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ACT Brumbies Vs. The Blues
2012 Super Rugby Tournament, 15 July, 2012
|Canberra Stadium, Bruce, ACT|
|The Blues 30 defeated ACT Brumbies 16|
|ACT Brumbies||The Blues|
|Referee: J White|
|Touch judges: I Smith & J Pritchard|
This afternoon at 3.30pm AEST the Brumbies are hosting the Blues in Canberra. Jump on The Roar to check the score, join in the banter and get up to date commentary on the match.
What are the Brumbies looking for out of this match? 1 point. At the moment they are on 58 points on the competition ladder and the chasing Reds sit on 53.
The most the Reds could earn is a four try victory over the Waratahs and that would bring them even with the Brumbies as they sit.
Obviously the safest route is for the Brumbies to win, that takes out any win total tie breaker, but if they are in a losing position they just need to finish within 7 to pull themselves a bonus point clear.
Some people may find this little statistical nugget interesting: The Brumbies have not lost by more than 7 points all year. That is the key to their superior position on the ladder coming into the final round of the season.
People have constantly pointed out their failure to notch a victory against opposition in the top 8 this far into the year. How competitive they’ve been in those games comes out in their bonus point column.
Last weekend was one of the better ones for the Blues in context of the season. They won their match against the Force 32-9. It was comfortable and the first time all year they’ve not let someone cross the try-line. Their fans would have been pleased with the way the Blues closed out the match after a close first half. The teams went off for oranges at 13-9 to the Blues.
The second half was a well fought affair that just kept creeping in the direction of the men from Auckland. That is the kind of rugby they’ll need to play against the Brumbies tonight, who don’t fade late and stick to their game plan for the full 80 minutes every week.
The Brumbies will give us exactly that this week – their game plan is the same every time and that is a smart move by the coaching staff given the inexperience of the side at some positions. They play the ball down into the opposition half when possible and try to put pressure in good territory.
They are judicious about when they attack from deep, but will possibly do that a little more with the return of Joe Tomane who is a long range threat to compliment Robbie Colemans rabbity running.
It’s always hard to predict what will happen in any given match, the 22 individuals that can be played, the ground, the weather and coaches all bring different variables to the table.
However, if I were to have a stab I think the Brumbies will have focuses on getting into the lead early and will look to play the ball into the Blues half quickly to earn a few penalties. The coaching staff will want to relieve this young team of scoreboard pressure early.
Don’t forget to log on here at 3.30! We’ll have scores and commentary for those who can’t watch and ample for those who want to discuss the game as it unfolds!
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