The CA Brumbies have been edged out 39-34 in a thrilling Investec Bank Super 14 encounter against the Blues at Eden Park tonight.
After holding a 16-10 half-time lead, the CA Brumbies suffered a horror 10-minute period immediately after the break that saw the Blues run in three tries. The 19-point run established a match-winning second half lead for the home side and capped off the celebrations for captain Keven Mealamu’s 100th match for the province.
The CA Brumbies have secured the services of outstanding young tighthead prop Dan Palmer for two seasons.
The 21-year-old is currently a member of the Waratahs’ squad and made his Investec Bank Super 14 debut for NSW against the Highlanders in 2008. He has played eight Investec Super 14 matches during 2008 and 2009.
CA Brumbies loosehead prop Ben Alexander has spearheaded his side’s tough 24-22 win over the Sharks at Canberra Stadium tonight.
The ACT front-rower’s crossed for both of his side’s tries in a display built on excellent scrummaging, unrelenting defence and providing his side with some timely turnover ball on his way to man-of-the-match honours.
An inspired first half performance has been negated by a lack of discipline in the CA Brumbies’ 50-32 loss to the Bulls at Pretoria’s Loftus Versfeld this evening.
The ACT side had the better of the first stanza, running in two early tries and looking like genuine title contenders before a lopsided penalty count through the remainder of the match allowed the Bulls to take the match by a margin of five-tries-to-three.
CA Brumbies flanker George Smith has announced his retirement from international rugby and will be released from his CA Brumbies and Australian Rugby Union (ARU) contracts at the end of the 2010 Investec Bank Super 14 season.
The 29-year-old recently approached ARU and CA Brumbies officials to discuss his future and felt after 10 seasons in the Australian jumper he wanted to explore other options.
The CA Brumbies have called for all members and supporters to join them at Griffith Oval for the sixth annual ActewAGL Meet the Players Day from 11am on Saturday (6 February).
Following tonight’s final pre-season match against the Waratahs at Viking Park, the CA Brumbies will return to their Griffith headquarters on Saturday for the four-hour supporters’ session.
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.
The CA Brumbies have announced their leadership group to guide the side through the 2010 Investec Bank Super 14 season.
Stephen Hoiles will again captain the side after taking over the reins from Stirling Mortlock for the 2009 season. He will be joined in the five-man leadership team by Stephen Moore, Mitchell Chapman, Justin Harrison and Matt Giteau, who returned to training this morning along with fellow Wallabies Rocky Elsom, Adam Ashley-Cooper and George Smith.
The CA Brumbies continue to walk the finals tightrope after claiming a bonus point from their 10-7 loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton tonight.
The CA Brumbies will hold onto the Rod Macqueen Cup for another year following their 52-13 win over the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium tonight.