Canberra - The Brumbies scored six tries in a thumping
47-3 win over Australian rivals the Reds to post a record winning margin in
their Super Rugby match here at GIO Stadium on Friday.
The Brumbies, champions in 2001 and 2004,
were too well drilled and organised for the ragged Reds who lost their former
Wallaby skipper James Horwill to a red card in the final minutes.
The Canberra-based side gave promise of
things to come with an impressive performance, with former Wallabies skipper
David Pocock coming through the 80 minutes unscathed after two seasons blighted
by knee reconstructions.
The 44-point winning margin eclipsed the
Brumbies' 51-8 victory over the Reds in Canberra in 2004 for their ninth
straight win at home.
The Brumbies, who led 21-3 at half-time,
launched their season with a bonus-point win with tries to Robbie Coleman, Joe
Tomane, Matt Toomua, Nic White, Tevita Kuridrani and James Dargaville.
Christian Lealiifano kicked 17 points from
four conversions and three penalties.
The Reds’ only points came from a
34th-minute penalty from their new signing and former rugby league
international Karmichael Hunt, who played at flyhalf for the sidelined Quade
"It was a really great way to start
the year and I am really proud of the effort out there tonight," skipper
"To keep that sort of Reds side
try-less was the biggest thing that we can take out of the game.
"I thought halves Nic White and Matt
Toomua controlled the game really well."
Brumbies hooker and Wallaby skipper Stephen
Moore came off the bench for the last 30 minutes as he works his way back to
full fitness from a serious knee injury last season.
The Reds didn't help their cause by
conceding 17 penalties, culminating in Horwill receiving his second yellow card
four minutes from time for repeated infringements.
"It's obviously not the way we wanted
to start the season but these are the cards we're dealt and it's pretty
disappointing," Reds skipper James Slipper said.
"Ill discipline really hurt us and it
was something we had spoken about before the game and once again we start off
the year with a lot of penalties and you can't win games with that sort of
The Brumbies cross the Tasman to face the Chiefs
next week, while the Reds are at home to Western Force.Scorers:
Tries: Robbie Coleman, Joe Tomane, Matt Toomua, Nic White, Tevita Kuridrani, James Dargaville
Conversions: Christian Lealiifano (4)
Penalties: Lealiifano (3)
Penalty: Karmichael Hunt
15. Robbie Coleman, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Joe Tomane, 10. Matt Toomua, 9. Nic White, 8. Jarrad Butler, 7. David Pocock (captain), 6. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Ben Alexander, 2. Josh Mann-Rea, 1. Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16. Stephen Moore, 17. JP Smith, 18. Ruan Smith, 19. Jordan Smiler, 20. Ita Vaea, 21. Michael Dowsett, 22. James Dargaville, 23. Lausii Taliauli
15 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Lachie Turner, 10 Karmichael Hunt, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Curtis Browning, 5 Marco Kotze, 4 James Horwill, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 James Slipper (captain)
Substitutes: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sef Faagase, 19 Ed O'Donoghue, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Duncan Paia'aua, 23 Campbell Magnay