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.
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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.