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Brumbies shock Reds

2011-06-04 13:48

Brisbane - The  Brumbies ambushed the Super Rugby title-chasing  Reds with a 22-14 victory in Brisbane on Saturday, rubbing salt into the wound with a last-second penalty that denied their hosts a bonus point.

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The Reds, clearly jaded after their draining last-gasp victory over the Crusaders last weekend, remained top of the overall standings ahead of South Africa's Stormers with two games to go but with their lead cut to one point.

The Brumbies, twice former champions, were inspired by flyhalf Matt Giteau as they grabbed just a third win of a miserable season by taking a 19-11 first half lead and then defending fiercely to protect it.

Hooker Stephen Moore scored their only try in the first half and the rest of the points came from Giteau, who kicked a conversion and five penalties, including the one with the last kick that moved the deficit beyond seven points.

"It's been a tough season for us, the Reds are into the finals and good luck to them for the rest of the season but for us it was a huge test of character," said Giteau. "We backed our defence and backed each other and that got us a win."

The Reds got a try through fullback Ben Lucas just before halftime but despite plenty of possession were unable to add more than Quade Cooper's third penalty in the second half.

"Our game thrives on enthusiasm and we were very flat," said Reds scrumhalf Will Genia. "We put a lot of effort into last week's game and we let ourselves down with energy and enthusiasm and they were good enough to put in a performance and win."

A disappointing night was made worse when livewire Reds winger Digby Ioane was knocked out cold in a tackle by Brumbies number eight Ita Vaea and taken off the pitch on a stretcher after 48 minutes.

The first 17 minutes was a kicking contest between the former and current Wallabies number 10s with Giteau edging his successor Cooper three penalties to two to give the Brumbies an early 9-6 lead.

For all the world class backline talent on display, it was forward Moore who scored the opening try, trundling over under the posts after linking well with Vaea after 20 minutes.

Giteau added the extras and kicked a fourth penalty just past the half hour mark to extend the lead to 19-6 before the Reds finally got a try of their own when Lucas took a flat pass from Cooper and scurried over with his second effort.

The Brumbies continued to have great success with counter-rucking in the second half and the Reds, having cleared their replacements bench, lacked the spark to breach the wall of white shirts.

Scorers

Reds -Try: Ben Lucas; Penalty: Quade Cooper (3)

Brumbies - Try: Stephen Moore; Conversion: Matt Giteau; Penalties: Matt Giteau (5)

Teams

Reds:
15 Ben Lucas, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Radike Samo, 7 Ben Coridas, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Ben Daley

Substitutes: 16 James Hanson, 17 Greg Holmes, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Jake Schatz, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Will Chambers, 22 Dom Shipperley

Brumbies:
15 Pat McCabe, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tyrone Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Matt Giteau (captain), 9 Patrick Phibbs; 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Mitchell Chapman, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Jono Owen

Substitutes: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Peter Kimlin, 19 Henry Vanderglas, 20 Nic White, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Andrew Smith
 

Reuters

Comments
  • expatsa - 2011-06-04 13:55

    Well, well well.... this throws the whole competion wide open with both the Blues and Reds losing... all bodes well for the STORMERS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marshall - 2011-06-04 14:03

    Shocked everyone, including the Brumbies!! Yea, good results for SA sides. If Sharks win, we have 3 sides in top 6, and that will be something special. If Stormers hold on, we have a home-semi!!!

      RJ - 2011-06-04 14:45

      Not if certainly

  • Claude - 2011-06-04 14:13

    The Reds can only score a maximum of nine points in their last two weeks as one is a bye. If the Stormers can score ten in their last two game they will top the log.

      Andy49 - 2011-06-04 14:44

      According to the remaining fixture list they still have 2 games that could give them max 10 points; 11 June Western Force v Reds 18 June Chiefs v Reds this could be the decider for Top spot.

  • sinvol - 2011-06-04 14:14

    Not a scock at all! This is why they organised the derbies......anyone can beat any other team (from same country) anyday!

      Andy49 - 2011-06-04 14:22

      @sinvol "scock"ing comment.

