Not so Su­per week­end

Reds only suc­cess­ful Aussie team

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

THE Brumbies sacked their coach af­ter last week’s loss to the Mel­bourne Rebels, so it’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see what they do now af­ter an­other his­toric Su­per Rugby de­feat to Queens­land.

In­juries, ill-dis­ci­pline and set-piece stuff-ups were the hall­marks of the Aus­tralian sides who suf­fered some sober­ing set­backs in a con­sid­er­ably less than Su­per round of rugby for the lo­cal fran­chises.

All three Aus­tralian teams who went up against over­seas op­po­si­tion in round three were soundly beaten and ex­posed in crit­i­cal ar­eas.

Queens­land was the only lo­cal win­ner and they got up in the only Aus­tralian derby of the round.

As it stands, NSW leads the Aus­tralian con­fer­ence, fol­lowed by Queens­land, the Brumbies, the West­ern Force ( win­less but with a bye) and Mel­bourne.

The Reds’ tri­umph over the Brumbies ( seven competition points) on Satur­day rep­re­sented Queens­land’s first ever win over the ACT side in Can­berra, and came de­spite the Brumbies scor­ing four tries to one.

‘‘ I think for the sec­ond week now, we’ve cre­ated his­tory for an­other club ( af­ter their loss to new fran­chise the Rebels). That’s not a good t h i n g , ’ ’ a d mi t t e d a c t i n g Br u mbi e s s k i p p e r , Mat t Giteau.

Even the Reds couldn’t be to­tally sat­is­fied with their per­for­mance - given the tries they leaked and the dif­fi­culty they again had in get­ting the ball across the line.

The Brumbies didn’t have long to come to grips with the mid­week sack­ing of coach Andy Friend, as re­place­ment Tony Rea watched his undis­ci­plined side strug­gle at the set piece.

Reds f i ve-ei ghth Quade Cooper calmly pot­ted seven

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