The Brumbies slumped to a record low in Canberra when smashed 40-14 by the rampaging Crusaders in their Super Rugby clash on Sunday.
The 26-point defeat is the ACT club’s biggest-ever at GIO Stadium, surpassing by one point their previous worst loss to the Chiefs just three weeks ago.
For the Crusaders, who earned a bonus-point, it was their seventh consecutive victory and sixth straight against the Brumbies dating back to 2009.
It sends Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham’s men (5-3) back into the middle of the Australasian Group, one behind new Australian conference leaders the Melbourne Rebels, who beat the Cheetahs on Friday to go 5-3 for the season.
Errors proved the Brumbies downfall, with the classy Crusaders taking advantage of almost every turnover in front of a healthy crowd of 16,418.
Little seemed to go the Brumbies’ way – especially in the first half, when the hosts managed just one try to the Crusaders’ four.
The visitors pounced on every mistake and got the points to show for it, with the always-damaging man mountain centre Nemani Nadalo, Jone Macilai, Israel Dagg and Codie Taylor all crossing over for a 26-7 lead at the break.
Robbie Coleman’s effort in the 10th minute was all the Brumbies could muster.
The Brumbies carried some late momentum into the second half with Joe Tomane scoring in the 45th minute, but another turnover led to Taylor’s second try moments later.
Marty McKenzie’s five-pointer in the 65th extended the lead to 40-14 and sealed the victory.
The Brumbies travel to Invercargill, New Zealand, to play the Highlanders on Saturday, while the Crusaders have the bye.
BRUMBIES BIGGEST HOME LOSSES
26 points (40-14): v Crusaders, round 9 2016
25 points (48-23): v Chiefs, round 6 2016
18 points (33-15): v Hurricanes, round 5 2008
18 points (41-23): v Sharks, round 3 1998
14 points (30-16): v Blues, round 18 2012
14 points (42-28): v Chiefs, round 8 2008