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Brumbies crush Reds 51-8

28/03/2004 09:56:37 PM Comments (0)

The Wallaby claims of ACT winger Mark Gerrard have found themselves on a whole new level after he sparked the Brumbies' crushing 51-3 victory over Queensland at Canberra Stadium.

With just a penalty goal apiece in the opening 30 minutes, the Brumbies found their running game in the blink of an eye, finishing with a seven tries to one margin.

The win pushed the Brumbies back into sole possession of the top of the Super 12 ladder, and created a new entry in the record books with ACT's biggest ever win over the Reds.

If Gerrard needed any motivation for the clash the morning's papers provided plenty with his opposite and rival for the Wallabies, Wendell Sailor, proclaiming himself the better player.

The end result told a vastly different story, with Gerrard scoring a try and playing a key role in three others, while Sailor only lasted a half before succumbing to a hamstring injury.

Even Sailor's 40 minutes on the field gave Gerrard a knockout victory, continually exposing the defence down the big man's side of the field, and putting Gerard in the driving seat for a Wallaby berth.

"A few of the boys got into me before the game that Wendell was talking about me," Gerrard said.

"It doesn't really harm your chances playing like I did today, so I have to be pleased with my performance."

Brumbies coach David Nucifora was also singing Gerrard's praises after the clash.

"Mark was outstanding," Nucifora said.

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