The Brumbies maintained their unbeaten streak to start the season with a dominating 36-17 victory over the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park.
The ACT-based side were heavy favorites tonight, facing a winless Rebels side who had just suffered a shock loss to tournament newcomers Fijian Drua.
At the start, it was all the Brumbies who opened the match with three consecutive tries thanks to Rob Valetini (16′), Len Ikitau (27′) and Tom Wright (35′).
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When Wright grabbed his brace early in the second half to give the Brumbies a 24-3 lead at the time, the task was simply too much for the home side to overcome.
A late try from Richard Hardwick cut the deficit to just 12 points with 10 minutes remaining, but from there the Rebels never threatened to close.
“With the results people always think there’s a lack of effort or intent, that’s definitely not a thing,” Rebels skipper Michael Wells said.
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“No one goes out on the pitch and puts their body and livelihood on the line for 80 minutes at the half.
“If we asked the guys any questions, I guarantee they wouldn’t be part of this program and this culture. There’s no doubt that the guys are working pretty hard.
“We have guys who come in early, coaches who don’t sleep and people who stop with [seeing] their families…we definitely put time into it and we have to be patient, and we have to be better.
Brumbies fullback Tom Banks said it was a relief victory for his side.
“They put a lot of pressure on us,” Banks said.
“Sometimes they probably didn’t put the points on the board, but we definitely felt that pressure.
“It was really difficult to win.”
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