Canberra - The Brumbies have ground out a 20-3 win over the
Cheetahs to stretch their unbeaten Super Rugby home run to 11 games in
Canberra on Saturday.
As it happened: Brumbies v Cheetahs
The well-drilled Brumbies controlled the
rucks and mauls to beat the Cheetahs two tries to one to consolidate
their lead at the top of Australia's conference.
It was the
Brumbies' seventh straight win over the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs in
Canberra and continues their unbeaten run at home from early last
The last time the Brumbies lost at Canberra Stadium was against the Reds 27-17 in February last year.
Christian Lealiifano finished with 15 points from a try, two
conversions and two penalty goals, while lock Blake Enever plunged over
for his first Super Rugby try.
Joe Pietersen kicked the Cheetahs only
The Brumbies, with David Pocock outstanding in the rucks
and mauls, built up a 13-3 lead at half-time and were never in any danger
against the Cheetahs, who slumped to their fifth straight loss.
brushed aside a feeble tackle from flyhalf Pietersen in just the
fourth minute to score a soft try, before Enever powered over five
minutes after the interval to tighten the Brumbies' grip on the match.
Brumbies' winning margin would have been greater but for a disputed
disallowed try to Matt Toomua in the first half and Henry Speight losing
the ball over the try-line midway through the second half.
think the biggest positive to come out of the game was our defence, they
score twenty points a game on average so to keep them to three was
massive," Toomua said.
Skipper Stephen Moore praised the Brumbies' maul defence.
"I thought our defence was really good, particularly our maul defence and our one-on-one tackles," he said.
"It would have been nice to get the four tries for the bonus point, but sometimes that's the way the game goes."
Cheetahs captain Francois Uys said his team played well in patches.
accuracy let us down, we didn't really execute some of the plays and I
think one or two opportunities didn't go our way," Uys said.
tried to keep it a bit tight, but the Brumbies defended the maul
extremely well, especially in the first half while we were on their
goal-line, and we didn't come away with any points and in the second
half we were chasing the game."
The Brumbies cross the Tasman next
week to face the Blues in Auckland, while the Cheetahs head to Perth to
play Western Force on their way home.
Brumbies: 20 - Tries: Christian Lealiifano, Blake Enever; Conversions: Christian Lealiifano (2); Penalties: Lealiifano (2)
Cheetahs: 3 - Penalty: Joe Pietersen
15 Robbie Coleman, 14 James Dargaville, 13 Henry Speight, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joseph Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Blake Enever, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Ita Vaea, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Nigel Ah Wong, 23 Lausii Taliauli
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 11 Joe Pietersen, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie
Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 BG Uys, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Tienie Burger, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Rayno Benjamin