The University of Canberra Brumbies are not getting ahead of themselves despite having a positive start to the 2012 campaign.
In a nail biter between the Highlanders and Brumbies at Canberra Stadium last Saturday, the Brumbies were able to continue their form in tight matches and end the Highlanders winning streak.
When Stephen Larkham was asked whether the young side would get ahead of themselves, he said “No not at this stage were not a team of egos. We’re out there working for each other”.
While people believe that Brumbies expectations are being exceeded, it was backs coach Stephen Larkham who said “Others expectations have been exceeded. We’ve been training for a long period now, the stuff there doing on the paddock is a reflection of how hard they’ve worked in the pre-season.”
The Brumbies will take on the Sharks next week at Canberra Stadium.
The Brumbies jumped out to an early lead in the fifth minute when Joe Tomane flew down the field for a converted intercept try. The momentum didn’t stop there with Tomane scoring a second converted try for the Canberra side but the Highlanders were not considered out with the boot of Slade on target.
Slade suffered a horrific leg injury with a break to both his tibia and fibula. Slade was then stretchered off the field. With ten minutes to go, scores were tied at 26-26 with no indication of which way it may go.
The Brumbies defended for extended periods of time but it was Man of the Match Michael Hooper who kept the possession honest winning the ball on several occasions and causing havoc in the ruck.
Michael Hooper was inspirational in the Brumbies win. Hooper scored the second try of his career, swooping on a loose ball and making a 20m dash to the white line. With only 15 caps to his name, Hooper looks to be a promising flanker for not only the Brumbies but Australian Rugby as well.