Super Rugby talking points: How did it go so, so wrong for the ACT Brumbies against Hurricanes

Super Rugby talking points: How did it go so, so wrong for the ACT Brumbies against Hurricanes

HOW DID THAT GO SO, SO WRONG?Three tries in seven minutes. A seven-point lead at half-time. How did that turn into a 35 point defeat? That’s the question Brumbies players and their fans will be asking themselves while their heads still spin on Saturday morning. The Brumbies put themselves in a position to break a seven-game losing streak in New Zealand and end the Kiwi’s dominance against Australian teams. They led 21-14 at half-time after some scintillating attacking play gave them a surprise lead. But the Hurricanes turned on the afterburners after the break and scored 42 unanswered points. How? Beauden Barrett brilliance combined with the Brumbies running out of steam after a high-octane 50 minutes. The killer blow came when Wharenui Hawera was sent to the sin bin at the start of the second half and while he was off the field, the Hurricanes snatched the lead and never surrendered it. 

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HOLDING THE BALL IS GOLDENHow good is it when the Brumbies hold on to the ball and take some risks? For too long they’ve played safety first, but Stephen Larkham has given the players a licence to take a chance. They will ultimately live and die by that approach. But they will also win plenty of admirers for actually having a crack in a game that can be stodgy and boring. The Brumbies’ ran from inside their own 22 metre zone and their third try was a contender for the best of the season so far. It went through 10 sets of hands and they chose not to kick even when they looked in trouble. There will be times when it backfires. But that’s the type of rugby that will bring the crowds back. There were over-the-shoulder passes, flick passes, no-look passes, normal passes. Five of those passes were one-handed and it worked for Joe Powell to score an absolute ripper. If the Brumbies are going to lose, fans just want to see them have a crack.
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