Jake's Brumbies tame 'Canes

2012-05-18 11:15

Wellington - Rookie flyhalf Zack Holmes proved the difference as the Brumbies stormed back in the second half to defeat the Hurricanes 37-25 on Friday.

Both sides scored four tries apiece but the Brumbies secured the away win through the boot of Holmes, making his run-on debut for the Brumbies after injuries to playmakers Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano.

The 21-year-old kicked four conversions and three penalties, as well as scoring a try, to give the Brumbies their first victory in Wellington since 2003 and cement their place at the top of the Australian Conference.

"He just played to his potential tonight and I'm so glad for him because he was under a lot of pressure, there was a lot of chat, and he performed," Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen said.

The Hurricanes were leading 25-16 early in the second half, making the defeat even more painful as they capitulated.

"We just made a lot of mistakes and that came back to haunt us," captain Conrad Smith said.

Holmes settled his nerves with an early penalty to put the Brumbies on the board, before an incisive run from winger Joseph Tomane put the Australians on the attack and he set up Fotu Auelua to force his way over the tryline.

The home side hit back through scrumhalf TJ Perenara, who darted from the back of a ruck for a try after solid work from the Hurricanes forwards to get the ball into the danger zone.

After another penalty apiece, the Hurricanes looked certain to score a second try as Jason Eaton charged down the wing, only for Michael Hooper to bundle him over the sideline with a desperate diving tackle.

The Brumbies made a mess of the resulting lineout, though, and Victor Vito touched down between the posts after combining with Perenara in a slick set-piece from the Hurricanes scrum.

Taylor converted to put the Hurricanes ahead for the first time after 30 minutes and the score remained at 15-13 until the break.

Heavy rain after the restart did not discourage the Hurricanes from running the ball and Perenara crossed for his second try on 43 minutes, jinking between three defenders.

Holmes potted another penalty to keep the Brumbies within touching distance before prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen came off the bench for the Hurricanes to score a try with his first touch of the ball.

With the hosts threatening to run away with the game, the Brumbies clawed back a try through an unlikely source when lock Scott Fardy left the defence flat-footed and offloaded to fellow forward Sam Carter for a five-pointer.

The Australians regained the lead after a Hurricanes error at the scrum, Hooper stealing the ball and barging over the tryline, with Holmes converting to make it 30-25 for the Brumbies.

Holmes then chipped in with a try of his own, bursting through a gap after some eye-catching build-up play from the Brumbies back line and adding the conversion.

The Brumbies picked up a full-house of five points for their victory and consolidated their lead atop the Australian Conference. They remained third in the Combined standings.

The Hurricanes picked up a single bonus point for scoring four tries or more, but stayed fourth and eighth in the New Zealand Conference and Overall log respectively.

In next weekend's Round 14 action, the Brumbies host the defending champion Reds in Canberra, while the Hurricanes welcome the Rebels to Wellington.



15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Brad Shields,5  Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Reg Goodes

Substitutes: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Jack Lam, 20 Chris Eaton, 21 Beauden Barrett, 22 Jayden Hayward

15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Fotu Auelua, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Ben Mowen (captain), 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander

Substitutes: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Peter Kimlin, 19 Ita Vaea, 20 Nic White, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Tevita Kuridrani


  • Jp - 2012-05-18 11:20

    Just shows the quaity of the coach. From a team that looked like amateurs last season. Well done Jake.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-18 14:49

      Agreed, looks like Jake was a good buy after all.

      Thomas - 2012-05-18 18:54

      He is showing all those who said he's been out of action too long, that he is a worthy World Cup winning coach!! It helps where he is now because he is dealing with intelligent people who have just sport on their minds!!!!!!

  • Acta - 2012-05-18 11:29

    Very Good comeback, Think i will def watch this one. Good news for both Sharks and Cheetahs.

  • Shayne - 2012-05-18 11:31

    I always smile when the Brumbies win. Jake white said a few months back that he will be interested in the bok job in 4 years time. He going to use the next 4 years to show his critics that he can coach a team without Eddie Jones. If Jake white could be allowed to coach our bok team without political interference, he could be our Graham Henry! The Brumbies could now very well make the semis/playoffs. And going up against a Jake White team in knockout rugby aint going to be a walk in the park! Well done Jake. Good Luck!!

