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    ACT Brumbies Vs. British And Irish Lions

    2013 Brit. & Irish Lions Tour matches (HK & AUS), 19 June, 2013

    Canberra Stadium, Bruce, ACT
    ACT Brumbies 14 defeated British and Irish Lions 12
    ACT Brumbies British and Irish Lions
    14 FINAL SCORE 12
    1 TRIES 0
    3/5 PENALTY GOALS 4/6
    0/0 DROP GOAL 0/0
    Top scorers:
    • ACT Brumbies - Mogg
    • J 9pts (3G)
    Important moments:
    • Brumbies took the lead at the 5 min. mark 1st half
    • Farrell, OA (BRIT) penalty goal at the 72 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: J Garces
    Touch judges: C Joubert & J Peyper

    The final Lions tour match before the first Test against the Wallabies on Saturday is taking place tonight in Canberra as the Brumbies host the British and Irish Lions. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 7.30pm AEST.

    Already much has been made of the scheduling of this fixture.

    Jake White has come out whinging that as the top team in the Australian conference the Brumbies should have had prime billing against the Lions in the form of a Saturday night game.

    The problem for the ACT side is that Canberra Stadium can host just 25,000 people, just as Newcastle did against the Combined Country side, whereas the Reds packed out Suncorp Stadium with 50,000 and the Waratahs packed out Allianz Stadium with 40,000.

    Money talks and Canberra is too small.

    The Lions meanwhile would no doubt prefer a full week of preparation in Brisbane ahead of the first Test rather than this detour into the nation’s capital.

    The team that runs out tonight will feature not a single starter for the first Test on Saturday.

    In fact the best any of the Lions players on display tonight can hope for is to force their way onto the bench.

    This makes the Brumbies the most likely of the Australian teams to topple the Lions. The Brumbies are best able to cover the loss of their Wallabies and have the bonus of two players being released from camp to play tonight.

    The front row is a little inexperienced and the second row lacks grunt but the backrow and backline doesn’t miss a step.

    Kimlin and Fainga’a will be strong all game, Speight is the best finisher in the country and Mogg may be the only man in Australian rugby who has the capacity to win a kicking duel with Lions fullback Kearney.

    The Brumbies would have had an unchanged halves pairing too but sadly Nic White has suffered a shoulder injury at exactly the wrong time of the season, for the second year running.

    Injuries are striking the Lions before the test series even begins with Manu Tuilagi (shoulder), George North (hamstring) and Brian O’Driscoll (groin) all suffering minor niggles while Tommy Bowe’s tour has already ended and Jamie Roberts’ is in doubt after a suspected torn hamstring on Saturday night against the Waratahs.

    Gatland is in fact putting his backs in cotton wool with only one backline player (outside the halves) originally named in the touring party.

    Shane Williams, the Welshman with the dancing feet is called out of retirement for one last hurrah and the English backline of Twelvetrees, Barritt and Wade is lifted wholesale to provide cover for the Test starters.

    Apparently a small amount of rain is predicted for the match which could spoil the event and would probably play into the Lions’ hands. It’ll be a cold game, but that won’t surprise the Canberra faithful.

    Despite that this should be a close game and the Brumbies are primed to knock off the Lions in an upset.

    Join us on The Roar from 7.30pm AEST for live updates and scores.

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    • 7:14am
      Red Kev said | 7:14am | ! Report

      I was going to say that my preview article was spot on, then I read it and realised someone at the roar did some serious polishing of the prose (I smell Brett’s hand as a Canberra native).

    • 12:08am
      Pabs said | 12:08am | ! Report

      Well done to the Brumbies best team definitely won.

      I have to say I had grave concerns about the lions team before the kick off. They looked so dejected. Was this the realisation that they had not made the test team? Twelvetrees, Barritt, Wade, all did not have good games but as someone has already said its hard to criticise them too much when the ball they were getting was pretty dire. Best was terrible tbh and this performance highlights why he was not originally picked when so many felt he should have been. He’s been in this dip in form for a while now. I think the lions management missed a trick by not making changes at half time but Gatland was obviously very reluctant to use any players that may be on the bench for the test.

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      biltongbek said | 11:21pm | ! Report

      Sadly I missed most of the match, got ready with my work laptop in front of the TV to enjoy the match, and then unexpectedly had a meeting until now.

      What a bummer, How did me South African boys do?

      • Roar Guru

        jeznez said | 11:50pm | ! Report

        Smith was excellent, got shunted around once the reserves came on but stiffened back up a bit once Oosthuizen came on – was still getting driven back but the Brumbies managed to win two scrappy balls on their own feed late in the game that were crucial.

