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Highlanders beat Brumbies in Canberra


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The first Super Rugby quarter final this season is on Friday in Canberra where the Brumbies will host the current champions the Highlanders.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

In the meantime why not have a look at the match preview.

00.1: Lima Sopoaga kicks off and the match is underway.

5.00: The ball is taken into touch after the kick off. The Highlanders win the ball and go through 13 phases pressing the Brumbies back in their 22.

5.00: The Highlanders win a penalty. Sopoaga takes the kick at goal and nails it. 85% possession to the Highlanders.

6.00: The Highlanders knock on after the restart giving the Brumbies an attacking scrum in the Highlanders 22.

7.00: Penalty to the Brumbies from the scrum. Christian Lealiifano lines up the posts.

8.00: Lealiffano takes the shot but misses it.

9.00: After a mix up there is a scrum on the Highlanders 22. The Brumbies win a penalty from the scrum. Second one against Josh Hohneck.

10.00: Lealiffano takes the shot at goal and this one he nails. The scores are level.

13.00: Highlanders line out is not straight – due to the rain and wind – so the Brumbies have a scrum just inside their half.

16.00: The Brumbies get some attacking ball and Tevita Kuridrani almost gets straight through but is caught. The Brumbies recycle the ball and win a penalty as Tom Franklin is caught offside.

17.0: Lealiifano puts the Brumbies into the lead with the penalty.

19.00: The Highlanders press the Brumbies back in their 22 but then Scott Fardy wins a penalty. Lealiffano clears the ball into touch.

20.00: The Brumbies win the line out but boot the ball away and the Highlanders run it and then kick it on the half way line. Toomua boots it back.

21.00: Penalty against Fekitoa for going off the feet on the half way line. The last five penalties have all been against the Highlanders. Brumbies kick to the corner.

23.00: The Highlanders get the ball in attack after the line out. They run the ball into the Brumbies 22 and Ben Smith almost gets through but he passes the ball and its intercepted and then kicked int touch.

24.00: Penalty against Sam Carter for the Highlanders in the Brumbies 22. The Brumbies get a warning for infringements at the “collapsed ruck”. The Highlanders kick to the corner.

25.00: The Highlanders win the maul but they get driven back by the Brumbies. The Highlanders move the ball out to the backs and attack in the Brumbies 22 but Sopoaga drops the ball. There was offside however so the Brumbies have a penalty. They kick for touch.

26.00: The Brumbies win the line out and kick deep. Waisake Naholo loses it and the Brumbies kick. Fekitoa makes the mark. The ball is then kicked back and forth and the Brumbies take the ball out near the half way line.

27.00: Highlanders win the ball but when they go to the backs the Brumbies get the ball from a Naholo knock on and go through six phases and then kick to Ben Smith. He boots the ball into touch 50m upfield.

31.00: The Highlanders win the line out and attack in the corner but Malakai Fekitoa passes the ball out into touch missing Shane Christie. The Brumbies then win a penalty for joining the ruck incorrectly.

32.00: Toomua sets up a line out on the Brumbies 22. The Highlanders get the ball from the line out. Sopoaga kicks across the field for Osborne but he knocks on. Brumbies 5m scrum.

33.00: The scrum goes down.

34.00: Penalty from the scrum to the Brumbies.

35.00: The Highlanders win the ball from the line out. Thats the fourth line out the Highlanders have won on the Brumbies throw.

36.00: The Highlanders attack in the Brumbies 22. They get to the 5m line and go through 11 phases.. They have the advantage but they continue to attack and on the 14th phases Naholo goes over to score. TRY! Matt Toomua is also yellow carded.

37.00: Sopoaga takes the conversion kick and nails it from out wide in the wind and rain. Great kick.

39.00: The Brumbies kick upfield and the ball goes to the Highlanders. It goes back and forth. On the half way line the Brumbies use a box kick after one phase and Cubelli puts it straight into touch. The siren sounds.

40.00: The Highlanders win the line out and run at the Brumbies. Fekitoa loses it in the tackle.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Brumbies 6 Highlanders 10

Christian Lealiifano kicks off and the second half is underway.

The Highlanders give away a penalty – offside at the ruck. Lealiifano lines up the kick as it eats up time while Toomua is in the bin.

42.00: Lealiifano hits the post, the Highlanders boot the ball to half way where the Brumbies knock on.

44.00: The scrum goes down. The Highlanders win the reset scrum and run it.

45.00: Penalty to the Highlanders for not rolling away.

46.00: Sopoaga takes the penalty kick but he misses.

49.00: Brumbies back to 15 players. They win a line out.

