The Brumbies may have returned to the winners’ circle with a 21-11 win over local rivals, the Waratahs, at Canberra Stadium on Friday, but the victory has come at a dear price. Captain Stephen Hoiles will miss the three-match tour to South Africa.
Hoiles, hobbling around on crutches after the game, confirmed that he had suffered a serious knee injury.
“I think it is a three to six week [lay-off],” Hoiles said, adding: “It’s a grade two medial ligament, so I don’t think [the tour to South] Africa will happen.”
Rugby 365 reports that his absence will be a big loss for the Brumbies, who will be looking to break into the top four on the standings – when they meet the Lions, Sharks and Cheetahs on South African soil.
The Brumbies moved up to sixth place with their win over the Waratahs, but know they must collect at least two wins from three games in SA to stay in the play-off race.
Hoiles also revealed the key to his team’s 10-point triumph in Canberra.
“The key for us was our physicality,” the injured captain said, adding: “We knew the Waratahs are pretty good at the breakdown and in set pieces.
“We tried to disrupt them and we worked really hard at the breakdown, take them on physically and enjoy the scrap.”
Brumbies head coach Andy Friend says the win was an important one, following their loss to the Western Force a fortnight ago.
“When you have a loss like that [against the Force] – and it was basically an attitudinal loss – to turn that around in your next performance is important and the boys did that, which was great to see,” he said.
“[It] was all about the performance. If we’d played like that and lost then I still would have been proud of them but it showed that we can move the football around and it’s nice to be jumping on the plane [to South Africa] with that win.”
The Brumbies depart for their three-week South African tour on Monday.Tweet