Brisbane - The pack power of the Brumbies proved too much for the
injury-ravaged Reds as the visitors picked up an easy 29-0
bonus point win in their Super Rugby clash in Brisbane on Saturday.
Ben Alexander scored two tries with hooker Stephen Moore, number eight
Ita Vaea and centre Christian Leali'ifano also crossing to send the
Brumbies top of the overall standings after a fourth win in five
It was another day of woe for the Reds. Missing 12
players, they showed early fight but their mish-mash of reserves and out
of position players were ultimately outclassed and lost their
discipline as the game wore on.
Bottom of the Australian conference with four defeats in five matches, next week's bye week cannot come soon enough.
For the Brumbies, runners-up in 2013 and semi-finalists last year, another playoff berth looks likely.
good to get the four tries and keep them to nil. Job done," Moore said
in a pitchside interview ahead of next week's clash with the champion Waratahs.
The skipper stretched over for the
opening try in the 20th minute after going through numerous phrases to
test the Reds' defence.
Front-row partner Alexander crossed for a
second after more patient play exposed gaps in the Reds defence but the
visitors only went in 10-0 up at the halftime break after Leali'ifano
missed both conversions and a penalty.
Reds scrumhalf Nick Frisby,
forced to play at flyhalf, fared no better with the boot and missed a
second kickable effort at the start of the second half before the
Brumbies pack took over.
Alexander bagging a second try in the 45th minute after smartly taking advantage of more Reds hesitation in defence.
flank Liam Gill picked up scrumhalf Nic White at a ruck and threw him
backwards over his head in a wrestling style move which the referee was
about to blow his whistle on, only for Alexander to pick up and drive
over the line.
With Gill shown a yellow card for the offence, the
Brumbies opted for a series of scrums with the hosts continually
infringing under pressure and fortunate not to give away a penalty try.
sick of the impasse, Brumbies number eight Vaea picked up the ball from
a scrum and after the ball was recycled a few times the backrower
crashed over for the bonus point score.
Leali'ifano made up for his kicking woes by running in a fifth try after a bundled Reds attack broke down at halfway.
15 Ben Tapuai, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Anthony Fainga’a, 11 Campbell Magnay, 10 Nick Frisby, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 James Horwill, 4 Marco Kotze, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Saia Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper (captain)
Substitutes: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sef Faagase, 19 Dave McDuling, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Scott Gale, 22 Sam Johnson, 23 Tom Banks
15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Leali'ifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 JP Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Blake Enever, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Lausii Taliauli, 23 James Dargaville