Brumbies top Australian conference; will host the Highlanders in Quarter Final

Matt Toomua scored one and had another disallowed in the Brumbies’ win of the Force last night. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Brumbies did enough to beat the Western Force 24-10 at Canberra Stadium last night to top the Australian conference, and set up a home Quarter Final against the Highlanders next Friday night.

But it’s fair to say it was a far from convincing win, and they have a massive week of preparations and improvement ahead of them to prevail against a red-hot Highlanders next week. Here’s all my post-match interviews and the ABC Grandstand highlights and wrap from last night…

Audio Highlights – Brumbies thump Hurricanes in season opener

Brumbies' Argentinean scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli scored his first Super Rugby try last night, in the Brumbies' big win. Image: ABC Grandstand

Brumbies’ Argentinean scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli scored his first Super Rugby try last night, in the team’s big win over the Hurricanes. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand: The Brumbies have started their 2016 Super Rugby season in grand style, smashing the Hurricanes seven tries to one, 52-10 in Canberra last night. Check out the full set of ABC Grandstand highlights and all my post-match interviews here below…

So here’s a little something I’ve been working on…

In the 666 studio, hosting Canberra Grandstand last weekend. A really enjoyable experience after plenty of nerves and training stuff-ups along the way.

In the 666 studio, hosting Canberra Grandstand last weekend. A really enjoyable experience after plenty of nerves and training stuff-ups along the way.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been cramming and practising and buggering up and re-learning how to be a radio presenter, for 666 ABC Canberra.

Culminating in me hosting Canberra Grandstand in the sizable radio shoes of Tim Gavel on Saturday 16 and 23 of January, it was an unbelievable experience that I’m thrilled to have a). jumped at in the first place, and b). pulled off in a somewhat professional manner!

I do hope to have a clip or clips in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I must express my sincere thanks to Chris Coleman for his patience and expert button-pressing tutelage along the way, and to 666 Station Manager Andrea Ho for her encouragement and support. It was nerve-wracking as hell to begin with, but amazingly satisfying once I’d done it..

PM’s XI already! The cricket summer is here..

New Zealand celebrate a wicket last night at Manuka Oval, in their 102-run win over the Prime Minister's XI. Image ABC Grandstand

New Zealand celebrate a wicket last night at Manuka Oval, in their 102-run win over the Prime Minister’s XI. Image ABC Grandstand

New Zealand have won the annual Prime Minister’s XI tour match in Canberra yesterday and last night, and it marked a day of firsts for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it marked the first game at international level where the new pink Kookaburra ball was used under lights (Southern Stars spinner Erin Osborne is telling Jim Maxwell all about it, below left), and it also saw me undertake my first stints as a ball-by-ball commentator for ABC Grandstand (below right, with ACT Comets star batsman, Jono Dean, who was also on debut). All feedback has been positive thus far!

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