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Fardy and Ah Wong boost Brumbies to victory in Melbourne

Second-half tries from Scott Fardy and Nigel Ah Wong cemented the Brumbies' place at the top of Super Rugby's Australian Conference.

The visitors scored five tries to the hosts' three in a thrilling 30-22 win at AAMI Park, but they missed out on a bonus point.

Fly-half Christian Lealiifano kicked the visitors into an early 3-0 lead, but Rebels full-back Cam Crawford crossed with 10 minutes gone before Jack Debreczeni added the conversion.

In a lively start, flanker David Pocock's try restored the Brumbies' advantage, only for Debreczeni to make it 10-8 in the home side's favour with a 21st-minute penalty.

However, tries from second row Rory Arnold and Lealiifano, the latter converting, gave the visitors a 20-10 half-time lead.

Centre Reece Hodge's try five minutes after the restart and Debreczeni's conversion reduced the deficit to just three points, but the Brumbies hit back when back row forward Scott Fardy finished off a sustained drive to make it 25-17.

Winger Sefanai Naivalu dragged the Rebels back to within three points with a 57th-minute try, but Ah Wong went over in the corner with nine minutes remaining to seal the victory.


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