51.00: Penalty to the Brumbies in front of the posts. Lealiifano takes the kick and nails it.

53.00: Replacement front rower Siosiua Halanukonuka goes for a high ball but fells awkwardly and injures himself. He has to come off.

55.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. Sopoaga hits the post. The Brumbies clear the ball but Toomua slips and the ball goes into touch after a second kick.

56.00: The Brumbies win the line out but the ball is intercepted. Matt Feddes races away but gets caught. The Highlanders recycle and go wide where  Liam Squire scores. TRY!

58.00: Sopoaga takes the conversion kick but misses.  Stephen Moore has been replaced.

60.00: The Brumbies kick the ball upfield and its gets to Sopoaga and then Fekitoa who loses it. The Highlanders concede a penalty so the Brumbies kick to the corner.

62.00: The Highlanders win the line out and clear the ball into touch.

64.00: Lealiffano gets double tackled and goes down. The medics come in to help him. The TMO is called in to check for a tackle by Elliot Dixon of the Highlanders on Lealiifano. Nothing comes of it as Dixon didnt move and the tackle collided with him.

65.00: Injury break for Waisake Naholo. He carries on.

67.00: Brumbies having to defend a lot now in their half. The Highlanders go through a couple of phases before the Brumbies turn the ball over and boot it back upfield. The Highlanders take the ball into touch.

69.00: The Highlanders continue to pin the Brumbies back in their half. They boot the ball to Aidan Toua who kicks well upfield. The Highlanders have to dot the ball down behind the line forcing a 22 drop out.

71.00: The Brumbies go through several phases on attack but then concede a penalty for not releasing. Sopoaga will kick for touch.

72.00; The Brumbies turn the ball over and run at the Highlanders who had just won a line out. Toomua chips the ball back and when the ball goes dead in the ruck the Brumbies get the put in. Huge scrum coming in the match.

73.00: The Brumbies have the ball and they drive over the line – the referee slips so we go to the TMO to check. Tough decision as it looks like it could be short. Not clear and obvious. No try. the 8859 in attendace are outraged. Brumbies penalty as they had an advantage.

74.00: Brumbies take the scrum.

75.00: Scrum goes down.

76.00: Brumbies win the scrum but they leave the ball in and both teams come up. Re-set.

76.00: It goes down again. Both sides down.

77.00: The Brumbies win the scrum but the Brumbies get trapped with the ball. They manage to recycle and go through 5 phases. 9 phases. Brumbies have the advantage. 11 phases.

79.00: Penalty to the Brumbies. They take the scrum.

80.00: The siren sounds as the ball goes in. The ball pops out of the scrum and Cubelli is trapped by Dixon again. The Brumbies recycle again. 5 phases.

81.00: The Brumbies go wide but get shut down. The Brumbies recycle and keep the ball moving through the phases.

82.00: The Brumbies get pushed back out of their 22 . 15 phases. – the Highlanders steal it and knock on. The Brumbies get the ball and attack again.

The ball is knocked into touch. – Thats it – The Highlanders have won!

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The full time score is Brumbies 9 (6) Highlanders 15 (10)


Tries –
Pen – C.Lealiffano 3
Con –
Drop –
Cards – M.Toomua (37th min yellow)

Tries – W.Naholo,  L.Squire
Pen – L.Sopoaga
Con – L.Sopoaga
Drop –
Cards –

Attendance : 8559

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2:Nic Berry
TMO : George Ayoub



Scott Sio , Stephen Moore (c) , Ruan Smith , Blake Enever , Sam Carter , Scott Fardy , David Pocock , Jarrad Butler , Tomás Cubelli , Christian Lealiifano (c) ,Robbie Coleman , Matt Toomua , Tevita Kuridrani , Nigel Ah Wong , Aidan Toua

Replacements : Josh Mann-Rea, Allan Alaalatoa, Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, Tom Staniforth, Michael Wells, Joe Powell, Andrew Smith, James Dargaville, Lausii Taliauli

(one to be omitted)


1. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 2. Ash Dixon , 3. Josh Hohneck , 4. Tom Franklin , 5. Luke Whitelock , 6. Elliot Dixon , 7. Shane Christie ( cc ) , 8. Liam Squire , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Patrick Osborne , 12. Malakai Fekitoa , 13. Matt Faddes , 14. Waisake Naholo , 15. Ben Smith ( cc )

Replacements : 16. Liam Coltman , 17. Aki Seiuli , 18. Siosiua Halanukonuka , 19. Mark Reddish , 20. Dan Pryor , 21. Te Aihe Toma , 22. Fletcher Smith , 23. Rob Thompson

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