The Brumbies defied the hype, the predictions and the bookies, to beat the Lions 14 -12 in a quality encounter in Canberra.
Captain Peter Kimlin was huge on the night. Leading by example and getting stuck into the much vaunted Lions pack. Jesse Mogg was another outstanding player as his booming kicks and silky running helped keep the Europeans out of their half for large periods of the game. Tevita Kuridrani, who scored the only try of the match, was another solid performer as he showed the newly-arrived Billy Twelve trees what real crash tackling was.
But the man of the match for us here at Rugby Window was fly-half Matt Toomua. He distributed well, ran well and kicked cleverly but, surprisingly, it was his defense that stood out the most. His defensive effort (and that of the entire team) was epitomised when he sent burly English prop Alex Corbisiero, who probably has 30 kilograms on him, meters backwards when he attempted to break the Brumbies line.
These Brumbies will go down in history and so too will their coach Jake White, who in two years has taken the franchise from nowhere to Lion tamers and Super Rugby title contenders.
British and Irish Lions
Penalties: Stuart Hogg (2), Owen Farrell (2)
Tries: Tevita Kuridrani
Penalties: Jesse Mogg (3)