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Brumbies thrash Cheetahs, 65-15

10/04/2010 10:27:54 PM Comments (0)

The Brumbies kept their Super 14 finals hopes alive by securing a long overdue bonus point on their way to beating the Cheetahs 61-15 at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night.

While the win sees the Brumbies stay in touch with the top four, it has taken 603 minutes of rugby this season for the two-time Super champions to secure a bonus point for scoring at least four tries.

It has been an issue for the side all season and will continue to be as they walk a tightrope towards the playoffs. The win leaves the Brumbies two points out of the top four.

Coming off the bye, the Brumbies scored their first try after just eight minutes.

But it was not until 30 minutes into the match they added a second try through halfback Patrick Phibbs after several attacking raids that should have delivered points came up short.

The Brumbies crossed again less than five minutes from halftime to take a 21-3 lead into the break, and finally secured their first four-try bonus point for the season in the opening minutes of the second half through a try to Rocky Elsom.

Elsom was a stand-out performer, dominating around the ruck and putting in a typical barnstorming game with the ball in hand, while prop Ben Alexander put in another solid effort, scoring two tries.

The floodgates opened up in the second half with the Brumbies scoring another six tries to the Cheetahs two, but the home side also failed to take numerous chances with poor execution a problem as it has been all season.

The score could have easily passed 70 points if not for handling errors and penalties letting the Brumbies down.

Brumbies lock Mitch Chapman left the field just over 10 minutes into the match with a corked hip.

The Cheetahs are yet to win in Canberra from four attempts.

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