Bryce Hegarty tops round seven scores
March 31, 2014
Bryce Hegarty celebrates victory with Luke Burgess © Getty Images
Bryce Hegarty was the somewhat unheralded top points scorer in the Greg Growden medal count for Super Rugby round seven, the young Melbourne Rebels fly-half instrumental in his team's shock victory over the Brumbies.
Jason Woodward produced a headline-stealing show with 27 points, including a try, but Hegarty's great tactical kicking and playmaking put the rebels - and hence his fullback - in position to win the match. Similarly, Luke Jones polled well for his all-action performance up front.
And how good to see the Rebels grab a full complement of five players to score points in the Growden medal count, after failing to do so since their opening victory against the Cheetahs; even more encouraging for the well-being of the team is the fact that Scott Higginbotham did not figure in the points.
In Brisbane, Will Genia continued to show he is on the way back - scoring points for the third successive week as he proved his worth at the heart of everything good about Queensland Reds' performance.
Greg Growden noted in The Growden Report this week: "The Reds-Stormers match in Brisbane on Saturday night was a meandering, flat affair, but Genia provided the right direction. Along with a frenetic back-rower Beau Robinson, Genia got the Reds home. Admittedly, Genia is not yet back to his best, but he is playing decidedly better than in previous months."
Growden reported: "Genia had been off his game for some time … he wasn't as authoritative, was too keen on the kick option, seemed to be over-reacting to pressure - to the extent that last season he lost his Wallabies starting spot … but in South Africa, against the Sharks and the Lions, the old Genia began to reappear. His game was again poised. He was attacking the gain line. He was mixing up his options intelligently. His passing was slick, not slack. He wasn't relentlessly box kicking everything down the throat of an opponent."
And so it was again in Brisbane.
Will Genia is back to something like his best form © Getty Images
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