Brumbies rattle Lions confidence with remarkable win
CAN one loss make that much difference?
The win by the Brumbies during the week over the British an Irish Lions was remarkable.
They are only the fourth (non-Test) Australian team to beat the British and Irish Lions, after Queensland (1971) and New South Wales twice (1950 and 1959).
Both teams were well below best-available selections - the Brumbies were without at least 11 starting members, and the British and Irish Lions players were second-stringers.
Still, a remarkable effort.
One that will look impressive in the Brumbies' yearly report, and one to build a very powerful narrative around.
As time moves on, the second stringy-ness of the teams will float away and disappear as surely as white, fluffy clouds on an otherwise sunny day, and all that will remain (this end of the globe, anyway) will be the historic win.
The question is: Will the win assist individual Brumbies players in 2013?
Players to impress included Jesse Mogg and Matt Toomua.
Surely it's not long now before Mogg wears the green and gold.
And how much collective self-assurance will the Super Rugby team derive from the win?
I reckon a fair bit.
As a group, that win will be a massive boost for them when Super Rugby returns after the Test series.
The Big Test
Now, will there be any negative impact from the loss on Saturday's first Test, and the tourists remaining matches?
About the only certain repercussion from the Brumbies' win on Tuesday night is that it will galvanise the tourists.
The British and Irish Lions have never toured undefeated.
But they do have a very successful touring history.
Loses in mid-week games will occur, but do not necessarily impact negatively on the test team.
Great touring sides, such as the British and Irish Lions, use such disappointments. It will be a cracking Test.