Canes claim CA Brumbies in pre-season Porirua

The CA Brumbies have dropped the first match of their pre-season falling to the Hurricanes 26-5 at New Zealand’s Porirua Park today.

In their first hit-out of the 2010 Investec Bank Super 14 pre-season, the CA Brumbies were outscored four tries to one, with lock Sitaleki Timani crossing in the final quarter of the match for the ACT side.

In his first match for the CA Brumbies since 2003, lock Justin Harrison was strong in his 80-minute performance and was ably assisted up front by flanker Mitch Chapman. Brumbies Academy backrower Michael Hooper was also impressive in his first match of senior rugby.

New recruit Josh Valentine was probing and showed promising signs for the season ahead at scrumhalf while Matt Toomua made a successful return from a broken jaw. Tyrone Smith was also strong in continually making ground throughout the match.

In spite of the score line, the match proved an even encounter with the CA Brumbies unable to convert pressure into points during the first quarter with flanker Henry Vanderglas denied a would-be try when scrumhalf Piri Weepu knocked the ball from his hands as he crossed the try line.

Following a scoreless first quarter, Hurricanes winger Hosea Gear was the first to touchdown in the second stanza from an attacking lineout deep inside the CA Brumbies’ half with Charlie Ngatai and Dane Coles adding further tries in the third period to extend the lead to 21-0.

Lock Jason Eaton added the home side’s final points when he burrowed over from a lineout in the fourth term with Timani rounding out the scoring with a try five minutes from full time.

There were no injuries for the CA Brumbies.

CA Brumbies Head Coach Andy Friend says despite the scoreline there were some promising signs for his side.

“I thought there was some really good stuff from our game structure and our set piece was good,” he said. “Poor execution probably let us down a bit but that happens in a first trial. Defensively we got a wake-up call and we were exposed a bit out wide and physicality-wise we need to be tougher but we can address those things.

"We definitely need to have these things right by the Force game [in a fortnight] which I know we will.

“You never like losing games of footy but when you’re learning things like we did and not getting any injuries then it’s not such a bad day.”

The CA Brumbies will welcome back the bulk of their Wallaby contingent for their final pre-season match against the Waratahs at Viking Park next Thursday (4 February).

Hurricanes 26 (Hosea Gear, Charlie Ngatai, Dane Coles, Jason Eaton tries; Aaron Cruden 2 conversions, Willie Ripia conversion) CA Brumbies 5 (Sitaleki Timani try) at Porirua Park, Porirua.
Half time: Hurricanes 7-0

CA Brumbies
1. Salesi Ma’afu
2. Huia Edmonds
3. Guy Shepherdson
4. Justin Harrison
5. Ben Hand
6. Mitchell Chapman
7. Henry Vanderglas
8. Stephen Hoiles (c)
9. Josh Valentine
10. Christian Lealiifano
11. Francis Fainifo
12. Tyrone Smith
13. Stirling Mortlock
14. Alfi Mafi
15. Matt Toomua

16. Anthony Hegarty
17. John Ulugia
18. Sitaleki Timani
19. Michael Hooper
20. Colby Faingaa
21. Patrick Phibbs
22. Afusipa Taumoepeau
23. Ed Stubbs
24. Jesse Mogg

1. Jacob Ellison
2. Ged Robinson
3. John Schwalger
4. Michael Paterson
5. James Broadhurst
6. Victor Vito
7. Karl Lowe
8. Nick Crosswell
9. Piri Weepu (c)
10. Willie Ripia
11. Hosea Gear
12. Johnny Leota
13. Alapati Leiua
14. David Smith
15. Andre Taylor

16. Dane Coles
17. Michael Bent
18. Daniel Ramsay
19. Scott Waldrom
20. Tyson Keats
21. Chris Eaton
22. Cory Jane
23. Charlie Ngatai
24. Neemia Tialata
25. Ma'a Nonu
26. Jason Eaton
27. Api Naiktatini
28. Aaron Cruden
29. Tamati Ellison

Yellow Cards:
Karl Lowe (2nd quarter)

Investec Bank Super 14: Pre-season Match
CA Brumbies v Waratahs
Viking Park, Canberra
Thursday, 4 February 2010

‘Stand As One’ and become a CA Brumbies member in 2010. Visit http://www.brumbies.com.au