Rugby: Brumbies score bonus point win over Reds

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CAN­BERRA—Ar­gen­tine scrumhalf To­mas Cubelli sparked the ACT Brumbies to a 43-24 bonus point win over the Queens­land Reds in their Su­per Rugby clash in Can­berra on Fri­day.

Cubelli, who started off the bench due to his late arrival in Can­berra fol­low­ing na­tional duty with the Pu­mas, scored one try and set up another to en­sure the Brumbies main­tained their lead at the top of the Aus­tralian con­fer­ence.

The lowly Reds had fought hard to match the Brumbies and were only trail­ing by five points at 17-22 mid­way through the sec­ond half.

But Cubelli’s in­tro­duc­tion af­ter 60 min­utes changed the game when he sliced through a gap from the base of a ruck to put Christian Leali’ifano in, before scor­ing him­self to put the game out of reach.

“It was ob­vi­ously re­ally pleas­ing the way we fin­ished,” Leali’ifano said.

“To­mas gave a lit­tle bit of spark for us—it’s nice to have some­one of that cal­i­bre on the bench. “He re­ally sparked the game up and gave the boys some en­ergy.”

The Reds had started the game well and went ahead 10-0 af­ter just 10 min­utes fol­low­ing a Henry Taefu penalty and a con­verted try by hooker Andrew Ready.

But the Brumbies fought their way back to level the scores in a poor qual­ity first half, marred by a host of han­dling er­rors from both sides.

They then struck a telling blow right on half­time when Brumbies prop Ben Alexan­der was awarded a try de­spite ap­pear­ing to lose con­trol of the ball before the line.

The Reds were dealt another blow soon af­ter the restart when a su­perb length-of-the-field try was dis­al­lowed af­ter the tele­vi­sion match of­fi­cial ruled that winger Eto Nab­uli’s boot had just brushed the side­line in the lead up.

A pos­si­ble 17-15 lead then be­came a 22-10 deficit when Brumbies skip­per Stephen Moore scored his sec­ond try of the match, and sev­enth of the sea­son, min­utes later.

The Reds got back to within five points thanks to a try to re­place­ment fly­half Dun­can Paia’aua, but Cubelli’s en­try to the game changed the mo­men­tum and the Brumbies cruised to an easy vic­tory.

“The ef­fort was there, but that try just before half­time re­ally hurt us,” Queens­land cap­tain James Slip­per said.

“I was proud of the boys. We fought well but our dis­ci­pline and their set piece prob­a­bly got over us tonight.”—AFP

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