    • 10:52pm
      David of Canberra said | 10:52pm | ! Report

      So who’s the smartest coach in Australia? Clearly not Michael Cheika or Ewen McKenzie. Take a bow, Jake White (I hope a certain Mr R. Deans, formerly of Christchurch, was watching and taking notes – Peter Kimlin, Matt Toomua, Tevita Kuridrani, Andrew Smith, Scott Sio in particular).

      I was there and saw the passion and the pleasure of the players as they thanked the fans after the game – they really wanted this win and it means a lot.

      First Aussie provincial team to beat the Lions in 40 years. Brumbies show the Wallabies how it’s done. Yeah!!

      • 11:02pm
        dmac said | 11:02pm | ! Report

        Hardly comparable. Great win for the Brumbies but clearly a second string Lions team, and the Brumbies had a lot more of their starters available than the Reds or Waratahs.

        • Roar Guru

          biltongbek said | 11:17pm | ! Report

          Hmmm, a second string team filled with internationals?

          • 11:24pm
            Ben.S said | 11:24pm | ! Report

            Matt Stevens and Shane Williams and 5 debutants in the back line, 4 of whom had only had the one training session together…

            • Roar Guru

              biltongbek said | 11:28pm | ! Report

              By the sounds of it the problem wasn’t so much in the backs, but more the control from the forwards.

              As I said missed the full match, will have to wait for a rerun.

              Still doesn’t make them second string players though.

              • 11:38pm
                Ben.S said | 11:38pm | ! Report

                The lineout was disgraceful. Gatland selected two 4 locks, but Best threw out numerous wonky throws, so obviously you can’t play percentage rugby if you’re struggling at the breakdown. Twelvetrees was always dealing with ball well behind the gainline.

                It pretty does make them 2nd stringers. Matt Stevens, for example, was off the pace 2 years ago, has put a stone on since then and isn’t even the best 3 at Saracens. Given the form that David Wilson showed in Argentina and against the Barbarians his non-selection looks outrageous, and the same applies to Joe Launchbury. These comments were all made prior to the Lions leaving the UK. Anyway, Wade and Twelvetrees are 2nd choice for England and Hogg is a 15. You can’t expect any side to turn something on with only one training session together, especially against a side like the Brumbies who play such basic rugby.

              • 11:48pm
                LionRampant said | 11:48pm | ! Report

                I agree.
                The backs were a new “scratch” outfit. Not without experience, however. But they couldn’t be expected to knit together as well as a fully-drilled unit. That said, the English 3 have all been together in Argentina.

                Grant, the Loose-Head Prop, is new-ish to the Lions, but has come from the Scots Tour in South Africa, so he’s not gone cold with off-season.
                The rest of them have all been there from the start. Well, Rory was a bit late, but not much.

                There’s not much else for them to do but Scrum, Lineout, Breakdown, Ruck & Maul. Which of that went well?
                They lacked leadership, aggression, nous, go-forward, game-management and cohesion.

                The only good thing to come out of it (for the Lions….) is that any ideas of complacency will be well and truly rinsed out of those red shirts prior to the tests.
                Wakey-wakey time, ye useless slabs of red-meat ye.

              • 12:03am
                Ben.S said | 12:03am | ! Report

                Barritt was on holiday. Wade and Argentina were in Argentina.

                What I find frustrating is a) Gatland’s pre-match comments stating that dropping a game wouldn’t be a huge loss as long as the Test series was won. He said that prior to the tour and then attempted to take some steam off it by subsequently stating that obviously everybody would have a fair crack at the Tests. That isn’t what I would infer from the above comment, were I an actual player; b) the reluctance to use his subs – Best should have been hooked at half-time, and Grant, for all his endeavour is not dynamic enough to be in a front row with Best and Stevens. The pack was unbalanced, and whilst the backline injuries obviously played a factor not selecting a third 10 was always an unecessary risk, as was carrying Rob Kearney with them all this time. Lots of little issues seemed to compound themselves. Lastly, this is no great Brumbies side. It was passionate and physical, but nothing exceptional, and this might put a spring in the step of the Wallabies. I think it’s the sort of game that puts cracks into a tour.

                Rant over. Hoping for more on Saturday.

            • 1:02am
              Gormon Kinchley said | 1:02am | ! Report

              I didn’t know that the Lions Tour was an Excuse making competition.

              • 1:18am
                Ben.S said | 1:18am | ! Report

                It’s taking place in Australia. Of course it is.

              • 8:00am
                Sage said | 8:00am | ! Report

                So you need to use excuses when you come here. Gotcha.

