It’s great for me to be on-site as a spectator to bring you the Game of the Round in Week 3 of Super Rugby AU from ANZ Stadium in Homebush, Sydney.

The Waratahs came off a winning comeback in the 2nd half last week v the Force, can they repeat the trick tonight?

On the other hand, having come off a bye, can the Brumbies continue its winning form & send a message to the Queensland Reds regarding the battle for the top spot in weeks to come.

It’s a close first 40 for both sides.

Like the way, the Brumbies add that dimension with the cross-kick out wide into that small gap where Tom Cusack read their errors & stamped the first five-pointer.

Though, for most of that first play, they seem to lack in critical areas such as the inaccurate throw-ins, not staying on their zone and forcing scrum collapses.

It’s when the Waratahs took a few opportunities for their mistakes via lost penalties & capitalized on two decent tries.

You see, the unpacking of the Waratahs’ forward pack via the maul helped Tom Horton complete that first big score.

So does Will Harrison with his kicking & playmaking finesse.

At one time, he quickly tapped & go before he spotted some space on the left-wing, having asked James Ramm to unleash his pace, which worked very well on his request.

But defensively, they too got caught out of hand in the last 10 minutes before the break.

It gave the Brumbies a chance to sort out their finishing thanks to their muscles in the forwards’ department.

Their maul driven directly straight, building a great base, and using the vast areas saw the Brumbies bounce back to back tries.

On the run towards the final siren, some flaws Brumbies still need to eliminate, such as the high tackle, may have held back a bit via the Will Harrison penalty goal.

It doesn’t mean the Brumbies aren’t out of the contention to win tonight’s game just yet.

They remained patient for the whole time with the continuous mistakes the Waratahs made in the defense and ill-discipline over the next 20-25 minutes.

Seeing no progress turned around from the home team, the Brumbies saw their forwards’ pack urge the backline to show some fight where it may not have worked out initially.

But to win, all the Brumbies have to do is get the finishing right via the converted try, and the game is theirs.

That finally put the icing on the cake with just three mins to go thanks to a beautiful eye and tricky through the gate from substitute scrum-half, Issak Fines.

It’s enough for this sensational winning move via the Bayley Kuenzle conversion kick to keep the Brumbies winning streak alive in the end by a single point.

FULL-TIME: Waratahs-23-24 Brumbies

It’s great to see this fantastic game tonight in person. There’s no doubt that both sides have attacking and defensive talent.

That became evident in a close first 40.

But the Waratahs desperately needed to continue its attacking set-up as they did earlier, but the continued lost penalties only allowed Will Harrison to keep scoring via kicks.

They needed more than kicks to help their forwards expose the opposition mistakes which they couldn’t pass the first test.

And in turn, that’s where the Brumbies took time to sort out their finishing having seen their forwards finish first. It’s up to the backline to help them out and do the job for them.

At last, they listened, which is the way to win this game.

Published by Sports Benches

Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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