David Pocock strong in big Brumbies trial win

DAVID BARBELER
Last updated 02:32 09/02/2014

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The Brumbies have recorded a 67-0 trial thrashing of an ACT XV in Canberra, with star Wallabies flanker David Pocock impressing in his first game on Australian soil in 11 months.

The Brumbies wasted no time taking charge of the Saturday night trial at Viking Park, with Japan international and inside centre Harumichi Tatekawi scoring the first of 11 tries from an attacking scrum in just the fourth minute.

Making the most of the strong start, the Brumbies took their try tally to four by the 21st minute through wingers Joe Tomane and Henry Speight, as well as prop Scott Sio.

Despite having his head stitched up in the first quarter, Pocock played a solid 40 minutes for the Brumbies, showing no signs of the knee injury that cruelled his 2013 season.

Backing up from last week's match against the Highlanders in New Zealand, Pocock finished the game with several of his trademark pilfers at the ruck, as well as the odd linebreak creating offload.

"There were a lot of cobwebs last week, so it was good to get a bit more rhythm in defence and attack," Pocock said.

"Every week coming back from such a long term injury you feel a bit fresher and the lungs aren't burning as much."

The ACT XV dug in during the middle section of the match, until reserve Brumbies hooker Siliva Siliva broke through in the 53rd minute to score the first of his three tries, opening the floodgates.

Reserve livewire fullback Robbie Coleman also impressed late with a classy double.

Backrow enforcer Fotu Auelua (knee) and Speight (bruised ribs) were the only injury concerns for the Brumbies.

The one-sided affair gives the Brumbies some much needed momentum ahead of their Super Rugby season opener against the Queensland Reds on February 22.

"You always want to take in a decent score when you're going in to a contest like we've got against the Reds," Brumbies captain Ben Mowen said.

"The reason we were able to score that many points was because our breakdown numbers were very good, and the skill that the guys had at wide were very good for this time of the year."

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