            • 5:06am
              sportym said | 5:06am | ! Report

              Was it not something like 500 test caps v 28. And rathbone has 26 of those 😉

          • 9:53am
            dmac said | 9:53am | ! Report

            “Second string” as in “second choice”. Yes.

        • 9:36am
          David of Canberra said | 9:36am | ! Report

          sorry, mate, you’re way off the pace – there were 11 first-choice Brumbies not available through selection to the Wallabies and injury. Only two of the Brumbies last night had played for the Wallabies – a bit different to the Test caps out on the field from Wales, England, Ireland and Scotland.

          • 9:51am
            dmac said | 9:51am | ! Report

            I don’t want to get into it because the Brumbies don’t deserve to have their victory tarnished. It was a much weaker Lions outfit than took on the Reds and Waratahs. Just enjoy the moment and don’t overstate White’s genius.

    • 10:44pm
      LionRampant said | 10:44pm | ! Report

      Just had a look further down the comments.
      I can’t understand anyone blaming Hogg at 10 (or Gatland’s selection thereof)
      What chance did the guy have:
      a new 3/4 line to pass out to, which he did as much as possible
      can’t kick for touch as the lineout was clearly broken (lost 8 of their own 13 lineouts!)
      squabbly conditions for goal-kicking (hit the post twice)
      can’t run it, as the Lions loose support appeared to be taking a day off, too
      Even Dandy Dan Carter would have had trouble marshalling that side there.

    • 10:42pm
      LionRampant said | 10:42pm | ! Report

      Well done, the Brumbies.
      Great effort.
      A shocker from the Lions.
      First provincial loss in 16 years.

      • 10:55pm
        atlas said | 10:55pm | ! Report

        yes and no (on a technicality)

        this tour is the first time B&I Lions have faced Super franchises – NZ 2005 and SA 2009 were straight provincial teams, Brumbies are not.

        • Roar Guru

          Jiggles said | 7:35am | ! Report

          2001 faced super teams.

          • 8:07am
            James said | 8:07am | ! Report

            A ‘straight provincial team’ and a ‘franchise’ are not mutually exclusive..

            Anyway a great win!!

    • 10:41pm
      DJW said | 10:41pm | ! Report

      Toomua, Mogg, Kudraini and Speight exciting future Wallabies prospects.

      I have picked Toomua and Mogg already actually. If your good enough, your good enough. Also actually match fit.

    • 10:37pm
      Justin2 said | 10:37pm | ! Report

      Well done brumbies, a slice of history that cannot be taken away, enjoy the night.

      A woeful game of rugby however with a real lack of quality from both sides. I watched much of it in fast forward, it was truly awful. Only a handful of guys were worthy of mentioning. Brumbies line out was the highlight just about, pinching throws and clearly executing some variations to keep the lions at bay.

      The lions were dreadful, trul diabolical. Seriously had the reds played that side who knows how many they would have out on them. It was like a 3rd grade club side such was the lack of any cohesion.

    • 10:18pm
      Suzy Poison said | 10:18pm | ! Report

      Great historic win for Brumbies. One to Savour, you only play them once every 12yrs. Jake White, Laurie Fisher and Steven Larkam, take a bow.

      Deans now can play the Lions three ways
      1. Ewen’s and Chieka’s run them off their feet game plan.
      2. Jake White’s territory based game plan
      3. A hybrid of the two, leaning towards territory first.

      I am fairly sure he will go with option 3, but he needs Jesse Mogg instead of Barnes as fullback.
      One things for sure, he better hope his kickers are on form, Halfpenny is a machine, and I fear in a game of inches, that will be the difference. Brumbies left 11points out there, should have won by much more. Australian kickers are just generally shyte.
      Still picking the Lions to win it 3-zip.

      • 10:24pm
        Colin N said | 10:24pm | ! Report

        As soon as the subs came on, the Lions started to control the terrtitory, particularly when the set-piece started to function, and that’s obviously one of the areas the Lions will target.

        And I can’t see the Wallabies dominating the contact area like the Brumbies did today, especially if the Lions front-five gets on top

        • Roar Guru

          jeznez said | 11:04pm | ! Report

          I tend to agree that Mogg really should be getting looked at for the series – he and his injured team mate White are the two best controllers of territory in Aussie rugby.

    • 10:03pm
      Dean Vincent said | 10:03pm | ! Report

      Congratulations to the Brumbies. Gutsy effort and deserved the win.

      Poor performance by the Lions and no idea why they tried playing like some sort of bad version of South Africa by kicking aerial bombs all game especially with two of the shortest wingers you could find. Feel a bit sorry for Hogg being thrown in at 10…..very poor selection by Gatland and again highlights the paucity of the decision to take only 2 outside-halves.

