Fardy gives rousing review of big Brumbies win

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Stand-in Brumbies skipper Scott Fardy has given a rousing review of his team's dominant win over the Reds.

The Australian Conference leaders have not been known for their enterprising play this season but that changed last night.

The 33-0 second half, while aided by a woeful Reds performance, was 40 minutes filled with superb running lines, tireless support work and a willingness to punch over the gain line from all 15 players on the park.

"For too long we have been saying that guys don't have the skills but they do - I think we saw that tonight," Fardy said.

"Guys going up the middle like Alan (Alaalatoa), Rory (Arnold), Benny A (Alexander) coming off the bench as well - they've all got the skills and they showed them off tonight."The Brumbies are a happy bunch after last night's win. Photo: Getty ImagesFardy, who captained the Brumbies for the first time last night in Sam Carter's absence, was particularly pleased with his side's effort level.

The Brumbies regularly beat the Reds to loose balls and showed a clear urgency at the breakdown which blew the game apart.

"When ball went to deck there were guys everywhere," Fardy said.

"Effort is the big thing and you critique effort first.

"The guys, I can't critique any of their effort because everyone was back in the play as quick as they could be and that got us into a position to attack."Alan Alaalatoa was one of the Brumbies' best last night. Photo: Getty ImagesBoth Fardy and coach Stephen Larkham spoke about how much the Brumbies enjoyed winning with the kind of rugby that lit up GIO Stadium.

"I think the big thing about the guys is that they just really enjoyed it," Fardy said.

"We talked about expressing ourselves before the game and I thought we did that from the start, really, not just the second half." - Scott Fardy

"Guys were just having a crack and it was really enjoyable to be a part of."

Larkham said Kyle Godwin has picked up a finger or hand injury and will have scans before an assessment is made.

Jordan Smiler looks to have damaged a hamstring and Larkham said he was expecting at least a couple of weeks on the sidelines for the flanker.