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Brumbies move clear
Rebels make conference leaders work hard
The Brumbies extended their lead at the top of the Australian Conference although they had to work hard for their 27-19 win over the Rebels.
With the Rebels having suffered a humiliating defeat last time out to the Hurricanes, the Brumbies will have fancied their chances of clinching a bonus-point win in Melbourne.
In the end, though, they will have been happy to settle for the victory itself as the Rebels put up a gallant fight.
Andrew Smith and Robbie Coleman crossed for tries, with Zach Holmes slotting over 11 points and Jesse Mogg adding two penalties.
The Rebels were only 14-12 down at the break, with Julian Huxley landing 14 points with the boot and Cooper Vuna scoring their only try.
The Brumbies had raced into a 9-0 lead via penalties from Holmes and Mogg before the Rebels responded through Huxley.
Smith, though, crossed for the opening try on 25 minutes after a 10-phase spell to see the visitors in to a 14-3 lead.
Huxley kept chipping away at the deficit, while James Hilgendorf had a try disallowed just before the interval by the TMO.
However the Brumbies gave themselves some breathing space after the interval as Holmes added another penalty and then slotted over the conversion when Coleman crossed.
Vuna, though, responded within two minutes and Huxley converted to cut the arrears to five.
The Rebels kept plugging away but they couldn't find the way through - and Holmes sealed the win with another penalty with seven minutes left.
"That's four points in this competition, and that's incredibly hard to do," Brumbies captain Ben Mowen said.
"Melbourne is a hard place to play at home. You have to make sure you are ticking those wins over, and I'm pleased we did that tonight."Bulls v Stormers. Click here to bet.
|Friday 27th February|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Reds|
|11:00||Western Force vs Hurricanes|
|17:10||Cheetahs vs Blues|
|Saturday 28th February|
|06:35||Chiefs vs Crusaders|
|08:30||Melbourne Rebels vs Brumbies|
|15:00||Bulls vs Sharks|
|17:10||Lions vs Stormers|
|Friday 6th March|
|06:35||Chiefs vs Highlanders|
|08:40||Brumbies vs Western Force|
|Saturday 7th March|
|06:35||Blues vs Lions|
|08:40||Reds vs Waratahs|
|15:05||Cheetahs vs Bulls|
|17:10||Stormers vs Sharks|
|Friday 13th March|
|06:35||Hurricanes vs Blues|
|11:00||Western Force vs Melbourne Rebels|
|Saturday 14th March|
|03:30||Crusaders vs Lions|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Waratahs|
|08:40||Reds vs Brumbies|
|13:00||Stormers vs Chiefs|
|15:05||Cheetahs vs Sharks|
|Friday 20th March|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Hurricanes|
|08:40||Melbourne Rebels vs Lions|
|Saturday 21st March|
|06:35||Crusaders vs Cheetahs|
|15:05||Bulls vs Western Force|
|17:10||Sharks vs Chiefs|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Sharks 29 - 12 Lions|
|Stormers 27 - 16 Blues|
|Reds 18 - 6 Western Force|
|Highlanders 20 - 26 Crusaders|
|Friday 20th February|
|Bulls 13 - 17 Hurricanes|
|Melbourne Rebels 28 - 38 Waratahs|
|Chiefs 19 - 17 Brumbies|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Waratahs 13 - 25 Western Force|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Bulls 17 - 29 Stormers|
|Sharks 29 - 35 Cheetahs|
|Blues 18 - 23 Chiefs|
|Friday 13th February|
|Lions 8 - 22 Hurricanes|
|Brumbies 47 - 3 Reds|
|Crusaders 10 - 20 Melbourne Rebels|
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