The two teams meet on Saturday amid talk of a possible power shift from Canberra to Brisbane

A massive 55-metre penalty goal in swirling wind after the siren kept the Brumbies on top of the Super Rugby AU table, but for how much longer? Ryan Lonergan’s long-range match-winner against the Melbourne Rebels in Canberra could either have been a sign of a champion team finding a way to prevail or an indication the Brumbies have plateaued.

The Brumbies have won the Super Rugby Australian conference title or the Super Rugby AU competition in four of the last five years to stake a strong claim as Australia’s premier provincial team. But the Brumbies’ pre-eminence in Australia is being challenged by a rising Queensland Reds side, who have been painstakingly developed over the last four years by head coach Brad Thorn.

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Source: Rugby – The Guardian