Super 14
Brumbies and Waratahs secure wins
January 30, 2009

The Brumbies and Waratahs both recorded confidence-boosting warm-up wins as they continue to build towards the upcoming Super 14 season.

Brumbies scrum-half Josh Holmes turned in a sparkling performance as the Hurricanes were beaten 28-14 at Canberra Stadium but, worryingly for new coach Andy Friend, was helped from the field after taking a knock. Holmes scored the only try of the first-half after a break from centre Tyrone Smith as an under-strength Hurricanes side struggled, but could only make it to half-time.

Hurricanes fullback Cory Janes scored his side's first try after the break before Ben Alexander and Zac Guildford swapped tries. Some later changes gave the Brumbies the impetus for the win with scrum-half Patrick Phibbs and Afusipa Taumoepeau both crossing to secure the win.

Meanwhile, Timana Tahu was in fine form as last season's finalists the Waratahs ran 60 points past Fiji Warriors in Newcastle. Tahu scored one and created another of the New South Wales side's 10 tries as they welcomed back their Wallabies for the first time since their end-of-season tour.

Fullback Lachie Turner crossed for a brace, with Lote Tuqiri, Peter Playford, Daniel Halangahu and Kurtley Beale also getting their names on the scoresheet. The Waratahs were led by prop Al Baxter, with regular skipper Phil Waugh ruled out with an ankle injury.

"The scoreboard probably wasn't our focus all the time, it was a matter of getting some of our players game time and some of the tourists, it's probably been eight, nine weeks since they've actually played a game, so from that point of view it was a good hit out from them," Waratahs coach Chris Hickey told AAP. "Tahu showed some really good touches there, with some really good footwork and some offloading, I'm very pleased with his performance."


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