Lions roar to victory in Canberra

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    No matter how bad things appear at the Brumbies, they are in fact worse. With the 13-6 loss to the Lions in Canberra, this campaign is not going to recover.

    Not when the Australian side has no idea what to do with the ball.

    Despite enjoying the lions’ share of territory and possession, particularly in the first half, they conceded 17 turnovers against the visitors which did not even play to their full potential.

    Repeated scrums and penalties were an eyesore and thwarted the fluidity and rhythm for the entire match.

    The Lions were relentlessly awful. It’s hard to believe the Johannesburg outfit are riding high with a solitary loss so far in the competition. And they won in Canberra.

    A try in the opening five minutes to Brumbies inside centre Kyle Godwin after multiple phases of play was ruled out by television match official Ian Smith.

    The only consolation for the hosts was a 3-0 lead going to the sheds, courtesy of a penalty by first-five Wharenui Hawera.

    Brumbies best scoring chance came in the 68th minute when halfback Joe Powell broke through the midfield before being brought down in a tackle.

    From the ensuing ruck, openside flanker Jarrad Butler received a pass and was metres from the Lions’ try line but conceded a penalty for holding on to the ball in the ground.

    Lions No 8 Warren Whiteley put in a man-of-the-match performance, hoeing in at the breakdown and tackled ball areas and was a constant thorn for the Brumbies attackers.

    The only try of the night was scored by former South African 7s rep Kwagga Smith who cut open the Brumbies defence on the left flank before racing about 70 metres to score.

    Brumbies’ skipper Sam Carter accurately summed up their performance – or a lack of it – post match when he said his team did not capitalise on their opportunities.

    Their defeat has to be chalked up to a stunning lack of precision and accuracy and an attack game that has gone totally up the spout.

    The last vestige of hope for 2017 is gone for the Brumbies.

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    • Roar Guru

      May 13th 2017 @ 5:29am
      biltongbek said | May 13th 2017 @ 5:29am | ! Report

      Wasn’t a good game, both teams were allowed to infringe at the tackle area, little daulight was shown by the tacklers but the referee simply ignored it. Hence the game was slowed down, the scrums were just awefull.

      The phase that was well contested wasthe line outs.

      Horribly frustrating match to watch.

      • May 13th 2017 @ 1:13pm
        Akari said | May 13th 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

        Spot on, BB.

        The ref in the earlier game was just as bad and pedantic.

        The two Kiwi Refs along with the Argentinian and Hoffman are killing my enjoyment of rugby. The episode on Ancient Discoveries on Fox and the league were more enjoyable to watch.

    • May 13th 2017 @ 5:59am
      MH01 said | May 13th 2017 @ 5:59am | ! Report

      Reading the comments, sounded like a horrible match. Neither team can be proud of that.

      Though, Brumbies with the wallabies attacks coach, have no attack, and tahs with the wallabies defence coach, cannot defend……go the reds or force….

      As a Brumbies fan, I’m over this bumbling clueless display. They just don’t look like scoring

      • May 13th 2017 @ 6:20am
        Baylion said | May 13th 2017 @ 6:20am | ! Report

        I think we get so used to teams playing 100 mph champaign rugby that we lost the appreciation of a good grind. I thought it was a good game, a grind out game of attritional rugby.

        • May 13th 2017 @ 2:18pm
          Bring Back...? said | May 13th 2017 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

          Baylion – sad but true. Like 20/20 cricket over test cricket. Why do 80 points need to be scored for it to be a good game?

          • Roar Guru

            May 13th 2017 @ 3:58pm
            biltongbek said | May 13th 2017 @ 3:58pm | ! Report

            We don’t need 80 points, we need the game to flow so teams can play constructive rugby, be it a free flowing game or a match of attrition

            • May 13th 2017 @ 9:14pm
              Aucklandlaurie said | May 13th 2017 @ 9:14pm | ! Report

              80 points? The Brumbies havent scored a try for nearly a month.

