Super Rugby: Brumbies secure bonus-point 29-21 win over Hurricanes
Brumbies came from behind to claim a 29-21 bonus-point victory over the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium.
Last Updated: 07/03/14 10:37am
The hosts raced to a 13-3 lead thanks to TJ Perenara's early touchdown but the Brumbies scored 19 unanswered points with tries from Jesse Mogg and Robbie Coleman late in the first half before Tevita Kuridrani and Lachlan McCaffrey went over after half-time.
While Blade Thomson scored a late consolation try, the home side were left without a losing bonus point when Beauden Barrett's conversion attempt sailed wide.
The victory saw the Brumbies move up to fourth in the overall Super Rugby standings for the time being.
The visitors' full-back Pat McCabe impressed with some strong midfield breaks and was a key contributor in three of their tries, while half-back Nic White was successful with three conversions and a penalty.
For the Hurricanes, fly-half Barrett collected 11 points with his boot as the New Zealanders remain winless from their opening three matches.
White put in a good performance behind the scrum and worked well giving Matt Toomua time to make his move, while loose forwards Ben Mowen, Scott Fardy and Jarrad Butler combined well.
The Hurricanes looked disorganised when under pressure with too many gaps in their line and their set-piece play was inconsistent, especially at line-outs.
When attempting to kick for position in the second half, the home side struggled and on many attempts gifted the ball back to the Brumbies.
A late injection of enthusiasm from replacement full-back Marty Banks resulted in a late try for the Hurricanes but they were well beaten in most areas on the night and ran out of time to make it count.