Brumbies clout Reds in Canberra
Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
Cape Town - The Brumbies confirmed the superiority among the Australian sides in this year's Vodacom Super Rugby tournament with a comprehensive thrashing of the Reds in Canberra on Saturday.
As it happened: Brumbies v Reds
The Brumbies won 43-10 after the teams were dead-locked at 10-all at half-time.
The Brumbies scored six tries through centre Tevita Kuridrani, hooker Robbie Abel, fullback Aiden Toua, flank Chris Alcock, replacement loose forward Jarrad Butler as well as replacement back James Dargaville.
New Zealand-born flyhalf Wharenui Hawera landed five conversions as well as a penalty.
The Reds replied with a try by wing Chris Kuridrani and a conversion and penalty from scrumhalf James Tuttle.
The Brumbies picked up a full-house of five points for their victory and extended their lead atop the Australian Conference to eight points, having also played one match fewer than their two nearest contenders for top spot.
The Reds left empty-handed and remained third in the Australian Conference.
In next weekend's Round 8 action the Brumbies travel to Melbourne to face the Rebels (Saturday, April 15 at 11:45 SA time), while the Reds host the Kings earlier in the day in Brisbane (07:05 SA time).
15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin,
11 Tom Banks, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7
Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy (captain), 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3
Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Scott Sio
16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Tom Staniforth,
20 Jarrad Butler, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 James Dargaville
Lachlan Maranta, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan
Paia’aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Scott
Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Rob
Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Sef Fa’agase
16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20
Hendrik Tui, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Izaia Perese