It’s been a close first half where the Brumbies narrowly have that lead torch.
Defensively, they may have fallen at times where the Waratahs took advantage via the lost penalties.
But thanks to the Waratahs’ struggles in the final third, the Brumbies instead earned with two touchdowns.
They had to get around the opposition’s energetic blocks.
And the answer is when Bayley Kuenzel uses the width to cross kick with some space, making it impossible for the Tahs to stop it.
Let’s go a bit further about the Waratahs’ energetic blocks; they too help win penalties plus turnovers.
Thanks to Tom Horton, he helped Will Harrison grab two successful penalty goals and assist Jack Dempsey’s solitary TRY that puts the Waratahs eat the Brumbies’ lead by a point (11-12) before the break.
In the end, the Waratahs couldn’t improve the finishing that saw them lose more penalties & made it harder to defend.
Instead, the Brumbies added four more touchdowns towards the home stretch with two tries each from Tom Wright and Pete Samu.
The Brumbies’ final third contributions looked fantastic using the pitch’s width to navigate the Waratahs’ defensive blocks with the pace and quick passes via the support passages.
And that summed up the Brumbies home win tonight at GIO Stadium in Canberra.
FULL-TIME: Brumbies 38-11 Waratahs
The Brumbies still retain top spot going into the final two rounds of Super Rugby AU.
They will be at home once again on Friday v the Western Force, who have yet to win.
For the Waratahs, they must win in their last round-robin match v the Melbourne Rebels next Saturday at Leichardt Oval.
Should that mission be successful, then it still may not be enough unless both Reds & Rebels lose in Round 10.
If the Waratahs are unable to win, then they’re all out.
And it’s up to the Rebels to capitalize v the Force and see the Reds lose v Brumbies again at home.