  • Redwine - 2011-06-04 14:31

    The way it stands now the Bulls can still make it to the top!!

      Jamiside - 2011-06-04 15:09

      In your dreams!

      RJ - 2011-06-04 15:17

      2 little red wine and to much other stuff one can see.

      haynes.sp - 2011-06-05 09:21

      bulls hit ...

  • Andy49 - 2011-06-04 14:34

    Not a good result for The Reds, likewise The Blues loss to The Chiefs’ was also not good for them but these 2 results are great for the Stormers as it closes the gap at the top of the log & makes for a very interesting last 2 rounds with some of the top 6 teams competing against each other. Stormers v Bulls, Bulls v Sharks, Crusaders v Blues. Thanks Matt Gitau for taking that last minute penalty when Stephen Moore wanted to kick to touch, denying The Reds the bonus point, good for THE STORMERS.

      sinvol - 2011-06-04 15:09

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • RJ - 2011-06-04 14:51

    The chiefs would have taken note and will want to win them in the last round...

  • tiger71 - 2011-06-04 15:16

    it seems after 80 minutes of intense coaching by the Stormers, opponents tend to put their hard earned lessons to good use in the following games. Well done, Chiefs, Brumbies

      RJ - 2011-06-04 15:21

      They played well against the stormers, but it just shows how good the stormers really are, and One tends to think that the last 2 rounds will show case thr potential

  • The_Fox - 2011-06-04 15:37

    Again, excellent news for my beloved stormers!

  • Marius Swart - 2011-06-04 15:43

    @RJ.Dit wil my voorkom jy dink die Stormers gaan sommer 5 punte elk kry teen die Bulle en die Vrystaat.Ek sal die eerste Blou Bul wees wat dan erken julle verdien om die S15 te wen maar pasop voor julle begin feesvier.Dit is gewoonlik hierdie tyd waar julle span begin dink hulle het klaar gewen en dan gebeur die onverstaanbare en julle choke.Bulle speel ook vir plek en gaan verseker nie net nuweland toe om pakslae te kry.Die vrystaat gaan natuurlik ook moeilike een wees want hulle is soos die Chiefs en Brumbies vandag uit die kompetisie en gaan speel vir trots en springbok plekke.Jou span het egter goed gespeel die naweek en sal dit vir julle gee maar oor 7 dae is dit oorlog op nuweland.Sterkte

      TrueSaffa - 2011-06-04 16:54

      Dankie Marius, jy is een van die min bulls supporters wat nie "tunnelvision" het nie. Ek stem saam, ons moet nou ons koppe hou en nie gaan le nie. Dit sal fantasties wees as die stormers die S15 kan wen, maar volgende week gaan oorlog wees. Die bulle lyk goed. So good luck vir die bulle volgende week, maak nie saak wie wen nie dit gaan a great game wees.

      Cadder - 2011-06-04 16:57

      @Marius: Dis lekker om objektiewe rugby kommentaar te sien, terwyl daar soveel "drivel" hier kwytgeraak word (deur beide Stormers en Bulls ondersteuners). As Stormers ondersteuner het ek al geleer (11 jaar sonder enige trofeë, soos ons gereeld herinner word) om maar my mond styf toe te hou, en eers te wag tot die eindfluitjie geblaas het :-) Met vanoggend se uitslae maak dit dinge net beter vir die Stormers, Bulls en Sharks. Volgende naweek se wedstryd op Nuweland gaan inderdaad "trench warfare" wees, en ongeag die uitslag is daar dalk nog weer 'n kans vir nog ' n wedstryd tussen die Bulls en Stormers in die uitspeelwedstryde. Sterkte vir die res van die kompetisie.

