Neazors Notes
Feb. 8, 2017

Quarter 1 - Brumbies 9 Highlanders 15 (tries 0-2)

After the rain stopped at Canberra, whenever that may have been, the splashing sound you could hear was Stephen Larkham’s tears falling in an unabating torrent.

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After the rain stopped at Canberra, whenever that may have been, the splashing sound you could hear was Stephen Larkham’s tears falling in an unabating torrent.

We wuz better, we wuz robbed, we played all the football, we scored that try, boo hoo, boo hoo … Stephen, it’s not a good look and you won’t change anything now. Your team played for penalties and nothing else; the ‘try’ was not given despite best efforts to find a reason to award it (we didn’t really examine what appeared to be Taliauli losing the ball as he slid for the line, but I wasn’t the only one who thought he did), and the Brumbies offered as much as they have all season, which is bugger all.

For a guy who was such a creative player I’m surprised Larkham is proving to be such a negative coach; perhaps he has little faith in his backline but they have to be better than a mere appendage to what is a good but not special pack. And I think Angus Gardner got it right on the scrums towards the end; if you look at the Highlanders front row, their feet are anchored and not moving an inch until the Brumbies started pincering in and lifting the tighthead prop.

If you’re unsure about how it works, watch the Reds or the Waratahs – they do exactly the same thing. I suspect the Highlanders would have won by 30 on a fine day, but they won by enough anyway.