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Super Rugby | Canberra
08:40 (GMT) | 13-02-2015
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The action is not over! Join us later as the Lions from Johannesburg take on the Hurricanes in what is a really tough game to call! - See you then!
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The game is winding down now with a few injuries as they set up a scrum for the Reds, again it is messy but gathered by the Reds, Frisby grubbers through but it is booted into touch on FULL TIME
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TRY! Just like the first yellow card, the Brumbies take advantage of the extra man as James Dargaville finds the space out wide
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The Brumbies are looking for more tries as they rumble forward in a mid field maul, the mauls is collapsed and the ref is not happy - he is speaking to vice captain Hunt... James Horwill is YELLOW CARDED for a second time and it is a RED CARD!
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Brumbies are not laying off as they continue to surge into the Reds half, breaking the advantage line at will. They reach the 22 through Carter but as the ball is swung through the hands Tomane can't hold onto it on the line
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Lealiifano pops over the simple conversion
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The Brumbies are inches away now as they look to bash it over, the Reds are holding on but the pressure gives as Kuridrani gets over for the TRY!
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Another scrum to the Reds, right on their line and it is messy, but they do get it and are able to clear, but the Brumbies secure their lineout and are back on the charge
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Reds are still being put under a lot of pressure but the Brumbies handling is letting them down. At the scrum the Brumbies effect a tighthead and ook to counter again, but it is another knock on
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Reds building up their attack from their half but the ball is stolen by JP Smith and the Brumbies counter attack well. The Reds then get the ball back from a knock on and they are able to clear their lines.
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Brumbies getting close again but there is a forward pass as Horwill forces the ball from Nic White. The scrum needs some resetting as the referee has a chat...
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Another two points from the boot of Lealiifano
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TRY! Brilliant individual try from Nic White, he takes the ball from the maul and drops it onto his boot to grubber past the line, he runs past Genia and picks up his own ball for the try!
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Reds still giving penalties away as Nic White finds touch near the corner as the home team looks to take advantage of the Yellow Card
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Reds lineout is stolen by Carter and the ball is spread down the backline until James Slipper puts in a massive hit! The Brumbies still have it as they flood into the 22
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From right on the edge, Lealiifano coverts the try with a great CONVERSION
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TRY! The Brumbies take advantage of the man overlap straight away as they break off a lineout to give it to the back. The ball comes to Matt Toomua who stretches to get the score!
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Finally the referee has had enough with the penalties and dishes out a YELLOW CARD to James Horwill for lying on the wrong side after countless warnings
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The Brumbies get themselves a lineout after a kicking battle on about halfway, the Brumbies are battling to get back into this second half
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Reds continue to march down the field through penalties, this time Hunt thinks he is in range and lines up a shot at goal. The direction is off as the Brumbies take a 22-drop-out
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The Brumbies are straight back into their attack as they probe the Reds line on the 22m. But the ball is turned over and the Reds get a penalty which allows them clear their lines
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The secondhalf is underway as the Brumbies kickoff!

