Canberra - The Brumbies have beaten the Reds 24-6 (half-time 8-6) to win in convincing fashion in their Super Rugby clash at Canberra Stadium.
Fullback Jesse Mogg scored two tries
to help ACT Brumbies get their Super Rugby season off to a winning
Mogg also kicked two penalties while his forwards,
bolstered by impressive new signing David Pocock on the openside flank,
edged the battle of the breakdown in a scrappy encounter between the
only Australian sides to have won the competition.
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wins are important at this time of year and they're a side who outplayed
us twice last year," Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen said.
"That's okay for a base but where we want to go, that won't be good enough."
Australia got its Super Rugby season underway a week early to allow
them a longer break for the British and Irish Lions tour in June and
There was little to worry anyone watching from the northern
hemisphere, though, in a dour contest dominated by rugged defence and
ill-discipline rather than free-flowing backplay.
set the tone by conceding three penalties in the first five minutes with
Reds fullback Mike Harris converting just one, albeit from near
Mogg scored his first try from his team's first
attacking ball, beating Wallabies winger Digby Ioane in a foot race to
touch down after scrumhalf Nic White's neat grubber kick had bounced
Harris put the visitors back in front 6-5 after 25
minutes but White, taking over kicking duties from misfiring flyhalf
Christian Lealiifano, converted his first penalty to send the Brumbies
into halftime with a slender 8-6 advantage.
Mogg's pair of
penalties at the start of the second half gave the twice champions a
lead they never looked like relinquishing and White slotted his second
from distance with six minutes to go.
Quade Cooper, playing on
the backfoot for most of the match and without his injured halfback
partner Will Genia, made a quiet return for the Reds after a long spell
on the sidelines.
Trying to create something from nothing in the
final minute, the Wallabies flyhalf floated a pass towards the wing
which Mogg snatched out of the air before cantering over the try line
untouched to seal the win.
"It was great defence from the Brumbies
and there weren't many chances for us," said Cooper. "There were a few,
but ill-discipline let us down a little bit." Scorers:
Brumbies – Tries: Jesse Mogg (2). Conversion: Robbie Coleman Penalties: Nic White (2), Mogg (2).
Reds – Penalties: Mike Harris (2). Teams:
Brumbies: 15. Jesse Mogg, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Andrew Smith, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Clyde Rathbone, 10. Matt Toomua, 9. Nic White, 8. Ben Mowen, 7. David Pocock, 6. Peter Kimlin, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Scott Fardy, 3. Dan Palmer, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Ben Alexander
Replacements: 16. Siliva Siliva, 17. Ruaidhri Anthony Murphy, 18. Colby Faingaa, 19. Fotu Auelua, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Joseph Tomane, 22. Robbie Coleman
Reds: 15. Mike Harris, 14. Dom Shipperley, 13. Aidan Toua, 12. Ben Tapuai, 11. Digby Ioane, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Ben Lucas, 8. Jake Schatz, 7. Liam Gill, 6. Ed Quirk, 5. Rob Simmons, 4. Adam Wallace-Harrison, 3. James Slipper (Captain), 2. Saia Faingaa, 1. Greg Holmes
Replacements: 16. Albert Anae, 17. James Hanson, 18. Ed O`Donoghue, 19. Jarrad Butler, 20. Nicholas Frisby, 21. Jonathan Lance, 22. Chris Feauai-Sautia