Brumbies punish Waratahs in Super 15

The ACT Brumbies underlined their Super 15 title credentials with a superb 23-6 win over arch-rivals the NSW Waratahs on Saturday in Canberra.

However, impressive flyhalf Christian Lealiifano, who scored two conversions and three penalties, suffered what appeared to be a major knee injury after the full-time siren sounded, taking the gloss off a big victory.

There was not much in it at the break, but the Brumbies outplayed their near neighbours in every department and kept the Waratahs scoreless in the second half despite losing skipper Ben Mowen to a yellow card with eight minutes left.

The smaller Brumbies pack easily won the battle up front, allowing halfback Nic White to control the match in an outstanding individual performance that will surely see him win Wallaby selection for the June Test matches.

The Brumbies are now nine points clear of New South Wales at the top of the Australian conference, with the Queensland Reds a further point back ahead of their clash with the Crusaders on Sunday.

"It was a really important game for us, particularly with the conference system," Mowen said.

"We're reasonably pleased but we're not getting too far ahead of ourselves."

The Waratahs started well and had all the early ball and territory but were unable to take advantage, and the home side struck first with a 10th minute Lealiifano penalty from almost right in front.

However, hands in the ruck from Brumbies lock Scott Fardy allowed NSW scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin to equalise just seven minutes later.

The Brumbies weathered the early NSW storm and gradually worked their way back into the match with their hard running loose forwards beginning to make inroads around the rucks and mauls.

Another Lealiifano penalty made it 6-3 before McKibbin's second three-pointer tied it up three minutes from halftime.

But in the first minute of injury time, Brumbies winger Henry Speight burst down the sideline and brushed off Berrick Barnes and Adam Ashley-Cooper to score beside the posts and send the home side into the break leading 13-6.

The Brumbies came out firing after halftime and battered the Waratahs line in the opening few minutes, centre Andrew Smith eventually capitalising when the Waratahs ran out of defenders after multiple phases of attack.

Lealiifano converted from 10 metres in from the sideline to make it 20-6 then made it safe for the Brumbies with his third penalty in the 71st minute.

The Waratahs never looked like bridging the gap.

"I can cop it when you get outplayed out there, but not when you get out-willed," Waratahs captain Benn Robinson said.

"That's a pretty disappointing performance from us -- there were a few key areas where they definitely got on top of us."

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • N. Korea fires missiles in anger at South-US military drills
    N. Korea fires missiles in anger at South-US military drills

    North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and vowed "merciless" retaliation Monday as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational. The annual exercises always trigger a surge in military tensions and warlike rhetoric on the divided peninsula, and analysts saw the North's missile tests as a prelude to a concerted campaign of sabre-rattling. "If there is a particularly sharp escalation, we could see the …

  • Troops overrun BIFF bomb-making facility in Mamasapano
    Troops overrun BIFF bomb-making facility in Mamasapano

    Government troops captured Sunday a bomb and weapons factory of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced yesterday. Col. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesman, said the captured bomb and weapons factory is located inside an area controlled by radical Muslim cleric Ustadz Mohammad Ali Tambako at Barangay Dasikil in Mamasapano. …

  • No need for Revilla to visit son – prosecutors
    No need for Revilla to visit son – prosecutors

    Instead of filing an opposition, ombudsman prosecutors filed a manifestation yesterday expressing belief that there is no urgent need for Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. to visit his son at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center. “Based on the clinical abstract issued by the Asian Hospital on patient (Cavite) Vice-governor (Jolo) Revilla, which was submitted by accused Revilla in support of his Urgent Motion, Vice-governor Revilla is in stable condition and has stable vital signs, as of March 1, …

  • Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together
    Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives — together. …

  • How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say
    How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say

    CAIRO (AP) — Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting to join the Islamic State group and carry out attacks on American soil. A masked, knife-wielding militant from London who is the face of terror in videos showing Western hostages beheaded. …

  • Lawmakers split on tax exemption for Pacquiao
    Lawmakers split on tax exemption for Pacquiao

    Colleagues of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao at the House of Representatives backed yesterday a proposal to exempt his earnings from his May 2 fight with American Floyd Mayweather from income tax. Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares has urged Pacquiao to promptly pay taxes on his May 2 earnings, which are projected to reach at least $120 million (more than P5.2 billion). …

  • Recruitment firm accused of worldwide scam
    Recruitment firm accused of worldwide scam

    Filipinos aspiring to work overseas should avoid dealing with a recruitment agency that has duped jobseekers worldwide, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said yesterday. The National Bureau of Investigation has padlocked Global Visas Inc., which is based in Cebu. Baldoz said the agency’s parent company, ICS Global Visas Inc. based in the United Kingdom, has reportedly collapsed and left thousands of applicants without jobs.  “Global Visas was in the limelight this week, following its reported …

  • Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn't see his killer
    Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn't see his killer

    MOSCOW (AP) — The 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov tearfully recounted Monday their last dinner in a chic Red Square restaurant and their walk onto a nearby bridge — but said she did not see the gunman who pulled the trigger. …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options