George Smith of the Brumbies runs past Brad Thorn of the Highlanders during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Brumbies at the Forsyth Barr Stadium on April 12, 2013 in Dunedin, New Zealand.
George Smith of the Brumbies runs past Brad Thorn of the Highlanders during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Brumbies at the Forsyth Barr Stadium on April 12, 2013 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Phil Walter / Getty Images

Brumbies show Highlanders who's boss with round 9 win

THE ACT Brumbies stayed clear on top of the Australian Super Rugby Conference following a convincing 30-19 win over the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday night.

Tries to Henry Speight, George Smith and Joseph Tomane capped a professional performance.

The visitors raced into an early lead after only three minutes when the ball went wide out to Speight, who gave the don't argue to Hosea Gear before crossing in the corner.

Christian Lealiifano added a penalty soon after and the Brumbies looked in control at 10-0.

But the home struck back with three penalties of their own before Smith extended the lead after crossing the tryline.

Gear had a try disallowed just before the break when the TMO ruled he had knocked on grounding the ball.

The Brumbies scored a third try after the break when Tomane broke through the defensive line to score a long-range try.

The Highlanders would not be denied another try and crossed through Aaron Smith.

It proved too little too late for the hosts, as the Brumbies' win kept them top of the Australian conference and briefly on the summit of the overall ladder.

 

Brumbies

30 (H Speight, G Smith, J Tomane tries; C Lealiifano 3 cons, 2 pens; N White pen)

Highlanders

19 (A Smith try; H Paker con, 4 pens)



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