Brumbies lose, finals hopes hang by a thread
by Brent Ford
image source - Rugby.com.au
In the boneyard that is Eden Park, a ground so cursed for Australian sides you might find what's left of the Brumbies final ambitions.
It's been a tough campaign for the Brumbies and if last night's match against the Auckland Blues is anything to go by, reaching the pinnacle of Super Rugby again is going to be a tough ask.
It wasn't meant to be like this, the top of the Australian Conference, facing the bottom of the New Zealand Conference, but as always our cousins from across the tasman always find a way to win.
First of all it was clinical, the Brumbies simply couldn't match the razzle dazzle of the Blues. An undermanned forward pack was smashed, and could be in even more trouble if Scott Fardy isn't available next week.
40-15 the final scoreline, which now opens up the finals hopes of the NSW Waratahs. Their task is still no easier, they play the Wellington Hurricanes, if there was ever a time for our sister city agreement to do something for our city it is now... Go the Hurricanes.
If the Brumbies want to play finals two things must happen. First the Hurricanes must be the Wararahs this week without allowing the NSW side to get a bonus point, leaving the Brumbies at the top.
Then next week the Brumbies must win against the Force, a bonus point the dream scenario. Then even if the Waratahs beat the Blues in Auckland it won't matter, as the Brumbies have won more games.
That means there is light at the end of the tunnel for the battered and bruised Brumbies, prividing the Hurricanes can win tonight.
In a positive note Joe Tomane will make his long awaited return in the John I Dent cup today, worth going along to watch that if you're free.
While David Pocock remains an outside chance (we miss you Poey) for next week's home game against the Force.