Moana Pasifika stun Brumbies with season-closing win on eve of Super Rugby Pacific finals
Paying long odds to beat one of the title frontrunners at Mt Smart Stadium, the bottom-of-the-table Moana Pasifika overcame an early red card to captain Sekope Kepu – playing in his 150th Super Rugby match – to topple the Brumbies 32-22 in Auckland on Saturday.
The Brumbies didn’t help themselves on the discipline front, conceding two yellow cards within minutes of each other to play with 13 men for a lengthy period, but Moana Pasifika’s fortitude and commitment to the cause was enough to get them over the line.
Led by former Brumbies pair Christian Lealiifano and Solomone Kata, Moana Pasifika’s win denies the Brumbies a third-place finish, meaning they will likely have to play away from home if they qualify for the semi-finals.
By contrast, Moana Pasifika will bask in the glory of notching their second-ever win, their first since they shocked the Hurricanes with an extra-time victory in March.
Brumbies 22 (Tries to Connal McInerney, Lachlan Longergan and Pete Samu; 2 conversions and drop goal to Noah Lolesio)
– MORE TO COME
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