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Brumbies df Sharks

  • Brumbies df Sharks

The ACT Brumbies have pulled off a very scrappy but hard-fought win against the Durban Sharks on Saturday night, taking their round 13 Super Rugby match 16-9.

It proved the return to Canberra Sharks director of rugby Jake White did not want, having coached the ACT Brumbies in the last two seasons in leading them to the grand final last season.

It was Brumbies lock Sam Carter that proved the difference in the contest, crashing over for the only try after finding space through the middle from 20 metres out.

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The Sharks made one last launch at the Brumbies with two minutes to go as things got fiery, with some on field push and shove breaking out.

Brumbies Director of Rugby Laurie Fisher said the game was "never going to be about the aesthetics" in a tough grittle.

"I thought our mastery of the conditions and style of game was fantastic tonight, and I thought our back three were superb under the high ball," he said.

It was just the third loss of the season for the Sharks, who are now only equal competition leaders with the Waikato Chiefs.

But for the Brumbies, the win brings them within just one point from these two teams as they retain second spot on the ladder.

Durban Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White was very humble about his homecoming of sorts, taking the time to see his former Brumbies players and taking the chance to farewell them for the first time.

"I feel a lot better now cause it's [face-to-face Brumbies farewell] is done and dusted," he said.

"It's never an easy thing to move on from a club."

"It was one of those games I probably couldn't have lost anyway, I was always going to win something tonight, and as much as it hurts that the team I'm with lost, this is a great Brumbies team, and I know better than most how good they can be."

Three penalty goals was all that made up the half time score with much dropped ball and wayward kicks working to the detriment of both sides.

Brumbies centre Christian Lealiifano had all of his sides points, while Durban's Frans Steyn had the only points for his men.

Twice Brumbies half Nic White failed to find touch with penalty kicks in the first half, while one from Steyn went dead, and this all reflected how scrappy the contest was in what was a constant drizzle of rain.

Adding to a horrible half for the Sharks' legend was a restart kick going out on the full as well.

The Brumbies began the otherwise error-riddle half in perfect fashion though, with winger Joe Tomane making a break up the middle before attracting a penalty that lead to the first points.

The Sharks levelled the score at six-a-piece early in the second half, but were soon reeled in, again by Lealiiano.

From there the Sharks failed to threaten, with Carters try being the last score.

So what do we think Brumbies fans? Was Jake White's return perfect for the ACT?

Did the Brumbies redeem themselves from last week's thrashing against the Canterbury Crusaders?

The Brumbies travel to South Africa tomorrow.

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