Brumbies battle past Chiefs

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iol spt july19 Brumbies-Chiefs Getty Images ACT Brumbies held off a Waikato Chiefs fightback to bring an end to the New Zealanders' quest for a third straight Super Rugby title. Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Sydney - ACT Brumbies held off a Waikato Chiefs fightback to bring an end to the New Zealanders' quest for a third straight Super Rugby title with a 32-30 victory in a breathless playoff match in Canberra on Saturday.

Tries from Nic White, Robbie Coleman, Jesse Mogg and Jarrad Butler gave the hosts a measure of revenge for their defeat in last year's final and earned them a place in next week's semi-finals, most likely against the New South Wales Waratahs.

The Chiefs were trailing 22-3 after 29 minutes but stormed back with tries from Bundee Aki, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Tim Nanai-Williams to level the scores at 25-25 with 25 minutes of the contest remaining.

Flanker Butler scored from a rolling maul five minutes later, though, and Chiefs flyhalf Aaron Cruden's failure to convert replacement back Gareth Anscombe's 77th minute try ultimately proved decisive. – Reuters


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