Brumbies lose historic match

This was a live match update.

 

The Bulls have a mammoth task ahead of them when they travel to Canberra to meet the Brumbies. For the Bulls, the battle is within, as they attempt to learn the winning habit overseas, having only ever won two games in Australia since the inaugural Super 12.

The Bulls started the game on fire. Before the first minute was over the Bulls were ahead.

 

Derick Hougaard at 46 metres out surprised everyone by kicking a drop goal. The Bulls are astill pressing hard but the Brumbies defence is holding strong.

 

Hougaard slotted a penalty to put the Bulls another three points ahead.

 

The Brumbies are struggling to find their rythmn in this match and  Mark Chisholm is the only Brumbie to have come close to scoring.

 

The Brumbies gave away another penalty and Hougaard slotted it taking the Bulls score to 9-0.

 

The Brumbies are playing into the Bulls hand giving away penalty after penalty and Hougaard is keeping the Bulls in charge.

 

Another penalty to the Bulls sees the Bulls opt for the lineout where Pedrie Wannenburg drives over the line for the first try of the match which Hougaard kicked.

 

The Brumbies found some form and sent the ball out to Gerrard but an ankle tap saved the try.

 

George Gregan took a quick tap penalty and the Bulls Gurthro Steenkamp saves the try with an illegal high tackle but gets a warning.

 

As the siren sounds the Brumbies dive for the line but are short.

 

The score at half time was Brumbies 0 Bulls 19.

 

At the start of the second half the Brumbies managed to hold on to the ball and this resulted in Fairbanks diving over the line to score the Brumbies first points. Huxley converted.

 

The Bulls had a player in the bin after the Brumbies scored their try but the Brumbies failed to benefit from the numbers advantage. 

 

Hougaard came (very) close to scoring a try which would have put him on a fullhouse for the match but the ref upstairs said no.

 

The Brumbies had their best session so far putting together 16 phases but the Bulls defence held strong.

 

The Brumbies are pressing hard but the Bulls defence has been outstanding. Strangely the Bulls have missed 35 tackles so far in this match but the Brmbies have only made 4 line breaks.

 

The last time a South African team won in Canberra was 1998.

 

Full report to follow.

 

Full time score Brumbies 7 Bulls 19

 

Scorers.

 

Brumbies –
Try – Gene Fairbanks
Conversion – Huxley.

Bulls
Tries – Pedrie Wannenburg
Drop goal – Hougaard.
Penalty – Hougaard (3)
Conversion – Hougaard

 

Teams:


Brumbies: 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 Clyde Rathbone, 13 Matt Carraro, 12 Gene Fairbanks, 11 Mark Gerrard, 10 Julian Huxley, 9 George Gregan, 8 Stephen Hoiles, 7 George Smith (c), 6 Jone Tawake, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Jeremy Paul, 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Guy Shepherdson, 18 Richard Stanford, 19 Julian Salvi, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Francis Fainifo, 22 Peter Playford.


Bulls: 15 Johan Roets, 14 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 13 JP Nel, 12 Wayne Julies, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Derick Hougaard, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pedrie Wannenburg, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Danie Rossouw, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Danie T

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