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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Better known as Bunny, Took over after Pissant went over to the "Dark Side"


  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. @Jacques(Bunny):

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. @Timeo:

    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….

  8. 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.

  9. @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.