Reaching new heights

WINNER: Simon Hegarty takes the ball in a line out during Saturday afternoon’s match between the ACT Brumbies Provincial Team and the Police Force XV at Canberra Stadium. The Brumbies won the game 25-23.IT was the biggest day in Canberra rugby for eight years. Four Dirty Reds played accordingly.Simon Hegarty, Peter Altona, Mikael Webber and Boyd Newby stood tall for the Brumbies Provincial outfit in their heartstopping 25-23 win over a Police Force XV at Canberra Stadium on Saturday.Unlike their highly fancied Super Rugby counterparts the Brumbies, the Provincial outfit showed poise, skill and calm under pressure to snatch a come-from-behind win on the premier ground in southern NSW.And the Goulburn quartet was crucial to their success.Inside centre Webber punched holes in the Police defence on cue during a man-ofthe- match performance; Hegarty was one of only a few players not given a spell by his coach; Altona was damaging; and Newby steadied the outfit’s set pieces during a 40 minute outing in the middle of the contest.The Police Force looked certain to have the match wrapped up 15 minutes from time with a 23-10 lead. But the Brumbies Provincial squad had come too far to throw the match away.On the back of a wealth possession and penalties, the men from country NSW ran in two tries and notched a penalty goal inside the last six minutes to score an unlikely win.They timed their run to perfection. The match-sealing penalty, met with a standing ovation from the crowd and hugs among the team, came 90 seconds after the fulltime siren.Newby put the victory down to raw talent and belief built during the countdown to the match.“We had to stick together. The Police will come at you, we just had to stay composed, take it to them, set it up in the forwards and take them down in the backs,” he said from the sidelines of Canberra Stadium post-victory.“It’s the pick of what we’ve got in southern NSW. It’s bound to come together. It’s hard to get it all together in one training session, but you can see the individual effort and talent.”The Provincial backline looked more potent than their opponents and their forward pack was steady throughout. Webber was a pivotal cog in the Provincial backline machine, and although he didn’t get his name on the scoresheet, he was the difference in the two teams’ point-scoring abilities.Lock partners Hegarty and Newby and back-rower Altona didn’t let anyone down.To pilfer victory on such an occasion at a venue of note is something Newby won’t forget.“It’s always a pleasure to play down in here to Canberra Stadium,” he said.“It’s been building for a long time. We’ve played a lot of Monaro over the years to get to this. To have an opportunity to get onto Canberra Stadium for a Brumbies game, with all the home support, is excellent.”The foursome will put their representative outing to one side this week as they exchange their navy Provincial jumper for the maroon of Goulburn.The Dirty Reds are set to tackle the Yass Rams on a red-letter day for the club. The Goulburnians this Saturday celebrate 140 years a fixture. And they plan to perform accordingly.Follow @LloydScroopeNone<#start#>None/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = ‘goulburnpost’; // required: replace example with your forum shortname/* * * DON’T EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function() {var dsq = document.createElement(‘script’); dsq.type = ‘text/javascript’; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = ‘http://’ + disqus_shortname + ‘.disqus南京夜网/embed.js’;(document.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(‘body’)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.