      The less said about Best the better…..absolutely terrible performance.

    • Roar Guru

      Poth Ale said | 10:03pm | ! Report

      Dreadful stuff from the Lions. Congrats to the Brumbies – played a smart game and looked like they wanted it more.

      Hogg, Stevens, Gray, Twelvetrees, Wade, Youngs and Best aint getting anywhere near the test team.

      The Lions are going to need a third proper 10 before this tour is out. He needs to be getting on a plane now.

      • 10:06pm
        Dean Vincent said | 10:06pm | ! Report

        Agree 100 per cent. A decent number 10 should have been a priority rather than unproven three-quarters.

        • 10:12pm
          Sandy B said | 10:12pm | ! Report

          Unproven?? – Unproven!!!!!!
          How do you get into a Test team if you are unproven. Or a LIONS team even moreso
          These people are professional rugby players. Dont try to make “unproven and inexperienced” excuses. Puhleeeese!
          Give some credit to the “unproven and inexperienced” Brumbies!

          • Roar Guru

            Poth Ale said | 10:20pm | ! Report

            How do you get into a test team as a back-up 10 when the position you play for club and country is full-back?

            Who knows. Ask Gatland. A poor judgement and decision by the coaching team.

            • 10:23pm
              Sandy B said | 10:23pm | ! Report

              Robbie Deans might have some ideas about that too

            • 10:24pm
              Parisien said | 10:24pm | ! Report

              Agreed. Will Deans now reconsider his decision to use a winger at 10 for the Wallabies?

              • 11:25pm
                bennalong said | 11:25pm | ! Report

                Steven Larkham was a fullback !

          • 10:29pm
            Dean Vincent said | 10:29pm | ! Report

            Did you read my comment properly? Or my comment at the top? I said the Brumbies deserved to win. I’m not making any excuses.

            However, the Lions team took only 2 number 10s. Sexton and Farrell. Stuart Hogg a 20 year old fullback was supposed to cover the 10 position. There have been injury worries re Sexton’s hamstring so that leaves only 1 fit number 10.

            My point (if you took the time to read my post properly) was that cover for number 10 was a higher priority than someone like Christian Wade who made his test debut for England the other day so is unproven at international level and plays on the wing.

            Hence my issue is with the Lions selection policies and not the fact that they lost.

      • 11:27pm
        Ben.S said | 11:27pm | ! Report

        Tbf to the backs (especially the inside backs) they were living off of disgraceful ball. I actually feel pretty sorry for Youngs and Twelvetrees. Youngs has been snappy all tour and then he’s dealing with that sort of dross.

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

      Well played Brumbies.
      Toomua showed what we already know … that he is a test class player. Executed the game plan perfectly and looked a better player than both the hapless Hogg and Farrell.
      Mogg and Kuridrani played very well, particularly the latter who by the end of SR will provide a great new option at 13 if AAC gets crocked.
      Great leadership and play Kimlin, far superior to Dave Dennis. Sio also showed he is of test player standard, and Siliva developing nicely.
      Happy for Clyde Rathbone to be part of that historic win.
      Another very noteworthy achievement in the Jake White coaching C-V.

      • 10:13pm
        jutsie said | 10:13pm | ! Report

        sharpie was on the money after the game “toomua will play for the wallabies, its only a matter of when”

        the guy looks like the great DC and is the closest thing we have to the complete 10 like DC is. He tackles like 4th backrower

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

          And can take it to the line and run, and time a pass nicely as well. The complete package.

          • 10:32pm
            Justin2 said | 10:32pm | ! Report

            Settle down lads he was nothing special outside his defence….

      • 10:32pm
        vicco said | 10:32pm | ! Report

        In regard to Toomua, I don’t get it, he tackled well (so strong for his stature!), but why do people on here always conveniently forget the many mistakes he made?

        • 10:38pm
          Justin2 said | 10:38pm | ! Report

          Exactly I know another ten who would be being ripped to shreds now for all the errors made tonight. Foley was far superior on Saturday against a far better team

          • 11:12pm
            jutsie said | 11:12pm | ! Report

            hehe maybe im getting a bit overboard but he just seems to have an aura of calmness in the way he manages the game.

            • 11:29pm
              bennalong said | 11:29pm | ! Report

              But he makes basic errors too often.

              I have no doubt he’ll deal with these issues but they happen too frequently to rave about him as Wallabies 10 right now

              Having said this his tackling is top class and he hits the line fearlessly !

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