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Brumbies beat Fijian Drua in Canberra

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This is set to be the first Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and Fijian Drua. The Brumbies have lost only one of their last eight games when facing a team for the first time (W6, D1), a 25-24 defeat to the Rebels in February 2011.

The Brumbies have failed to score 30 points in any of their last nine Super Rugby regular-season games; the last time they went longer without reaching that mark in such fixtures was a 10- game stretch in 2008.

  • Dan McKellar’s side has lost two of their last three Super Rugby home matches against teams from outside Australia (W1), after enjoying an eight-match winning run in such fixtures prior.
  • Mick Byrne’s side began their Super Rugby campaign with a 30-point defeat to the NSW Waratahs; it was the second-biggest win that the NSW team have achieved in Round 1 of a Super Rugby campaign (43-0 vs Melbourne Rebels in 2011).
  • The Brumbies scored 5.2 points per entry into the opposition 22m zone in the opening round of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, the most of any team in the competition and more than 10 times as many as the Fijian Drua (0.5).
  • Drua made 15 entries into their opponents’ 22m zone in the opening round of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign, more than any other team in the competition and three times as many as the Brumbies (5).
  • Fijian Drua’s 11 dominant tackles throughout the opening round of Super Rugby Pacific were five more than any other team; Isoa Nasilasila (2) and Vinaya Habosi (2) were two of just five players across the competition to make multiple dominant tackles.
  • The Brumbies’ six line breaks in the opening round of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition were the joint-most of any team (also Hurricanes) while the Fijian Drua were the only team not to make a single line break.

Players to watch

  • Folau Fainga’a has scored 12 tries in his last 10 Super Rugby starts on home soil for the Brumbies, including one try in the team’s season-opening win over the Western Force.
  • Apisalome Vota (Fijian Drua) won two turnovers in the opening round of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign, the joint-most of any player in the competition; however, he also conceded two turnovers.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEP! We are underway at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

2.00: A free kick from the game’s first scrum, and apenalty from the second.

3.00: PENALTY! Noah Lolesio opens the scoring. 3-0

6.00: The scrums are a bit of a mess; wev’e had a couple of reset scrums, a free kick, and a penalty.

9.00: Brumbies win back-to-back penalties for offsides, and kick to the corner.

10.00: TRY! Standard procedure for the Brumbies’ maul as they destroy their opposition from close range. Lachlan Lonergan crashes over for his fifth Super Rugby try. 8-0

11.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 8-0

13.00: TRY! Tom Banks races down the righthand touchline from behind the Brumbies’ 10m after Andy Muirhead was taken out after the pass by Vinaya Hobosi. Banks beat Tevita Ikanivere, Baden Kerr, Apisalome Vota, and Simione Kuruvoli to score his 32nd Super Rugby try. 13-0

14.00: MISS! Lolesio’s kick hits the righthand post and bounces out. 13-0

17.00: Pete Samu pinged for playing the ball on the ground; Drua get a reprieve.

18.00: Darcy Swain wins the opposition’s lineout allowing his side to clear the danger.

21.00: A blinding run by Vinaya Hobosi almost ends in Drua’s first score; however, the final pass could not be made, and the hosts survive.

23.00: TRY! Len Ikitau takes his partner’s pass, and cuts inside to score his eighth Super Rugby try. 18-0

25.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio can’t miss from next to the posts. 20-0

28.00: A stray lineout on Fijian Drua’s line leads to the visitors winning a penalty; however, the Fijians take a quick-tap, but get turned over on their line. That is poor play, this is not sevens rugby. Brumbies almost score in the opposite corner.

29.00: NO TRY! Darcy Swain knocks-on trying to pick-and-drive to score, which cancels Lonergan’s score afterwards. TMO review is correct. 20-0

30.00: Superb driving maul-defence by the Drua. They finally stop the bulldozer after Lachlan Lonergan refused to release to his scrumhalf brother, Ryan.

34.00: Brumbies have been camped in Drua’s 22 (5 minutes to 4 seconds), entering seven times to one in total. Drua manage to win a scrum penalty to clear their 22.

