Super Rugby

Brumbies beat Hurricanes in Canberra




The Brumbies have won seven of their last nine regular-season games against the Hurricanes in Super Rugby (L2), including a 12-10 win in Round 4, 2021 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman.

The Brumbies have won their last five regular-season Super Rugby games at home against the Hurricanes. The Wellington side last lost in Canberra in Round 10 of the 2010 campaign (23-13).

  • Dan McKellar’s side has won 15 of their last 17 Super Rugby games at home (L2), including their last four on the bounce.
  • Three of the Brumbies’ four home wins this season have come by margins of no greater than seven points.
  • The ACT franchise has won two of their last three Super Rugby games against New Zealand opponents (L1), including a 28-17 win over the Highlanders in Round 10 of this season. They will be searching for back-to-back wins in such fixtures for the first time since April 2014.
  • The Hurricanes have won their last four Super Rugby games on the bounce. This is more than they had won in their previous eight games (W3, L5).
  • The last time the Canes won more than four games in succession, was a five-game streak from July to August in 2020.
  • The Wellington team has won 20 of their last 22 Super Rugby games against teams from Australia. Both of their two defeats have, however, been against the fellow capital side.
  • McKellar’s men have won 66 turnovers, the most of any team, and 10 more than the Hurricanes (56).
  • Jason Holland’s charges have made 30 dominant carries per game, the most of any team in the competition, and 12 per game more than last-ranked Brumbies (18).

Players to watch

  • Lachlan Lonergan has a try in four of his last six Super Rugby games, including three in his last four starts.
  • Tom Banks returns after being out for four weeks, he has three tries and two assists.
  • Jordie Barrett has made 19 offloads, the most of any player, while no Brumbies player has made more than five.
  • Salesi Rayasi has scored 13 tries in 23 Super Rugby games for the Hurricanes.

Match detail

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

4.00: PENALTY! A good start for the Hurricanes ends with Jordie Barrett kicking a penalty. 0-3

6.00: Peter Umaga-Jensen is offside after Jackson Garden-Bachop’s mistake from the restart. Noah Lolesio will take a shot.

7.00: PENALTY! Lolesio levels from in front. 3-3

9.00: A poor restart does not go 10m – scrum to the hosts on the halfway line, who attacked down the sideline, and win another penalty. Len Ikitau made the break, but it was Jahrome Brown running over Umaga-Jensen that was epic.

11.00: PENALTY! Lolesio makes no mistake. 6-3

14.00: Bailyn Sullivan’s knock-on leads to Andy Muirhead’s counter-attack; however, the Canes get back and defend. A collapsed scrum allows Tom Banks to boot his team deep into the Kiwis’ 22.

16.00: A sustained 15-phase attack leads to Ardie Savea straying offside at the ruck near his try line.

17.00: YELLOW CARD! Justin Sangster hits Nic White with his shoulder, it was unnecessary and he did not attempt to wrap his arms. 6-3

17.00: PENALTY! Lolesio makes it three from three. 9-3

20.00: The Canes go through 18 phases, with Numia carrying four times, but the Brumbies defend wave after wave of yellow jerseys before winning a penalty when Gibson gets isolated near the line.

22.00: Barrett will take a long-range penalty attempt from behind the halfway line.

24.00: MISS! Barrett’s kick is just wide of the left post. 9-3

26.00: YELLOW CARD! Jahrome Brown is off for cynical play near his line, the flanker played the ball on the ground, knocking it out of TJ Perenara’s hands. 9-3

26.00: TRY! A TMO review deems the Hurricanes scored through Peter Umaga-Jensen, who collected a bounce pass and was carried over by the Brumbies as well as his teammates. 9-8

27.00: CONVERSION! Barrett adds the extras. 9-10

29.00: Dan McKellar’s men have conceded three penalties in a row, which led to the yellow card and giving away seven.

30.00: The Brumbies flood the breakdown, and win the turnover to clear.

31.00: Salesi Rayasi cannot hang on during a promising forway into the home team’s 22.

