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Review: Brumbies v. Waratahs trial

Review: Brumbies v. Waratahs trial

The Brumbies and Waratahs kicked of their 2016 campaign with a trial match in Wagga with the Waratahs running out 21-17 winners with a late try sealing the win.

Both sides rested the majority of their Wallabies contingent, so it was left up to other squad members and fringe squad members to show the coaching staff what they were capable of.

The Match

Waratahs captain Dave Dennis didn’t get much time on the field after taking a big hit from Nigel Ah Wong and had to leave the field within the opening five minutes.

New recruits Zac Guildford and Reece Robinson were keen to get into the game, with both moving into first receiver at times to get their hands on the ball.

The Brumbies first try came late in the the 11th minute via a rolling maul after making a few tweaks to their potent weapon after new interpretations were released with Josh Mann-Rea awarded the five pointer.

Josh Mann-Rea scores the first Brumbies try

Josh Mann-Rea scores the first Brumbies try

In the second quarter, the Waratahs enjoyed the better of the play and after some scrappy play, the ball ended up with Dave Horwitz to go over in the corner. Andrew Deegan converted from the sideline, despite some friendly country ‘advice’ from those on the other side of the fence, to give the Waratahs a 7-5 lead.

Just before the half time break, the Brumbies took advantage of a quick tap from close range and Allan Alaalatoa barged over to put the Brumbies back in front, with Toomua’s simple conversion making it 12-7.

After the half time break, both sides made a number of changes with the Brumbies depth and combinations the better of the two with the Waratahs having to make a number of tackles as the Brumbies used their one out attack to good use.

Ultimately it lead to Michael Wells scoring out wide at the end of a neat backline move to give the Brumbies a 17-7 lead.

The Waratahs were finally able to get their hands on the ball late in the quarter but their best chance to hit back came to nothing.

They started the final quarter with more of the ball but their ball security in key areas on the field let them down.

But when they fianlly held onto the ball, it was new recruit Bryce Hegarty who scored after Harry Jones put them in good field position down the left wing. Hegarty converted his own try to make it 17-14 with ten minutes remaining.

The last ten minutes had a bit of everything for both sides. Joe Powell made a break for the Brumbies that came to nothing and the Waratahs went within a whisker of scoring.

But with just two minutes to go, the Waratahs capitalised on the back pedalling Brumbies defence and reserve prop Angus Ta’avao was rewarded for his strong game with a try under the posts to seal the game 21-17.

The Details

Score & Scorers

Tries: Mann-Rea, Alaalatoa, Wells
Conversions: Toomua
Tries: Horwitz, Hegarty, Ta’avao
Conversions: Deegan, Hegarty 2





  • Nutta

    Cheers Steve. Great to see the action going regional. The positive impact on the town is huge. Lets see more of it in Dubbo, Armidale, Orange etc.

    • Good crowd in last night which was up on last year.

      Those towns you mentioned are Waratahs areas so best talk to them ;)

      • Nutta

        To that point, Wagga is Southern Inland which is an ACT Comp. That would mean going to towns like Wagga or Albury or even Griffith. Goulburn or Yass are also ACT towns but do they have the grounds for it? St Pats in Goulburn would of been a good one in years gone by (esp oval no2 with the big grassy bank as a grand stand) but no longer. Maybe Albury for a Donkey’s vs Tarts vs Rebs day as that ground at Lavington Sporties was always a good surface with good facilities

  • brumby runner

    Thank you BJ. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t get to see the game because of technical or server problems.

    Can you comment on the respective scrums, particularly in the first half. Did either get dominance? How did the front rows go against each other? Was Will Skelton effective at the set piece? Does Ita look fit and fearsome at 8?

    What were the combinations between Cubelli/Toomua and Jackson Hope/Smith like? Did Nick Jooste look like being Super ready and is he an injury replacement option at 10?

    Any opinions you can offer would be very welcome.

    • Mr Wobbly

      I’ve just finished watching the game. You can still see it on the Brumbies site.

      • Mica

        Thanks Mr Wobbly. The stream died on Saturday, so I will see if I can find the replay.

    • I didn’t have the best view at the game and missed bits and pieces but the scrums early on had the Brumbies on top and then towards the end the Waratahs got on top. Skelton was even sighted jumping in a lineout or 2.

      Cubelli and Toomua looked good considering they’ve only had 3 weeks together. Cubelli played about 30 mins.

    • Mica

      Same issue here. Had a connection to the stream, but it ground to a halt and then the site itself failed with a database connection error. Guess the capacity planning underestimated interest. Bugger.

    • Braveheart81

      The whole match is still available on the Brumbies website.

  • Nutta

    Hey, from the look of the pics this was played at the leaguies ground? The equestrian centre? There is a fantastic rugby park in Wagga, I wonder why it wasn’t played there?

    • McDonalds Park was where it was played. Where City v Country was last year.

      • Lindommer

        Yer right, Nutta,it was at the mungoes ground. It’s got much better change room/grandstand facilities than Conolly Park, there aren’t enough canteens ‘n’ toilets at CRP for a big crowd. The attendance figure was 7,300, outstanding for a non-league/AFL match in Wagga.

    • yourmatesam

      Hey Nutta,, the grass t Conolly Park is comparable to the League ground and there is another field that may be ready for GF Day 2016. The facilities is what attracts the game to the league ground, Conolly really struggles in this department.

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