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World news – AU – Brumbies beat Queensland Reds to claim Super Rugby AU championship

The Brumbies will enjoy bragging rights in Australian domestic rugby after outlasting the Reds 28-23 in a thrilling final in Canberra.

The Brumbies were pushed to the brink by the Queensland Reds before sealing a 28-23 victory in a thrilling Super Rugby AU final at Canberra Stadium.

Tries to hooker Folau Fainga’a, winger Andy Muirhead and fullback Tom Banks, and a 13-point goalkicking haul from five-eighth Noah Lolesio were enough for the Brumbies to win on home soil.

It was not the silverware the Brumbies set out for before COVID-19 shut down Super Rugby proper in March, but it adds to the Super 12 titles they won in 2001 and 2004.

The Brumbies had been Australia’s Super Rugby conference champions in three of the past four years before dominating the 10-round domestic series in 2020.

The Reds had hoped to assert their dominance at scrum time and they did early, as the two sides traded penalty goals in the opening 15 minutes.

But it was the Brumbies who bagged the first try of the night through another familiar set-piece source, their driving maul, with Fainga’a the beneficiary.

Lolesio — recalled to the Brumbies’ starting XV in somewhat of a final gamble after two months out injured — combined with Muirhead for the Brumbies’ second try and a 15-3 lead.

The Reds could have dropped their heads but instead Jordan Petaia sparked a fightback with a weaving 30-metre run and flick pass to put number eight Harry Wilson over next to the posts.

James O’Connor’s conversion and second penalty goal after the half-time siren left the visitors trailing by only two points at the break.

In a blow for the Reds, however, Petaia failed to emerge for the second half after a leg injury rubbed the winger out of the match.

Worse was to follow for the Reds, with forward Lukhan Salakaia-Loto forced off with concussion just three minutes into the second half.

Banks powered over for their third try and Lolesio converted before he slotted a drop goal and a penalty, and suddenly the minor premiers had skipped out to a 28-13 lead.

Another O’Connor penalty and a contentious try to lock Angus Blyth in the 64th minute — after the TMO took an age to decide Reds halfback Tate McDermott had not knocked on in the lead-up — reduced the deficit to five points.

Coach Dan McKellar could be excused for expecting the Brumbies to be rewarded with a healthy representation in the Wallabies side for next month’s two Bledisloe Cup battles with the All Blacks in New Zealand.

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SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com/news/world-news-au-brumbies-beat-queensland-reds-to-claim-super-rugby-au-championship/?remotepost=296605

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