Brumbies Trial against the Hurricanes

johnboy 11 February 2011 4

Last night was the little publicised trial match for the Brumbies against the Wellington Hurricanes, a side bristling with All Blacks and stupid colours boots.

The publicity didn’t matter, if there had been many more people there it would have become uncomfortable.

On a balmy evening it was great to sit on the grass, partake of $4 boags, and assess the 2011 vintage of the Brumbies.

Playing out a 21-21 three try apiece draw made for an entertaining enough match.

It’s also worth noting that trial form should never be over-estimated. They’d be mad to use their best set piece moves before there are competition points on the table.

But while the Brumbies are promising to attack more this year they still seemed to lack the guile to create overlaps.

Matt Giteau ran at the line too much for a fly-half in my opinion, although it was great to see him cut loose a few times, but even then he rarely linked up with supports before going down in the tackle.

The service from half back also seems stodgy. with a bit of luck they’re foxing and we’ll see a different side when the season starts.

For those who haven’t been to Viking Park in Erindale here’s a slideshow of the evening. At $10 a ticket and with reasonably priced food and drink it’s not a bad way to spend an evening at all.

RugbyHeaven have a write up of the match.

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4 Responses to Brumbies Trial against the Hurricanes
mutley mutley 9:47 am 13 Feb 11

Pokies build pretty nice facilities, don’t they?

sid sid 12:36 pm 11 Feb 11

You can’t go wrong with $10 entry and $4 beers. Almost makes you reminisce about the good old days when you could get a ticket to a Brumbies match and have a few beers at Bruce Stadium for a lobster.

tortfeaser tortfeaser 12:08 pm 11 Feb 11

Always one of the highlights of the sporting year for mine, a warm night, sun setting over the Brindabellas behind the stand, cold beer, friendly knowledgeable crowd, gelato.

Nonu was awesome. Brumbies couldn’t clear the ball for quids with Vito doing sterling work. Couldn’t blame the halfback then, but could for stupid decisions to box kick for no result.

Kerryhemsley Kerryhemsley 11:55 am 11 Feb 11

Wrong side of town for me.

Good to see the Brumbies improving after previous trial results.

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