Half Time

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Brumbies looking to maul the ball over the line on halfway with Pocock in possession, the maul collapses and the ball is swung very wide as Joe Tomane latches onto the ball for a TRY! on HALFTIME!
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Reds attack keeps stuttering with penalties - they have conceded 12 penalties before halftime. The Brumbies release the pressure with another kick into the Reds half and it is brilliantly places on the 5m
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Genia gets his hands on the ball at the ruck and pops it out to the wing, Jamie-Jerry Taulagi then hoofs it into some space and is lucky that it bounces up as they look fir field position
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The Reds hack the ball downfield and put pressure on to Tomane who fumbles it, but it does come out and is cleared - not very well - as the Reds continue to attack inside the 22m
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Reds still in possession but they have been pushed back to the halfway line. Brumbies slow the ball down this time and the Reds have the penalty as Hunt lines up for the first penalty kick for the Queensladers. He nails the PENALTY and gets his first points in a Reds jersey
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Reds finally put some pressure and poach the ball through Liam Gill, this gives them the penalty and they can try set up an attacking position. Hunt kicks for the corner as they set the lineout on the 22m
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The game dissolves into a bit of a kicking competition between the back three of each team, but it all ends with another Brumbies penalty and again Lealiifano steps up and slots the PENALTY!
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This time the Brumbies opt for kick at goal and Lealiifano makes no mistake with the PENALTY!
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Brumbies are back on the charge after the Reds cleared as they set up a maul on the 22m. The ball comes out to backline and they make it to the 5 m line, but again there is a penalty against the Reds - this time for Genia holding on.
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The Brumbies maul it well and slowly get close to the line, Pocock has it at the back and is basically over but as he goes down the ball is knocked on and it is no try! Reds scrum on their line.
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More penalties against the Reds - this time for a tackle with no arms - James Slipper gets another talking to from the referee... Brumbies pile the pressure on again with a kick into touch rather than taking the tree points
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Reds are penalised again as Saia Fainga'a breaks offside to early. It is a very kickable penalty but the Brumbies set the lineout, but it is sloppy as Pocock cleans up
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Samu Kerevi through a fantastic dummy and ghost through the defensive line untouched to dot down for a try... but the referee calls on the TMO who spots some obstruction and the try is not given!
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Reds looking to pick up some momentum and eventually earn a penalty for the scrumhalf being pulled into the ruck. Hunt boots the ball into touch inside the Brumbies 22m for a lineout
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Brumbies get another penalty close to the Reds line and the referee has a talk to James Slipper. Christian Lealiifano steps up and nails the PENALTY!
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Reds are not making much ground as the Brumbies rush up on defense, the ball is very slow on the 22m line. Finally, the Brumbies get a penalty thanks to Fardy and clear their lines.
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Brumbies hold onto the ball on the ground and give the chance to get close to the Brumbies line as Hunt boots towards the corner for the penalty. The lineout is secured and a maul formed
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Christian Lealiifano nails the CONVERSION after having a poor kicking year last year.
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TRY! Robbie Coleman benefits from a solid lineout and some unselfish play from Tevita Kuridrani who draws the fullback perfectly to allow Coleman to slide under the posts
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It gets a little scrappy as the players get caught with indecision in making their passes, eventually Genia gives it a box kick and the Brumbies try to run it back from their half - they get a penalty for the Reds lying on the ball
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Brumbies secure their lineout as the maul collapses legally, White feeds Alexander and then Fardy, but the flank knocks it on allowing Genia to boot the ball downfield.
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Pocock looks busy in these early phases as he pressures the breakdown to earn his team a penalty, White clears the ball into the Reds half
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We are underway as Hunt kicks his first ball for the Reds!
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It has been a warm day in Canberra and as the sun sets, it looks to be a perfect evening for some running rugby!
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The Brumbies have two massive players returning in club captain Stephen Moore as well as captain for today's match - David Pocock
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The Reds have made a few key signings over the break, Karmichael Hunt comes straight into the flyhalf spot for the injured Quade Cooper. There will be plenty of pressure on the former Rugby League player
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The Reds are a team that will be hoping for a better season this year after a dismal showing in 2014. Meanwhile the Brumbies will not be a pushover after making the semifinals last season
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Welcome to the second game of Super Rugby 2015 as the Brumbies host the Reds in Canberra
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Preview: S15 Round One, Part One

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 23:48

The pre-season is over and now the real games start. Jan de Koning looks at Friday's games in Round One of Super Rugby.

The final year of a 15-team Super Rugby competition will get underway when the seven-time champion Crusaders host the Rebels in Christchurch on Friday.

And they are teams at the opposite end of the Super Rugby landscape - the Rebels having propped up the table last year and with a best-ever finish of 12th; the Crusaders having a record seven titles to their credit and finishing second in 2014.

After the trans-Tasman opener to the season, we have the first all-Australian derby - the to-time champion Brumbies hosting the Reds, who can also lay claim to a Super Rugby title.

The opening day of the season completes with two of the most exciting teams and a promise of a try-feast, when the Lions host the Hurricanes in Johannesburg.

We look at all Friday's matches!

Friday, February 13

 Crusaders v Rebels
(AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT; 21.35 AEDT)

The Rebels had an impressive pre-season, with two good wins - a solid 28-13 victory over the Reds in Cairns and a 25-24 come-from-behind victory over the Highlanders in Melbourne.

