SYDNEY - The Brumbies have stamped themselves as Super Rugby title contenders, bursting out of the blocks and smashing the Sharks 29-10 in Durban to remain the only undefeated side in the competition.
The Brumbies are now six points clear of the second-placed Chiefs on the Super Rugby ladder, having won all four games this year.
The win was also their seventh in a row on the road, giving them the record for the most consecutive away wins in Super Rugby history.
Coach Jake White's team ran onto Kings Park Stadium like a team possessed, launching wave after wave in attack to tire out last year's Super Rugby runners-up and rack up the four try bonus point in just 34 minutes.
But it wasn't just with ball in hand that the Brumbies pushed forward, with their rush defence putting the Sharks on the backfoot throughout the match and openside flanker George Smith creating absolute havoc at the breakdown.
Man-of-the-match No.8 Fotu Auelua was extremely dominant in the first half, his direct running sucking in three defenders in the build up to the first two tries to create overlaps on both occasions.
Fly-half Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano both had outstanding games, with former Sevens player Tevita Kuridrani providing flair at outside centre.