Two tries and a super-consistent start to the season with the ACT XV has Brumbies winger Clyde Rathbone believing Tim Cree deserves a spot on a Super Rugby roster.
And while Cree had a cracking game in the ACT XV’s 32-23 loss to the Argentina Pampas at Duntroon on Sunday, Rathbone only lasted 40 minutes before succumbing to a persistent hamstring injury.
Cree shone at No.8 as the ACT pushed the Argentinian A team right up to the final whistle. It was only sealed when Pampas five-eighth Patricio Fernandez scored his second intercept try in the dying seconds.
Rathbone was one of several Brumbies to have a run for the ACT, along with Allan Alaalatoa, Josh Mann-Rea, Jordan Smiler, JP Smith and Stephan van der Walt.
”Timmy Cree had an outstanding game, played really, really well,” Rathbone said on Sunday.
”He trained with us through the pre-season. He’s a guy that should get an opportunity somewhere.”
Rathbone produced several heavy hits in the first half, but a hamstring problem ended his game early.
He wanted to get through a full 80 minutes to try and push for selection for the Brumbies’ trip to Wellington this week, but was hampered by a tendon problem that has preventing him from running flat out.
The 32-year-old felt it would only set him back for two or three weeks.
”I had a cortisone [injection] last week, [but it] didn’t seem to make a huge difference,” he said.
”I just can’t seem to get above 80 per cent without feeling it, so back to the drawing board on Monday and come up with a game plan.
”It’s not massively serious, but it’s concerning.
”It won’t be a long-term thing, but I’m making it worse by playing, not better.”
ARGENTINA PAMPAS 32 (Patricio Fernandez 2, Matias Alemanno tries, a penalty try; Fernandez, 2 pens, 3 cons) bt ACT XV 23 (Tim Cree 2, Matt Hawke, tries; Rodney Iona, con, 2 pens).
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