QUEENSLAND Reds skipper James Horwill said his team's attack at the breakdown was the catalyst to Saturday's 27-17 win over the Brumbies in Canberra.
Horwill said the breakdown area had been a problem for the Reds in the last Super Rugby campaign and it had been something that had been worked on pre-season.
"Our breakdown work was much better," Horwill told the ABC. "We won the physical battle, which was something we needed to do.
"It was nice winning away from home and to start the season off like that was very pleasing."
In South Africa yesterday, the Sharks, coached by former Brumbies mentor Jake White, stayed on top of the Super Rugby standings with a hard-fought win over the Hurricanes in Durban.
The Sharks won 27-9 over the New Zealanders to make it two straight victories to start the campaign.
Springbok flyhalf Patrick Lambie contributed 17 points with five penalty goals and a conversion.
At Ellis Park in Johannesburg, the Lions pulled off another surprise victory when they outclassed the Stormers 34-10. The Lions had lost their last 13 matches to the Stormers.
Flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff again starred for his side.
Boshoff, who scored all of his side's points in the victory over the Cheetahs a week ago, was again on song as he contributed 29 points.
The 25-year-old landed three drop goals, six penalties and converted the Lions' only try, scored by Stefan Watermeyer
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