The Brumbies head into the Vodacom Super Rugby playoffs with plenty of momentum after they beat the Reds 40-27 on Saturday. JOHN GOLIATH reports.
The Brumbies were already assured of top spot in the Australian conference before the match kicked off. But they put in a professional performance, scoring six tries en route to a rather comfortable victory.
The Reds, who were playing for pride, showed some spirit and scored three tries of their own. However, two yellow cards in the first half cost them dearly, as the home side went into the break 19-0 up.
In total, the Brumbies scored through wings Andy Muirhead and Tom Wright, No 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, lock Rory Arnold, replacement Murray Douglas and banked a penalty try.
The Reds were competitive in patches, but ultimately the Brumbies picked up a comfortable bonus-point win to stretch their lead at the top of the Aussie conference to 14 points.
— SA Rugby magazine (@SARugbymag) June 15, 2019
Brumbies – Tries: Andy Muirhead, Lachlan McCaffrey, penalty Try, Rory Arnold, Tom Wright, Murray Douglas. Conversions: Christian Lealiifano (3), Ryan Lonergan.
Reds – Tries: Bryce Hegarty, Duncan Paia’aua, Liam Wright. Conversions: Hegarty (3). Penalty: Hegarty
Brumbies – 15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Christian Leali’ifano, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.
Subs: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 James Slipper, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Murray Douglas, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Len Ikitau.
Reds – 15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 Matt McGahan, 9 Scott Malolua, 8 Angus Scott-Young, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 JP Smith.
Subs: 16 Brandon Paengo-Amosa, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Gav Luka, 19 Caleb Timu, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Sefa Naivalu.
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