The Brumbies have ignited their Tremendous Rugby season with a shocking eight-try show towards the Chiefs, smashing the Waikato-based franchise 54-17 at GIO Stadium.
After a first-round loss to the Melbourne Rebels, the Brumbies ran in 5 first-half tries on Saturday evening en path to their first victory over the Chiefs since 2014.
All the pieces the house aspect touched within the first 40 minutes turned to gold as they produced their highest-scoring first half because the 2004 ultimate to steer 33-10.
It was their second-biggest win towards the Chiefs, simply behind a 49-6 lead to 2001.
The primary half was highlighted by fullback Tom Banks placing in an early contender for strive of the season.
Banks reduce his means by way of the Chiefs’ defence from 25m, displaying off his explosive tempo to cost throughout for the Brumbies’ second strive in a transfer certain to catch the attention of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.
Winger Likelihood Peni was excellent with two tries in his first Tremendous Rugby recreation since April after he and Andy Muirhead had come into the beginning aspect for injured pair Henry Speight and Toni Pulu.
Centre Tevita Kuridriani scored his second strive within the dying moments, whereas hookers Folau Fainga’a and Josh Mann-Rea and flanker Lachlan McCaffrey all joined the social gathering with a five-pointer apiece.
Captain Christian Lealiifano turned again the clock with an excellent show at five-eighth, dominating returning Chiefs and All Blacks star Damian McKenzie in a head-to-head battle.
The victory was all of the extra spectacular contemplating they have been with out star Wallaby David Pocock after the John Eales medallist was concussed towards the Rebels.
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar mentioned he was happy with each participant contributing to the victory.
“After one recreation, we copped a little bit of flak about being a staff that may solely rating tries off mauls,” he advised reporters.
“The distinction tonight was we took our alternatives once we did go vast.”
It was a disappointing evening for Chiefs captain Brodie Retallick in his 100th Tremendous Rugby recreation, because the guests slumped to their third-straight loss relationship again to final 12 months’s quarter-final.
Their solely tries got here through Ataata Moeakiola and Samisoni Taukei’aho.
“It was one of many video games the place we simply have to maneuver on. We have been just about crushed in every single place,” Chiefs coach Colin Cooper mentioned.
“We needed to win for the massive man (Retallick) too so it was actually disappointing for us.”