Sunday March 27, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
The Highlanders have ended the Melbourne Rebels winning streak with a 27-3 victory at AAMI Park, Melbourne, on Saturday night.
The defending champions capitalised on Rebels mistakes in wet and slippery conditions to end the hosts two-game winning streak.
The Highlanders converted early first-half possession and territory into three points when Lima Sopoaga broke the deadlock after 20 minutes with a penalty from distance. Read more
The Western Force have disappointingly gone down to the Chiefs 53-10 at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton this evening.
After a tight first half with the Force heading into the sheds just two points down, the Chiefs came out and scored 41 unanswered points in the second half. The loss in Hamilton now leaves the Force 0-2 in New Zealand with the team heading to Dunedin next week to take on last year’s champions the Highlanders.
Western Force captain Matt Hodgson was bitterly disappointed with the performance and says the team needs to play 80 minutes of rugby. Read more
The Queensland Reds have rediscovered direct, running Rugby but failed to close out the game in a 25-25 draw against Auckland’s Blues at Suncorp Stadium.
After averaging just a try a game in their first three Super Rugby outings, the Reds scored three pearlers only to be denied at the death by a desperate comeback from the Aucklanders.
Queensland should be proud of its effort for 79 minutes, combining scrambling defence with hard, straight running lines to hold the whip hand over the Blues. Read more
The Melbourne Rebels have claimed a bonus-point victory, and the Ganbatte Trophy, with a 35-9 win over the Sunwolves at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday.
Second-half tries from Ben Meehan, Tom English and acting captain Sean McMahon, complemented by solid defence, set up the Rebels third win of the season to remain second in the Australian Conference.
In wet, slippy and cold conditions, the hosts struck first when fly-half Tusi Pisi opened the scoring after two minutes with a penalty from 40 metres out. Read more
The NSW Waratahs have gone down 30 points to 26 against the Highlanders in tonight’s round four Super Rugby match at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
The Waratahs fought back from 30 points down to score four unanswered tries, with replacement, Jed Holloway scoring a stunning hat-trick in what was his first Super Rugby points.
The Waratahs struggled to execute their plays in the first half of the game before a phenomenal final 20 minutes saw them almost do the unthinkable and snatch the victory. Read more
The Western Force have gone down to the Hurricanes 41-6 at Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North tonight.
The Force were in the contest for the first 50-minutes of the game trailing 10-6 before the floodgates opened, missed opportunities came back to bite the Western Australians as the Hurricanes ran in five second half tries.
Force skipper Matt Hodgson said the side’s inability to capitalise on opportunities against a quality Hurricanes outfit was their undoing. Read more
Saturday March 12, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Melbourne Rebels celebrated their return home with a hard fought 25-23 victory over the Queensland Reds at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
After opening their Asteron Life Super Rugby season with back-to-back games on the road, the Rebels bravely defended their line in the dying minutes to hold off the fast-finishing Reds and claim a second victory of the season.
Outside centre Sione Tuipulotu made history by becoming the first Melbourne born and bred player to play for the Rebels after the late withdrawal of Tamati Ellison. Read more
Friday March 11, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Brumbies started the match with strong field position. Two minutes in Christian Lealiifano slotted a penalty goal from 30 metres out to give the visitors a three-nil lead.
The Brumbies almost had the first try of the match in the fifth minute, Joe Tomane came within a whisker of the first try before being pulled down short of the line. After some strong phase play just metres out, the brumbies dropped a golden chance centimetres from the line.
The Force held on bravely, camped deep in their own end for the opening eight minutes before getting their first taste of the ball. Within ten minutes Scott Fardy required treatment for a bloodied head. Read more
Sunday March 6, 2016 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Australian Men’s Sevens scintillating form in Las Vegas has seen them set up a Cup Semi-Final blockbuster against South Africa (tomorrow morning AEDT).
Andy Friend’s charges swept aside the challenge of England (36-7) in Pool B before seeing off Argentina (26-12) in the Cup Quarter-Finals.
Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “Yesterday I was really impressed with our ball carrying and our attack and today it was our defence that won the day. The boys worked really hard and backed each other up all the time. Read more