BRUMBIES HOPE FORM SPARKS CANBERRA SUPPORT
There’s been plenty of talk about the future of Super Rugby, but the ACT Brumbies are letting their rugby do all the talking.
The clash against the Waratahs wasn’t a dazzling game of fast rugby and spectacular tries because of wet conditions.
But what it did show is that the Brumbies deserve to be in the competition and need some support in the capital to prove it to the rest of the rugby world.
Crowds have been down in the first two rounds because of games against the Durban Sharks and the Western Force.
There’s no excuse for fans not to turn up next weekend when they play the Otago Highlanders at Canberra Stadium. It’s time for Brumbies fans to stand tall and show the rest of Super Rugby that they actually care.
SPEIGHT’S SIZZLING FORM CONTINUES
Thank the rugby Gods for Henry Speight and Tevita Kuridrani. The flying Fijians look like they’re in the best form of their careers and it’s good news for the Brumbies.
Kuridrani scored the try to level the score in the first half and Speight scored a second-half double, including the match-winner, to kill off a Waratahs fightback.
Speight missed most of last year while he chased a Rio Olympic Games dream. But deep down he hated missing game time with the Brumbies.
He’s transferring that hunger into this year and he’s currently the best winger in n winger, without a doubt. It was fitting he forced a breakdown turnover in injury time to seal the win.
Kuridrani was dropped from the Wallabies’ starting side, but rather than sulk the “K-Train” is dominating at outside centre and is terrorising opposition defenders.
SUPER RUGBY UNCERTAINTY KILLING INTEREST
The Waratahs’ faithful turned up on Saturday night and a few made the trip from Canberra to Sydney, but there’s little doubt the ongoing Super Rugby saga is hurting n clubs.
Sure, it had been raining in Sydney all week and for most of the day before kick-off, but the Waratahs-Brumbies derby is one of the biggest games of the year.
It’s a shame Super Rugby officials have made an absolute meal of it. Not only was it the only time the arch rivals play this year, but the off-field drama took the shine off the contest.
The talk at Allianz Stadium was all about whether the rivalry will live on for another year as speculation swirls about the Brumbies’ future in the competition.
SANZAAR have remained silent on the issue of overhauling the competition and potentially axing one n team and two South African clubs.
It’s been a disastrous move for the game in the competitive n market.
BONGO GOES DOWN
The Brumbies will sweat on the injury report for hooker Josh Mann-Rea, who limped from the field in the 21st minute with a knee injury.
This year was supposed to be the biggest of his long and delayed career, but he faces a stint on the sideline after suspected meniscus damage.
It was hoped that Mann-Rea had just suffered a cork and if that’s the case, he could be fit to play the Otago Highlanders in Canberra next weekend.
But if he’s out for an extended period, it will test the Brumbies’ hooker depth. Robbie Abel has played just five games and the clash against NSW was his longest stint on the field.
The Brumbies haven’t used Saia Faingaa this season so far after he was granted leave after the death of his father, Saia Senior.
Saia returned to training last week and could be called on this week to play his first game for the Brumbies since 2008. Faingaa has plenty of experience but has had limited training time in Canberra.