Brumbies sneak last minute win



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This was a live score update – Report to follow.




Let’s face it, only a miracle will see the Lions pulling off a win here. The Brumbies have not been the team they were a few years ago but it’s hard to see the Brumbies losing to the Lions. The Lions may well end up all square at half time like last week but they have developed a habit of going off the boil in the second half.

Friday April 25
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Referee: Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Brett Bowden (Australia)
Television match official: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)
Assessor: Wayne Erickson (Australia)
Head-to-Head: Played 13, Brumbies 10, Lions/Cats 3
In Canberra: Played 7, Brumbies 7, Lions/Cats 0
Last season: Round 9, March 31 2007: Brumbies 14-9 Lions at Ellis Park, Johannesburg


Match Detail


0.00: We are waiting for the kick off.


2.00: The Lions got the perfect start as the came out sprinting and caught the Brumbies by surprise as Cobus Grobbelaar scored a try for the Lions.


3.00: Earl Rose converted the try.


8.00: The Brumbies got onto the front foot and worked the ball up to the Lions tryline. A grubber kick saw the ball beat Adam Ashley Cooper to the line.


9.00: The Brumbies were called back for a penalty and Stirling Mortlock slotted the penalty.


18.00: The Brumbies lose Patrick Phibbs to injury.


26.00: The Brumbies put the Lions under pressure and they give away a penalty. Mortlock opts to go for posts.


27.00: Stirling Mortlock slots the penalty.


The Match is held up for about six or seven minutes as the Lions Walter Venter is stretchered off.


31.00: After the injury break Mark Chisholm made a break for the line and was caught but Stirling Mortlock finished off the try for the Brumbies.


33.00: Stirling Mortlock converted his own try.


36.00: Francis Fainifo has a grat run down the line but he is caught.


40.06: The siren goes for half time.


The half time Score is Brumbies 13  Lions 7


The second half is underway.


44.00: Stirling Mortlock puts in monster tackle on Louis Ludik.


45.00: The Brumbies give away a penalty so Earl Rose has a shot at goal but missess.


52.00: Earl Rose bursts through the Brumbies defence and score the Lions second try.


53.00: Earl Rose converts the try.


54.00: The Brumbies crowd are silenced as the Lions score another try as Earl Rose scores again.


56.00: Earl Rose converts the try again.


60.00: JC van Rensburg is sent to the bin with a yellow card.


64.00: The Brumbies get back into the match as Mark Gerrard scores a try in the corner. They go upstairs and it is confirmed.


65.00: Stirling Mortlock has a shocker of a conversion.


69.00 : Mark Gerrard slots a penalty for the Brumbies.


78.00 : The Brumbies get a last minute try by Christian Lealiifano to snatch the win and Gerrard converts.


80.03 The Hooter goes for full time.  


The full time score is Brumbies 28  Lions 21


Report to follow.





Tries – Stirling Mortlock,Mark Gerrard ,Christian Lealiifano
Pen – Stirling Mortlock (2),Mark Gerrard
Con – Stirling Mortlock,Mark Gerrard



Tries – Cobus Grobbelaar, Earl Rose (2)
Pen –
Con – Earl Rose (3)
Cards – JC van Rensburg (yellow)




1. Nic Henderson,2. John Ulugia,3. Guy Shepherdson ,4. Alister Campbell ,5. Mark Chisholm,6. Mitchell Chapman ,7. George Smith ,8. Julian Salvi ,9. Patrick Phibbs,10. Christian Lealiifano,11. Francis Fainifo ,12. Tyrone Smith ,13. Stirling Mortlock (c) ,14. Adam Ashley-Cooper ,15. Mark Gerrard

Reserves : 16. Saia Faingaa,17. Salesi Ma’afu ,18. Peter Kimlin ,19. Ben Alexander,20. Stephen Hoiles,21. Joshua Holmes,2. Sanualio Afeaki.


Earl Rose, Louis Ludik, Jannie Boshoff, Walter Venter, Rayno Benjamin, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Jano Vermaak, Willem Alberts, Joe van Niekerk , Cobus Grobbelaar (capt.), Gerhard Mostert, Dewald Senekal, JC van Rensburg, Willie Wepener, Heinke van der Merwe.

Reserves :Ethienne Reynecke, Eugene Maqwelana, Franco van Merwe, Wilhelm, Koch, Chris Jonck, Rudi Vogt, Dusty Noble.

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