Brumbies 24-12 Hurricanes, GIO Stadium
Brumbies have stretched their winning streak to three games as they came from behind to defeat Hurricanes 24-12 in their Super Rugby encounter at GIO Stadium on Saturday.
Brumbies have consolidated their position at third as they take their tally to 29 points while this is Hurricanes' third consecutive defeat this season as they are positioned second in New Zealand group.
Hurricanes went into the game without Brad Shields, Ardie Savea and Beauden Barrett but they seized the advantage in the opening minutes when TJ Perenara crossed down in the fourth minute and Jordie Barrett kicked the conversion.
The response from Brumbies came in the 9th minute when Kyle Godwin crossed over but his efforts were negated when Julian Savea dotted down in the 14th minute and that remained the only points in the game during the first half. The teams headed into the break with Hurricanes having a 12-5 lead.
Brumbies were quick to get off the block early in the second half as Folau Fainga'a dived past the line and Christian Leali'ifano kicked the extras to level the scores and the Australian side soon went on to claim the lead for the first time in the game when Rory Arnold crashed over the line.
Hurricanes suffered a setback when Blade Thomson was sin-binned for a high tackle but Brumbies failed to make use of the numerical advantage as the scores remained 17-12 by the end of the third quarter. With all three results possible, Andy Muirhead with his 77th minute try ensured Brumbies completed a 24-12 victory.
HIGHLIGHTS: 2018 Super Rugby Week 17: Brumbies v Hurricanes— Super Rugby (@SuperRugby) 30 June 2018
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