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Spirit secure Finals berth in Canberra

Saturday October 8, 2016 by  

The Perth Spirit have secured a place in the 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship finals series with a 42-36 win over the Vikings in Canberra this afternoon.

The Perth side started on the defensive absorbing pressure in the early stages before fighting back to head into the half time break down 22-16.

The second half was a different story with the Spirit’s forward pack dominating the Vikings all over the park and putting on a clinic at scrum time to help the visitors come from behind for the win. Read more

Wallabies suffer narrow defeat in Pretoria

Sunday October 2, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have been held out by a desperate South Africa to suffer a narrow 18-10 defeat at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

In a tight defensive struggle, the boot of Morne Steyn proved the difference between the two sides as the veteran flyhalf piloted four penalty goals and two drop goals to register all of the home side’s points.

The Wallabies scored the lone try of the contest, to prop Scott Sio in the opening quarter of the match, but failed to keep the scoreboard ticking over and ultimately would fall frustratingly short of a maiden win at the notorious venue. Read more

2017 Super Rugby Draw Announced

Tuesday September 20, 2016 by  

After a global audience of more than 50 million viewers tuned in to watch the 2016 Super Rugby season and over two million fans attended the matches, the 2017 Super Rugby competition will kick off on Thursday February 23 when the Melbourne Rebels host the Auckland-based Blues at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

During the 17-round season, the five Australian Super Rugby teams – the Brumbies, NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds, Melbourne Rebels and Western Force – will each play six matches in the Australian conference and nine matches against teams in other conferences.

In the four-conference tournament structure, which follows the same 2016 format, each team will play 15 matches and have two byes. Read more

Wallabies earn hard fought victory against Argentina

Saturday September 17, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have defeated Argentina 36 to 20 in front of 16, 202 fans at nib Stadium in Perth on Saturday night with scrumhalf Will Genia scoring two tries for Australia in a man of the match performance.

The bonus point victory was built on defence as the Wallabies capitalised on their opportunities to record their 20th win over the Pumas in 26 meetings between the two nations.

The men in gold were able to improve again on their last start victory over the Springboks in Brisbane and will be buoyed for their return matches against South Africa and Argentina (in London) to close out their 2016 Rugby Championship campaign. Read more

Wallabies defeat South Africa in Brisbane thriller

Saturday September 10, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have emerged victorious in a tough encounter against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane tonight, retaining the Mandela Challenge Plate with a 23-17 victory.

In front of a crowd of 30,327, Australia and South Africa scored two tries apiece but the precise boot of Bernard Foley proved the difference with his 100% success rate from five opportunities.

In a game that was full of end-to-end Rugby, both sides were adventurous in attack with the Australian halves pairing of Will Genia and Quade Cooper in particular lighting up the field. Ultimately, it was the Wallabies committed defence that saw them hold on to the lead, as they halted South Africa on their line on several occasions and forced crucial turnovers. Read more

Wallabies go down fighting in Wellington

Saturday August 27, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have suffered back-to-back defeats to New Zealand after falling 29-9 in a heated battle at Westpac Stadium in Wellington tonight.

The men in gold came out with renewed energy and commitment following their record defeat in Sydney a week prior, matching the All Blacks physically through the opening exchanges.

In a fiery first half, the Wallabies set the tone with their defensive aggression and remained in the thick of the contest throughout the forty minutes despite conceding a double to New Zealand fullback Israel Dagg. Read more

Wallabies overpowered in Bledisloe opener

Saturday August 20, 2016 by  

The Wallabies have suffered a 42-8 defeat to a rampant New Zealand in The Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup opener in front of 65,328 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney tonight.

First half injuries to Matt Giteau (ankle), Matt Toomua (head) and Rob Horne (arm) depleted the home side, while the visitors looked slick from the opening whistle, running in four tries in the opening stanza to take an unassailable 32-3 lead into the break.

Crucially, all three players who left the field injured for the Wallabies – Giteau in the 10th minute, Toomua (30th) and Horne (39th) were all playing at inside centre at the time. Read more

Brumbies heartbreaking loss to Highlanders

Friday July 22, 2016 by  

A six-point loss to the Highlanders has ended the Brumbies’ Super Rugby season at GIO Stadium this evening.

A late and determined effort after the siren in front of 8559 screaming Brumbies fans wasn’t enough for the home side that went down 15-9 to the reigning champions.

In driving rain and strong winds, the first half was dominated by attempts at goal from both sides and it was the Highlanders’ Lima Sopoaga who opened the scoring with a penalty from directly in front.

The Brumbies scrum has been an impressive aspect of their game all year and it yielded two early penalties as a result. Christian Lealiifano missed his first attempt but made no mistake on the second from directly in front.

The Brumbies were slowly gaining the upper hand after 20 minutes and a bursting line break from Tevita Kuridrani put them in great position.

Yet another penalty was awarded to the home side and Lealiifano converted to give the Brumbies a 6-3 lead. Read more

Waratahs down Reds in slippery conditions

Sunday March 27, 2016 by  

The NSW Waratahs have beaten the Queensland Reds by 15-13 in a tough round five Super Rugby match played in wet and slippery conditions in Brisbane this afternoon.

The Tahs were tested early in the game, with the first ten minutes seeing back-to-back scrums. Both sides made attempts in attack but, despite conceding a lot of penalties, the Tahs remained constant in defence as the Reds looked to strike.

A run from Cadeyrn Neville looked promising before he was brought down by Zac Guildford. The Reds surged again through Jack Schatz who almost handed Rob Simmons a try until they were penalised. Read more

Brumbies finish South Africa trip with Cheetahs victory

Sunday March 27, 2016 by  

The Brumbies completed their three-week road trip with a hard fought 25-18 victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

It’s the first time the Brumbies have won in Bloemfontein since 2009, and the first victory Head Coach Stephen Larkham has ever been a part of in his 21 years of professional Rugby as either a player of coach.

Matt Toomua, Sam Carter and David Pocock were among the stars for the Brumbies while Ita Vaea marked his return from injury with a strong performance. Read more