Sydney’s Waratahs suffered their first defeat of the campaign to the Brumbies in a 28-23 reverse in Canberra that revealed the weaknesses in Michael Cheika’s attack-minded team.
The Brumbies’ scrum got well on top of the men from New South Wales. The home side also targeted Kurtley Beale, new to the inside centre role, for a lot of heavy punishment by their big ball-carriers.
For their first try, wrecking ball Tevita Kuridrani came hammering straight down Beale’s channel.
The former Rebel stopped him, but only managed to bring the big man down well beyond the gain line, ensuring the Brumbies could flood over the top, recycle quick ball and score in the next phase.
This exposes the major flaw in positioning Beale in the No. 12 shirt. He may well function effectively as a second playmaker in that jersey, but he is also an easily identifiable weak defensive link, and the Brumbies have highlighted that for everyone else to see.