Carter’s ACT take charge of Tahs

Big win: Sam Carter's ACT Brumbies dusted NSW 28-12 on Saturday night.

Big win: Sam Carter's ACT Brumbies dusted NSW 28-12 on Saturday night.

ACT Brumbies sealed the inaugural edition of the Dan Vickerman Cup with a convincing 28-12 defeat of NSW Waratahs on Saturday night.

Sam Carter's side powered away with the contest in the second-half after scores were locked 7-all close to the hour mark at Sydney's Allianz Stadium.

Tries from Robbie Abel and Henry Speight broke the Tahs resistance as the team from the capital consolidated top spot in the Australian Conference.

Carter produced a typically industrious performance in the second-row, highlighted by five runs.

Tamworth product Paddy Ryan came off the bench for the Waratahs to replace fellow front-rower Tom Robertson at the 59 minute mark of the game.

Alex Newsome's Western Force had the bye in round four, while Mick Snowden was not in the match-day squad for the Melbourne Rebels, who produced an improved effort, but still went down 27-14 to the Chiefs at AAMI Park.

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