CA Brumbies miss out in Sydney to Waratahs

The CA Brumbies will walk the Investec Bank Super 14 finals tightrope after falling to the Waratahs 19-12 at ANZ Stadium tonight.

With three matches remaining, the ACT side must win each of them with bonus points to qualify for the play-offs.

While claiming a lone bonus point for tonight’s efforts, the CA Brumbies’ scoring was left to the boot of flyhalf Matt Giteau who kicked four penalty goals with his side unable to breach the Waratahs’ defence for a five-pointer.

CA Brumbies Head Coach Andy Friend said he was pleased with his side’s commitment despite the final result.

“I thought we showed a real intent to want to play and we were all really proud of their efforts,” he said.

“We let ourselves down last week by not producing that performance. With the competitiveness of this competition, if you slacken off for a week or don’t produce your best for a week that can come back and bite you.

“Tonight the guys were tremendous and we’ll take on the last three games with the same spirit and you never know what can happen.”

NSW flyhalf Daniel Halangahu gave the Waratahs an ideal start to the match by executing three penalty goals within the first 23 minutes.

Trailing 9-0, the visitors kicked into gear with a 26th-minute penalty goal to Matt Giteau before Adam Ashley-Cooper appeared to cross for the game’s first try three minutes later. After sending the ball through the hands, the CA Brumbies’ utility back found space down the left-hand side before slamming the ball down over the line. However, referee Steve Walsh denied try due to a “double movement” despite the momentum of the tackle seemingly carrying him to the try line.

Giteau managed some consolation through the dying stages of the half by sending over two penalty goals in the 31st and 40th minutes to level the scores at the break.

Halangahu took back a three-point advantage five minutes into the new term through a penalty before Berrick Barnes found Lachie Turner in open space with a cross-field kick for the lone tryof the match. The NSW winger brought around under the posts to provide Halangahu a straightforward conversion to extend the lead to 19-9.

Giteau added another penalty goal in the 61st minute and despite each side pressing the opposition’s defensive lines in the final quarter, neither was able to add to the final 19-12 scoreline.

The CA Brumbies will return to the national capital to take on the Reds in an Investec Bank Super 14 Week 12 blockbuster at Canberra Stadium on Saturday, 1 May.

Waratahs 19 (Lachie Turner try; Daniel Halangahu 1/1 conversions, 4/4 penalty goals) defeated CA Brumbies 13 (Matt Giteau 4/6 penalty goals) at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.
Half time: 9-all
Referee: Steve Walsh (Aus)
Crowd: 40,271

CA Brumbies
1. Ben Alexander
2. Stephen Moore
3. Salesi Ma’afu
4. Mitchell Chapman
5. Mark Chisholm
6. Rocky Elsom
7. Colby Faingaa
8. Stephen Hoiles (c)
9. Patrick Phibbs
10. Matt Giteau
11. Alfie Mafi
12. Tyrone Smith
13. Andrew Smith
14. Pat McCabe
15. Adam Ashley-Cooper

16. Huia Edmonds
17. Guy Shepherdson
18. Ben Hand
19. Michael Hooper
20. Patrick Phibbs
21. Brackin Karauria-Henry
22. Alfie Mafi

22. Alfie Mafi for 15. Julian Huxley (26th minute)
21. Brackin Karauria-Henry for 22. Alfie Mafi (50th minute)
18. Ben Hand for 4 Mitchell Chapman (58th minute)
19. Michael Hooper for 7. Colby Faingaa (61st minute)
16. Huia Edmonds for 2. Stephen Moore (61st minute)
20. Patrick Phibbs for 9. Josh Valentine (71st minute)

1. Sekope Kepu
2. Adam Freier
3. Al Baxter
4. Dean Mumm
5. Kane Douglas
6. Dave Dennis
7. Phil Waugh (c)
8. Ben Mowen
9. Josh Holmes
10. Daniel Halangahu
11. Drew Mitchell
12. Berrick Barnes
13. Tom Carter
14. Lachie Turner
15. Kurtley Beale

16. David Fitzpatrick
17. Dan Palmer
18. Will Caldwell
19. Chris Alcock
20. Luke Burgess
21. Rory Sidey
22. Sosene Anesi


Investec Bank Super 14: Week 12
CA Brumbies v Reds
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Saturday, 1 May 2010