S15: Brumbies 28, Waratahs 23


Brumbies Director of Rugby Laurie Fisher put it in a nutshell when he said: “There’s a lot at stake, both teams need a win here against an Australian rival.”

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika also shared some wise words with the media this week when he suggested the game could be so close that it will be a case of “who blinks first”. The Tahs, one of three unbeaten teams, have scored 10 tries in their two outings – suggesting they have again found their attacking mojo. And while the Brumbies may not yet be the smooth outfit that played in the Final last year, they have improved steadily since their loss to the Reds in their opening match.

“To win on Saturday we are going to need an 80 minute effort. “They [Waratahs] are a side with a lot of forward power who can supply plenty of opportunities for their backs.

“It’s important for us to have our own plan and detail right so we are prepared to counter that and win the game.” Saturday’s match will be the 23rd time the Brumbies have faced off against the Waratahs, with NSW holding an advantage over the Canberra-based side 12 wins to 10 with no draws. The Waratahs have not won in Canberra since 2011 and the last time the two teams met in Canberra the Brumbies walked away 35-6 winners. The Waratahs coach, Cheika, said the Brumbies – Australia’s best-performing franchise last season – will be a real challenge at home.

“The question for us is do we try and not make a mistake or do we counter attack hard and play our best footy….I think you know what we are going to choose, so we’ll see how good we are.”

Recent results:
2013: Waratahs won 28-22, Sydney
2013: Brumbies won 35-6, Canberra
2012: Brumbies won 19-15, Sydney
2012: Brumbies won 23-6, Canberra
2011: Waratahs won 41-7, Sydney
2011: Waratahs won 29-22, Canberra

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Leon Power, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Jean-Pierre Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Locky McCaffrey, 21 Andrew Smith, 22 Michael Dowsett, 23 Lionel Cronje.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis (captain), 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Jacques Potgieter, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements – from: 16 Tola Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Stephen Hoiles, 21 Pat McCutcheon, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Rob Horne, 24 Matt Carraro, 25 Jonno Lance.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffman, Graham Cooper
TMO: Peter Marshall

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  1. Brumbies did not kick out from penalty and Waratahs comes back and force a penalty to go for first points in the match

    Foley kicks over and they take the early lead

    Brumbies 0, Waratahs 3

  2. Waratahs doing all the attack in the first 10 min and gets the upper hand in territory. Waratahs getting a penalty for obstructing a player and they show a bit more respect as they go for points


    Score Update: Brumbies 3, Waratahs 6

  3. TRY Brumbies!!!1

    Score first through Nick White as the Brumbies work their way over from their first scrum in the Waratahs 22. Super try

    Score Update: Brumbies 10, Waratahs 6 16 min gone

  4. Brumbies pulling away early after the Waratahs showed all the play.

    White kicks the conversion over and the Brumbies take the lead further away from Waratahs

    Score: Brumbies 17, Waratahs 6 with 20 min gone

  5. Brumbies scrum working like a monster on steroids today and they force a penalty right in front.

    White going for poles…


    Score Update: Brumbies 20, Waratahs 9 with 39 min gine

  6. Halftime in Canberra…. Brilliant play from the Brumbies in the first 40 as they lead the Waratahs 20 points to 9…..

    The Brumbies are running direct and play the more effective game at this stage with domination in the scrum which give them a edge in attack.

    Two quick tries show them pull away from the Waratahs. Brumbies defence knocking the Waratahs back in attack and they are brilliant in their scramble defence.

    Waratahs will have to get the mistakes out of their game and keep the ball in hand fro longer periods if they want to have any say in this game.

    It almost feels like they want to force the ball to go quickly to their star player Israel Folau…but with the Brumbies rushing up in defence they need to change their game plan as it is not working.

    Game still their for Waratahs to get but they will have to change the game now with clever play.

  7. TRY Brumbies!!!!!

    Waratahs struggle in defence Ben Alexander takes a huge gap and Kuridrani score in the corner

    White conversion is not over

    Score: Brumbies 25 Waratahs 9 after 55 min

  8. No Try for Waratahs, hold up, 5 meters scrum for Waratahs but Peyper gives penalty to Waratahs for standing up in previous scrum, Waratahs goes for another scrum and Brumbies gets a tight head….


    Peyper is hitting the Brumbies now with penalties

  9. Brumbies win 28 – 23 !!!!

    White kicks the ball out from the kick off and the Brumbies take the win against most predictions.

    Waratahs and Jaco Peyper did all the play in the second half but could not beat a determent Brumbies side.

    I just can not understand the just plain stupid decisions taken by the Waratahs captain with kickable penalties. Naas Botha would have had a field day if he was in the SS Studio this morning.

    Brumbies deserve the win and played for 20 min with 14 players and still kept the Waratahs out.

    This will set their season on the right track with this big win