Brumbies mus­cle up

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

THE BRUMBIES breathed life back into their Su­per Rugby sea­son, de­feat­ing South African pow­er­houses the Lions 31-20 at Can­berra Sta­dium.

The Lions fea­tured in the past three Su­per Rugby de­ciders but it was the Brumbies who looked like ti­tle con­tenders last night af­ter tak­ing their chances in an eight-try con­test.

The Brumbies’ third win from eight games keeps them within touch­ing dis­tance in the Aus­tralian con­fer­ence, but still seven points be­hind the lead­ing Mel­bourne Rebels.

Wal­la­bies star David Po­cock was a late scratch­ing but the ACT mus­cled up against a phys­i­cal Lions pack.

Brumbies full­back Tom Banks re­turned to form with a stel­lar per­for­mance, while for­mer NRL player Tom Wright over­came an early yel­low card to score in his first start.

ACT now head to South Africa to play the Storm­ers, and the Jaguares in Ar­gentina.

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