Brumbies humble Reds with Six tries

ACT Brumbies made light of their injury crisis to smash the Queensland Reds with six tries in a one-way 43-11 Super 14 rugby victory at Canberra Stadium on Saturday.

The Reds again left the national capital without a win and have lost their past nine games to the Brumbies after looking to have their best chance of breaking through given the Canberra-based side’s mounting injury plight.

The Brumbies were fielding their third different centres combination in as many weeks but the inexperienced team rode roughshod over Queensland, whose skipper John Roe questioned their lax attitude in committing more than 30 missed tackles.

ACT were led in outstanding fashion by their experienced team members, skipper George Smith and Mark Gerrard, who was forced to switch from the wing to fullback after the second-minute loss of Julian Huxley with a neck injury.

World Cup squad lock Mark Chisholm scored two tries, with other tries going to Gerrard, Stephen Hoiles and replacements Ben Alexander and Peter Playford.

Gerrard chipped in with five conversions and a penalty to add to his first-half try for a match tally of 18 points.

It was a dreadful night for the Reds, who scored their only five-pointer by lock Van Humphries off a forwards’ push-over try five minutes from fulltime.

But in the few remaining minutes the Brumbies rubbed further salt into their Australian rivals’ wounds with two more tries.

The Brumbies, who had Wallabies Stirling Mortlock, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Clyde Rathbone looking on from the sidelines plus several other injured first-teamers, came away with a scoring bonus point to give their season a psychological boost.

Huxley (pictured) was knocked out in making a tackle on Reds’ lock James Horwill in the opening minutes, medical staff needing four minutes to place a neck brace on him and take him from the ground on a motor cart.

The World Cup Wallaby back was taken to hospital for observation but in a good sign Huxley was moving his arms as he was ferried from the field.

Sapa-AFP –

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