Queensland’s Reds made a disappointing start to the Super Rugby season as they were beaten 45-19 in Melbourne after Scott Higginbotham was red carded.
The Reds should perform a lot better this weekend if they can keep all 15 players on the field but they will still have much work to do.
- The Reds picked up a one-point win against the Brumbies in their most recent encounter, snapping a five-game losing streak against them in which time they conceded an average of 37 points per game.
- The Reds will be looking for consecutive home wins against Australian opposition for the first time since Round 2, 2013.
- The Brumbies have won three of their last five games away from home, with two of those wins coming after they had trailed at half-time.
- Each of the last five Australian derbies in Super Rugby have been won by the home team on the day.
- Six of the Reds’ last eight tries against the Brumbies at home have been scored by forwards.
We are waiting for the kick off.
The Reds kick off and the match is underway.
1.30: The Reds get an early opportunity in the Brumbies 22. They press at the Brumbies tryline and have three attempts at going over. The TMO is called upon to check if the ball has been grounded. Held up no try.
2.00: The Brumbies are awarded a penalty and kick for touch to relieve the pressure.
3.00: It’s all the Reds. They get close to scoring again but are held out by the Brumbies.
7.00: Several scrums get reset so the referee has a word with both teams. The Reds put the ball in and the scrum goes down.
8.00: The scrum collapses again and this time the Reds get a penalty.
9.00: Jono Lance takes the kick and nails it. Reds lead.
10.00: 81% possession to the Reds and 100% of the game has been played in the Brumbies half.
14.00: The Brumbies get the ball into Reds territory but then knock it on.
19.00: The Reds are keeping the pressure on in the Brumbies half. They chip the ball ahead to the corner but the ball is knocked into touch near the corner flag.
21.00: The Brumbies lose the ball after a line out and they work the ball to the corner. Eto Nabuli goes for the corner flag but loses the ball as he goes over. Joe Powell loosened the ball in the tackle. The Reds change side but knock on just before they get forced into touch.
24.00: Penalty to the Reds. Lance slots the kick and extends the lead.
26.00: The Brumbies get into Reds territory but they kick to the corner where the Reds are waiting for the kick and dot it down. Jono Lance boots the ball downfield for the restart.
28.00: The Brumbies go through 6 phases and get to the line. The Reds look a bit thin on defence but the ball gets knocked on by the Brumbies just before the line. There is an injury break.
29.00: The match resumes with a scrum near the 5m line. Powell breaks around the side of the scrum and goes over to score. TRY!
30.00: Christian Lealiifano hits the post with his conversion kick. The Reds still lead.
34.00: The TMO is called in to review foul play. Caleb Timu is yellow carded for leading with the shoulder in a tackle.
36.00: Penalty to the Brumbies. They take the corner kick. James Slipper has left the field for a medical reasons. JP Smith is on.
37.00: The Brumbies win the line out and drive over but get held up.
38.00: The Reds survive the pressure and clear into touch.
40.00: The Reds win a scrum after the siren and boot the ball into touch.
It’s half time.
The half time score was Reds 6 Brumbies 5
The Brumbies kick off and the second half is underway.
41.00: The Brumbies are still playing with an extra man. They go through 12 phases but then the Reds turn the ball over and kick it into Brumbies territory.
43.00: The Reds win a line out but as they pass the ball it’s well forward.
46.00: The Brumbies attack in the Reds half but as they get close to the line they lose the ball and the Reds counter attack. Jono Lance breaks down the wing and loses his shorts in the tackle but carries on running. The Brumbies manage to kill the attack.
48.00: The Brumbies work the ball through 16 phases and get to the 5m line. They go wide but get tackled into touch. The ball goes out off a Reds player so they get the throw in.
51.00 : Possession peaked at 93% for the Reds earlier but as the Brumbies have had all of the second half ball the possession stat is now 53% in favour of the Brumbies.
55.00: Scrum penalty to the Reds. They kick for touch and set up the line out. The Reds win a penalty on the 22m line.
57.00: Lance takes the penalty kick, nails it and extends the lead.
61.00: The Brumbies lose Tom Cusack to the blood bin.
64.00: Penalty to the Reds from the scrum. Lance lines up the posts as they will take the penalty shot.
65.00: Lance takes the shot and nails it. Reds lead by 7.
69.00: The Reds go on the attack in the Brumbies half. After 8 phases they have the advantage and get to 10m out. The Brumbies intercept after 11 phases but they are called back for the penalty.
71.00: Jono Lance slots the penalty and takes the lead to 10 points so the Brumbies now need to score twice.
73.00: The Brumbies put the pressure on and get to the line. They drive over the line but are held up again.
74.00: The Brumbies go for the line again but this time Isi Naisarani pushes off a tackling defender and dives over to score. TRY!
75.00: Lealiifano takes the conversion but misses again.
78.00: The Reds try to hit back and get the ball back into the Brumbies 22. After 10 phases the Reds have the advantage, they go wide but get tackled into touch. They are called back for a penalty.
79.00: Lance takes the penalty shot. He nails it. Reds lead by 8.
The Reds knock on after the restart.
That’s it the Reds have won.
The full time score is Reds 18 (6) Brumbies 10 (5)
Pen – J.Lance 6
Cards – C.Timu (35th min yellow)
Tries – J.Powell, I.Naisarani
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Will Houston
Assistant Ref 2:James Leckie
TMO : George Ayoub
15. Aidan Toua, 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13. Samu Kerevi, 12. Duncan Paia’aua, 11. Eto Nabuli, 10. Jono Lance, 9. James Tuttle, 8. Caleb Timu, 7. Liam Wright,6. Adam Korczyk, 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Izack Rodda, 3. Taniela Tupou, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1. James Slipper.
Replacements 16. Alex Mafi, 17. JP Smith, 18. Sef Fa’agase, 19. Harry Hockings, 20. Angus Scott-Young, 21. Tate McDermott, 22. Hamish Stewart, 23. Filipo Daugunu.
15. Tom Banks, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Kyle Godwin, 11. Chance Peni, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 9. Joe Powell, 8. Isi Naisarani, 7. Tom Cusack, 6. Lachlan McCaffrey, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 2. Josh Mann-Rea, 1. Ben Alexander.
Replacements 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Nic Mayhew, 18. Les Leuluaialii-Makin, 19. Blake Enever, 20. Lolo Fakaosilea, 21. Matt Lucas, 22. Wharenui Hawera, 23.Lausii Taliauli.