Brumbies batter Reds

The Brumbies clinched a comprehensive 31-18 win over the Reds in a pre-season clash at Ballymore on Friday.

After suffering a narrow defeat to the Waratahs in their first warm-up game, the Brumbies picked a strong side for this clash, and never looked in any trouble against the Reds.

Stephen Moore, Ita Vaea and Tomas Cubelli all scored in the first half as the visitors opened up a 19-6 lead at the break.

Tevita Kuridrani and Robbie Abel then dotted down to extend the Brumbies’ try tally to five, although the Reds managed to respond with tries to Nick Frisby and Eto Nabuli.

The Brumbies will open their Super Rugby campaign against the Hurricanes on 26 February, while the Reds will kick off their season against the Waratahs the day after.

Brumbies – Tries: Stephen Moore, Ita Vaea, Tomas Cubelli, Tevita Kuridrani, Robbie Abel. Conversions: Christian Lealiifano (3).
Reds – Try: Nick Frisby, Eto Nabuli. Conversion: Ayumu Goromaru. Penalties: Jake McIntyre (2).

Brumbies – 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano (c), 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, Allan Alaalatoa.
Subs: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Nick Jooste, 23 Andrew Smith, 24 Tom Staniforth, 25 Jordan Smiler, 26 Nigel Ah Wong.

Reds – 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Lolo Fakaosilea, 5 Rob Simmons (c), 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 Ben Daley.
Subs: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ben Matwijow, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Hendrik Tui, 22 Scott Gale, 23 Sam Greene, 24 Junior Laloifi, 25 Campbell Magnay, 26 Ayumu Goromaru.

Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

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