Brothers in arms pay tribute to Brown

17:00, Aug 31 2014
Ross Brown
WITH RESPECT: Taranaki and Bay Of Plenty players observe a minute’s silence in honour of Ross Brown before yesterday’s NPC match.

Ross Brown would have been proud of the running rugby Taranaki produced in his honour yesterday.

While the late All Black was known more for his kicking game, especially during Taranaki's great Ranfurly Shield tenures, anyone who knew him would say just how much he enjoyed keeping the ball in hand.

Taranaki did that well for the first half of their NPC match against Bay Of Plenty at Yarrow Stadium, scoring five tries to take an unbeatable 34-3 lead into the break.

While things slowed up considerably in the second half, Taranaki still triumphed 41-3 to make it back-to-back wins after Wednesday's record-breaking 46-17 victory over Waikato.

The Taranaki Rugby Football Union honoured Brown before the match, asking for a minute's silence as images of Brown were shown on the big screen.

The union presented Brown's widow, Viv, with a 2014 replica jersey. Brown, who played 144 games for Taranaki and 16 tests for the All Blacks, died in May.

"It was nice to be able to acknowledge Ross in that way," union chairman Lindsay Thomson said. "He was one of the few real legends of the game from Taranaki."

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