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Man of the match Mortlock does it for Brumbies

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The Brumbies’ thrilling 28-26 win over the Waikato Chiefs on Saturday, inspired by a man-of-the-match performance from captain Stirling Mortlock, helped them consolidate fourth place and move within four points of the Crusaders in a breakaway top four.


Mortlock scored a try, set up two others and kicked 13 points, including a critical sideline conversion to lift his team to a two-point win over the Chiefs who were one of three teams to take a losing bonus point from seventh-round games.


He scored their first try and had provided all their points as they established a 13-9 halftime lead while his tackling in midfield and creativity on attack helped the Brumbies weather a strong Chiefs resurgence.


Tries by prop Simms Davison, from a goal-line maul, and to All Blacks winger Sitiveni Sivivatu helped the Chiefs to a second-half advantage but the Brumbies hit back with tries to Clyde Rathbone and Mark Gerrard.


Mortlock had a hand in both, creating space for Rathbone who ran off a final pass from George Smith and bursting the defense before sending a basketball pass to Gerrard who scored near the corner flag.


His sideline conversion of Gerrard’s 71st-minute try was the difference between the teams.


Brumbies 28 Chiefs 26


Scorers


Brumbies


Tries
Mortlock
Rathbone
Gerrard

Conversions
Mortlock 2

Penalties
Mortlock 2



Chiefs


Tries
Davison
Sivivatu

Conversions
Donald 2

Penalties
Donald 3

Drop goals
Donald


Teams


Brumbies
15 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 Clyde Rathbone, 13 Stirling Mortlock (c), 12 Gene Fairbanks, 11 Mark Gerrard, 10 Stephen Larkham, 9 George Gregan, 8 George Smith, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Alister Campbell, 3 Guy Shepherdson, 2 James McCormack, 1 Bill Young.


Reserves: 16 Jeremy Paul, 17 Nic Henderson, 18 Radike Samo, 19 Jone Tawake, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Daniel Heenan ,22 Joel Wilson.


Chiefs
15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Soseni Anesi, 13 Mark Ranby, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Jamie Nutbrown, 8 Sione Laukai, 7 Marty Holah, 6 Steven Bates, 5 Bernie Upton, 4 Jono Gibbes (c), 3 Ben Castle, 2 Tom Willis, 1 Deacon Manu.


Reserves: 16 Simms Davison, 17 Aleki Lutui, 18 Sean Hohneck, 19 Kristian Ormsby, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 David Hill, 22 Loki Crichton.

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