        • May 13th 2017 @ 10:31pm
          sidneylee89 said | May 13th 2017 @ 10:31pm | ! Report

          I agree, Baylion. After watching other Aussie teams getting creamed by various comers, I thought the Brums had a serious chance of winning right to a couple of minutes to go, so for mine it was riveting. The ball was slippery, & it was cold. Had the rugby gods been a nanometer more Brumby friendly they would’ve got up. To their great credit the Lions held on.

    • May 13th 2017 @ 6:02am
      Rebellion said | May 13th 2017 @ 6:02am | ! Report

      Sounds like truly awful rugby on display BB.

      • Roar Guru

        May 13th 2017 @ 6:16am
        biltongbek said | May 13th 2017 @ 6:16am | ! Report

        I blame the referee, if you are going to allow tacklers not to release and get up holding the tackled player and ball the match will never gain rythm.

        The scrums was also a great time waster. He never took control of it

    • May 13th 2017 @ 6:16am
      Baylion said | May 13th 2017 @ 6:16am | ! Report

      I thought it was a brilliant performance by the Lions, for the situation.

      Brilliant defence, played what was in front of them even though they weren’t on form and still won the game against a team that’s good at playing spoiling rugby.

      Everyone thinks the Lions can only play airy fairy rugby, today showed they can also put in the hard yards, if need be. They can play the grind out, balls to the wall stuff

      • Roar Guru

        May 13th 2017 @ 6:24am
        biltongbek said | May 13th 2017 @ 6:24am | ! Report

        Not sure I would call it brilliant baylion.

        The try was well taken , however it was opportunistic off a Brumby handling error, apart from that the Lions never took hold of the match, they didn’t really look like scoring, made a number of errors with kicking from hand, I can recall two penalty kicks that didn’t go out.

        There were a few unforced errors such as forward passes or mistimed passes.

        Agree they take the win and move on though.

        • May 13th 2017 @ 6:33am
          Baylion said | May 13th 2017 @ 6:33am | ! Report

          Everyone thinks the Lions can only play airy fairy rugby, today showed they can also put in the hard yards, if need be. They can play the grind out, balls to the wall stuff

          • Roar Guru

            May 13th 2017 @ 7:11am
            taylorman said | May 13th 2017 @ 7:11am | ! Report

            Against the Brumbies? There’ll be a lot more hard upwards games when they’re in the knockouts then. I just fast forwarded the match and must admit didn’t stop often. Lions took forever to get control and will need to be better than that.

            • May 13th 2017 @ 7:29am
              Baylion said | May 13th 2017 @ 7:29am | ! Report

              The Brumbies got losing BPs in 6 of their 7 losses, including
              v Crusaders in Christchurch 13-17
              v the Highlanders in Canberra 13-18
              v the Blues in Canberra 12-18

              It was only the Canes that managed to smash them. Not an easy team to score points against. I am happy with the Lions win

              • May 13th 2017 @ 1:33pm
                Internal Fixation said | May 13th 2017 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

                Brumbies defense is good. Attack and creativity are major issues.

                However given they were predicted to finish last in Oz by more than a few I think they can be somewhat proud – at least compared to the loaded Tahs and Reds squads

              • May 13th 2017 @ 2:30pm
                Bring Back...? said | May 13th 2017 @ 2:30pm | ! Report

                The notion the Tahs and Reds are loaded is a bit over-done. The Tahs have Kepu and Hooper as only Wallaby starting forwards – possibly Mumm but most would say hope not. Skelton is borderline 23. Phipps only got chances because Genia not available. Then there is Foley and Folau. That’s 4 or 5 Wallaby starters, the Brumbies have Sio, Alatoa, Arnold, Fardy, Speight and Kuridrani with Carter and Alexander as capped players. The Reds have Moore, Slipper, Simmons. Douglas probably no more but Smith with lots of caps and Higginbotham a few. Kerevi in the backs with QC and Hunt in the mix. The difference isn’t as stark as people regularly make out.

              • May 13th 2017 @ 3:40pm
                Rebellion said | May 13th 2017 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

                Bring Back…?
                Absolute nonsense and just a poor excuse for your failing team.
                The Waratahs have Kepu, Latu, Robertson, Skelton, Mumm, Hooper, Phipps, Foley, Horne, Folau who have all been in the Wallabies 23 last year and only 2 who don’t have at least 3 seasons of Test rugby under their belts.
                If it makes you feel any better – every Aus team has been massively disappointing this year with the possible exception of the Force (who always lose).

