Brumbies open the door for Lions with Waratahs win
Cape Town - The Brumbies have opened the door for the Lions to finish as runners-up in the overall Super Rugby standings after their victory over the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.
As it happened: Waratahs v Brumbies
The Waratahs, who entered the match three points ahead of the Lions, now face an anxious wait to see whether they will slip to third in the log - and out of a home semi-final position - when the Johannesburg-based side host the Bulls at 15:05.
The Brumbies, who were eliminated from playoff contention by kick-off time, won their all-Australian clash 40-31 after having led 26-10 at half-time.
The Brumbies scored six tries through fullback Tom Banks, lock Richie Arnold, No 8 Isi Naisarani, wing Andy Muirhead, centre Kyle Godwin and replacement Lausii Taliauli. Flyhalf Christian Lealiifano added five conversions.
The Waratahs replied with four tries by hooker Damien Fitzpatrick, wing Taqele Naiyaravoro, flank Will Miller and replacement Brad Wilkin. Flyhalf Bernard Foley was on target with all four conversions as well as a penalty.
The Brumbies picked up four points for their victory, but stayed third in the Australian Conference. They did however move up to ninth in the Overall standings.
The Waratahs left empty-handed, but stayed top of the Australian Conference and second in the Overall log.
Should the Lions beat the Bulls, they will host the Jaguares in the quarter-finals, while the Waratahs will play the Highlanders in Sydney.
However, should the Lions lose to, or draw with, the Bulls, they will host the Highlanders while the Waratahs will welcome the Jaguares to Sydney.
15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11
Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley (captain), 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael
Wells, 7 Will Miller, 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Jed Holloway, 3
Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson
16 Tolu Latu, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Tom
Staniforth, 20 Brad Wilkin, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Alex Newsome, 23 Bryce
15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry
Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Andy Muirhead, 10
Christian Lealiifano (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 David
Pocock, 6 Blake Enever, 5 Richie Arnold, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan
Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Faingaa, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Les Leulua’iali’i-Makin, 19 Sam Carter, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Lausii Taliauli