Sydney - The Brumbies produced a late surge to score two late tries to win 28-12 against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.
As it happened: Waratahs v Brumbies
In what was largely an uneventful game to say the least but
the Brumbies managed to score two late tries to break a seven-all
deadlock that stood since the 28th minute.
Tries from Robbie Abel and
two from Henry Speight led the Brumbies to the important away win.
The Brumbies lead the way in the Australian Conference after
the victory as they now go to 11 points. The Waratahs' miseries
continue and languish at fourth in the Conference after only one win in
It wasn't the return home the Waratahs were expecting after
two straight losses on the road in South Africa. They have now lost
three out of four game and sit at 16 on the combined table.
It was a big game on the Australian rugby calendar as the
traditionally strongest Australian teams faced off against each other
with many players trying to get one over each for their Wallaby
There were a few match ups with Ben Alexander and Sekope
Kepu facing off in the scrums and Kuridrani taking on Israel Folau to
name a few.
It was a quiet first half as both teams battled for
supremacy without making much headway. They both tried to play expansive
rugby but because of wet conditions it turned out to be a messy affair.
An early Scott Fardy yellow card set the Brumbies back. The
Leinster-bound loose-forward was penalised by referee Glen Jackson for
collapsing a maul.
The Waratahs used the advantage well as Tom Robertson
went over for the try after a strong showing from the Waratahs forwards
to battle the Brumbies back.
The away side responded in the 27th minute when they drove
up the midfield through some forward dominance before sending it wide
for Kuridrani to slide over the line between the sticks. Brumbies
fly-half Wharenui Hawera added the extras and the game was all tied up
It took until the 60 minute mark for the scores to change
when the Brumbies won a penalty for obstruction in the line out, where
Jed Holloway was penalised.
They found touch five metres out, won the
line out and mauled forward. The Brumbies replacement hooker Abel then
charged over the line for the try.
They then compounded their lead after scrum-half Joe Powell
used a box kick and chipped it over the Waratahs defence.
perfectly weighted and Speight was lucky the bounce favoured him as he
collected before grubbering it forward and dotted down for his side's
The Waratahs replied almost immediately when Folau found the
gap and off loaded well and Gordon away for the try but Reece Robinson
missed the conversion which looked as though it might be costly if the
home side were to fight for a comeback.
Speight nabbed his second try when his side won a line-out
close to the Waratahs line and Speight drove forward, found a gap and
ran all the way to score under the posts.
It wasn't a pretty game but the wet weather definitely made
it difficult for the teams. The Brumbies showed perseverance to come
back in the final 20 minutes to break the deadlock.
Waratahs - Tries: Tom Robertson, Jake Gordon. Conversion: Reece Robinson.
Brumbies - Tries: Henry Speight (2), Tevita Kuridrani, Robbie Abel. Conversions: Wharenui Hawera (4).
15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson
Substitutes: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Michael Wells, 22 Jake Gordon, 23 David Horwitz