Brumbies send out warning with Reds thrashing
Cape Town - The Brumbies sent out an ominous warning with their sixth straight win ahead of the Super Rugby quarter-finals with a comprehensive thrashing of the Reds in their all-Australian derby in Canberra on Saturday.
As it happened: Brumbies v Reds
The Brumbies won 40-27 after leading 19-10 at half-time.
The Brumbies scored six tries through wings Andy Muirhead and Tom Wright, No 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, lock Rory Arnold, replacement forward Murray Douglas and a penalty try. Flyhalf Christian Leali’ifano added three conversions while replacement Ryan Lonergan also contributed a two-pointer.
The Reds replied with three tries by fullback Bryce Hegarty, replacement back Duncan Paia’aua and flank Liam Wright. Hegarty was also on target with all three conversions and a penalty, while flyhalf Matt McGahan also added a conversion.
The Brumbies picked up a full-house of five points for their victory which stretched their lead atop the Australian Conference to a yawning 14 points. The Brumbies finished the season in third place in the Overall standings, and will welcome the sixth-place finisher to Canberra in next weekend's playoffs.
The Reds left empty-handed and finished fourth and 14th in the Australian Conference and Overall log, respectively.
15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Christian Leali’ifano (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 James Slipper, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Murray Douglas, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Len Ikitau
15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi (captain), 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 Matt McGahan, 9 Scott Malolua, 8 Angus Scott-Young, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 JP Smith
Substitutes: 16 Brandon Paengo-Amosa, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Gav Luka, 19 Caleb Timu, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Sefa Naivalu