6/1/2014

Rebels roasted at GIO Stadium


Andrew Knezevic

The UC Brumbies have kept their chances of winning the Australian conference alive by demolishing the Melbourne Rebels 37-10 at GIO stadium tonight.

The UC Brumbies overcame their poor performance in South Africa by leading from start to finish and maintained their home winning streak against the Rebels.

A new back line combination lined up tonight with coach Laurie Fisher hoping some hardness would be inserted into their side and the team responded with strong defensive pressure throughout the game.

With this pressure, the side experienced the majority of possession which allowed the offense to flourish and gain a bonus point in the first 20 minutes with Nic White being the standout.

Fisher praised the performance of White but said the forwards were the main reason for this offensive explosion.
“I thought [Nic White] was brilliant but again it was on the back of a pretty good forward effort,” Fisher said.

“We just got to focus on getting ourselves right and we did that this week and got it right tonight.”

Captain Ben Mowen echoed the thoughts of Fisher and said the team went back to basics in the lead up to this game.
“We just dropped the tempo back and spent more time on detail,” Mowen said.

“We got good transfer tonight in terms of defensive pressure so it was a pleasing effort.”

The side came out firing to start the game with the team capitalising on the majority of possession by opening the scoring in the 3rd minute when Matt Toomua was able to dive in the corner.

Following a penalty by the Rebels, the UC Brumbies continued to apply the pressure when an inside pass by Clyde Rathbone allowed Tevita Kuridrana to run through a gap and offload to Pat McCabe who crashed over the line and put the side up 12-3 after 13 minutes.

The tries kept coming for the Brumbies when Toomua scored his second try of the night in the 16th minute on the back of a Nic White breakaway.

Another try occurred shortly after when Scott Sio was able to storm his way over the line after multiple aggressive phases in the 30th minute.

After a penalty goal by Christian Lealiifano the UC Brumbies headed into halftime with a commanding 25-3 lead.
The second half started the same way the first ended when Sam Carter crossed over in the 43rd minute after a storming run from Nic White inside his own half.

The aggressive defence by the Brumbies restricted any points from the Rebels until the 70th minute where Scott Higginbotham was able to score on the back of a yellow card given to Ben Alexander for multiple scrum infringements.
The Brumbies then closed the game the same way it began with Leon Power crossing over near the corner right before the buzzer to give the side a 37-10 victory.

The UC Brumbies will have now a two week break before heading to Sydney to take on the Waratahs.

UC Brumbies 37 (Matt Toomua 2, Pat McCabe, Scott Sio, Sam Carter, Leon Power tries; Christian Lealiifano cons 2, pen) bt Rebels 10 (Scott Higginbotham try; Jason Woodward con, pen) in Canberra. Referee: Steve Walsh.

UC Brumbies
1. Scott Sio
2. Stephen Moore
3. Ruan Smith
4. Scott Fardy
5. Sam Carter
6. Fotu Auelua
7. Jarrad Butler
8. Ben Mowen (c)
9. Nic White
10. Matt Toomua
11. Clyde Rathbone
12. Christian Lealiifano
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Henry Speight
15. Pat McCabe

Replacements
16. Josh Mann-Rea
17. Ben Alexander
18. JP Smith
19. Leon Power
20. Jordan Smiler
21. Michael Dowsett
22. Andrew Smith
23. Jesse Mogg