In contrast the Crusaders lost all three warm-up games - 26-29 against a very willing Highlanders, the Hurricanes winning 41-31 and the reds thumping them 35-12 at Ballymore.

However, the Crusaders' mantra now - given their well-documented slow starts to the season - is that it is best they get the losing streak out the way first up and then click into gear in the season proper.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder said there is something special about this season.

"With it being our 20th Crusade and a World Cup year, there is a real buzz within the team at the moment," Blackadder said.

"They are fired up for this season and ready to get it started."

History suggests the Crusaders will not have it their own way.

"The Rebels have always been a tough challenge for us, so we know we're going to have a real battle on Friday," the coach said.

"It should be a good spectacle and a great way to kick this season off."

The return of All Black captain Richie McCaw, albeit as a blindside flank, is certain to add spice to the occasion and hand the Crusaders that calming influence they will surely need against a team know for its frenzied approach to the game.

Forwards coach Dave Hewett welcomed the injection of McCaw, after a tepid effort by the pack in the loss to the Reds.

"I was a bit disappointed with the set piece," Hewitt said, adding: "The accuracy of what we did wasn't to the level that we needed to be at."

Previous results:
2014: Crusaders won 25-19, Melbourne
2013: Crusaders won 30-26, Christchurch
2012: Rebels won 28-19, Melbourne

Prediction: The Crusaders boast an 86 percent win rate when playing Australia representatives at home. The three meetings between these sides have all been tight affairs, with each having a single figure final margin. The Crusaders are unbeaten in 23 home games against Australia opposition, winning 22 and drawn one. Their last home defeat by a trans-Tasman rival was in February 2004 (19-43 against Waratahs). The Melbourne-based side has also lost on all eight visits to New Zealand since their inclusion to the competition in 2011. The Rebels have won their opening fixtures of the season in each of the last two years. In contrast, the Crusaders lost their opening games in 2013 and 2014. History makes for interesting reading, but it is the quality of the players that matter most and that is where the Crusaders have a clear edge - which should see them win by about 10 points.


Crusaders: 15 Colin Slade, 14 Robbie Fruean, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Richie McCaw, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Wyatt Crockett, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Ryan Crotty, 23 Nathaniel Apa.

Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Sefanaia Naivalu.

Referee: Briant Nick (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Shane McDermott (New Zealand), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Brumbies v Reds
(GIO Stadium, Canberra - Kick-off: 19.40; 08.40 GMT)

Australian derbies are notoriously tedious affairs - not because of a lack of effort or skill, but because teams are so determined to upstage each other that it inevitable turn into an arm wrestle.

Add to that the Brumbies' propensity to kick the leather off the ball - a legacy of Jake White's two years in Canberra - and you would expect another snorefest.

However, there are a couple of individuals that will make this match worth watching.

Firstly there is Karmichael Hunt, who will start at flyhalf for the Reds.

The code-hopper is a skilful player, but even Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham felt he may need time to adjust to the intricacies of Rugby Union.

Of course the return of Wallaby stalwart David Pocock, who is also the Brumbies' stand-in captain, will ensure the breakdown is entertaining.

Having had last weekend off - following two trial matches against the Western Force and Highlanders over the previous two weekends - the Brumbies will be fresh.

In contrast the Reds will enter the first round full of confidence having beaten the Crusaders in Cairns last Friday - after the Reds produced an explosive first half in which they scored four converted tries.

While conditions promise to be testing in Canberra, Reds coach Richard Graham said his side always looked forward to the traditional derby.

"We have begun the last four or five seasons down in Canberra,"Graham said.

"It has become a traditional fixture and all are comparable in nature - forward orientated, physical, strong field position games with close results.

"We have prepared for a similar contest and looking at the expected weather conditions may not be disappointed.

"We are very much looking forward to the start of Super Rugby. I've thrown a lot of change and challenges at the collective squad and the response has been fantastic.

"They have all contributed to a strong pre-season, the trials provided us with a clear reference of where we are at and now we move into the competition phase."

