mr. zilla goes to town

Saturday, May 22, 2004

fight of the brumblebee

I think today is the one day of the year I sorely regret not having a TV (and the right cable package) within arm's reach at 5am, as I've woken to a swarm of text messages revelling in the ACT Brumbies 47-38 victory in the Super 12 final. Shout outs to Ange Seb Kim Giles Nick Jar Sean and Dan... at least I know I was there in spirit in my eastern bowl front row 22-yard-line season ticket seat... which I'll get back to one of these years!

Got to have a slight chuckle at poor Crusaders' fullback Ben Blair...

Crusaders fullback Ben Blair is ready to erase painful memories of his only visit to Canberra Stadium.

Blair has played just once at the home of the ACT Brumbies and hopes Saturday's Super 12 final will be the chance to implant a better result in his memory bank.

"I haven't got great memories of the place. I've played there once and we got biffed," he said of the 16-51 loss suffered in 2001.

... as the young man appears to have had a bit of early nerves...

After the Crusaders lost possession shortly after the kick-off, ACT five-eighth Stephen Larkham went through an easy gap before kicking towards the far corner. Crusaders fullback Ben Blair should have covered Larkham's kick easily, but instead made a hair-brained air swing at it with his boot, trying to kick it over the sideline.

In a moment more fitting of a World's Funniest Home Video show, Blair missed the ball completely, and Roff had no trouble picking it up and scoring.

The stupidity continued a few minutes later, when Blair threw a whacky pass to no one in midfield, and again the Brumbies were handed possession they did not deserve. You can't give the Brumbies any chances, as they are the masters of seizing on any opportunity, and only seconds after Blair's silly pass, the Brumbies were away, with flanker George Smith putting winger Mark Gerrard away.

Heh. Go the bees. 'ray!


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