Brumbies off to winning start

2012-02-24 12:17

Canberra - South Africa's Rugby World Cup-winning coach Jake White won his opening match in charge of the Brumbies with a 19-17 victory over the Force in an Australian Super Rugby derby in Canberra on Friday.

Trailing 12-9 at half-time, the two-time champion Brumbies hit back with two second-half tries to nudge out the Perth-based Force in a lacklustre opening match of the Australian Conference.

White took over at the Brumbies after they finished a dismal 13th last season and fielded a largely new-look young side.

Both sides traded penalties before Force edged ahead at halftime but the Brumbies got going when wing Jesse Mogg and fullback Robbie Coleman scored tries six minutes apart early in the second term.

James Stannard kept Force in the contest with a try in the 55th minute to get within two points but they bungled an attempt at a drop goal in the final minute which would have given them victory.

White, who coached the Springboks to the 2007 World Cup crown in France, said that although the Brumbies had started cautiously, the game was there for the taking.

"You can't just go through the motions and be scared," he said.

"Somebody had to make a move and I'm just glad we managed to get over the line."

Force coach Richard Graham rued the 10-minute spell when the Brumbies crossed for their two tries, saying the break in the Force's concentration ultimately cost them the match.

"For a large part of the game we played the way we wanted to play; we controlled the game," he said.

"But it was just that 10-minute period.

"I thought their breakdown work was good but we were probably a little bit slow."

The Brumbies have a bye next week, while the Force will face the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday (March 3).


15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Jesse Mogg, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Ita Vaea, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Leon Power, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander

Substitutes: 16 Anthony Hegerty, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Scott Fardy, 19 Michael Hooper, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Zack Holmes, 22 Joe Tomane

15. Alifeleti Mafi, 14. Nick Cummins, 13. Winston Stanley, 12. Rory Sidey, 11. Napolioni Nalaga, 10. James Stannard, 9. Brett Sheehan, 8. Ben McCalman, 7. David Pocock (captain), 6. Matthew Hodgson, 5. Nathan Sharpe, 4. Toby Lynn, 3. Salesi Ma'afu, 2. Nathan Charles, 1. Pekahou Cowan

Substitutes: 16. Elvis Taione, 17. Kieran Longbottom, 18. Phoenix Battye, 19. Angus Cottrell, 20. Justin Turner, 21. Ben Seymour, 22. Samu Wera


  • Bootman - 2012-02-24 12:20

    Well done Jake. It turns out you are not as big a loser as me.

  • Shnez - 2012-02-24 12:23

    Close Games so Far! Lets Hope its a cracker tonight!!!! May the best team win!

      nadine.devilliers - 2012-02-24 14:45

      The Sharks will, don't worry!!!

      Ruan - 2012-02-24 18:25

      i dont even know what you said, but anything nadine says must be right!! just saying!!

  • Lionel - 2012-02-24 12:27

    Campese must feel like a idiot!!!!!

      Heiku - 2012-02-24 12:37

      Lol yeah narrow win against perennial losers. Lets break out the champagne!

      Andy - 2012-02-24 12:41

      Campese was right, usually the Brumbies thump the Force. To begin with Jake whinges about salary caps and only a 30-35 squad selection, so he's whining about other Oz teams team too then? J.White has proved that he's a journeyman riding on his rep (RWC) who actually only beat Argentina, England and luckily Fiji. Boys and Girls....this is a prime example why Jake will prove himself as a useless wannabee import, just watch the Brumbies capitulate. The Force FFS? ha ha ha almost won and played better. All mouth and trousers Jakey boy Give yourself an uppercut and thump yourself

      Andy - 2012-02-24 13:56

      Thanks Greg, NZ have the RWC, squat on that, because you're a mate Greg I won't mention tri-nations or Super Rugby history. Excuse me while I squat

      Hendrik - 2012-02-24 14:36

      Campese IS an idiot. Wish we could remind him abut how Pieter Hendriks literally "ran around him" in 1995. Still one of the high lights of my "watching career".

      Zion - 2012-02-24 17:27

      Think Jakes must rather speak for himself.

  • FeF Francois Gericke - 2012-02-24 12:28

    Jake 1 - Campo 0

  • springbokke - 2012-02-24 12:37

    Well done Jake, you did it for the U/19s, U/21s, the Boks now hopefully [ for your sake] the Brumbies.

