Brumbies edge Reds in Oz derby
– The Brumbies got their Super Rugby season underway despite a state of emergency in Canberra yesterday and ran out 27-24 winners over the Reds.
Australian authorities declared the state of emergency earlier in the day as soaring temperatures and strong winds whipped up huge, unpredictable bushfires to the south of the capital.
Firefighters who have been battling the bushfire emergency for months were honoured on the pitch before a match that many thought might not go ahead because of the smoke that has choked Canberra in recent months.
The worst of the smoke stayed away but the heat – approaching 40ºC at kickoff – was intense as the Super Rugby season got underway. –