      DeonHeunis - 2012-05-18 11:53

      Jake won the World Cup before Graham Henry. If Jake White could be allowed to coach our bok team without political interference, he could be our Jake White.

      Razz - 2012-05-18 12:00

      @ DeonHeunis. I tend to agree with you. Jake seems to be a better coach than Henecke, time will tell.

      Shayne - 2012-05-18 12:06

      Both true.. Point is that any SARU coach will do better without the politics. And yeah, he is our Jake White =)

      David - 2012-05-18 12:31

      Jake isn't better than Heyneke, not even close. Heyneke will become one of our great coaches and I am a province fan BTW. Heyneke has the strength and strategic ability to take us to the level which we should be and have the record the AB's have had over the last 18 years.

      Inky - 2012-05-18 17:41

      The Ozzies will integrate him into their Wallaby coaching staff before the world cup. The Brumbies job is just a veil to disguise the plans they have for him while our rugby bosses failed to appreciate his qualities that will come back to haunt the Boks at the next RWC.

  • Lionel - 2012-05-18 11:51

    Brumbies are gonna be a dangerous team next year

      Lionel - 2012-05-18 12:04

      wow thanks for the help Bluey,dangerous indeed they are,ask the Bulls:):)

      Lionel - 2012-05-18 12:19

      We can go according to last year and yes we beat them in Canberra

      Lionel - 2012-05-18 12:26

      Raven,Im taking the mickey out of you,relax,add some whiskey with that water you drink and you will see life is not so serious!!!!!!!

  • Jed - 2012-05-18 12:06

    Every victory makes SARU look like bigger idiots.

  • Master - 2012-05-18 12:07

    I must be honest, I did not think the Brumbies would make it without their best 2 fly halves. But well done to Jake, it looks like he is really installing confidence in his players.

  • steyts - 2012-05-18 12:16

    It's all fair and we'll to congratulate Jake, but what about the players?? Well done to the brumbies team! Well deserved victory!

      steyts - 2012-05-18 12:18

      I meant well.. Not we'll

      Patrick - 2012-05-18 12:55

      And what about the assistant coaches, Larkham and Greagan. Maybe they had something to do with the skills of the Brumbie backs. If I recall correctly, it was another Aussie, Jones, who taught the Bok backs how to run and be skilfull with the ball while Jake was faxited with defence, rush defence and all sorts of defence. One can see clearly where Allister comes from.

      FeF - 2012-05-18 13:24

      uhm Patrick,and how much did Eddies flair and help us in the 07 RWC Final?As I recall the final was won by ......wait for it....yes u guessed it folks....DEFENCE!!!!Good old rush defence,aka the Jake White system for being a succesfull coach!

  • wilma.botts - 2012-05-18 12:49

    Way to go Jake and the Brumbies .....Congrates

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-18 13:24

    ....and for once I let sport writers influence/change my Superbru pick and I miss out on needed points. With an average higher than them I should have stayed with my original thought.

  • Jacques - 2012-05-18 13:38

    @ blue raven. Nou wat maak dit nou saak wat Victor Matfield dink van n afrigter?

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-18 15:43

      @blueraven , logika is nie sy sterk punt nie

  • gbestenbier1 - 2012-05-18 14:12

    Thinking..hmmmm ....PdV cannot get a job,but all the previous Springboks coaches or asst coaches have jobs.Some are overseas, others are technical advisors, some are TV analysts etc. Is there something wrong with PdV ?? I mean the guy was in charge of our NATIONAL team...

      Patrick - 2012-05-18 21:26

      It took Joke White 4 years to get a job!

  • david.sportsman - 2012-05-18 18:18

    Many people have bad things to say about Jake, but he can coach...he can definitely coach some rugby!! Well done to the Brumbies.

  • david.sportsman - 2012-05-18 18:20

    On the other hand, all the other Aussie teams seem to struggle a lot. The Canes and Blues are also struggling, which is sometimes hard to understand. - Let It Rip!!

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