Recent results:
2014: Brumbies won 23-20, Brisbane
2014: Reds won 27-17, Canberra
2013: Brumbies and Reds drew 19-19, Brisbane
2013: Brumbies won 24-6, Canberra
2012: Reds won 13-12, Canberra
2012: Reds won 20-13, Brisbane

Prediction: The Reds have won just one of their last four games against the Brumbies, losing two and drawing the other. At home the Canberra side has won its last eight games. However, their last defeat at home was against the Reds. The ACT-based franchise has won 11 of their last 13 at home against fellow Australian teams - the two exceptions having both been defeats to the Reds. The Reds have lost just three of their last 10 away home nation derbies, winning six an drawn one. These sides have met on the opening weekend of the season on four occasions, with the Brumbies triumphant in each of these games. The Reds have had an impressive pre-season, but if you look at their teamsheet you are not really inspired - some great individuals, but also a few weak links and a lack of depth. The Brumbies have one of Australia's most inspirations players, David Pocock, in their line-up and should win - by less than 10 points.


Brumbies: 15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock (captain), 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Ita Vaea, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Lausii Taliauli.

Reds: 15 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Lachie Turner, 10 Karmichael Hunt, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Curtis Browning, 5 Marco Kotze, 4 James Horwill, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sef Faagase, 19 Ed O'Donoghue, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Duncan Paia'aua, 23 Campbell Magnay.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Will Houston (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

 Lions v Hurricanes
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 19.10; 17.10 GMT; 06.10 Saturday, February 14 NZ time)

The Hurricanes, with a preference to get their South African tour out the way first up, will meet a far more settled Lions team than the one that made its return to Super Rugby last year.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann have been able to name a settled starting XV for his side's opening Super Rugby match in Johannesburg on Friday.

The Ellis Park clash is the first of two games in South Africa for the Hurricanes - who also meet the Bulls in Pretoria next week.

They will be without two key All Blacks - lock Jeremy Thrush (calf injury) and centre Ma'a Nonu (paternity leave).

However, it is more the quality of the Lions team than the absence of some of their own stars that pose the biggest threat.

The Lions' starting XV closely mirror the team which featured in last year's Currie Cup Final - with only two changes.

"It is nice to have that core and that balance going into a second Super Rugby campaign," told a media briefing.

"There was stiff competition in quite a few of the positions and it was tough to select the 23."

Ackermann's resources at loose forward, hooker and flyhalf is more than just satisfactory and even with a couple of injuries in the front row his team's set pieces should again be a powerful weapon.

Last year the Lions' strengths were centred around those set pieces.

Statistically their 91 percent scrum success was the best in Super Rugby, and the 206 line-outs they won was the third best of the competition.

Their No.8 and captain Warren Whitely earned a Springbok call-up.

Marnitz Boshoff, another Bok vintage from 2014, kicked goals at 87 percent, including several whoppers from 50 metres plus - while he also slotted eight drop-goals.

His match-up with Beauden Barrett in this season opener could be a telling factor.

Barrett starts this season with 594 career Super Rugby points, closing in on becoming the 17th player to pass 600 career points.
If Boshoff has an off day, as he did in the Currie Cup Final the Lions can call on another Bok flyhalf - 2012 vintage Elton Jantjies, who will be playing off the bench. Jantjies is back from his stint with Japanese club Shining Arcs, after missing the Currie Cup season.

Lions captain Warren Whiteley said they could build on the momentum gained in last year's Currie Cup, and the entire squad had grown in experience.

"We've been together long enough now, we've all been through a Super Rugby campaign," Whiteley said.

"Our biggest challenge will be mentally this year and to just keep our feet on the ground.

"We know the threat the Hurricanes pose, they are a fantastic side with dangerous players all over the park."

