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17:21  17 july  2017
17:21  17 july  2017 Source:   Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby -Reds snatch victory from Brumbies in Brisbane

  Rugby -Reds snatch victory from Brumbies in Brisbane The Queensland Reds snatched a last-minute 16-15 victory over the ACT Brumbies in an all-Australia Super Rugby clash played out in sodden conditions in Brisbane on Friday. Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper made amends for an earlier error by slotting his third penalty between the posts for the victory with the last kick of the game.The twice champion Brumbies had already clinched the Australian conference title but were looking for a victory at Lang Park to improve their seeding for the playoffs.

ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says his men are good enough to knock off the team he considers the best side in New Zealand. The Wellington Hurricanes are Super Rugby's best team in almost every measurable category and their title defence begins when they face the Brumbies in the

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Chiefs beat Brumbies in Super Rugby clash

  Chiefs beat Brumbies in Super Rugby clash The Brumbies have lost to the Chiefs 28-10 in their final regular season Super Rugby match before Friday's quarter-final.The Australian conference champions rested some of their biggest names for Saturday's clash in Hamilton, with coach Stephen Larkham making 12 changes from last week's loss to the Queensland Reds.

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ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says his men are good enough to knock off the team he considers the best side in New Zealand.

The Wellington Hurricanes are Super Rugby's best team in almost every measurable category and their title defence begins when they face the Brumbies in the capital on Friday night.

If statistics and recent performances are anything to go off the signs look ominous for the Brumbies who will have to break the Hurricanes 435-day unbeaten run against foreign opposition.

The Hurricanes lead the competition in points scored, tries scored and clean breaks, while they sit third in metres gained and defenders beaten.

They also set the benchmark in defence having conceded the fewest points this season.

Brumbies ignoring poor trans-Tasman record

  Brumbies ignoring poor trans-Tasman record The Brumbies will aim to end New Zealand Super Rugby teams' domination of Australian sides in their quarter-final against the Hurricanes. Kiwi sides won all 25 regular season matches against Australian opponents, with the Chiefs completing the rout by beating a second-string Brumbies in Hamilton on Saturday.The Brumbies weren't disgraced in the 28-10 defeat and have a host of stars set to return for the sudden-death final after resting players for the dead rubber.The Hurricanes became the only team to defeat New Zealand conference champions the Crusaders with a 31-22 win in Wellington.

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Larkham admitted he would have preferred different opposition, but said the preparation remains the same.

The Wellington Hurricanes are Super Rugby's best team in almost every measurable category and their title defence begins when they face the Brumbies in the capital on Friday night. © Hagen Hopkins The Wellington Hurricanes are Super Rugby's best team in almost every measurable category and their title defence begins when they face the Brumbies in the capital on Friday night. "It would have be nice to play the Chiefs, we've got a really good feel for how they play the game so it would have been nice to back up and play them but now the challenge is the Hurricanes," Larkham said.

"They have been a little bit more consistent this year and I'd say are now the top New Zealand side now after knocking off the Crusaders last week who were unbeaten.

"Across their team you look at not just the All Blacks but the players who haven't necessarily played for the All Blacks yet and they're all quality players.

"That's the reason why they're pretty much first in all the stats and beat an undefeated team on the weekend, they're a quality side, we know that and we've been prepping for this for a while."

Lions claim top spot

  Lions claim top spot The Johannesburg Lions have finished top of the Super Rugby competition in the regular season without facing a New Zealand side. The Lions beat the Sharks 27-10 in Durban this morning to leap frog the Crusaders into the top spot.The Crusaders unbeaten run this season came to an abrupt end in Wellington last night after being beaten by an under-strength Hurricanes side 31-22.The Hurricanes turned around a 12-7 half time deficit to record their 12th win of the season, cementing their spot in second on the New Zealand conference.

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The Brumbies haven't beaten Kiwi opposition since round one last year, a string of 10 games which included a loss to the Hurricanes in April after leaking 42 second-half points to be thumped 56-21.

"The score blew out in that one but we've had good results against the Hurricanes in recent years, particular the first game of the season last year when we put some points on them," Larkham said.

"They have great attacking stats, they're the best defensive team in terms of points scored against them but we're second best, they've got us by about 10 points.

"Both teams pride themselves in defence then the challenge for us to make sure when wet those opportunities in attack that we take them because we know the Hurricanes are very good at doing that."

Australian sides lost all 25 matches against New Zealand teams this season and have have lost a record 31 straight Trans-Tasman contests, but Larkham isn't looking at the past.

"It's not about Australia v New Zealand or the record of other Super Rugby teams against New Zealand, it's a game this weekend between the Brumbies and the Hurricanes and the best team will win," Larkham said.

"It's a brand new season now, Benny Alexander summed it up in the change rooms after the game last week, he said everything before us is irrelevant, it comes down to who wins these next couple of games.

"It's do-or-die now the pressure comes on now, irrespective of how you've gone through the season it all comes down to how you play this weekend."

The Brumbies will be at Garema Place in Civic on Tuesday from 12-1pm to meet fans and sign autographs.

Lealiifano calms Brumbies for Super final .
Brumbies stars Sam Carter and Allan Alaalatoa credit Christian Lealiifano with calming the group ahead of Friday night's Super Rugby quarter-final.Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham will use his star playmaker off the bench in Friday's quarter-final in Canberra, less than a year after the 29-year old's leukaemia diagnosis.

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