The Brumbies defeated the Highlanders 31-18 in their Round 11 Super Rugby clash on Friday at the GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.
Stephen Larkham’s men controlled much of possession throughout the game and killed off the game in the first half.
Just five minutes into the match the home side reached the try line after Lima Sopoaga dropped the ball which was pounced on and offloaded to Henry Speight who cruised his way to the line for a converted try. Three minutes later the visitors got pinged right in front of their posts. The penalty was scored with ease.
On the 13th minute while surging forward, Larkham’s men reached the try line once again, this time spreading position and rolling the maul from five metres out. David Pocock received the ball at the end of the backline and rushed over the line with the conversion was spot-on. Four minutes later, Jamie Joseph’s men made their first real push forward which forced a penalty and three points. On the 23rd minute Sopoaga slotted another penalty.
On the 29th minute Pocock finished off a rolling maul move that emulated the last try his team scored, Pocock reaching the try line without much trouble. Six minutes later another roll and maul gave Pocock his third try of the match with as much ease as the other two where. The conversion was slotted and the score line stood at 31-6 for the Brumbies at halftime.
Four minutes into the second half the New Zealand franchise pulled a try back through Shaun Treeby who found space after a patient build up from his teammates. He found space to dive over the try line and Sopoaga made no mistake with the conversion. For some time Joseph’s men pushed and pressured forward, looking to cut the home team’s lead. In the 57th minute Dan Pryor piggy-backed on an easy maul to score from Pocock. The conversion was waved away by the defence.
On the 67th minute Sopoage spilled possession again giving the Aussie’s franchise a chance to turn over and head in the opposite direction. Speight spillled the ball as he dived over the try line. This would be the last notable play throughout the match until the final whistle went blew. The Brumbies move up to second position in the combined log with this win.
Brumbies Match Stats:
Tries – H Speight, D Pocock (3)
Cons – C Lealiifano (4)
Pens – C Lealiifano
Highlanders Match Stats
Tries – S Treeby, D Pryor
Cons – L Sopoage
Pens – L Sopoage (2)