Recent results:
2012: Hurricanes won 30-28, Johannesburg
2011: Hurricanes won 38-27, Wellington
2010: Hurricanes won 33-18, Wellington
2009: Hurricanes won 38-32, Johannesburg
2008: Hurricanes won 38-12, Wellington
2007: Lions won 30-7, Johannesburg

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won five straight against the Lions and their all-time record against them away from home reads positively - won four, lost three. The Lions ended 2014 with three straight victories, a feat they hadn't managed since winning four in a row in the early part of the 2007 season. The Lions have lost seven of their last eight home games against New Zealand opposition. The Canes have lost five of their last seven games in South Africa, as well as nine of their last 12. The Lions have won their last two opening weekend fixtures (2012 and 2014) in Super Rugby, but lost the two previous to that (2010 and 2011), won the two prior to that (2008 & 2009) and lost the two before that (2004 & 2007). The Hurricanes lost their opening fixture of the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Lions had the best discipline in the league last season, conceding just 9.6 penalties per game. The South African side also boasted the best scrummaging unit in Super Rugby, winning 91 percent of scrums on their own feed. If the Lions can remain as disciplined as last year, especially on defence, and their set pieces function at optimal level, they should sneak a win - by less than 10 points.


Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Warwick Tecklenburg, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Nicolaas Hanekom

Hurricanes: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Rey Le-Lo, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dan Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Callum Gibbins, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 James Marshall, 23 Matt Proctor.

Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), Lesego Legoete (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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Brumbies in record rout over Reds

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:36

REPORT: The Brumbies made an impressive start to their 2015 Super Rugby campaign, beating a hapless Reds team 47-3 on Friday.

The Brumbies made an impressive start to their 2015 Super Rugby campaign, beating a hapless Reds team 47-3 in Canberra on Friday.

In a game that also saw former Wallaby captain James Horwill red-carded - the result of two yellow cards for repeated infringements - the Brumbies outscored the Reds by six tries to none.

The Brumbies, champions in 2001 and 2004, were too well drilled and organised for the ragged Reds.

The Canberra-based side gave promise of things to come with an impressive performance, with former Wallabies skipper David Pocock coming through the 80 minutes unscathed after two seasons blighted by knee reconstructions.

The 44-point winning margin eclipsed the Brumbies' 51-8 victory over the Reds in Canberra in 2004 for their ninth straight win at home.

The Brumbies, who led 21-3 at half-time, launched their season with a bonus-point win with tries to Robbie Coleman, Joe Tomane, Matt Toomua, Nic White, Tevita Kuridrani and James Dargaville.

Christian Lealiifano kicked 17 points from four conversions and three penalties.

Queensland's only points came from a 34th-minute penalty from their new signing and former Rugby League international Karmichael Hunt, who played at flyhalf for the sidelined Quade Cooper.

"It was a really great way to start the year and I am really proud of the effort out there tonight," skipper Pocock said.

"To keep that sort of Reds side try-less was the biggest thing that we can take out of the game.

"I thought halves Nic White and Matt Toomua controlled the game really well."

Brumbies hooker and Wallaby skipper Stephen Moore came off the bench for the last 30 minutes as he works his way back to full fitness from a serious knee injury last season.

The Reds didn't help their cause by conceding 17 penalties, culminating in Horwill receiving his second yellow card four minutes from time for repeated infringements.

"It's obviously not the way we wanted to start the season but these are the cards we're dealt and it's pretty disappointing," Reds skipper James Slipper said.

"Ill discipline really hurt us and it was something we had spoken about before the game and once again we start off the year with a lot of penalties and you can't win games with that sort of discipline."

The Brumbies cross the Tasman to face the Chiefs next week, while the Reds are at home to Western Force.

Man of the match: There were no Reds worthy of even considering, although former Wallaby captain James Horwill did his best to be a villain. David Pocock came through the match after two knee reconstructions and even though he paused a couple of times, showed some good form. Sam Carter, Scott Sio and Tevita Kuridrani also impressed. However, our vote goes to Matt Toomua - who was central to the hammering the Reds received.

The scorers:

For the Brumbies:
Coleman, Tomane, Toomua, White, Kuridrani, Dargaville
Cons: Lealiifano 4
Pens: Lealiifano 3

For the Reds:

Yellow cards: James Horwill (Reds, 47 and 76 - repeated infringements, killing the ball)
Red card: James Horwill (Reds, 76 - two yellow cards)


Brumbies: 15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock (captain), 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Ita Vaea, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Lausii Taliauli.

Reds: 15 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Lachie Turner, 10 Karmichael Hunt, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Curtis Browning, 5 Marco Kotze, 4 James Horwill, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sef Faagase, 19 Ed O'Donoghue, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Duncan Paia'aua, 23 Campbell Magnay.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Will Houston (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)


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