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Brumbies try, try and try again to bring rugby back to its running roots with six of the best


Chris Dutton

The ACT Brumbies have been in fine try-scoring form in the last three rounds.

The ACT Brumbies have been in fine try-scoring form in the last three rounds. Photo: actnathan.gilson

RUNNING rugby is back and the ACT Brumbies hope their try-scoring spree over the past three weeks earns their attack the respect they have been craving.

In an amazing break from the Super Rugby trend, the Brumbies have scored 16 tries in their past three games, 11 of those on their two-game tour of South Africa.

They scored six tries in their 34-20 rout against the Johannesburg Lions yesterday morning, a week after they scored five tries to two but lost to the Pretoria Bulls and two weeks after they ran in five tries against the Melbourne Rebels.

Not since the Brumbies' golden era of the early 2000s, which yielded two championships, has the team been such an attacking threat.

And while their opposition settle for penalty goals, the Brumbies are setting a blistering try-scoring pace after nine games.

They need just six more tries to eclipse last year's tally and have already won more games than they did in the entire 2011 campaign.

Adding to their impressive attacking record is the fact their defence is equally as strong. They have conceded just four tries in three weeks and are letting in less than two five-pointers a game.

Backs coach and club great Stephen Larkham is leaving his imprint on the team with strong set plays and the ability to score from any position on the field.

It's something the Brumbies have struggled to do in recent years, even with attacking threats like Matt Giteau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Stirling Mortlock and Mark Gerrard.

Winger Henry Speight scored a double against the Lions and believes opposition teams will start taking notice of the Brumbies' attack.

''We're improving every week and there's a good feeling now and the confidence is building,'' Speight said.

''The 16 tries in three games, most of the boys don't even know that stat.

''It's not something we focus on.

''It's a good thing if other teams are looking at us and a sign we're getting some respect which we all know we didn't deserve or have at the start of the season.

''I've just wanted a bit of space all season, some one-on-one chances and it's great to get the ball in hand.''

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR vs AUS 01:30Twic
USA vs NZL 07:00Soldier Field
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs SAM 01:00Stadio Del Duca
ENG vs NZL 01:30Twic
WAL vs AUS 01:30MilS
FRA vs FJI 03:45Stade Velodrome
IRE vs RSA 04:30Lansdowne Road
SCO vs ARG 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs ARG 01:00Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris
ENG vs RSA 01:30Twic
WAL vs FJI 01:30MilS
SCO vs NZL 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
FRA vs AUS 07:00StdF
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE vs GEO 01:30Lansdowne Road
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs RSA 01:00Stadio Plebiscito
SCO vs TGA 01:30Rugby Park
IRE vs AUS 03:30Lansdowne Road
WAL vs NZL 04:30MilS
ENG vs SAM 06:00Twic
FRA vs ARG 07:00StdF
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
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