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Brumbies fight back to claim win


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The Brumbies took a firm grip of the Australian conference with a hard-fought 37-25 victory over the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Trailing 13-15 at the break, the visitors produced a stirring fightback in the second half to claim a valuable four-try bonus point.

It was an impressive starting debut from rookie fly-half Zach Holmes, who scored a try, kicked three penalties and converted five-pointers to Fotu Auelua, Sam Carter and Michael Hooper for a 22-point haul.

The Hurricanes had looked to have the game under control when substitute prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen crossed for the team's bonus-point try in the 52nd minute after an earlier double from livewire half-back TJ Perenara and another try to Victor Vito.

But a poor night with the boot for Andre Taylor and substitute Beauden Barrett, which saw 11 points go begging, and the Brumbies' resurgence in the second half left the home side with just a solitary bonus point to show for their efforts.

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