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Pocock makes homophobia claim

Brumbies flanker David Pocock accused the Waratahs of making homophobic slurs during Sunday's Super Rugby clash in Sydney.

Tolu Latu put the seal on an impressive show from the Waratahs as the Sydney side ran out 28-13 winners against the Brumbies to move second in the Australian Conference.

Hooker Latu dived over for the home side's third try at Allianz Stadium, where the Waratahs came from 13-6 behind at one stage to earn their first Super Rugby victory of the season.

But the post-match focus was on claims from Australia star Pocock who approached referee Craig Joubert late in the game and was seen on television saying: " Can you just watch homophobic slurs."

He said later, according to the Sydney Morning Herald: "As players, we've said the Brumbies aren't going to tolerate any homophobic slurs, I just made that clear to the referee that it's unacceptable. You can be the toughest man in the world, but it's got nothing to do with using that sort of language."

Bernard Foley and Israel Folau also crossed for tries for the hosts, with Matt Toomua the lone Brumbies players to touch down.

Toomua scored the early try that nudged the Brumbies ahead, darting through for a score that Christian Lealiifano converted

Foley and Lealiifano each slotted two penalties before the Waratahs broke through the Brumbies lines to go over for the first time, with a darting run from Folau setting up the chance for Foley to cross in the corner.

Foley booted the extras, and the Waratahs were in business, extending their first-half lead when Matt Carraro shot down the wing and released Folau to dot down. Again Foley was immaculate with the conversion.

Armed with a 20-13 lead, the home side went further clear after the break when Kurtley Beale kicked a long-range penalty, and the win was secured late on as sparkling play from Folau left a raft of Brumbies befuddled before Latu burrowed over.


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