Brumbies edge past Rebels by 30-22 to stay top in Australia

Scott Fardy was among the try scorers for the Brumbies
Scott Fardy was among the try scorers for the Brumbies
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Rebels 22-30 Brumbies, AAMI Park

Brumbies edged past Rebels by 30-22 at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Friday to stay at the top of the Australian Super Rugby conference.

The game was marred by multiple controversies. Brumbies fly-half Christian Leali'ifano's 36th minute try resulted from what appeared to be a forward pass. On another occasion, replacement prop Allan Alaalatoa's late try was over-turned due to a knock-on when the score was 25-22 in favor of the visitors.

However, Brumbies winger Nigel Ah Wong managed to score a decisive try in the 70th minute in the corner resulting in a stunned silence at AAMI Park.

Cam Crawford (9), Reece Hodge (44) and Sefanaia Naivalu (56) scored tries for Rebels. Whereas David Pocock (15), Rory Arnold (31) and Scott Fardy (51) were the other try scorers for the Brumbies.

The result has helped Brumbies to maintain their top position in the Australian Conference after amassing 29 points from 11 games whereas Rebels need to get back to winning ways with only five games left to have a shot at reaching the finals. 

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