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Highlanders beat Brumbies in Canberra

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The Brumbies have played the Highlanders 23 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Brumbies have won 12 matches, lost 11 times and drawn none.

The Brumbies 12 wins out of 23 matches gives them a record of winning 52% of their matches against the Highlanders regardless of venue.

  • The Highlanders have won their last four Super Rugby games on the bounce against the Brumbies – their longest streak against them – including a 26-point win in their last meeting – their equal biggest winning margin over the side from the Australian capital.
  • The Brumbies have won their last 10 Super Rugby home games on the bounce; an 11th consecutive home win would equal their longest home streak since they won their first 13 home games in Super Rugby history from 1996 to 1998
  • The Highlanders have won 12 of their last 15 Super Rugby games against Australian opponents (L3), including a 49-12 win over the NSW Waratahs in their last such fixture.
  • The Brumbies (10) are the first team to reach double figures in tries for the 2020 Super Rugby season, they are also one of three teams to have already scored a drop goal (also Bulls and Chiefs).
  • Aaron Smith (Highlanders) has had five try involvements (2 tries, 3 try assists) in his last six Super Rugby matches against the Brumbies.

Match detail

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The Brumbies kick off – and kick deep to start the match. The Highlanders kick it back to the Brumbies who try to run it out of their 22.

3.00:Penalty to the Highlanders. Josh Ioane will have a shot at the posts. He nails it. The Highlanders lead 0-3.

8.00: The Brumbies are awarded a penalty inside their half as the HIghlanders are judged to have intentionally knocked down the ball. The Brumbies kick for touch.

11.00: The Brumbies win the line out and work it to the line. They set up the maul and drive over the line and score. TRY! Three backs came in to help the shove. Folau Fainga’a is the scorer.

12.00: Noah Lolesio misses the conversion but the Brumbies lead 5-3.

14.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. Ioane will take the kick. He misses.

19.00; Penalty to the Brumbies. They choose the line out and kick for touch.

21.00: The Brumbies win the line out but concede a penalty for not releasing. The Highlanders kick for touch.

24.00: The Highlanders win a line out on the Brumbies 22. They go through the phases but get pushed back and then concede a penalty. Brumbies kick for touch.

27.00: The Brumbies win the line out and then another penalty as the Highlanders try to intercept but knock down the ball – this is ruled as intentional.

29.00: The Brumbies win the line out and go through seven phases. They can;t get over the line but win another penalty – the Highlanders also get a warning for discipline. Brumbies have won five of the last six penalties.

30.00:The Brumbies take the line out and drive over the line. Fainga’a scores again. TRY!

31.00: The ball falls over as Lolesio takes conversion so he has to rush it but lands it. Brumbies lead 12-3.

32.00: The Highlanders hit immediately back. After the kick off the Brumbies try to clear the ball but Lolesio’s clearance kick is charged down and Jona Nareki gets the ball and scores. TRY!

33.00 : Ioane adds the conversion. Brumbies lead 12-10.

37.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. They will take the kick.

38.00: Josh Ioane slots the kick and the Highlanders lead 12-13.

40.00: The siren sounds and the ball is kicked into touch.

It’s half time.

The half score was Brumbies 12 Highlanders 13

The Highlanders kick off and the second half is underway.

41.00: The Highlanders are awarded a penalty as Rob Valetini is caught offside.

42.00: Ioane takes the penalty kick and nails it. Highlanders lead 12-16.

44.00: The Brumbies are awarded a penalty. The TMO is called in to review the tackle and there is a potential shoulder to the head by Sio Tomkinson on Tom Banks. The review is shoulder to shoulder so Sio Tomkinson is yellow carded.

46.00: The Brumbies go through 10 phases on attack in the Highlanders 22 but concede a penalty. The Highlanders kick for touch and take the line out option.

49.00: Lachlan McCaffrey comes on for the Brumbies.

52.00: The Highlanders have the ball and are holding on to it in order to wind down the clock.

53..00: The Highlanders win a penalty for obstruction so the Highlanders kick for touch.

54.00; The Highlanders win the line out but after a couple of phases the Brumbies knock on.

56.00: The Highlanders attack in the Brumbies 22 – Aaron Smith grubber kicks through but there is a knock on.

59.00: The Highlanders run the ball from the half way line into the Brumbies 22 but the ball is lost forward.

60.00: Aaron Smith comes off for the Highlanders.

61.00: The Brumbies win a penalty from the scrum inside their 22. Banks kicks for touch to relieve the pressure.

64.00: The Brumbies get the ball up to the Highlanders 22m line for the first time in a while. They get the advantage so go to the air. The penalty is awarded – the Brumbies choose to kick for the corner.

66.00: The Brumbies win the line out and drive over the line – Fainga’a scores again. It’s a hat trick of tries. TRY!

68.00: Ryan Lonergan adds the conversion. Brumbies lead 19-16.

71.00: Penalty to the Highlanders – in front but not too far from the half way line.

72.00: Ioane takes the kick but misses.

74.00: Penalty to the Highlanders from the scrum. Lonergan takes the kick – and nails it. Brumbies lead 22-16.

76.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. They kick for touch and take the line out.

78.00; The Highlanders set up their attack and get an open tryline ahead but the ball is lost forward in the conditions. It is wet in fairness.

79.00: The Brumbies have the ball and are keeping it in hand. Winding down the clock. A player leaves his feet so the Highlanders win a penalty. They take the line out and will have one last shot at a try.

80.00; The Highlanders win the line out. They win another penalty for not rolling away. Another line out is the call.

82.00: Highlanders win the line out and get the advantage so they kick it away. There is a yellow card for Murray Douglas.

83.00: The Highlanders win the line out again and this time they drive over the line and Teariki Ben-Nicholas scores!!

84.00: Ioane adds the conversion and the Highlanders have won ! 22-23!

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The full time score is Brumbies 22(12) Highlanders 23(13)

Scorers

Brumbies
Tries – F.Fainga’a 3
Pen – R.Lonergan
Con -N.Lolesio, R.Lonergan
Drop –
Cards – M.Douglas (yellow 82nd min)

Highlanders
Tries – J.Nareki, T. Ben-Nicholas
Pen -J.Ioane 3
Con – J.Ioane 2
Drop –
Cards – S.Tomkinson (Yellow 44th minute)

Match Officials
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1:AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2:Damon Murphy
TMO :Ian Smith

Teams

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Will Miller, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Murray Douglas, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper

Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Tom Ross, 18 Scott Sio, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Len Ikitau, 23 Andy Muirhead

Highlanders

15 Josh McKay, 14 Sio Tomkinson, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Josh Ioane, 11 Jona Nareki, 10 Mitch Hunt, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, 7 James Lentjes (captain), 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Jesse Parete, 4 Josh Dickson, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Ayden Johnstone

Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Conan O’Donnell, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Dillon Hunt, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Michael Collins, 23 Teariki Ben-Nicholas

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