Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Young Robbie Coleman scored one of the tries of the weekend as the Brumbies got their Super Rugby campaign off to a positive start with a 28-20 victory over the Chiefs in Canberra on Saturday.
Coleman, the 20 year old Australian Sevens star, cut through the defence then stepped veteran All Black fullback Mils Muliaina with ease as he finished off a great try that started with a turnover from a huge Julian Salvi tackle earlier.
In fact there were a few big tackles before the try came about, including one from Fritz Lee that rocked Pat McCabe as he got ball and all. He did well to retain possession though, which led to Coleman sniping through a few forwards then stepping the last man.
It was his debut start for the Brumbies and despite weighing just 83kgs and opposing Tana Umaga, Coleman managed to make an explosive impact. Coach Andy Friend wasn't too surprised, says hes always been impressed by the young flyer.
"Robbie's got real speed," Friend said. "He's got similar footwork and vision to Matt Giteau. That combination worked well. They pose a real threat.
"Every time Robbie has been asked to step up to another level, whether it's the Australian under-20s or the sevens, he has done it, which is the sign of a quality footballer."
Coleman looks to be yet another talented young Australian back that will no doubt terrorise defences for many years to come. He'll be one to keep an eye on this season.