Jake's Brumbies win in Dunedin

2013-04-12 11:20

Cape Town - Jake White's Brumbies team have added to the Highlanders' 2013 Super Rugby woes with victory in their clash in Dunedin on Friday.

VIDEO: Highlanders v Brumbies highlights

The Brumbies won 30-19 after leading 17-12 at half-time.

The Brumbies scored three tries through wings Henry Speight and Joe Tomane and flank George Smith. Centre Christian Lealiifano added all three conversions as well as two penalties. Scrumhalf Nic White also added a penalty.

The Highlanders replied with a try by scrumhalf Aaron Smith and a conversion and four penalties by flyhalf Hayden Parker.

The Brumbies picked up four points for their victory to extend their lead atop the Australian Conference standings and regain the lead in the Overall log.

The Highlanders left empty-handed and remain rooted to the bottom of both the New Zealand Conference and Overall standings.

In next weekend's Round 10 action, the Brumbies travel to Brisbane to face the Reds (Saturday, April 20 at 11:40) while the Highlanders face a daunting task as they make the trip to Christchurch to tackle the seven-time champion Crusaders (Saturday, April 20 at 09:35).



15. Ben Smith, 14. Kade Poki, 13. Phil Burleigh, 12. Ma'a Nonu, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Hayden Parker, 9. Fumiaki Tanaka, 8. Mose Tuiali'i, 7. John Hardie, 6. TJ Ioane, 5. Jarrad Hoeata, 4. Brad Thorn, 3. Ma'afu Fia, 2. Andrew Hore (captain), 1. Jamie MacKintosh

Substitutes: 16. Liam Coltman, 17. Chris King, 18. Josh Bekhuis, 19. Elliot Dixon, 20. Aaron Smith, 21. Colin Slade, 22. Jason Emery

15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 George Smith, 6 Jordan Smiler, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Peter Kimlin, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander

Substitutes: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Fotu Auelua, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Pat McCabe, 22 Tevita Kuridrani


  • Paul Sdoow - 2013-04-12 11:28

    perfect superbru result!

      Vishen Naidoo - 2013-04-12 20:28

      There is only one George Smith...the original Fetcher!

  • nikolai.kaufmann - 2013-04-12 11:35

    Highlanders: Glad they are not my team. Can't believe how deplorable they are, they just can not put anything together that resembles Super Rugby. Kinda feel bad for them, it sucks to lose, especially that many. 0 from 7. Eina! To think that they were actually one of the pre-tournament favorites.

      Marcus Vermaak - 2013-04-12 11:48

      I also feel for them, they are loosing so much support and we know what happens then (Lions). But, they are not our team and I'm happy it won't be a SA team ending dead last!

      Jim King - 2013-04-12 13:50

      NZ and Auz cant support a fifth union they must drop the Rebels and Highlanders

      nikolai.kaufmann - 2013-04-12 14:14

      Jim, NZ can field a 5th team, they have more than enough depth to do that. That the Highlanders are playing the way they are has more to do with their game plan, lack thereof or just plain inability to play footie this season. They were pre-tournament favorites and it surprises all of us that they are playing so badly. It really is the Aussie conference that I think can't field a 5th team. They simply don't have a player base to support it, just look how many League converts join their teams, a la SBW and Folau, Tuquiri (admittedly back in the day), but still, NZ's ITM Cup is amazing to watch, they have so many guys in the wings just like SA to field a 6th team. Look at Kings, SA's "discards" and they are playing mind bendingly good footie.

      Pj Andreas - 2013-04-13 02:17

      I think it's inaccurate to say that league players switching to union reflects low playing numbers. It's more about the high quality of the league athletes and the international and financial opportunities provide by rugby union. Otago has struggled historically, but the rebels are doing well as a recent start up team in a non rugby region, it takes time. The kings in comparison come from a strong currie cup province where rugby is the no.1 sport, I wouldn't say they are SA discards.

      Swart Vart - 2013-04-13 04:07

      While I have a lot of rspect for Jamie Joseph, the issue has to be the coaching. They have top rate tight 5 (Better than most of the SA franchises), the best half back in the world, on of the top first fives in the world, one of the best 2nd centers in the world, and one of the best wingers in the world. All with an ego to match, making them difficult to manage. Of all the countries NZ is the most capable of running 6 franchises players wise. The NZ provincial teams are already suffering with a lot of the S15 fringe players leaving to go to the rebels, kings, Japan and Europe. If they allowed coaches to coach both provincial and S15, you would see a different situation I am sure.

  • Izzi Max - 2013-04-12 11:40

    am i the only one who finds the picture choice rather hilarious?

      Daniel James - 2013-04-12 12:37 is hey.....

      Jim King - 2013-04-12 13:45

      Tong in cheek

      Louis Bensch - 2013-04-12 14:31

      That picture is a big turnon for Raymond, the only thing better are two Kangaroos kissing.

  • Pieter Klaasen - 2013-04-12 11:48

    As normal, shocking decisions from Chris Pollock and even worse by the TMO.

  • Lourens M Hendricks - 2013-04-12 11:52

    Jesse Mogg can see why he is rated the 2nd dangerous back so far by NZ,good win and good Super bru result!

      Izzi Max - 2013-04-12 12:34

      Yea Jesse has been playing a great game at FB, giving Dagg a run for his money

  • Catherine Boyd - 2013-04-12 11:57

    Pity about the last minute try !! Didn't help my superbru.

  • Catherine Boyd - 2013-04-12 11:59

    Pity about the last minute try. That didn't help my superbru.

  • Nico Eksteen - 2013-04-12 15:30

    Stormers really played well against the Brumbies.

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