  • tiger71 - 2011-06-04 16:09

    the result bodes well for the SA sides wanting to make the semis. only thing better than 3 SA sides making the semis... is 4 SA sides making the semis. maybe next year Cheetahs will fill the 4th spot :)

      Arthur - 2011-06-04 18:54

      thats impossible with the new format to have four sa teams in the simies even having three teams in the semies is still extreamly remoat

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-04 16:24

    Greetings princes and piggies (you know who you are on either side). Had to break my "no technology when away rule" in order to irritate a few of the hobbits up north. 1) Now I know why Moftus was so empty last night....all the so-called Bulls fans were spewing drivel on here. Bad show chaps! How sad when the 'defending' champs and supposed "greatest provincial team in the world" hahaha, play in front of 30 morbidly obese carnival folk, and 3 dogs. Tsk Tsk - bad showing. 2) Well done on the Bulls win. The uncontested scrums favoured the Tahs......and the "red card" favoured the Bulls, so it all kind of evened itself out. 3) This weekends results put the Stormers destiny truly in their own hands - a nice place to be, non? (Both the Indian bookies and I owe the Chiefs and Brumbies a variety of favours) 4) @EFFEL/agnus wakker - you remain severely damaged, with very little hope of 'repair'. I continue to keep you in my prayers. 5) Some nasty injuries this round (Digby-eina) - hope you chaps all recover quickly. Best wishes. 4) Good luck Sharks and Cheetahs. 5) Who is more useless in their "specialised field": Pro Legote or Pierre Spies? 6) Is Hougie's ankle ok Bulls chaps? 7) @Whoosa - copy and paste my comment on Kurt Coleman made 2 weeks ago, and try and make fun of it again? I dare you....... Cheerio. GO THE STORMERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

      Marshall - 2011-06-04 18:14

      Now we know which tool has been giving us Stormer fans a bad name!

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-04 16:25

    Greetings princes and piggies (you know who you are on either side). Had to break my "no technology when away rule" in order to irritate a few of the hobbits up north. 1) Now I know why Moftus was so empty last night....all the so-called Bulls fans were spewing drivel on here. Bad show chaps! How sad when the 'defending' champs and supposed "greatest provincial team in the world" hahaha, play in front of 30 morbidly obese carnival folk, and 3 dogs. Tsk Tsk - bad showing. 2) Well done on the Bulls win. The uncontested scrums favoured the Tahs......and the "red card" favoured the Bulls, so it all kind of evened itself out. 3) This weekends results put the Stormers destiny truly in their own hands - a nice place to be, non? (Both the Indian bookies and I owe the Chiefs and Brumbies a variety of favours) 4) @EFFEL/agnus wakker - you remain severely damaged, with very little hope of 'repair'. I continue to keep you in my prayers. 5) Some nasty injuries this round (Digby-eina) - hope you chaps all recover quickly. Best wishes. 4) Good luck Sharks and Cheetahs. 5) Who is more useless in their "specialised field": Pro Legote or Pierre Spies? 6) Is Hougie's ankle ok Bulls chaps? 7) @Whoosa - copy and paste my comment on Kurt Coleman made 2 weeks ago, and try and make fun of it again? I dare you....... Cheerio. GO THE STORMERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • gnus wakker - 2011-06-04 20:12

    Dis nogal jammer, ek wil nie he die Stormers moet top2 eindig nie. 'n 3e plek sal gaaf wees, kans is Bulls is 6e (dalk 5e) en dan kan hulle die tandlose stometjies vir die 12e jaar koppieloos maak

  • ChumScrubber - 2011-06-05 08:45

    Yawn. Every article gets dominated by the Stormers and Bulls fans having a go at each other. I hope both your teams get knocked out of the comp now, I have become gatvol of your supporters attitude. Go Sharks, Lions and Cheetahs - and anyone playing the above two. Matt was a bit spiteful with that penalty, what if the ball hit the post and they lost the game from a counter attack. Didn't like what he did to his fellow countrymen - spiteful move.

      Marshall - 2011-06-06 12:13

      I support the Stormers, and I agree with you. There are a handful of pitiful souls that prowl these pages and get their jollies from spouting the the biggest load of cr*p going. Please however note that all all Stormer fans are as uncouth and disrespectful.

  • EXBULL - 2011-06-05 10:35

    I understand Matt's gripe with the Reds. They have the two players who will deny him a world cup ticket. Quade Cooper and Anthony Faingaa. This was Matt's way of showing the Aussie selectors that he is still around and making Quade and Anthony look bad in the process. It's that or he was giving Aussie rugby the "finger" seeing that his off to Europe.

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