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2020 Super Rugby AU, Week 5: Top 3 overall players from the Brumbies v Reds Game

Image Reference: DaHazyBru via Wikipedia, 5/12/19, CC BY 4.0

What a fantastic way to close off the halfway stage of the 2020 Super Rugby AU.

The Brumbies have that early advantage with the two tries in the first 40.

At times, they may have slipped away in the defense that lost a few penalties and in lost points against the Reds.

But the correct use of the subs going into the last 20 of the night saw them bounce back with the win at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

Now it’s time to see the Top 3 overall performers out of tonight’s game.

Folau Faingaa

Faingaa honed the line-out throws very well, having stuffed up the Reds attack defensively.

Going forward, he unleashed that big physical muscle.

It gave the backline some support via the build-up play by eating up the Reds’ territory.

So does the scrummaging and the maul with his visionary having picked up two tries himself in the 1st half.

With the Reds gathered the momentum early in the 2nd half, Faingaa came off, and McInerney subbed in.

It gave time for McInerney to learn the tricks that Faingaa excelled earlier tonight, which began to stop the Brumbies from losing penalties.

And in return, McInerney grabbed the opportunity with the late touch down himself that eventually became part of the Brumbies comeback engine in the last 20.

Irae Simone

He may not have scored the tries himself like last week.

But his pace and visionary at least have given a helping hand.

It helped the Brumbies stay patient in the build-up attack, having won a few penalties.

So his service in the centers has gathered support with the finishing.

It helped Folau Faingaa secure the two tries himself in the first 30 minutes.

And the same goes for his replacement hooker Connal McInerney.

Simone helped McInerney push forward via the maul that helped the Brumbies eat the Reds lead by one point with ten to go before they stole the late win.

Jordan Petaia

He came in for the injured Chris Feauai-Sautia on the right-wing midway in the opening 40.

From there, he made a difference in the finishing side for the Reds.

Yes, initially, his touch down was denied due to the high tackle from Lukhan Salakaia-Loto to Tom Wright.

But at least the running and footwork with observing some space via the visionary helped the Reds gather some momentum.

Petaia’s able to spot Harry Wilson with the short ball finish on the run home that secured the touchdown.

The tricks that Petaia demonstrated benefited Filipo Daugunu on the other flank with the assist again to Harry Wilson on the run home.

Although, the Brumbies held Wilson short this time but didn’t arrest Angus Scott-Young with another quick Reds TRY.

Unfortunately, the continued ill-discipline and the fumbles in the last 20 of the night let Petaia down on his first game of 2020 after a long layoff from injury.

Petaia still has the potential to tear the opposition defense apart more often based on his performance tonight.

But he will need support next time round to watch that discipline and stay in their zone, so the finishing touches are there.

That way, the Reds can build an excellent early base with the best chances for maximum points possible.

What’s next?

The Queensland Reds will travel to Sydney at the Sydney Cricket Ground next Saturday v the NSW Waratahs.

Meanwhile, the Brumbies go up against the in-form Melbourne Rebels on Friday night.

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