Brumbies kick off pre-season in style

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by Beth Newman

A Jordan Jackson-Hope double helped the Brumbies to a 59-0 win over the Australian Barbarians that kicked off their preseason in style.

Three tries in the opening quarter set the tone for the Brumbies, who had the say over proceedings from the opening whistle, on their way to eight tries.

Kiwi recruit Wharenui Hawera had a promising debut at flyhalf, teaming up with new Brumbies inside centre Kyle Godwin in the playmaking spots.

Josh Mann-Rea crossed seven minutes into the second, collecting a Ben Alexander pass to notch a highlight for the front rowers and stretch the margin to 26 points, a gap that remained until half-time.

The Brumbies coughed up three penalties in six minutes to open the third quarter but the Barbarians couldn’t make them pay, making their own errors with the ball in hand.

A yellow card for Brumbies backrower Jordan Smiler gave the Barbarians a one-man advantage but still they were unable to break their duck, though battled hard against the Super Rugby side.

Both sides went scoreless in that term, leaving a 26-point margin for the Barbarians to scale in the last, a mission too far for the NRC stars.

A dominant scrum handed the Brumbies a penalty try to open up the scoring floodgates once again, with youngster Jordan Jackson-Hope taking off with the ball to score his side’s fifth of the match and the first of his two tries for the game.

Three tries in the final five minutes blew the score out to beyond 50, with Ben Hyne, Jamie Kotz and Jackson-Hope all notching five pointers.

Rising star Lausii Taliuali came off with a leg injury partway through the second quarter, replaced by youngster Kotz.


Brumbies 59

Tries: Jackson-Hope 2, Muirhead,  Alcock, Toua, Mann-Rea, Penalty, Hyne, Kotz, Cons: Hawera 3, Thompson 2, Speight

Yellow card: Jordan Smiler 

Barbarians 0