SR: Brumbies 16, Cell C Sharks 9


The team that was coached by White for two years host the team currently being coached by the World Cup-winning former Springbok mentor.

And therein lies a story.

They are both successful playing a game White is famous for – a territory-based style in which tactical kicking and a strangling defence is at a premium.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham admitted there were similarities between the Brumbies’ game and that of the Sharks.

However, Larkham said he had introduced a few ‘tactics’ this week in an attempt to out-wit White.

“He certainly knows how we play, but by the same token we know how they play as well,” Larkham told The Canberra Times. “It’s a very similar game. There’s a few things, a few tactics that we’re going to introduce this week that will hopefully catch them.”

No doubt it will be a brutal arm-wrestle with more than just bragging rights on offer. Sharks replacement back Heimar Williams said the game will be a good indication for where they stand in terms of championship potential.

“It will be good for us to measure ourselves against one of the competition’s top teams,” Williams told rugby365 from the team’s base in Australia. The Sharks make no secret of the fact that they see it as a “crucial” game.

Recent results:
2013: Brumbies won 29-10, Durban
2012: Sharks won 29-26, Canberra
2011: Sharks won 34-16, Durban
2010: Brumbies won 24-22, Canberra
2009: Sharks won 35-14, Durban
2008: Brumbies won 27-21, Canberra


Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Fotu Auelua, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Ruaidhri Murphy, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Tom McVerry, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Pat McCabe.
Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Francois Steyn, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Heimar Williams, 23 SP Marais.
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees, James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Source: Rugby365

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  1. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Now to see if Jake the Snake Sharks can beat the Brumbies at home……

    Gonna be a cliff-hanger

  2. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Game on…

  3. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Clean line break from Brumbies as they take the kick-off and get a penalty to put first points on the board as they got in Sharks half……

    OVER!!!! Brumbies lead 3-0

  4. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Rain start coming down in Canberra

  5. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Sharks losing the kicking game at this stage of the game

  6. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Sharks draw level with penalty…3-3

  7. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Poor, poor kicking from both teams

  8. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Paul Jordaan has gone off for blood. He is replaced by Heimar Williams. 24′

  9. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    and another boring kicking game…… :realangry:

  10. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Brumbies with penalty to get the lead back again 6-3

  11. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Campo feelings

    David Campese @Davidcampese11 · 1m
    So far in this game. 44 kicks in general play! We call that Aussie rules and 2 teams to scared to have a go

  12. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Halftime Brumbies lead a kicking match 6-3

  13. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Brumbies keep given penalties away in their 22 and finally referee warns them….

    Steyn finally kick penalty over…


  14. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Brumbies hit back with penalty and lead now 9-6

  15. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    TRY!!!!! BRUMBIES……Sam Carter

    Sharks looking like they are falling apart…..defence is nowhere, attacking their is nothing….and kicking like a bunch of schoolboys…. maybe this try wakes them up….

    Brumbies lead 16-6

  16. Duiwel


    May 10, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Territorial game is great,
    But at some stage you actually have
    to play rugby.
    Pass-tackle-run with ball in hand.
    If you only want to play 10 man game
    you need a sure fly half .
    Fkn basics.

  17. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Steyn kicks a penalty and the Brumbies lead 16-9

  18. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    @Duiwel: Tip just too many errors, don’t know what the flook is going on with the Sharks

  19. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Finally this nonsense from the two top team is over……..

    Brumbies win 16-9…..nothing more to say….

  20. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    :poop: game.
    They should penalise both teams
    with 4 points.

  21. avatar

    Cheetah Glory

    May 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Well its not as if we did not see this coming. Our territory ‘non rugby’ never works against top sides, but we will continue doing it cause it makes us win more often than lose.

    Teams who win ugly end up losing ugly too.

  22. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    And next week its is the Crusaders in NZ……another lost waiting for the Sharks?

  23. avatar

    Cheetah Glory

    May 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    serves them right. I hope the saders give them a proper whipping. Sick of these ‘chess’ teams in a rugby competition. Its not good for the game.

  24. avatar


    May 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    @Cheetah Glory: I start to agree with you on this….fed up wasting my time with this shit they think is rugby

  25. avatar

    Cheetah Glory

    May 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm


    whats the point bunny? Its super rugby, not the end of the world. Its a game. Its a form of entertainment. Its young players in the best time of their lives? Its about passion, hunger, balls.

    I bet some algebra lectures have more spirit than some of these teams today who try to win at all cost.

    And to then lose?

    Maybe thats the true definition of a loser.

  26. avatar


    May 11, 2014 at 4:34 am

    There was a shitload of kicking in this game…. and low and behold….the team that kicked the most…… won the match.

    Anyone has kicking stats for SR this year. t must be off the charts.

    The Crusaders kick the leather off the ball…..
    the Brumbies even more so…..
    the Sharks do..

    Even Friday’s Chiefs/Blues game had a fair amount of kicking.

    What’s up?

    So many teams all of a sudden wants to play Bulls rugby.

  27. DavidS


    May 11, 2014 at 9:52 am


    How dare you introduce facts to support an argument you cretin…

    You have to run your legs off with the ball in your hands flashily passed hand to hand to win….

  28. avatar

    Cheetah Glory

    May 11, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I love how our mediocrity and inability to inspire always have defenders at the ready! These are top athletes in the game but its somehow become ok for them to muck about for 80 minutes and lose after literally not even trying to play.

    That’s not Bulls rugby.

  29. avatar


    May 11, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    @Cheetah Glory:

    I’m not sure what you’re talking about, but I was talking about the Sharks, Brumbies, Force and Crusaders.

    Nothing mediocre about being numbers 1, 3, 4 and 5 on the log at this point anymore.

  30. DavidS


    May 11, 2014 at 6:56 pm



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