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The Brumbies had their first match at home in Canberra on Friday and the 19,059 crowd loved it. The Brumbies showed their form of old with fluency and pace.


They outscored the Cats in tries by three tries to one and the final score was 28 – 7 thanks to a late score from the Cats Rose.


The Brumbies Mark Gerrard has a great first half scoring a magnificent try created initially by Matt Giteau who chipped the ball down the line and Gerrard showed his football skills by keeping the ball in and picking the ball up to score under the posts.


Giteau converted the try. Minutes later Larkham passed the ball to Mortlock who ran through the Cats defence untouched.


In the second half the cats won the half 7 points to 3 but it was not nearly as entertaining as the first. Filled with scrappy ball and poor handling from both sides the teams battled on and the Brumbies tried as hard as they could to get the fourth try for a bonus point.


In the second half it was all Brumbies attack but it was ironically the Cats who scored the try in the 80th minute through a poor pass in their attack. Earl Rose picked up the ball and outpaced the Brumbies to get the Cats only try and then convert his own try.


The result was a good victory for the Brumbies but disappointingly they simply could not get the fourth try. A few close calls and TV ref decisions is testament to the Cats defence Given their outstanding defence it is surprising that the Cats missed 40 tackles to the Brumbies 12.


The Cats need to get Andre Pretorius back from injury and the Brumbies are looking good for at least a semi final spot having only conceded two tries all season.


Next week the Brumbies meet the Sharks in Canberra.


Final Score – Brumbies 28 Cats 7


Scorers


Brumbies


Tries
Ashley Cooper
Mortlock
Gerrard


Conversions
Giteau
Gerrard


Penalties
Gerrard 3



Cats


Tries
Rose


Conversions
Rose


Teams


Brumbies: 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 Clyde Rathbone, 13 Stirling Mortlock, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Mark Gerrard, 10 Stephen Larkham, 9 George Gregan, 8 Jone Tawake, 7 George Smith, 6 Daniel Heenan, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Alister Campbell, 3 Guy Shepherdson, 2 James McCormack, 1 Bill Young.


Reserves: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Nic Henderson, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Gene Fairbanks, 22 Joel Wilson.


Cats: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Wylie Human, 13 Grant Esterhuizen, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Jaque Fourie, 10 Tiaan Snyman, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Wikus van Heerden (c),6 Gerhard Vosloo, 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Trevor Hall, 3 Daniel Muller, 2 Lukas van Biljon, 1 Pietman van Niekerk


Reserves: 16 Delarey du Preez, 17 Lawrence Sephaka, 18 Kleinjan Tromp, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Wayne Julies, 22 Jorrie Muller.

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