trans-Tasman wins major blow for Australian game

The Brumbies delivered a hugely significant blow to Australian rugby by breaking the 2022 trans-Tasman duck against the Highlanders in Melbourne.

It was a game between the top Australian team and the bottom-ranked Kiwi side, but the Highlanders started out as favorites with the bookmakers on the back of recent lopsided form.

But the Canberra club were laser-focused and fully deserved their 28-17 victory at AAMI Park which was sealed by Noah Lolesio’s late try in the corner.

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Lolesio crosses for a decisive try

The Waratahs and Reds had their moments but lost their Super Round games to the Chiefs and Hurricanes respectively.

“That closes this whole discussion about ‘oh, when are Australia going to win a game against the Kiwis? “- it’s done now, it’s checked off,” said Nick McArdle of Stan Sport.

The Brumbies were dominant for the majority of the game and should have scored in the second minute had it not been for Tom Wright’s all-time howler knocking down the Gilbert with no pressure on the line.

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But it proved a blow in a typically professional performance under coach Dan McKellar.

“Is he good? When’s the next one, that’s how the cat should be now, when’s the next one?” Allana Ferguson said on Stan Sport.

“The Brumbies and the Reds, in particular, going forward are two teams that can really challenge these New Zealand teams and we got a taste of that today.”

The Brumbies are second in the standings, one point behind the Blues.

Wallabies legend Tim Horan also endorsed the new Super Round format.

“I think this Super Round has been fantastic, it has shown what the Kiwis have and we’re not that far off,” Horan said.

“Even though the Reds lost last night, (after being) down 17-0 to the Hurricanes, we’re not that far off. It was just critical moments in the game that cost us last night, but it’s is a very solid performance from the Brumbies.”

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