Vodacom Super 14

Brumbies steal late victory

2010-03-26 13:50
Julian Huxley (File)
Garrin Lambley

Cape Town - The Brumbies have beaten the Chiefs in a pulsating Super 14 encounter in Canberra on Friday to keep their campaign on track.

The Brumbies won 30-23 after leading 17-16 at half-time.

The Brumbies scored three tries through flank Michael Hooper, scrumhalf Josh Valentine and flyhalf Matt Toomua who scored in the dying minutes of the match. Centre Matt Giteau kicked three conversions and three penalties.

The Chiefs replied with tries by scrumhalf Brendon Leonard and centre Richard Kahui. Flyhalf Stephen Donald kicked two conversions and three penalties.

Julian Huxley made an emotional return for the Brumbies in the first half after brain surgery.

The Brumbies picked up four points for their win, while the Chiefs left the Australian capital with a single point for losing by seven or fewer.

In next weekend's Round 8 action, the Brumbies have a bye, while the Chiefs host the Highlanders in Mount Maunganui.

Teams:

Brumbies:
15. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14. Pat McCabe, 13. Stirling Mortlock, 12. Matt Giteau, 11. Francis Fainifo, 10. Matt Toomua, 9. Josh Valentine, 8. Stephen Hoiles (captain), 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Rocky Elsom, 5. Mitchell Chapman, 4. Ben Hand, 3. Salesi Ma’afu, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Ben Alexander

Substitutes: 16. Huia Edmonds, 17. Guy Shepherdson, 18. Mark Chisholm, 19. Colby Faingaa, 20. Patrick Phibbs, 21. Tyrone Smith, 22. Julian Huxley

Chiefs:
15. Mils Muliaina (captain), 14. Lelia Masaga, 13. Richard Kahui, 12. Jackson Willison, 11. Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10. Stephen Donald, 9. Brendon Leonard, 8. Sione Lauaki, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 6. Liam Messam, 5. Culum Retallick, 4. Craig Clarke, 3. Ben Afeaki, 2. Aled de Malmanche, 1. Sona Taumalolo

Substitutes: 16. Hika Elliot, 17. Nathan White, 18. Jarrad Hoeata, 19. Luke Braid, 20. Junior Poluleuligaga, 21. Mike Delany, 22. Tim Nanai-Williams

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