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Brumbies beat Waratahs in Canberra

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The Brumbies have played the Waratahs 32 times in Super Rugby since 1996. They have won 15 matches and losing 17 with no draws between the teams.

Those 15 Super Rugby wins give the Brumbies a record of winning 47% of their matches against the Waratahs regardless of venue.

  • The Brumbies have won four of their last five games against the NSW Waratahs, including a 40-31 triumph in their most recent meeting.
  • Three of the Brumbies’ last five Super Rugby games at home have been won by the team trailing at half-time on the day, with the ACT club picking up three wins in that span.
  • The NSW Waratahs have won six of their last seven Australian derbies in Super Rugby, despite having conceded an average of 26 points per game across that span.
  • The Brumbies have scored 18 tries and 120 points in Super Rugby 2019, the second most of any team in the competition behind the Crusaders (23 tries, 141 points).
  • Israel Folau is just one try shy of equalling Doug Howlett (59) as the most prolific try scorer in Super Rugby history; the NSW Waratahs’ flyer has scored five tries in his last three games away from home in the competition.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kickoff.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Canberra.

3.00: Two penalties in quick succession gives Bernard Foley a chance to put his team on the board. Foley is 13 points away from 1,000 Super rugby points.

4.00: MISS! TRY! Foley’s kick hits the upright and Michael Hooper, like a jackal, pounces and barges his way over for the score. 0-5

7.00: MISS! Foley hits the same post again; both kicks were pretty straight-forward. 0-5

9.00: Harry Johnson-Holmes wins the penalty at the breakdown, but yet again, Foley misses with a kick, this for touch.

10.00: Curtis Rona is hit hard by Christian Lealiifano and loses the ball forward.

11.00: The scrum is reset after it goes down.

14.00: TRY! The Brumbies hit back after a driving maul from close range. The hosts used the shift to the left before sending the ball right. Folau Fainga’a crashes over next to the posts to equal Andrew Walker’s Brumbies’ record of scoring in five straight Super Rugby matches. 5-all

15.00: CONVERSION! Lealiifano adds the extras. 7-5

17.00: The home team are finding their mojo; they go close again but the Waratahs get back and halt the attack.

20.00: Fainga’a misses his second throw of the game. Scrum to the Tahs.

22.00: Jake Gordon is pinged for a side entry at the maul. It was another beasting drive from the Brumbies – who look more like the Bulls, this season – and they get another penalty. The play has stopped for an injury, but the hosts will wait to kick to the corner, again.

23.00: TRY! Guess who? It’s another quality rolling maul and the Waratahs are helpless at stopping the set-piece juggernaut. Folau Fainga’a is a try-scoring machine. 12-5

25.00: MISS! It’s Lealiifano’s turn to hit the post. 12-5

27.00: The Waratahs are struggling. even when they have a sustained period of phases, they don’t know what to do with the pill.

28.00: Unbelievable, the Waratahs are penalised at the breakdown despite having four players to two at the contest.

30.00: Alex Newsome is brought down inside the Brumbies’ 22 after Rona’s break and wonderful offload. Henry Speight gets back and wins the penalty.

31.00: The visitors are pinged for offsides at the lineout, allowing the Brumbies to clear.

33.00: The penalty count has evened out to five apiece after the hosts get nicked. Foley kicks deep and the Tahs have another – rare – chance.

35.00: YELLOW CARD! Sekope Kepu is sent to the bin for foul play, hitting Lachlan McCaffrey around the head with his arm.

37.00: Speight hits Rona in the tackle after the Tahs’ winger gathered a Lealiifano bomb. The visitors win the penalty and will have the last shot at some points before halftime.

39.00: Hooper bursts forward. Israel Folau plays an inside ball but McCaffrey almost intercepts. Scrum to the Tahs.

41.00: The hooter sounds. Tevita Kuridrani kicks the loose ball ahead and wins the foot race, but the Waratahs win a desperate penalty on their try-line thanks to Adam Ashley-Copper’s good work. Foley puts the ball out.

