Brumbies come back to earth after Shark loss

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    I was at the game tonight, and it was one of those great rugby experiences. The ground sound effects are fantastic and should have been enough on their own to put an opponent off, but the Sharks were not to be deterred.

    The crowd did everything it could to bring the boys home, and the lads themselves threw everything at the Sharks but the kitchen sink.

    My take on the game was that it was a major arm wrestle, but the Sharks had us covered (if only just) in all departments.

    Neither side could really break the other’s line, but the Brumbies made some unfortunate handling errors in the first half, and the ref a major mistake when he awarded a penalty to the Sharks near the post.

    The Sharks took a quick tap, then committed a blatant knock-on and scored a try from it. It was missed by the ref and the touchy, but not by the slow-mo replay, and definitely not by the crowd!

    Unfortunate, and probably a game changer. Nevertheless, the better team probably still won.

    The Brumbies, 10 points down with two minutes to go, score a try under the posts and converted it. The clock was down to zero, but the ref called for the kick off, the Brumbies held the ball through many phases and ground their way up the paddock until, only twenty metres out, they spilled it and the Sharks booted it into the grandstand.

    Nobody went home unfulfilled – it was a good effort. I thought that one or two Brumbies were slightly off the pace. McCabe played on the left wing, where I don’t think he looked comfortable, and probably didn’t come infield looking for work as much as he might have. When he did, he was always dangerous.

    Tomane was the same on the right wing, and I kept hoping that Jake White would swap them over. Mogg had a great game at the back and scored one of the best tries of the season to date.

    The team played a relatively safety-first game: not too many complex moves, Steve Moore gutsed it up the middle on many occasions, but nothing the boys did could break the defensive line of the Sharks.

    Nic White was the replacement half and I was wishing that he could have been brought on earlier, as the backline needed someone darting from the rucks. Prior is a good half-back but he is not a darter, like White. It should have been horses for courses tonight.

    It also occurs to me that as the Sharks are currently only third in their conference, (remaining there despite tonight’s win), that may be an indicator of the relative strengths of the conferences.

    The Australian teams have not yet played too many of the South African teams, so we might be in for some interesting results.

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      April 2nd 2012 @ 6:45am
      Who Needs Melon said | April 2nd 2012 @ 6:45am | ! Report

      I thought the Sharks looked really good. Much better than they were the week before. Jet lag?

      No shame at all in that loss for the Brumbies. Awful news about Toomua though. Is it just the Aussie teams that are so badly hit by injuries? Seems to be.

    • April 2nd 2012 @ 8:37am
      Latimer-Umaga said | April 2nd 2012 @ 8:37am | ! Report

      I know Toomua personally. He is devastated and rightly so. Kia Kaha Toomua.

      • April 2nd 2012 @ 9:27am
        ilikedahoodoogurusingha said | April 2nd 2012 @ 9:27am | ! Report

        Hi L-U, pass on my regards to Matt……he has had a lot of bad luck over the years, hopefully he will come back better and stronger as both a player and a person.

    • April 2nd 2012 @ 9:10am
      Ian said | April 2nd 2012 @ 9:10am | ! Report

      Just a slight correction-it wasn’t a blatant knock-on because the scrumhalf did not take the tap on the mark! Thus the ref ignored the first attempt and brought him back to the mark where he was supposed to take the tap. It often happens in games.

      Thought the Brumbies were a little unlucky.

      • April 2nd 2012 @ 9:26am
        mitzter said | April 2nd 2012 @ 9:26am | ! Report

        Exactly Ian, although the ref claimed he hadn’t made the mark, he had he just has his back turned to the quick tap so fair enough he called it back – wish he had seen it tho

      • April 2nd 2012 @ 9:56pm
        AndrewCT said | April 2nd 2012 @ 9:56pm | ! Report

        If you’re talking about Mcleod’s tap and go failure under the posts, that was not a knock-on. He taps the ball and let it hit the ground without touching it with his hands so there was no way that he could have been seen as knocking it on. The commentators even say as much!

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        April 2nd 2012 @ 10:27pm
        gatesy said | April 2nd 2012 @ 10:27pm | ! Report

        I was high in the Western stand, so didn’t see that. Fair call.

    • April 2nd 2012 @ 9:19am
      Markus said | April 2nd 2012 @ 9:19am | ! Report

      General play kicking was poor again, either straight to the Sharks’ back three or out on the full way too often. Given how effective they were last week with ball in hand, I am surprised they reverted to this tactic so early in the game.

      Forwards will not be happy with the ball security shown either. The Sharks do not even have a specialist openside, but that did not stop their forwards spoiling several great Brumbies opportunities.
      The younger guys will be better for a tight scrap like that though, and will be looking to get revenge against a vulnerable looking Reds team this weekend.

      Latimer-Umaga, give Toomua our best.

      • April 2nd 2012 @ 10:35am
        steve.h said | April 2nd 2012 @ 10:35am | ! Report

        As it sometimes happens in South African rugby the hooker assumes the roll as a fourth loose forward. Thus Bismarks role is that of a openside flank ( one of the highest turnover stat in the comp.) allowing for selection of three hard loose forwards

    • April 2nd 2012 @ 9:28am
      mitzter said | April 2nd 2012 @ 9:28am | ! Report

      I was pleased to see some counter rucking and just goes to show the emphasis this year on players staying at their feet at the ruck has given dividends

    • April 2nd 2012 @ 9:35am
      ilikedahoodoogurusingha said | April 2nd 2012 @ 9:35am | ! Report

      Taking the positives out of the game, we could have won that with relative ease if we could keep our error rate down. I for one am still quite happy, the “Baby Brumbies” will learn a lot from that experience that will only make them a better team in the long run.

      As bad as I feel for Matt To’omua ( a long time personal favourite at the Brumbies), if there is any upside for the side overall its that I believe Jesse Mogg can have his contract upgraded……at the moment he is on the extended squad roster, and is only there as injury cover. What a find he has been this season.

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        April 2nd 2012 @ 10:38pm
        gatesy said | April 2nd 2012 @ 10:38pm | ! Report

        For mine, the try of the season, so far!

        • April 3rd 2012 @ 6:57am
          Uncle Eric said | April 3rd 2012 @ 6:57am | ! Report

          Shame the pass to Mogg was forward by about 2 to 3 metres though. From memory the linesman was about 6 or 7 metres in front of the play.

          • April 4th 2012 @ 12:50pm
            ilikedahoodoogurusingha said | April 4th 2012 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

            having looked at the replay a couple of times, the pass appears to be thrown flat, but the ball complies with Newton’s First Law of Motion ie the ball continues to travel forward at the same speed as the passer was running so it appears to the observer, who is stationary, to drift forward and it is certainly made more obvious by the proximity of the 22 line …….I don’t know how or where the draw the line as to what is flat, forwards or backwards in those circumstances. This is a continuous debate on ABC NRL coverage with Warren Ryan and David Morrow.

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