Six-Try Brumbies Defeat Jaguares

· Super Rugby
by Brumbies Media
The Plus500 Brumbies romped to a 39-15 victory over the Jaguares on a bitterly cold evening in Buenos Aires to take firm control of the Australian Super Rugby Conference.=
The Brumbies ran in six tries on the night, two-each to Tom Banks and replacement Andy Muirhead, in what was a convincing and well-deserved success, that extends the Conference lead to nine points.=
The Jaguares made a bright start earning the lead from a penalty, won after several phases of possession culminated in the Brumbies straying offside. Nicolas Sanchez did the honours from in front of the uprights around 35m out.=
There was an almost instant response from the visitors, who took the lead in trademark fashion. Eschewing a shot at goal, Wharenui Hawera kicked to the corner and, from the line-out, skipper Sam Carter was driven over at the back of the maul. Hawera landed the extras to make it 7-3.=
Almost instantly the Jagaures hit back. A loose pass ten metres from the Brumbies line was snaffled up and, after play was switched from left to right, second row Tomas Lavannini drove over with Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias easily converting.=
In what was an open match, midway through the first stanza, the Brumbies re-took the lead in some style. Joe Powell laid the framework with an angled run, using Tevita Kuridrani as the decoy, and offloading to the on-rushing full-back Banks who cruised across the line.=
And Banks was at the double only minutes later, pouncing on a fantastically weighted kick-through by flanker Chris Alcock to win the race to the ball, gather, and dive in the corner.=
The Brumbies increased their lead after the half-time siren when Jaguares hooker Agustin Creevy was sent to the sin-bin. Hawera landed the mid-range penalty and the visitors led 20-10 at the break.=
Chances went begging at the start of the second half but the Brumbies finally found a fourth try in the 56th minute. A beautifully crafted move off the back of a scrum paved the way for Kuridrani and Godwin to hit the ball up.=
Recycled possession came fast and flat out wide and Henry Speight had the necessary acceleration to round it off for his seventh try of the season.=
And it got even better for the Brumbies with just over ten minutes remaining as they scored their fifth try of the match. Another excellent move saw backs and forwards hit up and create space for Hawera to grubber to the corner.=
Andy Muirhead, who had only been on the field a matter of seconds after replacing Aidan Toua, was first to the ball and dived on it to claim a maiden Brumbies try. Hawera converted expertly and the Brumbies led 32-10.=
Incredibly the replacement wing was to force his way over again close to the full-time whistle as the Brumbies secured a vital away win with a bonus point. The Jaguares late score was scant consolation for a well-beaten outfit.=
Jaguares (10) 15 (T: T. Lavannini, G. Petti Pagadizaval, C: S. Gonzalez Iglesias, P: N. Sanchez)=
Brumbies (20) 39 (T: S. Carter, T. Banks (2), H. Speight, A. Muirhead (2), C: W. Hawera (3), P: W. Hawera)=
1. Ben ALEXANDER (17. Faalelei SIONE 74’)=
2. Josh MANN-REA (16. Robbie ABEL 62’)=
3. Allan ALAALATOA (18. Leslie LEULUA’IALI’I-MAKIN 66’)=
4. Rory ARNOLD (19. Blake ENEVER 51’)=
5. Sam CARTER (c)=
6. Scott FARDY=
7. Chris ALCOCK=
8. Jordan SMILER (20. Jarrad BUTLER 51’)=
9. Joe POWELL (21. De Wet ROOS 74’)=
10. Wharenui HAWERA=
11. Aidan TOUA (22. Andrew MUIRHEAD 68’)=
12. Kyle GODWIN=
13. Tevita KURIDRANI (23. Andrew SMITH 74’)=
14. Henry SPEIGHT=
15. Tom BANKS=
YELLOW CARDS: 2. Agustin CREEVY (Jaguares)=