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Brumbies deal Waratahs Super blow

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/04/2016 Darren Walton

The Brumbies may have ended the NSW Waratahs' finals hopes with a hoodoo-busting and bruising 26-20 Super Rugby triumph in Sydney.

An historic tryscoring hat-trick from winger Joe Tomane helped the Brumbies skip 11 points clear of their arch rivals in the Australian conference, after securing their first win at Allianz Stadium in 14 years.

While the Brumbies are sitting pretty atop the conference, the Waratahs are now languishing in 12th on the ladder after suffering three consecutive home defeats for the first time since 2007.

The 2014 champions probably need to win eight of their last nine games to make the playoffs after once again being dominated at the set piece on Saturday night.

Kurtley Beale made a successful comeback from an elbow injury and sparked the Waratahs attack, but his performance was one of the few highlights on a forgettable night in front of 25,319 fans.

Israel Folau's long-awaited move to outside centre didn't quite result in more action for the superstar code hopper, though he did equal Lote Tuqiri's NSW tryscoring record with one of his rare touches.

Tomane's treble was the first ever by a Brumby against the Waratahs and sets the ACT side up nicely ahead of testing encounters with the Crusaders and defending champion Highlanders.

The Brumbies are now third in the standings after completing their first season double over the Waratahs since 2012.

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