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"Toe timata le Upega" Moana Pasifika, with every loss comes a lesson.

ACT Brumbies cut the goalpost ribbon with a try from Hudson Creighton; Moana replies almost immediately with a score from newcomer Kyren Taumoefolau. Former Brumbies first five, Christian Lealifano converts it to make the first 10 minutes of the game seven all, and this was the last time the game was evenly poised, Brumbies showing flair both with the forwards and backline. The first half resulted in six tries, 4 to the Brumbies and 2 to Moana. The scoreboard was 29-14

The second half saw a dominant Brumbies, keeping Moana on the back foot and out of range. Brumbies fly-half Noah Lolesio found gaps in the Moana defence as they struggled to shut down the plays and runs that turned into points for the Brumbies. Moana's scrums were solid, but they needed more work on lineouts.

Brumbies scored nine tries to Moanaʻs 3, resulting in a 60 - 21

This is the third time Moana and Brumbies have met in Super Rugby. Moana beat them in 2022 but have been unsuccessful in their last two meets. It's back to Auckland this weekend for Moana as they take on the Blues.

The Samoan proverb "Toe timata le upega" translates to "cast the net again" in English. This proverb emphasises the importance of perseverance and continuous striving for improvement.


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