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Brumbies ease to victory

The Brumbies strengthened their place at the top of the Australian Super Rugby Conference with a comfortable 26-9 win over the Blues in Canberra.

Australia centre Pat McCabe's double and a try from Robbie Coleman was enough to inflict an 11th consecutive away defeat on the Blues.

It was also the first time the Brumbies have kept the Kiwi side tryless in a match - with fly-half Simon Hickey kicking over all of their points.

The injury-hit Brumbies , however, suffered more potential blows as full-back Jesse Mogg ended the game hobbling while Joe Tomane soldiered no despite a deep cut on his leg.

Both men could therefore be in doubt for next week's important clash with the Queensland Reds.

McCabe did not take long to dive over for the game's opening try and the Brumbies were in control for the majority thereafter.

Hickey and Nic White kicked over a pair of penalties each to make the score 13-6 at half-time.

Hickey then reduced the margin to four points shortly after the break, but the Brumbies responded through McCabe.

He latched onto a fine pass from Wallabies team-mate Mogg to dive over.

White missed the conversion and when Coleman went over for his sixth try of the season he the Brumbies scrum-half rattled the woodwork.

Christian Lealiifano took over the kicking duties and was immediately on target to round out the scoring.

The Blues were denied a consolation try by the television match official when a knock-on was spotted in the build-up to James Parsons going over.


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