Brumbies 33, Highlanders 26

March 24, 2012
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The Highlanders are on their hottest streak in Super Rugby but it will not be easy in Canberra where they take on the Brumbies.

Recent results:

2011: Highlanders won 26-20 in Invercargill
2010: Brumbies won 31-3 in Canberra
2009: Brumbies won 33-31 in Dunedin
2008: Brumbies won 22-20 in Canberra
2007: Brumbies won 29-10 in Dunedin

Teams:

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Leon Power, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Scott Fardy, 19 Ita Vaea, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Zack Holmes, 22 Tevita Kuridrani.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Doug Tietjens, 6 James Haskell, 5 Culum Retallick, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Chris King, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Jamie Mackintosh (captain).
Replacements: 16 Jason Rutledge, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Nick Crosswell, 19 Elliot Dixon, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Chris Noakes, 22 Buxton Popoali’i.

Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Simon Moore (Australia)
TMO: Steve Lesczcynski (Australia)

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34 Comments

  1. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Come on Brumbies – make my weekend!!

  2. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    great start by the brumbies!!

  3. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Prior is an ex Zimbo… house got torched, dogs poisoned and they arrived in Aus with nothing 10 yr ago…

    Retalick (sic) is having an awesome season…

  4. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Tomane double :support:

  5. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    White’s head-hunting of ex league Tomane paying dividends!

  6. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Typical Jake White team – no possession but dangerous on the counter!

  7. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Brumbies looking good with ball in hand! If only they could get some more!

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 10:58 am:

    And not typically he has two of the brightest prospect fetchers… in Hooper and Colby Faingaa (not sure where he is though)…

  9. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Highlanders pack (particularly front-row) is HUGE!

  10. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Brumbies doing the basics well and when they get the ball they explode into action!

    :applause:

  11. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 11:23 am:

    But they need to be a lot more in front on the scoreboard…

    Slade nailing them 20-16 Brumbies…

    Jake White has so far delivered a huge STFU to his critics…

  12. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    If a player is tackled and brought to ground he MUST release the ball before getting up :censored:

    Highlanders back in it and gathering momentum! :?

  13. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Rutledge is another Highlanders UNIT!!!

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 11:44 am:

    Yep you need to be two tries ahead of this team all the time…

  14. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Jeez that looks nasty… what’s wrong with him?

  15. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Watch how Manu leads with his head into the rucks… dirty f@#ck!

  16. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    So funny to see Larkham as the water-boy… JW certainly surrounds himself with the best!

  17. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 11:49 am:

    looks like a dislocated/broken ankle :? I know all about those :censored:

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 11:50 am:

    and stupid!

  18. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    C’MON Brumbies!

  19. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 11:55 am:

    that stop in play and injury may turn the momentum back to the Brumbies!

  20. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    after some chaos Hooper reacts and scores!!

  21. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Come on Brumbies!!

  22. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    YES YES YES!!! Ratrace ad betting back on track!!
    :support: :wave:

  23. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    my accumulator just made a little jump! Now for the favorites to NOT f it up for me!
    Bulls and Stormers win a MUST!

  24. avatar Morné says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    For a country with so many average coaches, we sure know how to piss off our good ones.

    Jake is doing brilliantly with this team of no superstars.

  25. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    my calculation I should have 22 ratrace points for this weekend so far :weed:

  26. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 1:00 pm:

    no sorry make that 23 points!! :muahaha:

  27. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 1:03 pm:

    Bwah… did you tip the Brumbies?!!!!!!

  28. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 12:54 pm:

    A mark of a good coach is surrounding himself with the best in the business… had a good chuckle at Larkham wearing the waterboy vest… Laurie Fischer in the stands with Eddie Jones and Gregan on the phone… Jake is a legend!!!!!

  29. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 1:48 pm:

    oh yes! also in the accumulator :-D

  30. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 12:54 pm:

    That is always a sign of a good coach.
    Heyneke/Phil Pretorius with SWD way back.

    How good a COACH was Kitch, apart from being
    a supreme motivator (alongside Morne Dup)?
    IMO the move with Andrews at 8 was a bit of
    a flop, but came off nonetheless.
    Or was it a brainwave?

  31. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 1:56 pm:

    LOL you’re a legend… I called this but not tipped it!

    Doh!

  32. avatar Morné says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 2:44 pm:

    I also tipped the Brumbies – but I am not brave enough to put money on my calls just yet…

  33. avatar Americano says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Uggh. Really wanted to see this game but doofed the programming of recorder.
    Jake White is levitating this team. If not for Nick White’s errors last week they would be undefeated with a bunch of young no-names.
    I don’t know about the England job but if its still unsettled and they don’t throw an offer to him with the WC beiing there in 2015 then they are as dopey as they are pastey.

  34. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 24th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Reply to Americano @ 9:35 pm:

    just ask and you shall receive!!
    Download here:
    http://rugbyaddictors.blogspot.com/2012/03/super-15-brumbies-vs-highlanders.html

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