Super Rugby

Brumbies beat Chiefs in Canberra




Both the Brumbies and the Chiefs lost their Super Rugby season-opening matches last weekend.

The Brumbies have played the Chiefs 25 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Brumbies have won 13 matches in the period.

  • The Australians have suffered four defeats in their last four games against the Chiefs, including a 48-23 hammering the last time they hosted the Chiefs back in 2016.
  • The Brumbies have won just two of their last six games at home; however, they did defeat New Zealand opposition on home soil in June last year (24-12 v Hurricanes), ending a seven-match losing streak against opponents across the ‘Ditch’.
  • The Chiefs will be out to avoid a third-straight Super Rugby defeat for the first time since June 2014 after a 2018 quarterfinal loss and a 2019 Round One loss, both versus New Zealand opposition.
  • The Chiefs’ Anton Lienert-Brown beat 10 defenders as well as making more offloads (5) than anyone else on the opening weekend.
  • The Brumbies’ Peter Samu made four clean breaks on the opening weekend of Super Rugby 2019, more than any other player in Round One.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kickoff.

Chiefs skipper Brodie Retallick leads his team out for his 100th Super Rugby. The Kiwis are looking to extend their unbeaten winning-streak in Oz to four. 

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Canberra and, immediately, the Brumbies have conceded a penalty at the breakdown. 

2.00: PENALTY! Damian McKenzie opens the scoring. 0-3

4.00: The Brumbies go close, but the attack comes to nought.

5.00: The hosts lose a lineout on their own throw, this is not a good start.

6.00: James Slipper is pinged for collapsing the scrum.

9.00: Scrum to the hosts.

10.00: Tom Banks punches his way forward. The Brumbies spread the ball wide, change direction and attack near the right-hand sideline.

11.00: Andy Muirhead does well to keep the ball after being isolated, and the Brumbies win the penalty.

12.00: Brumbies captain Christian Lealiifano opts for touch and a lineout in the corner.

13.00: TRY!  Rory Arnold thinks he’s scored, however, the TMO Ian Smith decides he did not. Scrum, five. A couple of attempts from close range are stopped. Joe Powell decides to send the ball to the backs, finding the big Tevita Kuridrani for the score. 5-3

15.00: CONVERSION! Lealiifano adds the extras. 7-3

17.00: TRY! Banks ghosts through a gap, he shimmies Shaun Stevenson and speeds away from Tumua Manu. 12-3

18.00: CONVERSION! Lealiifano makes no mistake with the kick. 14-3

19.00: Powell’s poor box-kick leads to a penalty for the chiefs. It’s right in front.

21.00: MISS! McKenzie pushes his kick wide of the right-hand upright. 14-3

23.00: TRY! Lealiifano’s break sets up Chance Peni for the score after some quick thinking by Powell to take the free-kick quickly, and not take a scrum. 19-3

25.00: CONVERSION! Lealiifano adds the extras. 21-3

27.00: McKenzie kicks to the corner after another silly penalty at the breakdown by the home team.

29.00: TRY! The Chiefs score through Ataata Moeakiola, who goes around Irae Simone after a slick move near the short side. 21-8

30.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie draws his kick around and through the sticks. 21-10

33.00: The Brumbies are going through the phases, inside the Chiefs’ 22.

34.00: If Dan McKeller’s team can get another score before the break, they will give themselves some breathing space for the second half. It’s another reset scrum. They really need to change the rules for reset scrums.

36.00: The reset scrum is eating up the clock. Not sure who that benefits, at this stage.

37.00: TRY! Lachlan McCaffrey breaks to the openside from the scrum, stretches out and places the ball on the whitewash. 26-10

38.00: CONVERSION! The skipper adds another two points. 28-10

39.00: A poor restart by the visitors gives the Brumbies a scrum and a chance to run the clock down to halftime. MASSIVE SCRUM! Ala’alatoa, Slipper and Folau Fainga’a destroy the New Zealander’s scrum.

40.00: The hooter sounds. The Brumbies attack inside the Chiefs’ 22. The Kiwis are losing the plot; they concede another penalty from the rolling maul.

41.00: Instead of taking the points, McKeller’s side smells blood in the water, and decide to go for another driving maul. They want more!

43.00: TRY! Fainga’a flops over the try line from a well drilled driving maul. The Chiefs are crumbling in Canberra.

44.00: MISS! Lealiifano’s kick hits the post but bounces back out. No matter because the Brumbies are in a good position going into the shed.

The halftime score was Brumbies 33 Chiefs 10

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway at GIO Stadium, where the Brumbies equalled their highest first-half points tally since the 2004 Super rugby final against the Crusaders. They have been superb, so far. 

43.00: Arnold is held up just as referee Angus Gardner calls “maul”. The Brumbies give away a scrum-penalty and McKenzie kicks to the corner.

45.00: Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi is turned over, but the Brumbies try running the ball out only for Muirhead to be stripped of possession, which leads to another penalty for the Chiefs.

47.00: This is going to be tight, isn’t it? We’ve seen this before.

50.00: The Chiefs have been the better team since halftime, but the Brumbies have not let them score an easy try, something they would have done in recent year’s.

52.00: TRY! Peni at the double. Unbelievable try, starting inside the home team’s 22 after the ball spits out of a ruck. Lealiifano and Muirhead, down the touchline, combined before McCaffrey sent a long cut-out pass to Peni, who sped away to the delight of the home support. 38-10

53.00: CONVERSION! The captain makes no mistake – game over! 40-10

57.00: The TMO is consulting with the ref to check if he can award the away side a try. It gives the teams a breather. Held up is the call. Scrum, Chiefs.

58.00: TRY! This time the visitors DO score. It’s substitute Samisoni Taukei’aho who goes over from close range. 40-15

58.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds the two. 40-17

60.00: Scott Sio goes for an offload to Kuridrani, but the centre loses the ball forward. He looked to have been held back by a defender, which led to the mistake.

62.00: Simone dives over and celebrates a “spectator try”. The Brumbies were offside at the scrum.

66.00: The Kiwis are playing for pride. They have not given up, they have just been outplayed.

69.00: TRY! The Brumbies’ pack bulldoze their way over the goal line from a lineout. The pack has been immense, bullying the men from Hamilton. Josh Mann-Rea gets up with the pill. 45-17

70.00: CONVERSION! Wharenui Hawera adds the extras. 47-17

75.00: The Brumbies are camped inside the opposition’s half. The chiefs cannot get their hands on the ball.

77.00: The Aussies are loving this; going to their driving maul at every opportunity.

78.00: TRY! Kuridrani takes Hawera’s hand-off, slips inside the shoulder of Bailyn Sullivan and is in for his second. He’s been great. 54-17

79.00: CONVERSION! Hawera adds another two. 54-17

80.00: This has been some beating!

81.00: There it is, the hooter sounds giving the home team a deserved bonus-point win.


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The final score is Brumbies 54 (33) Chiefs 17 (10)


Tries – Kuridrani (2), Banks, Peni (2), McCaffrey, Fainga’a, Mann-Rea
Pen –
Con – Lealiifano (5), Hawera (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Moeakiola, Taukei’aho
Pen – McKenzie
Con – McKenzie (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2: Graham Cooper
TMO: Ian Smith


Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Chance Peni, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Andy Muirhead, 10 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Ala’alatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper.

Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Peter Samu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Tom Wright.

Chiefs: 15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Ataata Moeakiola, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Tyler Ardron, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick (captain), 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross.

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Tevita Mafileo, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Orbyn Leger, 23 Bailyn Sullivan.

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