13 June 2012

Brumbies disappoint against Wales

| johnboy
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Foxsports have a report on the Brumbies’ 25-15 loss to Wales last night.

It brings the historical tally between the Australian Capital Territory and the Principality of Wales to 2 games each, which is still something to be proud of.

The heroes of 1978 were there and many from 1996, but by half time the home side was being booed by the 7,000 faithful fans who’d braved the cold.

It wasn’t because Peter Kimlin kept dropping the ball, and it wasn’t because Heggarty kept throwing skewed balls into the lineout. Failings of execution were forgivable from a young side stripped of their stars for Wallabies duty.

The crowd booed because the visiting Welsh were playing for tries and we kept kicking for penalties.

Having warmed us up with footage of yesteryear’s Brumbies playing for tries the game plan on display was particularly disappointing.

When they butchered a five man overlap in a very rare attempt to pass the ball wider than inside centre it was all we needed to see.

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They were very poor in the first half, Vaea especially. But then it looked like it might be 1978 all over again when the boys came out a different team in the second half. Like Duffbowl, I think the turning point was when the Brumbies elected to take a shot at 12-19. They threw way all of their momentum at that point. Credit to the Welsh defence though in not allowing their line to be breached.

It was bloody disappointing to see the Brumbies get within good attacking range of the try line, then nominate to kick when given a penalty.

Other than that, the play was generally enjoyable, the ref was fair and consistent (although the line out throws continue to irk), and it was hard to get genuinely worked up by the Welsh who played a game closer to the rules and spirit than our usual opponents. Sadly, this left me with little to mock the opposition about, to the point where the security guard who is stationed near me pointed out that I was being unusually quiet and was everything okay.

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