CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: Sam Carter of the Brumbies loses the ball in a tackle during the round 16 Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Rebels at Canberra Stadium on May 31, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Canberra, Australia - The ACT Brumbies dominated from the opening minutes and went on to defeat the Melbourne Rebels 37-10 Saturday to move into top-six playoff territory in Super Rugby.

Leading 25-3 at halftime, Matt Toomua scored two tries to lead the Brumbies to their ninth win in 14 matches and into second place in the Australia conference, three points behind New South Wales. The Waratahs beat the Hamilton, New Zealand-based Chiefs 33-17

earlier Saturday.

With three regular-season rounds to be played after a three-week break for international matches, the Brumbies are in fourth place in the overall standings.


ACT 37 (Matt Toomua 2, Sam Carter, Pat McCabe, Leon Power, Scott Sio tries; Christian Leali'ifano 2 conversions, penalty), Melbourne 10 (Scott Higginbotham try; Jason Woodward conversion, penalty). HT: 25-3.