Brumbies hang on for win over Hurricanes

The Brumbies got off to another great start this week against the Hurricanes. Seven minutes into the match Wilson passed to Mortlock for the first try of the match. He converted his own try.


In the first half the Brumbies didn’t appear to be missing two of their top players in Larkham and Giteau. Gene Fairbanks slotted in well at 10 and Joel Wilson at 12 passing to Mortlock for the try.


Mortlock was doubtful early on in the week with a shoulder injury but he appears to be over the injury. He did however miss an opportunity to give the Brumbies an extra 3 point lead in the 21st minute.


David Holwell scored the Hurricanes first points of the match after 30 minutes from a penalty as Adam Wallace-Harrison put in a high tackle.


George Gregan was awarded a try when the ref went upstairs. It has to be said that Mark lawrence had the best view of the try but felt that he had to go upstairs to check even though the try was scored a metre in front of him. Mortlock again missed the kick but this time it was from the corner.


In the first half the Brumbies dominated possession and this possession kept the powerful Hurricanes backline out of the game. A minute from half time George Smith gave away a crucial penalty for playing the ball on the ground and Holwell slotted the penalty to score some vital points for the Hurricanes before going in for half time.


Ten minutes into the second half Mortlock tackled Nonu and the tackle completely winded Mortlock causing the match to stop for a few minutes. Surprisingly Mortlock stayed on.


Holwell got a penalty and brought the Hurricanes within a converted try with 25 minutes to go. Mortlock then got another penalty to push the lead out to nine points again.


With 10 minutes to go Fa’atau got his luckiest try of the season as the ball bounced up and fell into his hands as he crossed the try line. Gopperth converted and this took the score to 18-16.


Sensing that they could lose the match after losing their 9 point buffer, the Brumbies stepped up the pace. This earned them a penalty and took the points difference to 5 points.


For the next six minutes both teams flexed their muscles at each other but it was the Hurricanes that ran out of time as the match ended when Gerrard kicked the ball out to stop the ferocious last minute Hurricanes attack.


Full time score Brumbies 21 Hurricanes 16


Scorers


Brumbies


Tries – Mortlock, Gregan , Conversions – Mortlock, Penalties – Mortlock 3



Hurricanes


Tries -Fa’atau, Conversions -Gopperth, Penalties- Holwell 3


Teams


Brumbies:


15 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 Clyde Rathbone, 13 Stirling Mortlock (c), 12 Joel Wilson, 11 Mark Gerrard, 10 Gene Fairbanks, 9 George Gregan, 8 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 7 George Smith, 6 Daniel Heenan, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Alister Campbell, 3 Nic Henderson, 2 Jeremy Paul, 1 Bill Young.


Reserves: 16 James McCormack, 17 Guy Shepherdson, 18 Radike Samo, 19 Julian Salvi, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Peter Owens, 22 Ben Batger.


Hurricanes:


15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Lome Fa’atau, 13 Ma’a Nonu, 12 Tana Umaga, 11 Shannon Paku, 10 David Holwell, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Rodney So’oialo (c), 7 Chris Masoe, 6 Jerry Collins, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Paul Tito, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 John Schwalger.


Reserves: 16 Luke Mahoney, 17 Joe McDonnell, 18 Luke Andrews, 19 Thomas Waldrom, 20 Brendan Haami, 21 Jimmy Gopperth, 22 Tamati Ellison.

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