Plus500 Brumbies thump 'Tahs at GIO Stadium

· Super Rugby
by Brumbies Media

A man of the match performance from Cadeyrn Neville and braces from wingers Solomone Kata and Tom Wright, has seen the Plus500 Brumbies defeat the Waratahs 47-14 at GIO Stadium.


The wins sees the Brumbies open up a 10-point gap at the top of the Australian conference, while also sending the side to second in the overall Super Rugby standings.


Despite the score line, the game played in front of a rapt Brumbies home crowd was competitive for most of the match, NSW showing plenty of intent and pace.


Indeed, it was the Waratahs who opened proceedings in the 11th minute with captain Rob Simmons popping up with the first five-pointer in his 150th Super Rugby match, after he was put in space by Alex Newsome. Will Harrison successfully kicked the conversion from out wide giving the visitors an early advantage.


The Brumbies hit back almost immediately, with Kata scoring his first from close range at the back off a collapsed maul. Noah Lolesio converted to lock the score at 7-a-piece.


The Waratahs were then awarded a try with Mark Nawaqanitawase’s effort being awarded after consultation with the video referee. This was followed by a brilliant sideline kick by Harrison, the Waratahs retaking their seven-point advantage.


Although Kata wasn’t going to stay quiet and crossed the line once again in the 24th minute, after being put in space by Tom Banks on the 22-metre line. Lolesio successfully converted with the scores level once again. 


Cadeyrn Neville was next to score for the home side, breaching the Waratahs defence with pure strength, his first try in Brumbies colours.


Lolesio made it three from three with the boot, gifting the home side a 21- 14 lead at the halftime interval.


Brumbies scrumhalf Joe Powell scored the first try of the second half four minutes in, after being put into space by Andy Muirhead, with the number nine sprinting through the Waratahs defence. Lolesio successfully converted to extend the home sides lead to 14 points.


Waratahs no. 8 Jack Dempsey was then shown a yellow card after the visitors gave away repeated penalties from mauls and with an extra man advantage, Wright was next on the scoresheet, after Powell decided to take the short side option from a ruck five metres out from the Waratahs line.


Although down a man after Brumbies lock Darcy Swain saw yellow, Wright completed his double off the back of an intercept, six minutes from full time, Ryan Lonergan adding the extras.


Tom Banks then completed the Brumbies scoring at the death in his 50th game for the club, sending the home crowd wild with a stunning long-range effort. 


That try put a perfect bow on what was a massive win for the Brumbies over their most fiercest rivals, the final score, 47-14.


Plus500 Brumbies 47 (Tries: Kata 2, Neville, Powell, Wright 2, Banks; Conversions: Lolesio 4, Lonergan, Banks) def NSW Waratahs 14 (Tries: Simmons, Nawaqanitawase; Conversions: Harrison 2)