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Brumbies end Canes' unbeaten streak

Updated: Apr 29

The Brumbies have beaten the Hurricanes in Super Rugby
Canberra has not been a happy hunting ground for the Hurricanes as they were beaten by the Brumbies. PHOTO: SUPER RUGBY

The ACT Brumbies have ended the unbeaten run of the Hurricanes with an upset in Canberra 27-19 in Round 10 of Super Rugby Pacific.

It was the sixth match dating back to 2017 that the Hurricanes have lacked a win from the Australian capital.

It came from powerful running and a clinical display from their forward pack helped the Brumbies race to an early 24-5 lead they would never relinquish, handing the visitors their first loss of the season.

First-five Noah Lolesio directed play confidently as his side withstood the Hurricanes' second-half fightback, with his two penalty goals giving them the breathing room.


It was the Brumbies' first win of the season against a top-four side, having fallen short against the Chiefs and being well and truly done by the Blues last week.

However, this week the Brumbies delivered the best 20 minutes of their campaign to date and raced to a 21-5 lead.

A well-timed cut-out pass from Ryan Lonergan got Lolesio the opening points in the corner.

There was a quick response from Hurricanes prop Xavier Numia crossing the line.

Content with powering the ball up the middle of the park via their bruising carriers, centre Tamati Tua burst through the line to score, before winger Ollie Sapsford capped a beautifully worked team move for their third try.

Numia's second in the 32nd minute kept the Hurricanes within 12 points at halftime, and All Black midfielder Jordie Barrett benefited when his side finally found some space for their backs to work in, scoring early in the second half.

Tua was at his best while returning Wallabies prop Allan Alaalatoa played 40 minutes in his first game since rupturing his achilles against the All Blacks in July.

Reserve halfback Richard Judd made an important tackled to keep the Hurricanes in the game holding up Brumbies lock Tom Hooper as he looked to crash over and break the stalemate that ensued over the rest of the second 40.

But otherwise the fast start was too much for the Canes who now look forward to hosting the Waratahs next Friday.

ACT Brumbies 27 (Noah Lolesio, Tamati Tua, Ollie Sapsford tries; Noah Lolesio 3 con, 2 pen) Hurricanes 19 (Xavier Numia 2, Jordie Barrett tries; Brett Cameron 2 con). HT: 24-12


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