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    Brumbies vs Rebels

    Super Rugby, 12 May, 2018

    GIO Stadium
    Fulltime - Brumbies 24, Rebels 27
    Brumbies   Rebels
    24 FINAL SCORE 27
    3 TRIES 4
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Nic Berry
    Touch judges: Will Houston & Jordan Way
    TMO: Damien Mitchelmore

    Match result:

    The Melbourne Rebels have beaten the Brumbies by just 3 points in a very tight game in Canberra that ended 27-24 to the visitors.

    Final score
    Brumbies 24
    Rebels 27

    Match preview:

    The Brumbies will look to save their season as they take on the Rebels on Saturday evening in Round 13 of the Super Rugby season. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:45pm AEST.

    It’s going to sound weird when you consider that these two teams have some of the worst form currently in the whole competition, but this match up could define who leads the Australian conference going into the next round.

    The Rebels have not been able to maintain their fast start and have lost their past five games and yet a good win against the Brumbies could see them take the top spot in the conference (assuming the Tahs go down to the Crusaders in Christchurch).

    With a pretty favourable schedule over the coming weeks including matches against the Sunwolves and Blues which they should look to get points from, the Rebels will know this match is crucial to their season.

    Sadly they are going to be missing some of their most important players with both Will Genia and Dane Haylett-Petty sidelined. When Will Genia left the field last week against the Crusaders the score was 10-13 to the Kiwis. The Rebels didn’t score again and the Kiwis put on another 42 points.

    Michael Ruru will have to step up and impress this game – he was pretty woeful last week when he came on and really failed to deliver in any aspect of the game. The Rebels will need better from him this week.

    For the Brumbies they must still be wondering where it’s all gone wrong. They were many people’s preseason picks for topping the Australian conference but they have looked indecisive, inaccurate and incapable week after week.

    That being said all is not lost, yet. If they can win this game then they do keep some tiny chance of making the finals alive, for now at least. If they lose then their season is pretty much done and dusted.

    Their fans will be hoping that the fear will inspire them and not cause them to freeze or panic. Unfortunately two key players are missing – David Pocock and Isi Naisarani are a big loss.

    Their ability to get over the gain line and give the Brumbies some go forward is critical and Pocock’s work at the break down is legendary. With these two missing there are some big boots to fill up front.

    The return of other talent though is exciting for the Brumbies with Christian Lealiifano, Lachlan McCaffrey and Rob Valetini all returning.

    Teams in the Australian conference have won two out of their last fifteen matches this season. The good news is that in this match they’ll be able to notch up their third win. The bad news – they’ll also add their 14th loss.

    This could be a very tight game. Both sides have so much to play for. Unfortunately it feels like it’ll come down to who will miss their absent heroes the least.

    Genia is a huge loss but with both Pocock and Naisarani out it’s easy to see that the Brumbies will really struggle to win ball and get over the gain line.

    Rebels to win by 3.

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    • 12:34pm
      Baz said | 12:34pm | ! Report

      Not all bad I say. Within the context of the season it probably made little difference. I enjoyed the first half. The forwards were actually effective at the breakdown. Powell got to the ball quickly and played more instinctively. Even Tim Horan commented on the speed of recycle. That was all positive. It looked more like a Highlander offense. Full marks much less predictable.
      So it is clear to me that the team does not have the conditioning to maintain this pace of game. And similarly does not have the conditioning to defend a team playing this pace of game.
      On the down side and I believe the reason the game was lost was the defense on the right wing. I don’t think it is all Spieghts fault. There seems to be a huge hole on the right side of the field between the last player in the defensive line the wing. Henry will get plenty of tackling practice over the next few weeks because the SA coaches would have also noticed.
      Both locks were also wasted by the end of the game. Carter’s head high was just a tired defender.

    • Roar Rookie

      TonyH said | 11:13am | ! Report

      A typical Aussie derby bore-fest!

    • 8:22am
      Ex force fan said | 8:22am | ! Report

      Lowest crowd for the season this far. Just over 5,200. Castle’s comment that axing the Force stemmed the free fall was a bit premature.

      • 12:17pm
        Brawlsinmauls said | 12:17pm | ! Report

        Can I ask where do you find the crowd figures from? The CRU v WAR game looked very empty

    • 7:56am
      Lol said | 7:56am | ! Report

      McKellar and Hewitt should not even bother getting on plane to SA.
      Brumbies have a very good list but they are useless.
      Clueless at all aspects.
      McKellar keeps blaming the players but needs to look at himself – he is a joke with no credibility! How can this bloke be in charge of a super rugby team.
      What is all wrong with Australian rugby is a classic example with McKellar! How does this bloke get a job!
      Fall on your sword McKellar and do the brumbies supporters and players a favour!
      Rubbish crowd
      Rubbish coaches
      Rubbish rugby

    • 7:31am
      Lol said | 7:31am | ! Report

      McKellar rubbishing his own players.
      The brumbies list is a good one but
      McKellar has no idea.
      Fall on you sword McKellar you are deadset hopeless and take your inspiring attack coach (NOT)Hewitt with you.
      Clueless the both of you.
      Fisher needs to take over immediately.
      McKellar & Hewatt should be the first changes the brumbies need to make!
      These two Shouldnt even bother getting on the plane to SA!

    • Roar Pro

      GusTee said | 1:28am | ! Report

      Pulver told the Senate Inquiry last year that the Brumbies are an ICONIC team – perhaps he meant to say IRONIC.

      What a dismal display by them today. Almost as good as that of the Tahs.

      [We won’t mention the Reds in such august company.]

