30 Jun Brumbies beat ‘Canes, score 1000th try in Canberra Classic
The Plus500 Brumbies have beaten the Hurricanes at GIO Stadium with an impressive performance, ending the game with a 24-12 score line.
Despite being down 12-5 at the break, the Brumbies were largely the better side and fired in the second period scoring three tries to claim a famous win.
The game got started quickly with the Hurricanes winning the ball back after the kick and forcing the Brumbies back into their redzone. A Brumbies line-out became a quick reminder to get started as Hurricanes TJ Perenara darted forward to intercept a long pass and draw first blood. Jordan Barrett converted to give the visitors a full 7-point lead within the first five minutes.
The Brumbies heard the message and immediately pushed forward to the Hurricanes end zone and began to probe the defence. Moments later, the ball quickly made its way to the far side of the field where Kyle Godwin found the end of the trail and burst through to score in the corner. Christian Lealiifano couldn’t quite find the angle but the team took heart from claiming their own points.
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Brumbies defeat Hurricanes 24-12#BRUMBIESTOGETHER
Posted by Brumbies Rugby on Saturday, 30 June 2018
The Hurricanes returned the pressure putting the pressure on down the right-hand side where Julian Savea found some space and despite Joe Powell’s best efforts, found the touch line and stretched their lead another five points after Barrett couldn’t replicate his earlier kick.
The Brumbies had their work cut out for them and gave it their all with Rory Arnold making a tantalising run down the middle but a fumble from a hurried pass meant a turnover and they found themselves back on their heels soon. Despite the threatening presence of the New Zealand based squad, the Brumbies defence held firm and repelled the visitors a number of times.
The Brumbies made a very convincing push with five minutes left in the half but after referring to the TMO, referee Nick Briant decided it was a knock on, the Hurricanes made their way up the field to end the half leading 12-5.
The Brumbies came out strong and before 2 minutes were up, Folau Faingaa burst through the maul to score the Brumbies 1000th try. Christian Lealiifano found his touch and converted the try to bring the score level at 12 all. Hurricanes did their best to respond but some first-class defence from the Brumbies put the player into touch before the ball was down.
Andy Muirhead made a powerful run down the line followed by Powell’s quick thinking to kick long saw fans on their feet, but they were defeated meters from the line where they couldn’t pick it up. The Hurricanes forced their way back up the field but were held out successfully by the home side.
Another Muirhead break puts the Brumbies right in front of the line only to see another hurried pass dropped in attack. Moments later however, a penalty in the tackle gives the Brumbies the ball back and the giant Rory Arnold smashed through the defence to land the teams third try of the night. Lealiifano struggled to find the space between the posts, but the home side were now in the lead.
After the kick off, a dangerous tackle from Blade Thompson saw the Hurricanes down to 14 men and the Brumbies surged forward. With a line-out 5 meters from the line, the boys in Blue and White tried their luck with a short throw only to lose the ball into touch.
A great kick from Henry Speight saw the ball make it back into the Hurricanes redzone and then, after winning the ball back the Brumbies started turning on the pressure on. After a set-back put the Brumbies back at the half-way line, Godwin broke the Hurricanes ranks and made an impressive kick that he then collected and slide over the line but unfortunately failed to score after losing the ball at the last second.
Muirhead took another run after receiving the ball from a fresh Matt Lucas and found his way all the way to the line only to be held up. Brumbies win a penalty and after a scrum on the 5-meter line combined with a long pass out wide, Muirhead finally gets his try and lands one in the corner. Lucas takes the kick and slots it through to give the home side a 12-point lead.
The Brumbies take home a momentous win for the team against the Hurricanes with a 24-12 win and their 1000th try in club history.
Plus500 Brumbies (5) 24 (T: Godwin, Faingaa, Rory Arnold, Muirhead C: Lealiifano, Lucas)
Hurricanes (12) 12 (T: Perenara, Savea C: Barrett)
1. Scott SIO (17. Nic MAYHEW 16’), 2. Folau FAINGAA (16. Connal MCINERNEY 77’), 3. Ben ALEXANDER (18. Leslie LEULUAIALII-MAKIN 50’), 4. Rory ARNOLD (19. Richie ARNOLD 68’), 5. Blake ENEVER, 6. Tom CUSACK, 7. David POCOCK, 8. Isi NAISARANI, 9. Joe POWELL (21. Matt LUCAS 68’), 10. Christian LEALIIFANO, 11. Andy MUIRHEAD, 12. Kyle GODWIN (22. Wharenui HAWERA 77’), 13. Tevita KURIDRANI, 14. Henry SPEIGHT (23. Lausii TALIAULI 77’), 15. Tom BANKS
Replacements not used: 20. Darcy SWAIN