The Brumbies are celebrating a 17-0 smashing of the French Top 14 champions, USA Perpignan at the Stade Aimé Giral!
(Note how the French don’t sell the names of their major cultural venues, built with public funds, to whatever corporate interest wants to hand over a pittance in exchange for cultural relevance?)
- The win was built on an improved physical display and a phenomenal defensive performance with the visitors holding the seven-times French premiers at bay throughout the match.
Leading 10-0 at half time, the CA Brumbies were forced to defend their own line for the first 20 minutes of the second term, continually repelling wave after wave of French pick-and-drive of up to nine phases at a time. The defensive achievement was all the more impressive with the side forced to do so with only 14 men after scrumhalf Josh Valentine was sidelined with a yellow card for an early scuffle.
CA Brumbies coach Tony Rea was proud of his side’s ability to scramble in defence and said the CA Brumbies showed their true mettle against the French champions.
Injuries to Alfi Mafi and the worryingly breakable Noodles Kimlin. The next and final game on the tour is against Toulon on Thursday.