      There were 5 Aussie battlers hanging on the wall

      and if one Aussie Battler should accidentally fall,

      there will be 4 Aussie Battlers hanging on the wall,

      and if one Aussie Battler should accidentally fall,

      there will be 3 Aussie Battlers hanging on the wall

      and if one ………..

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 10:48pm | ! Report

      Full Match Report

      The Brumbies have gone down in a tight one against the Rebels 21-24 at GIO Stadium in Canberra with the result pretty much closing the door on any chances for the Brumbies to make the finals.

      In a weekend of exciting results, this one lived up to the same standards in terms of tense finishes but sadly didn’t quite deliver in terms of quality during the game.

      For the Rebels they will care more about the win than the quality. It could be a key turning point for them as it brings to an end a run of 5 losses and gets them to just one point behind the Tahs who slipped up against the Crusaders earlier.

      It is too early though to say that the Rebels are a good team – they won today and that was partly down to their passionate defence and partly down to the inability of the Brumbies to convert periods of huge amounts of possession and territory into points.

      The visitors made a fast start with a good early try from English but then the would have to withstand big periods of having to defend and defend deep in their own half. The Brumbies started to get some rhythm going and their three first half tries gave them full control. When Mafi was told to go and spend 10 minutes on the sideline for a high tackle the Brumbies were ruthless – two converted tries and a real sense of confidence was flowing through the team.

      But when it was 15 on 15 they just lacked the ability to be as ruthless. They let the Rebels in on the stroke of half time for a critical score that let the visitors back into the game.

      That being said, when the second half kicked off it felt like the Brumbies were still in the driving seat. They were 21-10 up and while the Rebels were fighting hard, they didn’t look like a real scoring threat so surely the Brumbies couldn’t lose this one.

      Over the next 40 minutes fans saw an exciting half of rugby. First the Brumbies threw everything they had at the Rebels and had set up shop in the Melbourne team’s 22. TIme after time they got close but simple errors and valiant defense kept them out. They shied away from taking shots at goal for about 15 minutes of dominance before finally deciding that they just had to get some more points on the board and Hawera slotted one over from in front to stretch their lead to 14 points.

      When they had another shot at goal a few minutes later it felt like this good be the death blow – a 17 point lead with about 20 minutes to go was going to be hard to overcome.

      However the kick was missed and 2 minutes later the Rebels had struck as Maddocks finished a fantastic move for the visitors. They retained possession for phase after phase before making a number of good breaks and over stretching the tiring Brumbies defence.

      Before the Brumbies could regather their thoughts they were back under the posts again watching a Rebel conversion. The Brumbies gave away another penalty – one of ten they conceded in the game – and the Rebels took full advantage with a solid maul of an attacking line out before Ruru broke down the short side and put Tupou in for another try.

      Hodge, who was pretty reliable all night long, nailed a tough side line conversion and with 14 minutes to go it was all square on the scoreboard.

      The Brumbies had their chance to win the game but Leali’ifano missed a 75th penalty kick at goal. It was tough for Leali’ifano as he had been good for the rest of the game. He brought a calmness to the Brumbies that had been missing in previous games and it would have been fair if he’d knocked over the winning score.

      But the Rebels took their opportunity when it arose in the 79th minute. A penalty was given for the Brumbies but then over turned by the TMO as Sam Carter was punished for a high tackle in his 22. Hodge succeeded where Leali’ifano failed and nailed a tough kick from out wide. And that was the ball game.

      What did we learn from this game? Well the Brumbies really are shocking this year. As the game went on they looked out of ideas about how to unlock the Rebels defence. Two of their three tries came from when the Rebels were down to 14 men and with all the possesion of the first 15 minutes of the second half they couldn’t come away with any points at all.

      Speight seemed to try hard when he had the ball in hand but he was loose in contact leading to at least one turn over and his tackling continues to be Tough Rugby esque. Powell too didn’t do enough at #9 – he’s a bit too slow with his pass from the breakdown and he butchered an almost certain try when he passed the ball straight into Kuridrani’s head just a few metres from the line. Speaking of Kuridrani – he has had a very average season. While Kerevi has really come on this year in the centres at the Reds, Kuridrani has been missing in action in Canberra.

      Rebels fans shouldn’t get carried away though. It was a hard fought win and the players should be smiling for sure. But the Brumbies are one of the worst teams in the competition this year and beating them should be on the same to do list as doing your laundry and remembering to pay the mortgage. It’s just one of those things you get done and tick off.

      Maddocks and English looked good today and Mafi put in a solid performance but there’s a big gap from Genia to Ruru which needs to get smaller and the scrum was quite hit and miss today.

      Speaking of the scrum – something has to be done about it!! At one point int the second half we had to wait for about 6 to 7 minutes for just one scrum to be completed. The ref kept resetting over and over without any punishment and the teams took so long to follow his instructions. At the time the Brumbies had all the ball but desperately needed another try and yet there was little to no urgency in their pack. They needed to be back in position and showing the ref and the rest of the team how hungry they were to get on with the contest.

      Was it an exciting game to watch – yes it was.

      Was it a game of high quality rugby – no it wasn’t.

      Will any of the other sides in the competition look at the Rebels or Brumbies as threats based on today’s game – no chance.

      • 11:03pm
        ajg said | 11:03pm | ! Report

        Nice summary

        This sentence: “But the Brumbies are one of the worst teams in the competition this year and beating them should be on the same to do list as doing your laundry and remembering to pay the mortgage. It’s just one of those things you get done and tick off” Feels like it could be applied to any of the aussie teams this year unfortunately

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