The Brumbies have recorded a bonus point victory over the Reds, but what did we learn from the match?
Liam Gill’s message
Gill was part of Michael Cheika’s Wallabies squad for the England Series but wasn’t able to get any game time due to the plethora of backrowers in the squad. Off to Toulon next year, Gill has been itching for another chance in gold and despite the loss tonight, Gill showed just how valuable he can be. Five pilfers and 18 tackles shows just how much of handful he can be for the opposition. Keep knocking Gilly!
A look towards 2017
He’s been one of the most talked about player to have never played Super Rugby, but Taniela Tupou more commonly known as the Tongan Thor finally made his debut off the bench after two years on the Reds list. His scrum work was impressive but his attack with the ball in hand is a sight to behold. On another note, it was great to see Kane Douglas return after eight months on the sidelines and Leroy Houston back in a Reds jersey for the first time in five years. Another two players expected to have a huge impact in 2017.
Record breaking Moore
It’s been a month to forget for Stephen Moore and his Wallabies team, and he will be happy to be back to his winning ways with the Brumbies. On a personal note though, Moore crossed for two tries off the back of rolling mauls to notch up his seventh of the season, breaking Jeremy Paul and Andrew Hore’s record for the most tries by a hooker in a Super Rugby season
Game of centimeters
It was the turning point the Reds never wanted. Conceding a 10-0 lead to the Brumbies to go into the sheds down 15-10 at the break after a late Benny Alexander try. But what hurt Queensland the most was Eto Nabuli’s foot that touched the sideline in the 42nd minute. If his foot was one centimeter to the right the Reds would’ve scored and taken a 17-15 lead just after the break. Instead it was deemed no try and seven minutes later Stephen Moore was over for his second.
It’s not always a dream debut
Injuries have struck the Brumbies backrow with David Pocock, Jordan Smiler and Ita Vaea (retired) unavailable, pathing the way Ben Hyne to debut. Hyne, a product of the NRC having played two seasons with Brisbane City, turned down a contract with Reds to remain in Canberra, but in his first Super Rugby match lasted just six minutes with an ankle injury ending his night. A disappointing end to what is meant to be an exciting night, but there’s no doubt we’ll see more of Ben Hyne in the future.