In Australia the Brumbies and Rebels got their Super Rugby season started on Friday as well and it was the Rebels that also upset the home side when they beat them 34-17.
They also came from behind trailing the Brumbies 22-19 at the break.
At the end the Rebels outscore the Brumbies with five tries to four and start the season as the Highlanders with a away win.
It was the player the Reds thrown to the wolves last year that turned out to be the star of the show in Canberra.
Quade Cooper had a superb performance in his first match back in Super Rugby for the Rebels.
Cooper showed great composure throughout and was his side’s chief playmaker. His distribution skills were excellent and he also impressed by taking the ball to the line several times.
In the end, the Rebels outscored the Brumbies by five tries to four with Jack Maddocks leading the way for the visitors with a brace. Their other points came via tries from Tom English, Matt Philip and Anaru Rangi and three conversions and a penalty from Cooper.
Folau Fainga’a, Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalato and Sam Carter dotted down for the Brumbies and Christian Lealiifano added a penalty and two conversions.
Tries: Folau Fainga’a, Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalatoa, Sam Carter
Conversions: Christian Lealiifano (2)
Tries: Tom English, Jack Maddocks (2), Matt Philip, Anaru Rangi
Conversions: Quade Cooper (3)
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