Those who doubted the Brumbies at the beginning of 2012 made a massive mistake in underestimating the magic touch of world cup winning coach Jake White. With him in the equation the boys from Canberra were set to beat all expectations from the get-go.
What do the 2013 Brumbies have to offer? Expect more of the same but with a slight change. Consistent, low risk rugby with restrained flair, built primarily around field position but the difference, an increased physicality. In 2012 the Brumbies were out-muscled rather than outplayed by several of the Super Rugby big-shots (Bulls, Chiefs, Sharks.) Enter David Pocock, Clyde Rathbone, Ruan Smith and Etienne Oosthuizen. The common denominator, physicality and lots of it. Jake White doesn’t miss a beat. He saw that what the Brumbies were lacking in 2012 was a physical edge and spent his off-season rectifying that. With these new additions to the squad the 2013 Brumbies may hammer rather than edge out poorer sides and will certainly be more of a challenge to Super Rugby’s top dogs.
Star players lost:
Michael Hooper (Waratahs).
Noteworthy players gained:
Clyde Rathbone, David Pocock, Etienne Oosthuizen, Mark Swanepoel, Ruan Smith.
We at OutrightRugby feel that no Super Rugby side has a better draw than the Brumbies.
Being in what is possibly the weakest conference, the Australian sides are set to generally have it easier than the rest and the Brumbies seem to have benefited most of all. Their away fixtures against the Sharks, Reds and Highlanders are surely the most challenging of their season but in comparison to some Super Rugby sides (Hurricanes, Reds) who have 6-8 “heavyweight” fixtures on the road, the Brumbies are fairing really well.
Please note that the Brumbies’ fixtures over the 1st half of the season are much more challenging than those of the second half and so, should you be interested in backing the boys from Canberra, the best price you are likely to get on them is at the end of round 10 of the tournament.
Previous log results:
2009 – 7th; 2010 – 6th; 2011 – 13th; 2012 – 7th.
In the betting:
To lift the trophy – 10/1
To make the semis – 8/5
To win the AUS conf. – 9/5
For us at Outright Rugby the Brumbies are the team to beat in the Australian conference betting. The semis may be a stretch considering the resources that Jake White has at his disposal but this side from Canberra will be thereabouts. Take multiples of the Brumbies to win the Australian conference (at the close of round 10!) into other fancies.
Bring that physicality boys!