TOKYO – Connal McInerney scored a hat-trick off the bench Saturday as the Brumbies overpowered Japan's Sunwolves 42-19 to boost their Finals chances.
The bonus-point victory, punctuated by a perfect six-from-six from the boot of captain Christian Lealiifano lifted the Canberra club above the Rebels at the top of Super Rugby's Australian Conference with two games left in the regular season.
"It's nice to get the win but we had to work really hard," said Lealiifano.
"There's plenty for us to look at – obviously in controlling the game a bit better. We got a bit loose and put ourselves under a little bit of pressure so we will learn from it."
The Brumbies were jolted at the start when Hosea Saumaki burst clear to put the Sunwolves ahead in the first minute of their final home game of the season.