Digby Ioane of the Reds is tackled during the round 1 Super
Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Reds. (Photo by
Stefan Postles/Getty Images)
Fullback Jesse Mogg scored two tries to help ACT Brumbies
get their Super Rugby season off to a winning start with a 24-6
victory over Queensland Reds at Canberra Stadium.
Mogg also kicked two penalties while his forwards, bolstered
by impressive new signing David Pocock on the openside flank,
edged the battle of the breakdown in a scrappy encounter
between the only Australian sides to have won the
"We're happy, wins are important at this time of year and
they're a side who outplayed us twice last year," Brumbies
skipper Ben Mowen said.
"That's okay for a base but where we want to go, that won't
be good enough."
Australia got its Super Rugby season underway a week early to
allow them a longer break for the British and Irish Lions
tour in June and July.
There was little to worry anyone watching from the northern
hemisphere, though, in a dour contest dominated by rugged
defence and ill-discipline rather than free-flowing backplay.
The Brumbies set the tone by conceding three penalties in the
first five minutes with Reds fullback Mike Harris converting
just one, albeit from near halfway.
Mogg scored his first try from his team's first attacking
ball, beating Wallabies winger Digby Ioane in a foot race to
touch down after scrumhalf Nic White's neat grubber kick had
Harris put the visitors back in front 6-5 after 25 minutes
but White, taking over kicking duties from misfiring flyhalf
Christian Lealiifano, converted his first penalty to send the
Brumbies into halftime with a slender 8-6 advantage.
Mogg's pair of penalties at the start of the second half gave
the twice champions a lead they never looked like
relinquishing and White slotted his second from distance with
six minutes to go.
Quade Cooper, playing on the backfoot for most of the match
and without his injured halfback partner Will Genia, made a
quiet return for the Reds after a long spell on the
Trying to create something from nothing in the final minute,
the Wallabies flyhalf floated a pass towards the wing which
Mogg snatched out of the air before cantering over the try
line untouched to seal the win.
"It was great defence from the Brumbies and there weren't
many chances for us," said Cooper. "There were a few, but
ill-discipline let us down a little bit."