Brumbies cruise past Cheetahs

Date published: April 4 2015

The Brumbies consolidated their place at the top of the Australian Super Rugby conference with a 20-3 win over the Cheetahs in Canberra on Saturday.

In a largely forgettable game, Brumbies outscored their visitors two tries to none but will rue missing the four-try bonus point in what was a one-sided affair.

The Brumbies led 13-3 at the interval but the gap really should have been a lot larger as the Cheetahs were forced to do a lot of defending.

The home side ruled at scrum time, enjoyed plenty of quick ball and were breaking the line regularly but were guilty of forcing the issue when a little more patience would have paid dividends.

The second half brought a greater return for the Brumbies' attacking endeavour but their execution was still somewhat wanting as the Cheetahs' porous defence deserved greater punishment.

The Brumbies struck early on as Christian Leali'ifano ghosted through some sloppy defending by the Cheetahs for the first try as the hosts dominated the opening exchanges.

Matt Toomua was desperately unlucky to harshly be denied a try for a second movement after a referral to the TMO, but the home side was well and truly on top.

Joe Pietersen landed a penalty for the Cheetahs but Lealiifano replied in kind to leave the Brumbies 10-3 up at the end of the first quarter.

The scrums were a mess throughout but the Brumbies were able to squeeze out another penalty via their set piece just before the break, which Leali'ifano duly slotted.

The pressure took its toll after the restart as Brumbies lock Blake Enever barged over from short range for his first ever Super Rugby try following an attacking line-out.

Leali'ifano added his second conversion to take the scores to 20-3.

From there the flood gates should have opened but the Brumbies conspired to fluff scoring opportunities on a number of occasions.

The scorers:

For Brumbies:
Tries: Leali'ifano, Enever
Cons: Leali'ifano 2
Pens: Leali'ifano 2

For Cheetahs:
Pen: Pietersen

Brumbies: 15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Henry Speight, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Blake Enever, 3 Scott Sio, 2 Stephen Moore (c), 1 Ben Alexander
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Ita Vaea, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Lausii Taliauli, 23 Nigel Ah Wong

Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys (c), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 BG Uys, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Tienie Burger, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Rayno Benjamin

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe
Assistant Referees: James Leckie, Ed O'Brien
TMO: Peter Marshall