2020 Super Rugby AU, Week 3: Top 3 performers combined with the Waratahs & Brumbies players


Tonight’s game of the round in Week of Super Rugby AU looked to be another close game.

The Waratahs may have just led in the first 40.

But the late 1st half fightback from the Brumbies halted the Waratahs’ scoring spree that saw them win in the end.

Now we look at the three best performers overall from this game from ANZ Stadium in Homebush, Sydney.

Let’s start with Folau Faingaa.

He made a massive difference in the Brumbies forwards pack both in defense and attack.

The line-outs and his strength with the muscles help tear up the Waratahs’ danger zone one by one.

It helped him score a try late in the first half himself & as well as having out Rob Valentini with the second big touch down.

With the Waratahs not scoring much in the 2nd half, his presence has exposed their mistakes, having halted their set phases, scrummaging & line-outs, which saw them concede penalties.

That gives a chance after chance for Faingaa to call his backline troops to seek help so they can stay ahead.

And the momentum he carried out late in the 1st half saw this last-minute grab with the win ticked off as successful.

Next up, it’s Issack Fines.

He has a great eye with tricky footwork that left Will Harris & Lachie Swinton frustrated via that space on the left-hand side.

Not only the finishing that saw him grab the winning move, but he remained calm in the build-up play via the set phases.

When Fines came on, he made a difference with the passing too, which helped the Brumbies move on from their first-half mistakes.

That builds a significant lead up on the run home thanks to the support of his forwards’ department.

It gives Fines time to read what the opposition is doing wrong and take advantage of unpacking all of the above.

Now that’s why he makes it to one of the three best performers overall tonight.

And last but not least, Will Harrison.

As usual, his kicking, whether it’s the cleanouts or aiming between the sticks, is mostly fantastic.

When the Waratahs won a few opportunities with the penalties, it gave Harrison time to hone his playmaking skills.

That cross-kick out wide & asking James Ramm for help on the final third sums up his first-half masterclass.

Unfortunately, the lack of support via lost penalties limited his chance to repeat the trick in the last 40.

To reduce the workload & unleash his best, Will Harrison needs his forwards’ pack to hold off the opposition build-up play &, in return, outmuscle them in all areas.

Earlier on, they’ve won a few scrums, but it’s the lack of finishing such as poor line-outs & fumbles, etc. is hurting the Waratahs.

So this week three’s wave of games in Super Rugby AU is now done and dusted.

We now look ahead of Week 4 of this competition.

The Brumbies face the Western Force next Saturday while the Melbourne Rebels v the Waratahs on Friday.

And the Queensland Reds get the week-long break before they resume work in Week 5.

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