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Brumbies kick off Aussie Super Rugby tournament with Rebels win | Sport

The Brumbies started their Super Rugby AU campaign with a relatively comfortable 31-23 win over the Rebels in Canberra on Saturday.

It was a strong opening 40 minutes from Dan McKellar’s men, who were enjoying a fine year before the Super Rugby competition was suspended, and three tries via Andy Muirhead, Joe Powell and Folau Fainga’a saw them go into the interval 19-6 in front.

Matt Toomua had kicked two penalties for the visitors but they lacked ideas and the hosts appeared to have secured the victory at the start of the second period when Tom Wright went over for their third try.

However, the Rebels got back into the contest through quick-fire Jordan Uelese and Dane Haylett-Petty efforts. Another Toomua three-pointer reduced the deficit further, before Will Miller’s late score secured the win for the Brumbies.

The Canberra outfit were the dominant force in Australia before the Super Rugby season was curtailed, topping their conference with five victories out of six.

Included in that run was a comfortable 39-26 success over the Rebels, which was based on a lightning-quick start. They scored four tries in the first half-hour and the visitors perhaps feared a similar story when the hosts opened the scoring early on.

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