37.00: PENALTY! Caleb Muntz puts Fijian Drua on the board. 20-3

39.00: The last five minutes has been all Fijian Drua with 100% possession, they just can’t find a way to cut out the handling errors or ill-discipline.

41.00: That’s it for this half, it;s been messy from both teams.

The halftime score was Brumbies 20 Fijian Drua 3

41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway down under.

42.00: Scotty Sio is pinged for collapsing the first scrum after the break. Muntz boots the ball to the 22.

44.00: After a series of attacks, Drua knock-on trying the offload.

46.00: A good driving maul from the halfway line sees the hosts enter the 22 and win a scrum after a knock-on by Onisi Ratave.

47.00: TRY! A good scrum ends with Tom Wright taking Ryan Lonergan’s pop-pass, and scoring his 18th Super Rugby try in the corner untouched. Game over! 25-3

49.00: MISS! Ryan Lonergan takes over from Lolesio, but pulls his kick wide. 25-3

51.00: Billy Pollard is pinged for not rolling away before referee Reuben Keane marches the Brumbies 10 metres back after some back-chat.

53.00: Pollard almost scores after a barnstorming run after taking Samu’s inside pass. Brumbies went wide, but Wright could not gather a stray pass from Jahrome Brown.

54.00: TRY! Valetini crashed over on 55 minutes after a pick-and-go following another devastating driving maul was brought down illegally. 30-3

56.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio, back on kicking duty, found his range to make it 32-3.

60.00: It’s all Drua, who camp inside the 22, but cannot score.

63.00: More handling errors by the visitors kill a try-scoring chance. A missed touch-finder from a penalty outside the opposition’s 22, was horrible.

64.00: Muirhead almost latches onto a bouncing ball to score, but the bounce fools the winger.

67.00: Peni Matawalu’s linebreak from the 5m lineout sees susbstitute race to the halfway before playing Vinaya Hobosi. The winger is tackled, but the visitors win the penalty, and kick to the 22.

69.00: NO TRY! Ratu Rotuisolia burrows over after a good driving maul set-up an attack on the goal-line, but Tom Ross held him up. 32-3

70.00: The penalties are mounting against the hosts, who get a warning by the ref. Drua opts for a scrum under the posts.

71.00: Another penalty against the hosts, the ref again talks to Nic White. Not sure why their hasn’t been a card.

73.00: Held up! Goal-line drop-out after all that. 32-3

75.00: It’s end-to-end at the minute, but mistakes keeping both teams from a five-pointer.

77.00: TRY! Jesse Mogg you good thing! Welcome back! Mogg collected Lolesio’s long cut-out pass to dive over in the corner. 37-3

81.00: TRY! Mogg at the double for his 21st Super Rugby try. 42-3

82.00: MISS! Lonergan can’t convert.

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The final score is Brumbies 42 (20) Fijian Drua 3 (3)

Scorers

Brumbies
Tries – L. Lonergan, Banks, Ikitau, Wright, Valetini, Mogg (2)
Pen – Lolesio
Con – Lolesio (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Fijian Drua
Tries –
Pen – Muntz
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Reuben Keane
Assistant Ref 1: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2: Damon Murphy
TMO: Brett Cronan

Teams

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Andy Muirhead, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Ryan Lonergan, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Rory Scott, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Nick Frost, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Lachlan Lonergan, 1 James Slipper

Replacements:
16 Billy Pollard, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Ed Kennedy, 20 Jahrome Brown, 21 Nic White, 22 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 23 Jesse Mogg

Fijian Drua

15 Baden Kerr, 14 Onisi Ratave, 13 Apisalome Vota, 12 Kalaveti Ravouvou, 11 Vinaya Hobosi, 10 Caleb Muntz, 9 Simione Kuruvoli, 8 Nemani Nagusa (captain), 7 Kitione Salawa, 6 Vilive Miramira, 5 Ratu Rotuisolia, 4 Isoa Nasilasila, 3 Samuela Tawake, 2 Tevita Ikanivere, 1 Kaliopasi Uluilakepa

Replacements:
16 Mesulame Dolokoto, 17 Timoci Sauvoli, 18 Saulo Romumu, 19 Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, 20 Meli Derenalagi, 21 Joseva Tamani, 22 Peni Matawalu, 23 Napolioni Bolaca

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