June 21, 2021

Reece double ends Brumbies’ winning start

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By Reuters

Last Updated: 07/08/20 1:10pm

Reece Hodge double inspired the Rebels to a third straight victory Reece Hodge double inspired the Rebels to a third straight victory

Reece Hodge double inspired the Rebels to a third straight victory

Wallabies back Reece Hodge scored two first-half tries as the Rebels handed Super Rugby AU pacesetters the Brumbies their first defeat of the campaign with a convincing 30-12 victory.

Rebels skipper Matt Toomua pulled the strings from inside centre against his old team as flanker Brad Wilkin and hooker Jordan Uelese also crossed t a rain-drenched Leichhardt Oval to give the exiled Melbourne club a 27-7 lead at half-time.

Seven weeks into a tour that looks set to last the whole season while their home city struggles to contain a second Covid-19 outbreak, the Rebels were unable to cross after the break but still extended their unbeaten run to four matches.

The Brumbies, who scored tries through scrum-half Joe Powell off their trademark rolling maul and a late effort from Will Miller, never really got into their stride and saw their lead at the top of the standings slashed to four points.

Brumbies full-back Tom Banks is tackled by Matt Toomua Brumbies full-back Tom Banks is tackled by Matt Toomua

Brumbies full-back Tom Banks is tackled by Matt Toomua

Rebels coach Dave Wessels had made a raft of changes to his team in a bid to get the best of his classy backline.

They paid dividends in the first 16 minutes with full-back Hodge going over in the corner from a slick move and Wilkin crossing after some impressive footballing skills from Australia winger Marika Koroibete.

Reece got his second when Toomua stabbed a neat kick through the defensive line after 23 minutes and the Rebels pack took over to help Uelese across the line just before half-time.

Toomua kicked his second penalty to extend the lead after 53 minutes and that proved the only score in the second half until replacement flanker Miller grabbed a consolation try for the Brumbies in the dying seconds.

The Reds visit the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday in the other match in round six, live on Sky Sports Action from 10.15pm