The University of Canberra Brumbies have clinched a convincing win in their final trial match of 2012 notching up 66 points to 0 against the ACT XV at Greenway Oval.
The club side showed plenty of spirit, preventing the professionals from crossing their line for the first quarter of the match and keeping structure under pressure.
In the end fitness and skill set proved the difference with the University of Canberra Brumbies finding their feet for a comfortable win.
It was the perfect opportunity for the ACT XV players to show their worth, with University of Canberra Brumbies coach Jake White watching the game from under his goal posts.
Royals fullback Ben Johnston looked comfortable at the elite level, clearing his team of danger on several occasions and probing the University of Canberra Brumbies defence with some clever options.
It was also a big night for Sam Roberson and Ruaidhri Murphy who made their first appearances for the University of Canberra Brumbies. Both players claimed quality minutes and did their future chances of selection little harm.
In what was a fairly slow first quarter, the ACT XV managed to protect their line and keep the University of Canberra Brumbies from crossing for tries.
ACT XV coach Nick Leah could have felt hard done by for not coming away from that period with points as his side showed plenty of grit to stick with the Territory’s top team.
The ACT XV’s line was eventually broken by a rampaging Anthony Hegarty who stormed onto the ball from close range after a clever short pass from Nic White.
White’s conversion and a penalty he slotted earlier took the University of Canberra Brumbies lead to 10-0 with 23 minutes played.
Late in the half the game started to loosen up with tries to Jesse Mogg and Nic White blowing the score out to 24-0 by half time. White’s haul of 14 points put a dent in the club side’s chances as both coaches rang in wholesale changes for the start of the second half.
The University of Canberra Brumbies moved further ahead just after the break with a try to one of the club’s newest recruits, Scott Fardy. The Catchpole Medallist hit the ball hard after some handy lead up work and with Matt Toomua knocking over the conversion the score went out to 31-0.
Toomua took up where White left off in the second half, scoring a try and adding 4 points off his boot for a personal tally of 9 points.
More tries followed to Peter Kimlin, Ian Prior and a penalty try in the left corner to give the University of Canberra Brumbies a flattering total.
Despite the lop-sided score-line, both coaches were pleased with the result, White praising his opposition for their fight and composure.
“I was impressed with the way that they took it to us in that first half, they were aggressive at the breakdown and competed well all over the park,” White said.
“In the second half I was impressed with the way they held their structure under pressure. There weren’t too many chances for them to attack but there was no panicking which was reassuring.
“At the end of the day these guys are our extended playing group, there is plenty of talent there and it is a good sign for rugby in the ACT.”
The University of Canberra Brumbies have now wrapped up their pre-season campaign. Their first game is against the Western Force at Canberra Stadium, Friday 24 February, kick-off 7.40pm.