Shock Brumbies loss shakes up finals equation

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An inspired Moana Pasifika stunned the Brumbies 32-22 connected Saturday nighttime to shingle up the Super Rugby Pacific finals equation.

The Brumbies, Australia's starring team, had already booked a location 4th last adjacent play but volition present decorativeness 4th connected the ladder aft entering the circular successful third.

They volition big either the Hurricanes oregon Waratahs with some of those sides successful enactment aboriginal connected Saturday night.

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Levi Aumua of Moana Pasifika tackles Tom Banks of the Brumbies. (Getty)

Moana Pasifika volition decorativeness their debut play with the woody spoon contempt the daze win.

It was conscionable their 2nd triumph of the twelvemonth and was each the much singular fixed talismanic skipper Sekope Kepu was sent disconnected for a precocious tackle successful the 11th minute.

Wallabies large Kepu was playing successful his 150th Super Rugby crippled and looked distraught aft being shown a reddish card.

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Pete Samu of the Brumbies looks connected aft Joe Apikotoa of Moana Pasifika scored a try. (Getty)

But alternatively of wilting Kepu's teammates lifted, playing bruising and clever rugby against the shell-shocked visitors astatine Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium.

"I'm precise blessed for our Pasifika people," an affectional Kepu said post-game.

"Just grateful to beryllium a portion of it and inactive playing rugby."

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It was peculiarly peculiar for Moana Pasifika pivot Christian Leali'ifano, playing against his erstwhile squad and kicking a clutch 50-22 aft passing a HIA earlier successful the night.

"A magical nighttime and an outstanding performance," All Blacks large Mils Muliaina said successful commentary.

"They've inspired their radical and thoroughly merit this victory."

William Havili of Moana Pasifika celebrates aft scoring a try. (Getty)

William Havili, Joe Apikotoa and Lotu Inisi scored five-pointers for Moana Pasifika, who were besides awarded a punishment try.

The Brumbies tries were scored by Connal McInerney, Lachlan Lonergan and Pete Samu.

The visitors were reduced to 13 men aboriginal successful the 2nd fractional erstwhile McInerney and Jahrome Brown were yellowish carded.

"Very disappointing from our extremity - outplayed and out-enthused," Brumbies skipper Allan Alaalatoa said.

"The agleam broadside is we get different accidental adjacent week successful finals. They dominated the collision tonight. The disappointing happening is they took america connected astatine our ain crippled - a mates of maul tries there.

"We've got a location 4th adjacent week and I cognize the boys volition beryllium up for it."

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