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Why the Brumbies are the real deal in 2022




All Blacks skipper Sam Cane hailed the Brumbies as “benchmarks” after his outclassed Chiefs succumbed 38-28 in a pivotal Tremendous Rugby Pacific encounter in Hamilton.

The Brumbies not solely restored some battered pleasure to Australian rugby – following a sorry weekend for the Queensland Reds and Melbourne Rebels – but in addition reaffirmed their title credentials at FMG Stadium Waikato.

The Brumbies parlayed a resolute defensive show right into a medical attacking efficiency to consolidate second spot on the ladder regardless of the Chiefs’ clear possession and territorial benefit.

No surprise Brumbies captain Nic White was delighted.

“The boys really rolled up the sleeves tonight. Really proud of that effort. They’re an unbelievable side,” White mentioned.

“We’d spoken about the intensity we’d have to go up. We’ve had a couple of good wins (over Kiwi sides) but they were at home. It’s very tough to come away and win.”

The stirring victory adopted the table-topping Blues’ 71-28 humiliation of the Rebels on Friday evening and the Highlanders scuppering of Queensland’s house last hopes with a 27-19 comeback over the Reds in Brisbane.

It additionally boosted NSW’s finals prospects, with the Waratahs becoming a member of the fourth-placed Chiefs on 32 competitors factors after a 26-20 conquer Moana Pasifika in Auckland earlier on Saturday.

The Brumbies have been clinging to an 18-14 lead after the 2 sides traded a pair of tries in an entertaining first half.

However Lenny Ikitau’s strike two minutes after the break blew the sport open, sending the Brumbies two transformed tries clear.

The buffer proved sufficient regardless of powerhouse No.8 Pita Sowakula briefly decreasing the deficit to seven factors with a attempt within the 57th minute.

Ending hooker Billy Pollard sealed the take care of a attempt 9 minutes from time because the Brumbies chalked up their fourth win from their previous 5 journeys to New Zealand. 

The final time the ACT outfit loved an extended successful streak in opposition to their vaunted trans-Tasman rivals was a three-match successful stretch eight years in the past.

The Brumbies’ run left vanquished Chiefs skipper Sam Cane hailing Dan McKellar’s males as critical contenders to turn into Australia’s first Tremendous Rugby champions because the Waratahs in 2014.

“We got what we expected from the Brumbies,” Cane mentioned.

“They’ve been setting the benchmarks in some methods all through the comp and we knew we’d be in for an enormous battle right here tonight.

“They put a whole lot of strain on us on the breakdown – it was messy there – and I believed their kicking sport was actually good.

“Loads of their contestable kicking was good they usually pinned us in areas of the park and, once we tried to play an excessive amount of in our personal half, they have been ok to power an error or a penalty.

“We were always chasing it. It sucks, quite frankly.” 

The Brumbies face a fair sterner examination of their title credentials within the coming fortnight after they deal with 12-times champions the Crusaders and 2021 winners the Blues in successive video games. 

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