  • Donny Doncaster - 2012-02-24 12:53

    Wys Bulldozer se ware kleure nou..

      Bootman - 2012-02-24 13:34

      Ek stem julle, ek is ook n huge moroon.

  • Andy - 2012-02-24 12:56

    For all the Jake Fans out there in mysterious lands.........The Force played better, The Force should have been annihilated but thanks to Jakey boy the Brambles are going backwards If you don't believe me then look at past matches between the Brumbies v Force which incidentally was played in Canberra (Brumbie Land) Jake White couldn't coach a fart, ACT (Brumbie land) has taken steps backwards

      Johan - 2012-02-24 13:16

      Actually Andy the last two times before this the brumbies lost to the force in " Brumbieland" Thought i'd help you out there !!

      Bigrp - 2012-02-24 13:30

      I see you reside in NZ...maybe sour grapes about 2007?

      Andy - 2012-02-24 13:35

      Thanks Johan, where abouts did the Force be with you end up last year? Just out of interest

      Andy - 2012-02-24 13:48

      @Bigrp Sour grapes? Think about it? Not only do I reside in NZ, I'm fortunate enough to have parents/grandparents/aunts and uncles etc that reside here apart from being born here as are my whanau since way back. Andy = Anaru=Andrew. Sour grapes, here's a question that either you or Jakey boy could answer especially since the Brumbies luckily won......Do you think J.White would accuse B.Lawrence of cheating? Don't forget Pocock was playing? or is that a saw subject? Funny that

      Andy - 2012-02-24 14:23

      Shane Shane're getting stale bro Think up something new and while you're at it talk rugby........don't talk/hide behind stale jokes? You're losing mate........get a life Talk rugby, here's my take on Whites 3 pronged attacked kicking doesn't work as much as your pathetic excuse to make love to computers

      Paul - 2012-02-24 14:25

      Thought the general standard of the rugby in the first two games was very low. Even our Varsity Cup games over here are four or five notches higher. The real rugby is yet to come. Oh yes, Andy, we know you don't have forums like these in NZ, so go find yourself a woolly in the mud outside. Don't forget your raincoat.

      Andy - 2012-02-24 14:52

      @Paul At last a rugby fan, I reckon the Blues/Saders was an excellent match, good running/bad kicking especially with penalty opportunities for a curtain raiser to kick off a great season. Fresh start to a new season, I'll just say this........Whatever happens with the Kings inclusion/exclusion has nothing to do with SANZAR.........SARU's choice not ours.

      Andy - 2012-02-24 15:50

      @Loyd It's ironic how you change profiles, when someones smarter than you, you change to Shane? Why is that? Why change to a profile with "Loyd" when the other end of the spectrum claims to be "Shane/Sham" I think it's more about you Loyd.........have a great day but don't beat yourself up about it, supervision is the key. If I was you I'd get/change your profile're just not that funny Shane Friendly advice bro

      Zion - 2012-02-24 17:29

      Unfortunately the best team won

      Andy - 2012-02-24 17:39

      It appears that I'm under your skin's a clue, it's all about YOU, as for FBI pfffffft, you're not that bright Loyd and if you can't see how much that I'm ripping you apart for the hell of it then it's just not worth it, I'd suggest changing your profile once again Loyd FBI LOL, fancy that, I'll say this much though Shane/Loyd etc etc wouldn't pass the screening, maybe because it's you're conceited with a dash of the least trustworthy personality yet you're welcome to try out for Mickey Mouse at Disney land........don't worry about costumes, come as you are Here's a little helpful hint Mickey, you're over compensating trying to prove who you are let alone not. You're THICK Hey Loyd, it's all about YOU Have a great day, study Forensics've failed and BIG TIME

  • tony.delucchi - 2012-02-24 13:24

    ..a win is a win, looks to the scoreboard!

  • Sean - 2012-02-24 16:32

    Bryce sort of kept the Force in it though. He disallowed a legitimate "mark" which resulted in a Force lineout. Their try came from that movement (after a number of phases). Ten minutes later he missed a Force knock-on in their 22 which should have been a Brumbies attacking scrum! I think it ended up as a lineout on halfway. The Brumbies fans were not overly happy with him at all. I wonder why he didin't get the all NZ game earlier :-)

  • Zion - 2012-02-24 17:25

    Would'nt it be nice if the Brumbies did their old thing and win the tournament. Always a favourite in the earlier years.

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