May 1, 2022
A breathtaking Rob Valetini try has helped the Brumbies take down a New Zealand opponent for a second straight week, knocking off the Hurricanes 42-25 at GIO Stadium.
Valetini's 33rd-minute classic came after he kicked the ball from his own half, burned off two Hurricanes opponents and finished off with his outstretched hand, giving his side a lead they would blow out in a huge second half.
The win improves the Brumbies to 9-1 for the season, with an impressive 2-0 start to their schedule facing Kiwi sides.
They'll face the Chiefs (fourth) and Crusaders (third) in the coming fortnight in what will be a genuine pressure test for their title candidacy.
Having gone behind early in the second half, the Brumbies' rolling maul produced a try for Lachie Lonergan before flanker Jahrome Brown, impressive throughout, capitalised on beautiful team play.
They looked to have broken the Hurricanes' back some minutes later when smart play from Nic White allowed Tom Banks to cross for a 35-20 lead.
Hurricanes substitute Billy Proctor pulled some points back 14 minutes from time but the Brumbies sealed victory late as Hudson Creighton broke through to score.
Earlier, nerves appeared high before their biggest test of the season as a Valetini error let the Hurricanes pinch a 3-0 advantage via a Jordie Barrett penalty,
But the Brumbies reeled off three penalties for 9-3, with a dazzling slalom run from White and a brutal run from Brown drawing two of the penalties.
It could have got even worse for the Hurricanes when Justin Sangster shoulder charged White to the head but he avoided a send-off and was sin-binned, although Brown joined him in the bin for cynical play.
Centre Peter Umaga-Jensen notched the first try of the game with a diving effort from close range on 27 minutes as the Canes took the lead.
Salesi Rayasi had burst through the Brumbies' line to start the second half and give the Canes the lead, but they couldn't withstand the Brumbies' barrage.
The Hurricanes are now 5-5 for the season.
Brumbies 42 (Rob Valetini, Lachlan Lonergan, Jahrome Brown, Tom Banks, Hudson Creighton tries: Noah Lolosio 4 cons: Noah Lolosio 3 pens: Hurricanes 25 (Peter Umaga-Jensen, Salesi Rayasi, Billy Proctor tries: Jordie Barrett 2 cons: Jordie Barrett 2 pens: HT: 16-13
BRUMBIES (1-15): Scott Sio, Lachlan Lonergan, Sefo Kautai, Darcy Swain, Cadeyrn Neville, Rob Valentini, Jahrome Brown, Pete Samu, Nic White ©, Noah Lolosio, Andy Muirhead, Irae Simone, Len Ikitau, Tom Wright, Tom Banks
RESERVES: Folau Fainga’a, James Slipper, Tom Ross, Tom Hooper, Luke Reimer, Ryan Lonergan, Hudson Creighton, Ollie Sapsford
HURRICANES (1-15): Xavier Numia, James O’Reilly, Tyrel Lomax, James Blackwell, Justin Sangster, TK Howden, Blake Gibson, Ardie Savea ©, TJ Perenara, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Salesi Rayasi, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Bailyn Sullivan, Julian Savea, Jordie Barrett
RESERVES: Leni Apisai, Pasilio Tosi, Tevita Mafileo, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Caleb Delany, Jamie Booth, Aidan Morgan, Billy Proctor
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Referees: Reuben Keane, Matt Kellahan