The halftime score was Brumbies 12 Waratahs 5

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway for this Aussie derby.

42.00: Tom Banks is trying to bust a tackle from deep. He is involved again before the ball is lost and Foley kicks deep. Banks gets back and clears to touch.

43.00: The Waratahs lose another throw. This half has started how the first ended, with lots of errors.

44.00: Big scrum by the Brumbies; it’s James Slipper who wins the penalty.

47.00: The Tahs are in a good position near the opposition’s 22. They’ve enjoyed a sustained period of pressure.

49.00: TRY! Newsome takes Folau’s wonderful offload and scores in the corner. Folau took three defenders with him before laying an out-the-back door pass to Newsome. 12-10

51.00: MISS! Foley has left his kicking boots and radar at home in Sydney, he pushes his conversion well wide. 12-10

53.00: The referee has his arm out, the hosts go wide, but the move breaks down. Rob Valentini is down after rolling his knee in a Hooper tackle, He looked to the bench straight away. The flanker is being helped off the field. Murray Douglas replaces the 20-year-old. Brumbies opt for another rolling maul.

54.00: PENALTY TRY! Referee Glen Jackson robs Fainga’a of a hat-trick because the Waratahs illegally collapsed the driving maul. 19-10

54.00: YELLOW CARD! Johnson-Holmes is sent to the bin for the infraction.

57.00: The Waratahs are starting to get their offloading game going, and they are using their big ball carriers to good effect.

59.00: Gordon leaves the field and on comes Nick Phipps. Daryl Gibson is starting to go to the bench, looking to his reserves to add some spark to his team’s, so far, ordinary display.

61.00: Kurtley Beale throws a forward pass to Ashley-Cooper, killing a good opportunity inside the Brumbies’ half.

63.00: BIG SCRUM! The visitor’s forward-pack destroyed the opposition pack with a mighty scrum.

64.00: PENALTY! Foley finally hits the ball through the posts. 19-13

66.00: The Brumbies, twice, did not score a point while the Waratahs were down to 14 men.

69.00: We are entering the last 10 minutes of this derby: Who wants this one?

70.00: The hosts win another scrum-penalty, but Irae Simone’s kick went “about four metres” according to Phil Kearns. Ha!

71.00: The Waratahs throw in skew. I can’t believe this.

75.00: OH DEAR! Beale tries to weave some magic, he dances through the midfield and passes to Foley, on his inside, but the stand-off knocks on. Jeez! It’s Foley’s last play and he is replaced by Mack Mason, who makes his debut.

77.00: NO TRY! James Leckie rules out Ryan Lonergan’s try for a KNOCK ON. McCaffrey stole some metres from the back of the scrum before Newsome, chasing a kick, knocked the ball into the path of Lonergan, who dropped the ball before grounding. The crowd don’t like it.

79.00: The ball is toed through by the Tahs, the Brumbies clean up and charge forward. They slow the play down and are using the pick-and-drive to control the clock.

80.00: The Tahs counter-ruck, but the ball is awarded to the home team. The hooter sounds…

Full Time

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The final score is Brumbies 19 (12) Waratahs 13 (5)

Scorers

Brumbies
Tries – Fainga’a (2), Penalty try
Pen –
Con – Lealiifano
Drop –
Cards –

Waratahs
Tries – Hooper, Newsome
Pen – Foley
Con –
Drop –
Cards – Kepu (Yellow, 35′), Johnson-Holmes (Yellow, 54′)

Match Officials
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Jordan way
Assistant Ref 2: Amy Perrett
TMO: James Leckie

Teams

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Lausii Taliauli, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Rob Valentini, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 James Slipper, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Murray Douglas, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Jordan Jackson-hope, 23 Mack Hansen.

Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes.

Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Rory O’Connor, 18 Chris Talakai, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Lachlan Swinton, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Mack Mason, 23 Cameron Clark.

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