Melbourne Rebels vs Brumbies – Report – Super Rugby Pacific 2022 – 11 March 2022
Winger Tom Wright picked up a brace in the Brumbies’ six as they continued Super Rugby Pacific misery for Melbourne with a crushing 36-17 victory at AAMI Park.
The Brumbies had four tries before the Rebels scored their first in their game on Friday night to continue their undefeated start in four games.
Melbourne remain winless – their ninth successive defeat dating back to last season – in an alarming drop in form.
Newly re-signed Wallabies winger Andrew Kellaway, who had an off-season foot injury, made his first appearance but had few opportunities in their scrappy attack.
The Rebels had plenty of ball and territory early in the first half but were too often let down by poor execution.
The Brumbies, meanwhile, made the most of their chances with flanker Rob Valetini running on an Allan Alaalatoa ball, then beating two men and dragging two more across the line for his third try of the season.
The score was 12-0 after 26 minutes when center Len Ikitau benefited from good preparation work from Jesse Mogg and Tom Banks, and a shaky Rebels defence.
The home side weren’t helped when they lost Glen Vaihu to a yellow card after the young winger pulled his legs out of a leaping Banks.
While out, Wright scored the first of his two tries, after a floating pass from Nic White, as the Brumbies took a 17-3 halftime lead.
That exploded five more points in the 42nd minute after Banks took a long-range break, then kicked forward with the ball bouncing away from Matt Toomua, with Wright pounced on his second.
Flanker Jahrome Brown was another to find easy passage to the line.
The Rebels delivered their best try of the season in the 62nd minute, with quick-footed cross Ray Nu’u igniting the attack before reserve flanker Richard Hardwick found the try line.
But the Brumbies had the last laugh, with in-form Banks charging on a perfectly timed pass from James Slipper and charging in front to score their sixth of the night.