citings


  • After being put into a shit mood from another shambolic irish performance and where not even cracking open a bottle of Midleton Whiskey could cheer me up, i decided to stay up and watch this… and im thankful i did!

    Seriously impressive performance by the Brumbies
    The first 40 was near faultless and the sharks were starved of possession and torn to shreds. There were support runners everywhere – alongside and behind the player with the ball. Ball security, handling, passing and kicking was a joy to watch as was the physicality they brought with their rush up defence. Fucking beautiful.

    Fotu was immense. A devastating and skilful display. Give him the wallaby no.8 jersey. Mowen gets better every week. Seeing him clear out TWO players single handedly in the dying minutes, even with the game in the bag, shows what a player and leader he has become. i thought Kimlin and Smith were great and Sio did very well in the scrum, probably besting du Plessis.

    This is all the more incredible when you think it wasnt that long ago that the Brumbies were in an awful state. Gives me, a Tahs fan, a little bit of hope..

    • Jimmy

      I’m considering trading in the Tahs for a Brumbies supporter pack.

      Was awesome to watch that first 40 mins. Haven’t sen an Aussie team play like that since BD (Before deans <2008). The Sharks couldn't even get near the breakdown in that first 40 without being smashed. They have given all the long suffering Tahs, Force, rebels, and now Reds supporters something to enjoy.

  • BrumbieMAdFan

    I am eating SharkFin soup this morning for breakfast. he he he. Good onya Brumbies

  • Pedro

    Great to wake up to this review. Hope Mogg’s shoulder is ok though. Can’t wait to check the replay.

  • SkopjeBrumbiesFan

    Best first half by the Brums in ages. Worth the 2am wake up.
    Hope Jesse Mogg’s shoulder is ok, he seemed to have back issues in the first half. Not sore about the extent of Nic White’s injury either, the commentators mentioned a head knock, however he had his arm in a sling (hope the shoulder is ok).
    I still cannot believe how convincing that win was.
    Good on ya Brumbies, it is great to be a Canberran these days

  • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

    Looks very much like until my Tahs learn to play well that I’ll just have to get my cheery-ups from the other Aussie teams.

    Got to say Jake White & the team seem to be building something really quite special down there in Brumby World. Long may it continue!

  • Patrick

    Moment of the match for me was Auelua’s offload for Tomane’s try – if he can do that a couple times a game then I can see him a wallaby, after all he can’t do less than Timani (although, if Timani could play for ‘anyone but the friggen Tahs’ he could be decent!).

    • Patrick

      Yes I know they don’t strictly play the same positions, but that offload was exactly what the Wallabies have been missing in offense. He got ahead of two men and got the ball out immediately.

      • Pedro

        They both play the same position in open play and neither jump much in the lineout. Timani is a good scrummaging lock, but otherwise they have the same role.

        • Patrick

          Agree, that’s where I was coming from in the first post, besides pretty obvious (to me!) that we need Horwill + Pyle or a Brumby in the second row.

  • Younggun

    gee i hope a fotu file gets compiled similar to the fotu vs lions one last year. i have watched it so many times and showed just about anyone half interested in rugby. to be that big, and fast and skilled etc etc etc…

    • Andy

      Fotu was just as good last year. Just goes to show out of touch Deans is when it comes to selections. He is exactly the sort of player we need and he didn’t even make the squad.

      Same will happen this year. Just wait and see

      • Mart

        Exactly. Deans would pick a Richard Brown or Mcalman style of player before Fotu. Hell he’d probably shift Dennis to 8

  • Pclifto

    I’m a natural Tahs supporter (yes I take pleasure in self-harm) but can anyone suggest a better idea than running the Brumbies 22 out in Wallaby colours against the Lions??

    That first half play by the Brumbies was the most exciting thing I’ve seen to do with Australian rugby since I sat in the stands at Twickers and watched the Wallabies of 08 demolish the Old Enemy’s scrum.

    Mogg, Mowen, Lealiifano – if these three (at least) aren’t some of the first picked for the Lions then I’m going to go postal…

    • Packy

      That first half play by the Brumbies was the most exciting thing I’ve seen to do with Australian rugby since ……

      …. since the Reds of two years ago

      and hopefully Ewen makes them watch this replay to remind them how good they could be again
      Well down Brumbies

      • Jimmy

        Well no – the Reds were good but I haven’t seen forward domination and control like that since the early 2000’s with the Wallabies. The Reds had an exciting, streaky back line….the Brumbies are just control and class.

  • Digbythewonderdog

    Anyone have a view on the chances of White replacing Deans instead of Link? He’d get my vote!

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