That was a comprehensive win for the Tahs who now stand alone at the top of the Super Rugby ladder and can thank their ability to score four tries in a game for the clear lead over the Sharks.
If the Force lose tonight, the Waratahs are the guaranteed Australian conference winners with two rounds to go. Even if the Force win, they probably only need one more bonus to secure that spot.
Next Sunday they face the Highlanders, a victory on that occasion will guarantee a top-two finish.
Forget the scoreline, the injury-hit Brumbies were tremendous. That tackled with vigour and their kicking was purposeful. They lacked a lot in attack and in the lineout, but injuries played their part in those facets.
The Tahs were tested, they probably lacked a bit of cohesion, but a depleted Brumbies team was just the tonic they needed to shake off the post-internationals cobwebs.
That's it for me. Come back to RugbyHeaven for the match news, reaction and analysis from Georgina Robinson and Chris Dutton.
That try nearly had everything. Kurtley Beale laid on perfect ball to Michael Hooper who made a clean break, he laid on the goose step and swivel but was eventually caught. Jono Lance and Kane Douglas eventually combined to send Palu over in the corner. Fulltime WARATAHS 39 BRUMBIES 8
80th min: Try Wycliff Palu.
78th min: The match is as good as over, but some of the collisions are frightful.
Bernard Foley does love the Waratahs' system of play. He has been named man of the match.Back to top
74th min: The Tahs got their bonus point while Auelua was off the field. They earn another penalty and with the bonus point in the bad, they opt for goal. That is the trigger for lots of fans to dessert their seats and beat the traffic home. Beale kicks the penalty. WARATAHS 34 BRUMBIES 8
Big bopper Taqele Naiyaravoro is on for Alofa Alofa. This is his second Super Rugby game and with players hoping to play in the finals requiring four games under their belt, he needs to figure in all the remaining Super Rugby games to be eligible.
71st min: Early word is that the crowd is over 29,000, just short of the record for a Super Rugby crowd in Australia this season with the Reds-Crusaders drawing just over 30,000.
70th min: Foley converts from the sideline. WARATAHS 31 BRUMBIES 8
Despite Rob Horne's blunder, the Brumbies could not escape their own territory and the Tahs won a scrum, Folau jinked and weaved out wide and released Alofa Alofa for a free run to the line. He finished with a flourish, diving in the corner.Back to top
69th min: The Tahs have their bonus point try.
The Hurricanes defeated the Crusaders earlier tonight
65th min: Rob Horne pass the ball son! He has blown a certain try. Adam Ashley-Cooper made a clean break offloaded to Horne who only had to draw Jesse Mogg and pass to Nick Phipps for a certain five-pointer. He didn't pass and they didn't score.
Some people thought the yellow card should have been shown sooner.Back to top
The Tahs forwards drove from the lineout and as the Brumbies were back-pedalling, Foley sliced through under the posts. He converts his own try. WARATAHS 22 BRUMBIES 8
61st min: TRY! Bernard Foley.
59th min: The Brumbies lineout is a mess and the Tahs win possession and eventually the penalty. The Brumbies breakdown spoiling tactics has seen Steve Walsh send Fotu Auelua to the bin.
58th min: The Brumbies may not win this game but that won't be because they gave up. They just earned a scrum penalty five metres out from their ownline as the Tahs laid siege.
It was the Beale and Folau show. From a counter-attack Beale cut them open, and then a few phases later Folau jinks through and then with four or five Brumbies forward on him he drives his legs and gets there or therabouts to the line. The video is inconclusive and therefore it is ... NO TRY!Back to top