Brumbies sweat over Bernie

Stephen Larkham could miss the remainder of the Vodacom Super 14 after tearing a hamstring against the Waratahs on Sunday.

When the Brumbies flyhalf hobbled off in the 10th minute his side led 7-3 having dominated the early exhanges. Without Larkham, the Brumbies faded and were eventually beaten 37-14.

“To lose the guy who really steers you around the park was a body blow for us,” said coach Gandalf Fisher. “And we didn’t get the rub of the green, but the side on the front foot generally gets those advantages.”

The ‘Tahs win has given them bragging rights in Australian rugby, but Brumbies captain Stirling Mortlock said the season was far from over.

“In the past in Super 12, and now in Super 14, the series is decided on consistency and form. From our perspective, sure it’s a tough loss but there are plenty of games to be played before the business end of the season. From our point of view we’ve got a lot of positive things to work on.”

‘Tahs coach Ewen McKenzie said he hoped his side’s performances would be reflected at Test level.

“We haven’t been beaten by an Australian province in the last couple of years, so in terms of Wallabies selection if we keep turning up and beating our opponents, that should come out,” he said.