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By johnboy - 28 April 2007 29

It was ugly but it was GOOD.

Saying goodbye to local legends George Gregan and Steve Larkham as well as the amazing Jeremy Paul the Brumbies went straight up the guts and smashed the previously impervious Canterbury Crusaders through the forwards.

Their were two black spots in the night, one was the lack of tries, and the other was Jon Stanhope, while unveiling the “Gregan-Larkham”stand, expressing what an ornament to the game of Rugby League they had been. When the crowd started booing he explained it showed “where I come from”. Some might take this to mean “go to hell I hate you”. Not only was it Our Brave Leader’s first Brumbies game but he also put out a media release.

Keo has an impartial take on the match.

There may not have been a try scored in Canberra but this was a game of near-Test match intensity — not surprising if you consider six of the 30 starting players had more than 100 Super Rugby caps.

The Crusaders weren’t at their best, losing seven line-outs and often struggling at scrum time. The Brumbies also blew several scoring opportunities, most memorably when Stirling Mortlock knocked on late in the game with an open tryline in front of him. However, despite the high error rate it remained an absorbing contest.

Big thanks to Mick for taking up my offer of a free ticket. Brumbies management should note that the most vocal crowd of many years coincided with my return to the members section. Sort out my seat and some free beer and it’ll be just like the good old days.

[One of seven lineout wins against the throw!]

Even at 30 minutes to kickoff the queuing just to get in was significant:

Before kickoff the ‘Saders drilled their scrum hard, for all the good it did the hapless pygmies.

For all the good it did them, the Brumbies backs dominated the pre match. There might be a lesson here.

We couldn’t see the sign from where we sat, but here’s what they’ve put on the roof of the smaller covered area while the violent Queenslander (in my opinion) holds the big stand.

Bumbies walk on

We were very worried about doing firework celebration before the game.

We really stuck it up the champs in the scrums

At half time the Navy flew a Seahawk into the stadium to lash us with rain driven into our faces and impress us wit the awesome power with which they could make spectators miserable on a cold wet night. We weren’t sure if the light on the rotors was St Elmo’s fire or just light on water.

And after the game it came to goodbyes

Larkham gets lifted

What’s Your opinion?

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29 Responses to
Mess 2:38 pm 29 Apr 07

Oh yeah i meant to ask, what time were those photos of the line up outside taken?

Mess 2:37 pm 29 Apr 07

Two incidents in a long and glorious career is enough to label him little better than a thug? But your right, you have your opinions and i have mine which is basically what makes this website so damn entertaining.

johnboy 2:14 pm 29 Apr 07

And the attack on a prone Michael O’Connor in State of Origin?

In any event, we are entitled to our opinions.

Mal was a truly great rugby league player, I’ll give you that.

Mess 2:01 pm 29 Apr 07

Innocent untill proven guilty. and he was provoked anyway.

Hasdrubahl 1:52 pm 29 Apr 07

In other words, we want the Force to beat the Blues (c’mon Gits, for old times sake…), and the Saders to beat the Chiefs (both matches on Friday).
Forget about the rest. If we then beat the Highlanders we’ll be in the semis I reckon.

Hasdrubahl 1:42 pm 29 Apr 07

No way will the Bulls lose to the Reds in Pretoria next week – big problem for us.
Crusaders should beat Chiefs – good for us.
Sharks unlikely to lose to Stormers, even though it’s in Cape Town – not good for us.
Force could well beat Blues in Perth – good for us.
Whole thing is on a knife-edge, and of course this is all posited on us beating the Highlanders which I don’t think we’ve done before in the House of Pain…

johnboy 12:04 pm 29 Apr 07

Interesting to see that you have labelled Mal Meninga, one of the greatest players ever to play Rugby League and one of the finest ever to wear the lime green, a “violent queenslander”

Seems totally appropriate to me.

I bet even Big Mal would agree he’s rather relieved the security tape from PJs in Tuggers went missing before his assault trial.

che 11:48 am 29 Apr 07

I’m glad the Crusaders stayed for the post match send offs too, great game

Genie 10:59 am 29 Apr 07

Hmm again unhappy about the whole Canberra footy.. The Brumbies dont even refer to themselves at the ACT Brumbies anymore!!

Where’s the story about the Canberra Raiders going back to haunt ex-coach Matt Elliot by flogging the Panthers 34-18 ???

swissbignose 9:28 am 29 Apr 07


Okay… now that I’ve got your attention. This could be possible if the Sharks, Bulls, and Blues lose next week, the Brumbies get a bonus point, and the Sharks don’t, and the For and Against is in our favour. Long shot, I know.

So… the scenarios for next week. These results are predicated on the Brumbies winning (without or without the bonus point). The asterix against the placing indicates that the placing could be different depending on the Brumbies scoring a bonus point and other teams not getting a bonus point. In the case that Brumbies get a favourable bonus point, the placings would move up.

Blues lose 4th on the ladder
Blues, Bulls lose 3rd
Blues, Bulls, Sharks lose 3rd*
Blues, Sharks lose 4th*
Bulls lose 4th
Bulls, Sharks lose 4th*
Crusaders lose 6th
Crusaders, Blues lose 5th*
Crusaders, Blues, Bulls lose 4th*
Crusaders, Bulls lose 5th*
Crusaders, Bulls, Sharks lose 5th*
Crusaders, Sharks lose 6th*
Crusaders, Sharks, Blues lose 5th*
Crusaders, Sharks, Blues, Bulls lose 4th*

Obviously, this is all dependent on the Brumbies winning, and in all likeliness, the Blues are my favourites to lose, so that we can meet the Crusaders in Christchurch. We don’t want the Crusaders to be beaten by the Chiefs unless the Blues and Bulls lose as well.

We’ll know whether they’ve lost and the Crusaders have won before starting our game against the Highlanders.

Mick 4:12 am 29 Apr 07

Thanks for tick! It was a gutsy solid game. We withheld them for the first half of the first half and then pushed and pushed for a strong win.

Most exciting tryless game I have seen for a while!

Mess 2:22 am 29 Apr 07

Interesting to see that you have labelled Mal Meninga, one of the greatest players ever to play Rugby League and one of the finest ever to wear the lime green, a “violent queenslander”

Nik_the_Pig 11:08 pm 28 Apr 07

I’d be quite happy if the Sharks drop a game tonight! What we all need to be doing is backing the Force next weekend.

Hasdrubahl 10:55 pm 28 Apr 07

Terrific game and wonderful that the crowd got right in behind the boys.
Speeches at the end were gracious too: Bernie, JP telling us how much they love their wives etc.
We’re still in 6th spot, need the Bulls & Sharks to drop a game next week!

VicePope 10:42 pm 28 Apr 07

It was an epic and wonderful game, proving that rugby is not just about scoring tries. The farewells were a sad moment, but I was pleased to see the Crusaders stay on the field while they happened. Quality act from a quality team.

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