SIMON BORCHARDT saw Jake White’s side take another step towards the Australian conference title with a 19-15 victory against the Waratahs.
The Brumbies, who will play the Blues in their final league fixture in Canberra next weekend, are now five log points clear of the Reds, who will host the Waratahs. However, whoever wins the Australian conference will have to up their game substantially to avoid being knocked out of the competition by the team that finishes sixth on the combined standings (probably the Bulls or Sharks).
The Brumbies were well below their best at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium but fortunately for them they were up against a team that has made a habit of losing games they should have won. The Waratahs dominated the breakdown in the second half and had most of the ball, but were unable to kick on from Berrick Barnes’ try that gave them a 15-9 lead with 20 minutes to go.
The Brumbies hit back shortly after with a Henry Speight try, which was followed by touchline conversion and penalty kicks by Zack Holmes and Jesses Moggs respectively.
The less said about the first half, the better. Tatafu Polota-Nau barged over for a try on the half-hour mark after Barnes had taken a quick penalty tap, but three penalties saw the Brumbies lead 9-5 at the break.
The second half was a bit more entertaining, with two tries scored, but this was yet another Australian derby that will quickly be forgotten.