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.
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.
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