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Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is a sporters reporter at The Canberra Times.

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What we learned: Wellington Hurricanes v ACT Brumbies

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 07:  Adam Hill of the Hurricanes is tackled by Jesse Mogg of the Brumbies during the round four Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium on March 7, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Injured superstar David Pocock sent messages of support to the Brumbies before kick-off against the Hurricanes.

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Super Rugby: ACT Brumbies defeat Hurricanes in bonus-point win

Matt Toomua v Wellington Hurricanes March 7 2014, Photo: Photosport

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies harnessed the pain of David Pocock’s season-ending injury to help them deliver the best win of the season.

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What we learned: Brumbies v Hurricanes

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31:  Peter Kimlin of the Brumbies celebrates after scoring a try during the round 16 Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium on May 31, 2013 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton The Brumbies are not in top form, but they’re showing fighting qualities which could lift them to a Super Rugby title.

Brumbies rookies ready for Hurricanes

Jake White

Chris Dutton BRUMBIES coach Jake White has backed his rookie halves combination to beat the Hurricanes in New Zealand for the first time in almost a decade.

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ACT Brumbies face season defining return to Super Rugby

David Polkinghorne, Chris Dutton Can the ACT Brumbies stay top of Aussie conference through season defining period?

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Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham wants attacking laws in NRC

Stephen Larkham.

Chris Dutton Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham backs new experimental laws to promote try-scoring rugby in the NRC.

Would McCabe chuck it in? Never

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22: Pat McCabe of the Brumbies leaves the field to receive treatment for a head wound during the round two Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Reds at GIO Stadium on February 22, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies captain Ben Mowen call's him the club's ''version of Chuck Norris'', but a week ago Pat McCabe was in tears fearing his career was over.

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Jarrad Butler, the Brumbies' new David Pocock, goes home

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 08: Jarrad Butler of the Brumbies is tackled during the Super Rugby trial match between the Brumbies and the ACT XV at Viking Park on February 8, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Super Rugby rookie Jarrad Butler isn't fazed by his task to replace David Pocock.

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Stephen Larkham says Israel Folau will be big factor in Brumbies game plan

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 01:  Israel Folau of the Waratahs beats the defence to score a try during the round three Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Reds at ANZ Stadium on March 1, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton THE Brumbies are preparing a defensive plan to shut down Israel Folau, but coach Stephen Larkham says his team needs to be more ruthless in attack if it wants to beat the Waratahs.

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Brumbies' Ben Mowen rejects notion injured David Pocock won't bounce back

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 12:  Ben Mowen of the Brumbies poses for photos during the Australian Super Rugby season launch at Horizons, South Maroubra beach on February 12, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Ben Mowen said any suggestions David Pocock would never get back to his best were ''a bunch of crap''.

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Super Rugby: Brumbies have a spy in the sky

The Brumbies use a helicopter at training to give them a birds-eye view of the players. The helicopter has a camera and records the training session. Pic taken at Tuesday training session

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies believe a new drone can be their secret weapon as they chase the Super Rugby title this season.

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Brumbies must overcome loss of injured star David Pocock

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Brumbies player Ben Alexander after training.
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04 March 2014
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Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies are adamant it will be ''business as usual'' without superstar flanker David Pocock.

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David Pocock's season over after second knee reconstruction in two seasons

David Pocock

Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies and Wallabies superstar David Pocock has had his second knee reconstruction in 12 months, cruelly ending his Super Rugby season after just two games.

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Fears David Pocock could miss ACT Brumbies' Super Rugby season 2014

Will the Brumbies send another SOS to George Smith?

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies have been urged to send an SOS to George Smith if they need an injury replacement for David Pocock, with former Wallaby Rod Kafer declaring Smith can be a Super Rugby revelation this...

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Brumbies beaten and battered in trial but still happy

QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 31:  Pat McCabe of the Brumbies is tackled during the Super Rugby trial match between the Highlanders and the Brumbies on January 31, 2014 in Queenstown, New Zealand.  (Photo by Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Clyde Rathbone has backed injury-plagued Wallaby Pat McCabe to recapture his best form this year.

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Fotu Auelua beats post-surgery depression to lead by example with Brumbies

Sport: Brumbies training and announcement - Brumbies to name a six-man leadership group for the Super Rugby season. Fotu Auelua. 16th of January 2014. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Chris Dutton Brumbies forward Fotu Auelua ballooned to 139 kilograms as he battled post-surgery ''depression''.

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Everything you need to know for the decider

Chris Dutton Chris Dutton runs the rule over both teams before Saturday's Super Rugby decider.

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Brumbies, Waratahs left to count the cost of injuries after brutal encounter

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18:  Drew Mitchell of the Waratahs is tackled during the round 14 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium on May 18, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton INJURIES and a form slide have put the ACT Brumbies' play-off dream on the brink as they count the costs of a brutal Australian derby at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

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What we learned: Blues v Brumbies

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 25:  Rene Ranger of the Blues tackles Nic White of the Brumbies during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Brumbies at Eden Park on May 25, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton Ten months of nightmares ended when the Brumbies got revenge against their 2012 destroyers at Eden Park.

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Brumbies brush off the Blues

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 25:  Jesse Mogg of the Brumbies passes the ball out during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Brumbies at Eden Park on May 25, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies are perfectly positioned to charge towards a drought-breaking finals appearance.