              • May 13th 2017 @ 4:50pm
                Bring Back...? said | May 13th 2017 @ 4:50pm | ! Report

                Robertson and Latu have had very limited Wallaby time. The Brumbies, for example and going by your credentials, have Alexander, Alatoa, Sio, Carter, Arnold, Fardy, Godwin, Kuridrani and Speight. That’s 9 as opposed to 10. So what is the “nonsense” you were alluding to? I wasn’t picking the Tahs to win the conference before the season started. All I’m saying is that this continual reference to the Tahs, in comparison to other teams, being loaded is overdone.

                And whilst the Tahs are my team, I will be supporting whichever Aussie team makes the play-offs.

              • Roar Guru

                May 14th 2017 @ 8:19am
                taylorman said | May 14th 2017 @ 8:19am | ! Report

                Yes fair comment. Brumbies are scoring a lot of tries but do have a good defence.

                They should top the table given the tougher matches the Saders have left, they’re bound to lose one of the Chiefs, Highlanders and Canes.

              • Roar Guru

                May 14th 2017 @ 9:01am
                taylorman said | May 14th 2017 @ 9:01am | ! Report

                ‘Aren’t’…kind of makes a difference there…

    • May 13th 2017 @ 6:31am
      Baylion said | May 13th 2017 @ 6:31am | ! Report

      I am chuffed with the Lions performance today. And they needed a hard grinding challenge going into the final stretch before the play-offs. A big defensive effort, tested to the full. Perfect

      • May 13th 2017 @ 1:17pm
        Akari said | May 13th 2017 @ 1:17pm | ! Report

        Above the shoulder tackles cannot be defined a big defensive effort, B. Then again, the Brumbies were clueless.

    • May 13th 2017 @ 6:50am
      Dylan said | May 13th 2017 @ 6:50am | ! Report

      That was an absolute joke. A terrible game of rugby and on the back of that performance the Lions are all but assured to be top of the table at the end of the season. Thanks to the fact they don’t play any NZ teams this year.

      A prediction that was so easy to get right before last year was even completed. Andy Marinos has been essentially drunk at the wheel of SAANZAR and his predecessor who is the architect of the ridiculous conference system should be held to account for the shambles he has created.

      • May 13th 2017 @ 6:58am
        Baylion said | May 13th 2017 @ 6:58am | ! Report

        BTW, last year the Lions finished 2nd on the log while playing Kiwi teams and no Aussie teams.

        What’s your point?

        • May 13th 2017 @ 11:27am
          Cal said | May 13th 2017 @ 11:27am | ! Report

          Imho this Lions team doesn’t look as strong this year. Is that because of injuries?
          I was genuinely concerned before we played them in the final as I thought they had a good shot

          • May 13th 2017 @ 12:40pm
            superba said | May 13th 2017 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

            I don’t know how you can make that comment Cal .
            The measure is their results and the opposition they play .
            The test will come when they play the Kiwis.
            The story is yet to be told.

        • May 13th 2017 @ 1:26pm
          gumboot said | May 13th 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

          @Baylion. Last year the Lions only beat a NZ team once in NZ. The Lions other 3 wins were in SA.
          The Lions only win in NZ last year was against the Chiefs (2nd round) and the score was 36-32.

          Last year and especially this year because of the Super 18 format the Lions have/had the easy route.
          Last year because of the format the Lions had homeground advantage during the semis and the same looks likely to happen this year.

          • May 13th 2017 @ 2:05pm
            Baylion said | May 13th 2017 @ 2:05pm | ! Report

            Let me see if I understand you correctly.

            The Lions didn’t deserve to be in the final. Is that correct?

            Are you implying then that the Canes didn’t deserve to be the champions as they only had 2 away wins against Kiwi sides and played all their knock out games with home ground advantage?

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      • Roar Guru

        May 13th 2017 @ 7:17am
        biltongbek said | May 13th 2017 @ 7:17am | ! Report

        Yeah the Lions did pretty well on the log last year

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