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The Brumbies held on to the top spot in the Australian Super Rugby Conference by beating the Rebels 22-30 at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne.

A Rebels victory would have put the Melbourne side back on the top spot but they were outscored by five tries to three in the match.

Although the Brumbies remain first in their conference their position is still under threat as the Waratahs could overtake them later in the round if they beat the Bulls with a bonus point.

The result is the first time since the third round that the Brumbies have earned back to back victories. They have now played 11 matches and won 7 while the Rebels have played 10 and won five.

The Brumbies proved more clinical in their execution than the Rebels whose poor handling and conceding penalties cost them chances to put the Canberra-based side under more pressure.

The Rebels led 10-8 up until the 32nd minute but the Brumbies went in at half-time ahead 20-10 and despite being pulled back to 25-22 midway through the second half clinched the game with a try by replacement winger Nigel Ah Wong with eight minutes remaining.

Only wayward goalkicking from Christian Lealiifabo with just two successes out of seven attempts cost the Brumbies a bigger win over their Australian rivals.

The Brumbies scored tries through David Pocock, Rory Arnold, Christian Lealiifano, Scott Fardy and Ah Wong with Lealiifano landing a conversion and a penalty.

The Rebels looked promising at times and breached the Brumbies defence for three tries from Cam Crawford, Reece Hodge and Sefanaia Naivalu.

Jack Debreczeni landed two conversions and a penalty.

“We are very happy with the performance,” Brumbies skipper Stephen Moore said.

“We knew it would be a tough game down here for us and the way the ladder was it was a very important game for us.

“The bench (replacements) came on and made a big difference for us in the second half.”

The Rebels captain Nic Stirzaker said his team’s ill-discipline cost them against the Brumbies.

“Our discipline really let us down and we let them into the game with easy penalties to get out of their half and they are really strong at the set-piece. They hurt us off the mauls,” Stirzaker said.

Next week in Round 13 the Brumbies have a bye and the Rebels travel to Hamilton as they play the Chiefs.

Final Score  Rebels 22 (10) Brumbies 30 (20) 

Scorers

Rebels
Tries – C.Crawford, R.Hodge, S. Naivalu
Pen -J.Debreczeni
Con – J.Debreczeni 2
Drop –
Cards –

Brumbies
Tries – D.Pocock, R.Arnold ,C.Lealiifano, S.Fardy, N.Ah Wong
Pen – C.Lealiifano
Con – C.Lealiifano
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 1:Will Houston
Assistant Ref 2:Michael Hogan
TMO : Ian Smith

Teams

Rebels

1. Toby Smith , 2. James Hanson , 3. Jamie Hagan , 4. Luke Jones , 5. Lopeti Timani , 6.Sean McMahon , 7. Colby Fainga’a  , 8. Adam Thomson , 9. Nic Stirzaker (captain) , 10. Jack Debreczeni , 11. Cam Crawford , 12. Reece Hodge , 13. Tamati Ellison , 14. Sefa Naivalu , 15. Mike Harris

Replacements : 16. Pat Leafa , 17. Cruze Ah Nau , 18. Tim Metcher , 19. Sam Jeffries , 20. Jordy Reid , 21. Ben Meehan , 22. Tom English , 23. Kotaro Matsushima

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio, 2. Stephen Moore (c), 3. Ben Alexander, 4. Rory Arnold, 5.Sam Carter, 6. Scott Fardy, 7. David Pocock, 8.Jarrad Butler, 9.Tomás Cubelli, 10.Christian Lealiifano (c), 11.Lausii Taliauli, 12.James Dargaville , 13.Tevita Kuridrani, 14.Nigel Ah Wong, 15. Aidan Toua,

Replacements : 16.Josh Mann-Rea, 17. Allan Alaalatoa ,18. Ruan Smith ,19. Tom Staniforth, 20. Blake Enever,21. Jordan Smiler, 22.Joe Powell, 23.Jordan Jackson-Hope

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