Brumbies run Rebels ragged

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:30
Large jesse mogg brumbies celebra Large james o connor rebels v bru Large jesse mogg    kurtley beale Large scott higginbotham rebels r

The Brumbies lived up to their pre-season billing as one of the fancied Australian sides, when they beat the Rebels 30-13 in Melbourne on Friday.

The Brumbies lived up to their pre-season billing as one of the fancied Australian sides, when they beat the Rebels 30-13 in Melbourne on Friday.

As they did last week when they kept the Reds scoreless after the break, the Brumbies started slow and continued to build - especially after the break, when they turned the screws.

While the Rebels held a one-point (13-12) lead at the break, the Brumbies showed them how to close out a match with a clinical second half - scoring 18 unanswered points.

It was the effort of their forwards, who shut the Rebels out, that laid the platform for a convincing win.

Both teams showed plenty of energy, but their options and execution were certainly not always up to the expected standards.

The Rebels had injury setbacks, to James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale in quick succession - with Beale staying on after medics attended to his shoulder, but making no impact on the game and looking worse for wear, while O'Connor failed to come back on the field after being forced off to undergo a concussion test.

They will be sweating the fitness of these two key players this coming week.

Sublime! That is the only way to describe the opening score - when the Brumbies went wide from a quick counter from deep inside their own and Jesse Mogg kicked ahead, raced past the cover and touched down. It did go up to the TMO, but he had no hesitation in awarding the score.

The Rebels also played an expansive game - or at least they attempted to, as their execution just wasn't up to par in the early stages - but it was a James O'Connor penalty that opened their account.

The home team's first try also required the TMO to have a look and when he ruled that it was 'inconclusive', after the referee asked about a possible knock-on and obstruction, the try was awarded to Scott Higginbotham - who ran up in support of O'Connor.

Some questionable penalties against the Brumbies gave the Rebels a number of opportunities - O'Connor missing one shot at goal, before they opted for an attacking line-out with another. That also turned into a penalty and a warning, with O'Connor slotting this one for a 13-7.

The Brumbies hit back straight away and in the best way possible - Jesse Mogg the creator of another class try, scored by Clyde Rathbone. Mogg, running a great angle, broke a tackle  or two and then a quick recycle and great hands created the space for Rathbone out wide.

The conversion attempt, from the touchline, was wide - leaving the Rebels with a one-point (13-12) lead.

The Brumbies had a couple of penalties inside the Rebels 22 in the final minutes of the half, but they opted for scrums and butchered three points - leaving the Rebels in the lead at the break.

Four minutes after the break the Brumbies had the lead back - Lealiifano kicking a penalty, awarded to them after a breakdown call that finally went their way.

Lealiifano added a second penalty to give his team a five-point (18-13) lead with just over a quarter of the match to go.

Ben Mowen scored next, collecting a favourable bounce after Matt Toomua put up a high bomb, with Lealiifano adding the conversion for a 25-13 lead.

It got worse for the Rebels, who lost replacement forward Jarrod Saffy to a yellow card with just over 10 minutes left on the clock - after he committed a professional foul at the breakdown and the referee's patience finally ran out with the illegal tactics of the home team.

Robbie Coleman got the bonus-point try with just over five minutes left on the clock, after the Brumbies took the ball through numerous phases and worked the extra man out wide - a missed conversion making it 30-13.

That is how it stayed, even though the Rebels rallied late in the game in the hope of a consolation score.

However, the Brumbies maintained their record of not having conceded a single second-half point this season.

Man of the match: The Rebels relied heavily on playmakers James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale. Two of the Brumbies' veteran forwards - prop Ben Alexander and hooker Stephen Moore - were involved in most of their plays in the close exchanges. However, our award goes to Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg - for all his creative skills, powerful running and raking kicks downfield.

The scorers:

For the Rebels:
Try:
Higginbotham
Con: O'Connor
Pens: O'Connor 2

For the Brumbies:
Tries:
Mogg, Rathbone, Mowen, Coleman
Cons: Lealiifano 2
Pens: Lealiifano 2

Yellow card: Jarrod Saffy (Rebels, 69 - professional foul, killing the ball at the tackle)

Teams:

Rebels: 15 James O'Connor, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Richard Kingi, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Cadeyrn Neville, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Nic Stirzaker, 21 Alex Rokobaro, 22 Tom English.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Clyde Rathbone, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 David Pocock, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Fotu Auelua, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Tevita Kuridrani.

Referee: James Leckie (Australia)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Ian Smith (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19