Brumbies set up all-Australian semi with thrilling win
THE Waratahs will host the Brumbies in the Super Rugby semi-final at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night in one of Australian rugby's biggest matches in recent years.
The Brumbies sewed up their spot in the grand final qualifier with a thrilling 32-30 win over the Chiefs - their conquerors from last year's final - on Saturday night in Canberra.
While the Waratahs enjoyed the weekend off - their reward for winning their first ever minor premiership - the Brumbies had to get there the hard way.
"I have the feeling that that's our best performance in the last three years," Brumbies captain Ben Mowen (pictured) said. "With the ups and downs of the game, when we had the ball we took points at every opportunity."
Those ups and downs started before the game when lock Sam Carter injured his ankle in the warm-up. Fellow lock Leon Power also got a head knock, fullback Jesse Mogg hurt his back and third-string hooker Josh Mann-Rea looked to be nursing a hamstring strain.
But the Brumbies were confident their squad got through the match unscathed ahead of the blockbuster against the Waratahs.
In the other semi-final, the Crusaders will host the Sharks at Christchurch Stadium, also on Saturday night, after the Sharks beat the Highlanders 31-27 in Durban.
BRUMBIES 32 (N White, R Coleman, J Mogg, J Butler tries; C Lealiifano 3 cons, 2 pens) CHIEFS 30 (B Aki, T Kerr-Barlow, T Nanai-Williams, G Anscombe tries; A Cruden 2 cons, 2 pens) in Canberra on Saturday night.
SHARKS 31 (M Coetzee, B du Plessis, T Chavhanga tries; F Steyn cons, 4 pens) HIGHLANDERS 27 (M Fekitoa, K Hames, P Burleigh; L Sopoaga 3 cons, L Sopoaga 2 pens) in Durban yesterday morning.