Pocock hat-trick sinks Highlanders
Cape Town - A first-half hat-trick from flank David Pocock has helped the Brumbies to victory over the Highlanders in Canberra on Friday.
As it happened: Brumbies v Highlanders
The Brumbies won 31-18 after leading 31-6 at half-time.
The Brumbies scored four tries in total. Besides Pocock's hat-trick, wing Henry Speight also dotted down for the hosts. Flyhalf Christian Lealiifano converted all four tries and also added a penalty.
The Highlanders replied with tries by centre Shaun Treeby and replacement Dan Pryor. Flyhalf Lima Sopoaga was on target with a conversion and two penalties.
The Brumbies picked up a full-house of five points for their victory to extend their lead atop the Australian Conference. They also moved into second place in the Overall log.
The Highlanders left empty-handed, but stayed third in the New Zealand Conference and fifth in the Overall standings.
In next weekend's Round 12 action, the Brumbies host the Waratahs in Canberra (Friday, May 1 at 11:40), while the Highlanders play the Sharks in Dunedin (Friday, May 1 at 09:35).
Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Robbie Coleman,
11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Michael Dowsett, 8 Ita Vaea, 7
David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Blake Enever, 4 Jordan Smiler, 3 Ruan
Smith, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 JP Smith
16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Rory Arnold,
20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Rod Iona, 23 Nigel Ah Wong
Trent Renata, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Richard Buckman, 12 Shaun Treeby,
11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Nasi Manu
(captain), 7 James Lentjes, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom
Franklin, 3 Pingi Tala'apitaga, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames
16 Ash Dixon, 17 Brendon Edmonds, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Joe Latta, 20
Gareth Evans, 21 Dan Pryor, 22 Josh Renton, 23 Jason Emery