34.00: WHAT A TRY! Rob Valetini boots ahead from the halfway line after Andy Muirhead collected a dropped pass by the Hurricanes. Valetini toed down the field and beat Jackson Garden-Bachop,  Xavier Numia, James O’Reilly to the rolling ball to dot down. 14-10

34.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio adds the extras. 16-10

36.00: Both teams scored converted tries while down a man; rugby is a strange old game.

38.00: Another knock on from the visitors gives the home team a reprieve near the 22. Barrett is down, but gets up after a check up.

40.00: Sefo Kautai is deemed to have scrummed inwards, and Barrett will have a shot after the hooter.

42.00: PENALTY! Barrett slots the long-range penalty. 16-13

The halftime score was Brumbies 16 Hurricanes 13

41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway down under.

43.00: TRY! Salesi Rayasi collects the ball on the bounce off the back of an overthrown lineout. The winger goes route one through a weak Lolesio tackle as well as slipping Sefo Kautai’s attempt to run away under the posts. It is the flyer’s 14 Super Rugby try in 24 matches. 16-18

44.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 16-20

46.00: Banks kicks to the corner.

47.00: TRY! Lachlan Lonergan flops over the whitewash after another destructive Brumbies’ maul. 21-20

49.00: MISS! Lolesio, from wide, pushed his kick past the post. 21-20

53.00: TRY! A sublime linebreak by Irae Simone, who sold an outrageous dummy to ghost through the Hurricanes, set up Brown for the score. Simone made the break, drew the defender before playing the supporting Tom Wright. Wright got smothered, but the winger stood up in the tackle, andf waited for support in the form of Brown. Brown stepped inside Barrett to score next to the sticks. 26.20

55.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio adds the two. 28-20

57.00: The Brumbies are looking dangerous with ball in hand, the Hurricanes are reeling. Jackson Garden-Bachop kicks a goalline dropout directly into touch for a Brumbies’ 5m lineout.

58.00: TRY! Tom Banks runs in untouched after Folau Fainga’a got stopped under the posts. White recycled quickly to Len Ikitau, who drew the defender before putting Banks in for his 35th Super Rugby try. 33-20

59.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio’s kick slides inside the righthand post. 35-20

62.00: Brumbies are in control here in the capital.

66.00: TRY! The Canes pull one back. A weaving run by Rayasi sees the winger cut inside Wright and draw Banks before sending Billy Proctor away for the score. 35-25

67.00: MISS! The kick is no good. 35-25

70.00: The Hurricanes need to find a score, and very soon because the Brumbies are seeing this out.

73.00: Superb work by Luke Reimer to win the turnover near his line. Time is running out for the Kiwis.

77.00: YELLOW CARD! Rayasi is off for a deliberate knockdown, that is harsh. 35-25

78.00: Lonergan is tackled into touch.

78.00: TRY! Hudson Creighton scores with his chin after he was tackled short; his momentum carried him over to bring up the Brumbies’ 10,000th SR point. 40-25

79.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio slots the kick. 42-25

81.00: The hooter sounds, the game is over! Wow, two wins for Aussie teams this weekend versus Kiwi opposition.


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The final score is Brumbies 42 (16) Hurricanes 25 (13)


Tries – Valetini, L. Lonergan, Brown, Banks, Creighton
Pen – Lolesio (3)
Con – Lolesio (4)
Drop –
Cards – Brown (Yellow, 26′)

Tries – P. Umaga-Jensen, Rayasi, Proctor
Pen – J. Barrett (2)
Con – J. Barrett (2)
Drop –
Cards – Sangster (Yellow, 17′), Rayasi (Yellow, 77′)

Match Officials
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Reuben Keane
Assistant Ref 2: Matt Kellahan
TMO: James Leckie


Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Andy Muirhead, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White (captain), 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Sefo Kautai, 2 Lachlan Lonergan, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 James Slipper, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Tom Hooper, 20 Luke Reimer, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Hudson Creighton, 23 Ollie Sapsford.

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Bailyn Sullivan, 12 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 11 Salesi Rayasi, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea (captain), 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Te Kamaka Howden, 5 Justin Sangster, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 James O’Reilly, 1 Xavier Numia.

Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Pasilio Tosi, 18 Tevita Mafileo, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Caleb Delany, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Aidan Morgan, 23 Billy Proctor.

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