The Brumbies have won both of their two Super Rugby meetings with the Hurricanes since the beginning of 2020 after having picked up just two wins from their six previous clashes with them in the competition (L4).
This will be the fourth postseason meeting between the Brumbies and Hurricanes in Super Rugby; the Canes have won their last two finals encounters in 2015 and 2017 after losing their first such knockout game in 1997.
- The Brumbies have won nine of their last 11 Super Rugby finals games on home soil (L2), including their last three in
succession; although, their last defeat in such a fixture came in the 2017 play-offs against the Hurricanes (35-16).
- The Kiwis will be out to avoid back-to-back losses against Australian teams for the first time since March 2014 after
succumbing to a 27-22 loss to the Western Force in their final game of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific regular season.
- The Wellington side has won only one of their 10 previous finals games when playing away from home in Super Rugby (L9); although, that single victory came against the Brumbies in the 2017 play-offs (35-16).
Players to watch
- Rob Valetini has made eight dominant tackles, the joint-second most of any player in the competition.
- Joshua Moorby has scored five tries and has two assists in his last four games, including two tries and an assist in the final regular-season round of the 2022 campaign.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEP! We are underway in Canberra for the last quarter-final of the weekend.
3.00: It is bitterly cold in Canberra, there is not much of a breeze but the players will be feeling the chill.
4.00: PENALTY! Jordie Barrett opens the scoring. 0-3
6.00: The Brumbies kick to the 22, they have scored 37 tries from lineouts this season. The Hurricanes have one of the worst lineout defences.
8.00: PENALTY! Noah Lolesio levels after Du’Plessis Kirifi’s infringement. 3-3
10.00: Darcy Swain is isolated after intercepting a loose pass. Barrett calls for the tee. Take the points!
11.00: PENALTY! Barrett makes no mistake. 3-6
14.00: Both teams struggling at the breakdown.
16.00: TRY! An 18-phase attack ends with Josh Moorby collecting Jordie Barrett’s pin-point crossfield kick to score his eighth Super Rugby try of the season as the fullback went in untouched. 3-11
18.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 3-11
20.00: The Hurricanes are all over the Brumbies.
23.00: RED CARD! Len Ikitau hits Jordie Barrett with a high shot to the ball-carrier’s head and neck, and he’s off. 3-11
23.00: PENALTY! Barrett slots the goal. 3-14
25.00: YELLOW CARD! Two penalties against the visitors end with Owen Franks hitting Noah Lolesio high, and going off. 3-14
26.00: TRY! Tom Banks boots to the corner. The Brumbies get their maul going, but only after the backs get involved and drive their forwards over the chalk. Folau Fainga’a – who else? – claims his 34th Super Rugby try. 8-14
27.00: MISS! Nic White hits the post, he should not miss from there. 8-14
29.00: Moorby clears White’s kick, but only to the middle of his own 22.
30.00: The Canes concede a maul penalty, Banks goes to the corner – you know what’s coming!
32.00: The Hurricanes illegally bring down the rolling maul. Several phases later, Irae Simone cuts inside Jordie Barrett and slips the centre’s tackle to make it a one-point game. 13-14
33.00: CONVERSION! White puts his team ahead. 15-14
34.00: Allan Alaalatoa is caught off his feet after tackling Salesi Rayasi. Barrett wants a shot at goal.
35.00: PENALTY! Barrett slots the long-range penalty goal. Franks returns to the game. 15-17
37.00: The first scrum of the night needs to be reset.
39.00: TRY! The Canes go quickly from the scrum free-kick. Billy Proctor’s deft pass to Moorby, whose well-timed run broke the line. The fullback sped away to slide over untouched in the corner. 15-22
41.00: MISS! Barrett hits the post, but he is almost taken out by the sliding Tom Wright. 15-22
The halftime score was Brumbies 15 Hurricanes 22
41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway down under.
42.00: PENALTY! Barrett slots another long-range goal. 15-25
46.00: The Brumbies win a kickable penalty after some pressure inside the opposition’s 22.
48.00: PENALTY! Lolesio makes no mistake. 18-25
51.00: The game is still in the ballance, but if the penalties continue to mount against the Brumbies, they will have no chance.
54.00: Barrett calls for the tee.
55.00: MISS! Barrett again hits the upright. 18-25
59.00: Barrett leaves for an HIA.
60.00: A high tackle gives the Brumbies a penalty inside the opposition’s 22. Lolesio calls for the tee.
61.00: PENALTY! Lolesio can’t miss from in front. 21-25
64.00: TRY! Frost goes close before the ball is recycled wide to Tom Banks to score. 26-25
66.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio adds the extras. 28-25
69.00: MISS! Lolesio sprays his kick wide; that was poor from the standoff. 28-25
70.00: Ardie Savea protests with the ref for a knock-on when he tried to drop-kick the ball. Nothing doing from Mr Williams.
71.00: We now have the third scrum of the game. Incredible.
73.00: YELLOW CARD! Salesi Rayasi plays the ball off his feet and is off for the rest of the game. Banks goes to the corner, and Barrett is back on the field. Here we go! 28-25
74.00: TRY! The Canes collapsed the maul, the Brumbies stayed patient before sending Tom Wright away. 33-25
75.00: CONVERSION! The kick is no good. 35-25
78.00: Hurricanes turn down the penalty, opting for a lineout. The visitors win another penalty, they go to the conrer again. Take the points!
79.00: The Brumbies win the lineout against the throw, but the tourists come right back.
80.00: The hosts win a game-clinching penalty before the hooter. Banks taps, the hooter goes, and the ball is out for the win. What a comeback by the Brumbies.
The final score is Brumbies 35 (15) Hurricanes 25 (22)
Tries – Fainga’a, Simone, Banks, Wright
Pen – Lolesio (3)
Con – White, Lolesio (2)
Cards – Ikitau (Red, 23′)
Tries – Moorby (2)
Pen – J. Barrett (5)
Cards – Franks (Yellow, 25′), Rayasi (Yellow, 73′)
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Winter
TMO: Richard Kelly
Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Andy Muirhead, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Luke Reimer, 6 Tom Hooper, 5 Caderyn Neville, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sefo Kautai, 19 Nick Frost, 20 Rory Scott, 21 Jahrome Brown, 22 Ryan Lonergan, 23 Ollie Sapsford.
Hurricanes: 15 Josh Moorby, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Salesi Rayasi, 10 Aidan Morgan, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea (captain), 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Blake Gibson, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tevita Mafileo.
Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Caleb Delany, 20 Brayden Iose, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Ruben Love, 23 Wes Goosen.