Not so Super weekend
Reds only successful Aussie team
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