It was a lackadaisical opening nine minutes from the Brumbies until Joe Tomane found 150-gamer Stephen Moore charging on his shoulder. The Brumbies winger put Moore, who's only the sixth player to ever get to the 150 Super Rugby game mark, away and the 33-year-old looked like a teenager as he sprinted away from Hurricanes' defensive line. True to being a hardened member of the front-row club, he barged head first into Wellington's last man. From there the Brumbies exploded into life and ran in three tries for the first half. It was a prime example of how Moore leads from the front. It was a magical performance from Moore, who played a role in David Pocock's try and barged over for one himself off the back of the Brumbies' rolling maul.
Kuridrani puts smile on the face of Fiji
Tevita Kuridrani put a smile on the face of Fiji as he barged over to score the Brumbies' opening try of the season. Fiji is reeling in the wake of a cyclone and Kuridrani and his countryman Henry Speight have immediately kicked into gear to raise money, food and clothing to ship back to their place of birth. The ACT Academy of Sport came to the party on Friday, dropping off boxes of new clothing to send to families in Fiji. Volunteers from the Fiji High Commission of Australia collected donations at the ground o Friday night. Money raised will go to Save the Children, while Speight and Kuridrani will auction their jerseys on allbids.com — they've already raised $13,500.
Brumbies outmuscle Hurricanes 52-10
Brumbies thrash Hurricanes 52-10 in captain Stephen Moore's 150th Super Rugby game.
Brumbies superboot simply super
It's back baby! Christian Lealiifano was deadly accurate from the kicking tee in the season opener as he sunk seven from eight. Brumbies fans travelled back in time to 2013 when Lealiifano was the premier kicker in Australia and kicked match-winners for both the Brumbies and the Wallabies with his eyes closed. But an ankle injury knocked him off kilter the following year. He showed some signs last season, but now he's officially back. It seems the co-captaincy suits him.
Is the bonus point change a masterstroke?
Is it a coincidence that a small tweak in the way the bonus point is calculated has led to a stunning start to the Super Rugby season? Firstly the Auckland Blues and Otago HIghlanders fought out a 33-31 thriller across the ditch and then the Brumbies went absolutely berserk as they brought running rugby back to the nation's capital. They scored seven tries to one against the team that knocked them out of the title race in the semi-finals last season. Which raises the question: should SANZAR go further? Should a team get a bonus point for every three tries they score more than their opponents? It would have meant the Brums earned two bonus points for their win by six tries. The bonus point is in your court SANZAR.