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    Brumbies vs Lions

    Super Rugby, 12 May, 2017

    GIO Stadium
    Fulltime - Brumbies 6, Lions 13
    Brumbies   Lions
    6 FINAL SCORE 13
    0 TRIES 1
    0 CONVERSION KICKS 1
    2 PENALTY GOALS 2
    0 DROP GOALS 0
     
     
    Referee: Paul Williams
    Touch judges: Nick Briant & Jordan Way
    TMO: Ian Smith

    The in-form Lions have arrived in Canberra to tackle the stuttering Brumbies in a must-win game for the hosts at GIO Stadium on Friday night. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:45pm AEST.

    The Brumbies have to be tactically and technically astute for the full 80 minutes if they have any chance of stopping the Lions juggernaut.

    Still hurting from their narrow loss to the Blues in Canberra a fortnight ago, Brumbies mentor Stephen Larkham must demand his forwards hoe in at the breakdown and his backs to run holes in the Lions’ defence the way he used to in his heydeys as a player.

    There’s no doubt the hosts have world-class players in dynamic Fijian duo of Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight, the workaholic Scott Fardy, trusted lineout jumper Sam Carter, super boot Aidan Toua and the athletic Rory Arnold.

    But they haven’t been winning which is a bare minimum expectation in professional footy.

    With a bye last week, a win on Friday and another the week after against the lowly Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth should bounce the Brumbies back in the playoff mix.

    For the Lions, an absence of games against New Zealand sides in the competition will boost their title prospects this year.

    Last year’s runners-up from Johannesburg have piled a staggering 136 points against the Waratahs, Reds and Rebels, averaging more than 40 points per match.

    Lions pivot Elton Jantjies and elusive back Lionel Mapoe will be the players to watch.

    Jantjes form will pile more pressure on other Springbok five-eighth Handre Pollard and Pat Lambie to play equally, if not better, to qualify for places in the national side.

    A victory in Canberra and four matches in the Republic between them and home advantage, the venue for Super Rugby final could be determined by the Lions’ encounter on Friday.

    Prediction
    A lot is at stakes for the Brumbies to let slip this match. Hosts by 5 points.

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    • 9:47am
      Oscar said | 9:47am | ! Report

      Each week we watch the games, dread the outcome, with reviews articulating the dire position of Aussie Rugby with mutterings, ‘‘surely it cant get worse’’ The reality is, IT IS!

    • 3:12am
      Republican said | 3:12am | ! Report

      Brumbies have made hard work of scoring for yonks so nothing new really, that said, Union isn’t exactly an offensive game.

      • 6:40am
        Brizvegas said | 6:40am | ! Report

        Watched the Cheetahs v Blues game then made the mistake and watched this rubbish. Even the commentators struggled to describe this game. Watching paint dry comes to mind.

        • 7:05am
          Baylion said | 7:05am | ! Report

          I thought this was a good, tough, attritional game. Not airy fairy, schoolboy stuff but a tough contest. We don’t appreciate that anymore

        • 7:08am
          Baylion said | 7:08am | ! Report

          Sorry but the Blues v Cheetahs game was rubbish. There was no real contest. The teams didn’t bother to tackle, it was one for you one for me except somewhere during the 2nd quarter where the Blues score a few in a row.

    • 11:04pm
      Bfc said | 11:04pm | ! Report

      Worryingly for the Wallabies….Larkham is the Cheika ‘anointed’ successor to the Head Coach role..Larkham was a great fly half, but both the Wallas and the Brumbies are very one-dimensional under his tutelage…

      • 12:19am
        Jeffrey said | 12:19am | ! Report

        Larkham refuses to accept that there’s anything wrong with the Brumbies. He said something along the lines after the Blues loss about how the Blues didn’t beat them but they beat themselves. Talk about total denial. Unless that’s just media talk, which I doubt, that attitude leads to a lack of flexibility in terms of changing tactics and patterns of play. It just won’t cut it at test level. The top coaches adapt their game and are always looking to evolve their playing style.

      • 9:37am
        Oscar said | 9:37am | ! Report

        Btc – how often is it said, great players don’t make great coaches?

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      9:57pm
      Rob na Champassak said | 9:57pm | ! Report

      The Brumbies just don’t seem to recognise their own limitations. Lions deserved the result. Nothing to see here.

    • 9:56pm
      Cleveland said | 9:56pm | ! Report

      Isn’t the definition of insanity when you do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result? That was the Brumbies attack tonight.
      Is that the attacking patterns we will see from the Wallabies? Oh dear…

    • 9:56pm
      Matt From Pony Land said | 9:56pm | ! Report

      Another losing BP, mission accomplished!

      Can we please have Toua put on the wing where they can use his strengths and mitigate his weaknesses?

      • 10:46pm
        ethan said | 10:46pm | ! Report

        Yeah he’s definitely a winger. Not sure who else the Brumbies have for fullback though? I haven’t seen enough of Banks to form an opinion on him.

    • 9:55pm
      Daveski said | 9:55pm | ! Report

      Lions sub par and still too good. Brumbies wouldn’t have scored in 240minutes.

      Same problems as all year: a fullback who is terrible 9 games out of 10, a barely first grade flyhalf, an outside centre who is one paced and doesn’t create, a middling back row and a general lack of quick ball skills. Dunno what happened in that one good half against the Hurricanes but it was a Halley’s Comet performance.

      That they are leading the Aussie conference is down to having a tight five who are the best at scrums and rolling mauls, Joe Powell’s play and occasional Henry Speight brilliance.

      • 10:19pm
        Lara said | 10:19pm | ! Report

        You forgot to mention……tactics or lack of .

        • 10:52pm
          Daveski said | 10:52pm | ! Report

          Yep they don’t seem to vary their plan A match to match and don’t carry plans B or C with them either.

    • 9:54pm
      davSA said | 9:54pm | ! Report

      Couldn’t see the game ( Bloody work) . Could only follow scores here so thanks Imran .. It was always however going to be attritional . Ackermann in his interview alluded to the fact that this year teams have studied them a lot closer and are implementing strategies to counter/disrupt the Lions attacking game. …What is encouraging as if we didn’t know it is that the Lions are able to play what’s in front of them . Their grunt and grind game is also effective.

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