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Efficient Brumbies wear Reds down in opener

Man of the match Jesse Mogg scored two tries and 16 of the Brumbies 24 points

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Article Published: Saturday 16 February 2013|

The Brumbies kicked off their 2013 Super Rugby season by beating the Queensland Reds 24-6 in Canberra on Saturday.

2011 and 2012's Australian Conference winners the Reds failed to earn any points in the standings from the match which puts them on the bottom of the conference.

Brumbies fullback Jessie Mogg scored the only tries of the match in which both teams struggled with their kickers in front of the 17,058 strong crowd.

The match struggled to gain any momentum and was no advert for the start of the Super Rugby season as referee Andrew Lees refused to let the game flow.

The match was dominated by penalties, rugged defence and il discipline rather than the free flowing and exciting rugby fans were expecting.

The Brumbies made a poor start by conceding three penalties in the first five minutes but the normally reliable kicker Mike Harris was only able to score on one of his attempts.

The Brumbies early nerves were eased when they put in a grubber kick and fullback Jesse Mogg beat Reds winger Digby Ioane in a foot race for the ball and scored the opening try.

The Reds took the lead back however when Harris kicked his second penalty in the 24th minute which turned out to be the last time the Reds scored.

While Harris was struggling to kick his penalty kicks Brumbies flyhalf Christian Lealiifano was also suffering the same trouble.

Just before half time the Brumbies changed kicker and Nic White put the home side back into the lead at 8-6.

In the second half Mogg alternated the kicking duties with White and Lealiifano as the Brumbies used White for their long range penalties.

Mogg landed two early penalties early in the second half and then White added his second from near the half way line with six minutes remaining.

As the match drew to a close Quade Cooper attempted to make something out of nothing and swung a pass out to his winger Dom Shipperley but Mogg intercepted and raced away to score his second try and seal the victory.

Final Score Brumbies 24 (8) Reds 6 (6)


Tries - J Mogg 2
Pen - N. White 2, J Mogg 2
Con - I Prior
Drop -
Cards -

Tries -
Pen - M Harris 2
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1:James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2:Ian Smith
TMO : Matt Goddard



1. Ben Alexander,2. Stephen Moore,3. Dan Palmer,4. Scott Fardy,5. Sam Carter,6. Peter Kimlin,7. David Pocock,8. Ben Mowen,9. Nic White,10. Matt Toomua,11. Clyde Rathbone,12. Christian Lealiifano,13. Andrew Smith,14. Henry Speight,15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements :16. Siliva Siliva,17. Ruaidhri Murphy,18. Colby Faingaa ,19. Fotu Auelua,20. Ian Prior,21. Joseph Tomane,22. Robbie Coleman


1. Greg Holmes, 2. Saia Faingaa , 3. James Slipper (c), 4. Adam Wallace-Harrison, 5. Rob Simmons, 6. Eddie Quirk, 7. Liam Gill, 8. Jake Schatz, 9. Ben Lucas, 10. Quade Cooper, 11. Digby Ioane, 12. Ben Tapuai (vc), 13. Aidan Toua, 14. Dom Shipperley, 15. Mike Harris

Replacements : 16. Albert Anae,17. James Hanson,18. Ed O'Donoghue,19. Jarrad Butler,20. Nick Frisby,21. Jono Lance,22. Chris F'Sautia

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