Brumbies beat Cheetahs in Canberra



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The Brumbies win over 80 per cent of their matches at home.

On Thursday morning Cheetahs captain Juan Smith was forced to withdraw after the loss of his father which will have an effect on the team even though Smith has missed the last couple of matches.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.


The match is underway.


1.00: Brumbies make a composed start.


2.00: Cheetahs win the first line out but as they swing the ball out to the line and they knock on.


5.00: The Brumbies give away a penalty at the scrum so Naas Olivier takes the kick for posts and nails it.


8.00: The Brumbies go forward and catch the Cheetahs offside. Instead of kicking for posts they run the ball.


9.00: Kabamba Floors is caught offside as the Brumbies press for the try. Moore comes close. Hoiles goes again and gets the ball down. We go upstairs. No reason can be given “not to award the try” so it is given.


9.00: Matt Giteau bangs over the conversion.


14.00: McCabe impresses under a high ball with pressure from Nokwe- he gets the ball out and the Brumbies run the ball. Giteau snipes but gets caught. Brumbies get a penalty.


15.00: The Brumbies are desperate to get the four try bonus point as they run the ball at every opportunity. They string together 6 phases but the Cheetahs turn it over and kick upfield.


17.00: Referee Bryce Lawrence has had enough of constant offsides so Barend Pieterse is shown a yellow card. (7-3)


18.00: The Brumbies run the ball again and somehow the Cheetahs keep them out.


20.00: Brumbies have had 82 per cent of the possession but knocks on and hadling errors are letting them down. This time it’s Matt Giteau.


23.00: It’s pretty much all the Brumbies picking away at the Cheetahs. They keep getting close but just coming short. 83 per cent possession.


24.00:Tyrone Smith is struggling with an injury and gets some attention.


27.00: The Brumbies run the ball in the corner and come close to scoring but yet again they slip and the try goes begging. The Cheetahs turn the ball over and Nokwe runs away but there was a forward pass so he is called back.


28.00: There is some confusion at the back of the scrum after the Cheetahs go too early and Patrick Phibbs sells them a dummy and he darts off the other way and scores. Giteau adds the conversion.


29.00; Cheetahs have missed 28 tackles so far so the Brumbies should be much further ahead.


33.00: The Cheetahs give away a penalty at the scrum so this time the Brumbies kick for touch.


35.00: The Brumbies edge forward as they go through the phases but as they get to nine phases they knock on.


36.00: Another scrum penalty to the Brumbies.


37.00: They run the ball and Tyrone Smith goes over for the Brumbies third try after Matt Giteau sucked in three defender and passed to Smith.


38.00:Giteau adds the conversion. Kabamba Floors gets called out for tackling a player in the air. He gets a warning.


It’s half time.


The half time score was Brumbies 21 Cheetahs 3


The second half is underway.


42.00: The Brumbies get almost the perfect start as they show some good hands and Rocky Elsom scores in the corner. Thats the Brumbies first four try bonus point for the season.


43.00:Matt Giteau curls the conversion in.


45.00: Sarel Pretorius who has just come on to the field appears in support after Strauss makes a break and Pretorius scores the first try for the Cheetahs. The conversion is missed.


49.00: The Brumbies swing the ball out again and Ashley-Cooper comes close but they recycle and then Ben Alexander goes over. We go upstairs and the try is awarded.


50.00: Matt Giteau takes the kick and nails it in from the touchline beautifully.


55.00: The Cheetahs are running well at the Brumbies however they don’t roll away and they give away a penalty which the Brumbeis take quickly. Edmonds has a run but the ball is lost forward.


56.00: As the Brumbies get another penalty Ashley-Cooper gets the ball and dives over for the sixth try.  


57.00: Matt Giteau takes the conversion and nails it.


60.00: Cheetahs come close to the Brumbies tryline after a Pretorius break. Floors goes at the line but is stopped. They go wide but Bosman loses the ball in a tackle by Huxley.


61.00: There is no giving up by the Cheetahs and this time Adriaan Strauss drives over and scores.


62.00: Riaan Viljoen adds the conversion.


65.00: The Brumbies are still picking away at the Cheetahs.


68.00: Brumbies set up their attack in the Cheetahs half. They run the ball into the 25 and recycle knock on.


70.00: Rocky Elsom starts a set piece move after a line out which sets up Toomua who found a big hole and scores next to the posts.


72.00: Julian Huxley adds the conversion.


75.00: Huxley puts the ball into the corner with a beauty of a kick setting up a line out.


76.00: The Cheetahs get some good attacking ball but as they get over the half way line they knock on and the Brumbies counter attack. Kambamba Floors is sent to the bin after a lifting tackle.


77.00: The Brumbies set up a maul after the penalty. They drive over the line and it’s Ben Alexander who gets over for his second try ! Ity’s the Brumbies eighth try.


78.00: Huxley misses the conversion.


80.00: From the restart the Brumbies try the chop kick and Alfi Mafi chases and regathers and scores the ninth Brumbies try.


81.00: Huxley converts the try and the siren sounds.



The final score is Brumbies 61 Cheetahs 15


Tries – S. Hoiles, P. Phibbs , T Smith , R Elsom, B. Alexander 2, A. Ashley-Cooper, M Toomua, AMafi  
Pen –
Con – Matt Giteau 6, J Huxley 2
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – S. Pretorius, A. Strauss
Pen – N. Olivier
Con – R. Viljoen
Drop –
Cards – Barend Pieterse (17) Yellow, Kambamba Floors (76) Yellow

Match Officials
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Steve Walsh (Australia), Angus Gardiner (Australia)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)


Brumbies – 15 Julian Huxley, 14 Pat Mccabe, 13 Tyrone Smith, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Patrick Phibbs, 8 Stephen Hoiles (c), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Mitchell Chapman, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.

Reserves: 16 Huia Edmonds, 17 Guy Shepherdson, 18 Mark Chisholm, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20 James Stannard, 21 Ed Stubbs, 22 Alfi Mafi.

Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Wilmaure Louw, 13 Corne Uys, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Kabamba Floors, 7 Juan Smith (c), 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Walti Vermeulen, 4 Barend Pieterse, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.

Reserves: 16 Wian du Preez, 17 Ryno Barnes, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Riaan Viljoen, 22 Robert Ebersohn.

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