An inspired Moana Pacifica Super Buggy stunned Brumbis 32-22 on Saturday night to shake the equation of the Pacific Final.
Australia’s top team Brumbis have already booked a home quarter-final next weekend but will now move up to fourth place in the stairs after entering the third round.
Later on Saturday night they will host Hurricane or Waratah with both parties.
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Even if Moana wins the Pacific push, she will end her debut season with a wooden spoon.
It was their second win of the year and in the 11th minute they were sent off for a high tackle.
Wallabis Great Kepu was playing his 150th Super Rugby game and looked upset after being shown a red card.
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But at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium, Kapoor’s teammates jumped on the bandwagon after playing wounded and cunning rugby against the shell-shocked spectators.
“I’m so happy for our Pacific people,” said the emotional Kepu after the game.
“Be grateful to be a part of it and still play rugby.”
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It was particularly special for Moana Pacifica pivot Christian Liali’Fano, playing against his former team and hitting a 50-22 clutch the night before, overcoming an HIA.
“A magical night and an outstanding performance,” All Blacks Great Mills Muliana commented.
“They have inspired their people and deserve this victory.”
William Haveli, Joe Apikotoya and Lotu Insi Moana made five pointers for Pacifica, who were also awarded penalty kicks.
Bronbies tried by Connell McKinnery, Lachlan Lonergan and Pete Samu.
At the start of the second half, McInerney and Jahrom Brown received yellow cards, reducing the number of spectators to 13 men.
“It’s very frustrating from our side – defeated and excited,” said Brumbis captain Alan Alalatoa.
“The bright side is that we will have another chance at the finals next week. They have dominated the clash tonight.
“We got a home quarter next week and I know the boys will be ready for it.”
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