The second Super rugby match on Saturday is in Canberra where the Brumbies host the Hurricanes who have so far accumulated the second highest number of points this season.
The Brumbies have played the Hurricanes 24 times in Super rugby and they have won 13 matches and lost 11.
- The last time these sides met in the regular season the Hurricanes picked up a 56-21 victory, snapping a five-game losing streak in such fixtures against the Brumbies.
- The Brumbies will be hunting for back-to-back wins at home for the first time since 2016 after snaring a 41-31 win against the Sunwolves in their most recent fixture as hosts.
- The Hurricanes have won their first game back after the June Test window in each of their last three attempts, including two wins after trailing at half-time.
- The Hurricanes boast a points differential of +55 in the opening quarter of games this season, better than any other team in the competition.
- Thomas Banks has crossed for four tries in his last three appearances for the Brumbies; however, he is yet to score in five games against New Zealand opposition.
We are waiting for the kick off.
The Hurricanes kick off and the match is underway.
1.00: The Brumbies take the ball and run it but then knock on. Hurricanes scrum.
3.00: The Brumbies win a line out on the 5m line. Powell passes the ball to his backline but TJ Perenara does a cricket fielder dive for the ball, catches it and dots the ball down to score. TRY!
4.00: Jordie Barrett adds the conversion.
9.00: The Brumbies go through the phases, sucking in the Hurricanes defence until the Canes ran out of numbers and Kyle Godwin slips over in the corner. TRY!
10.00: Christian Lealifano takes the conversion kick but misses it.
14.00: The Hurricanes pull in the Brumbies numbers in their 22 and then go wide to Julian Savea who crashes over Powell and scores. TRY!
15.00: Barrett hits the post with the conversion. Scott Sio goes off possibly for a HIA.
21.00: The Hurricanes have a scrum on their 5m line. It’s a big scrum and they win a penalty from it. The Brumbies clear the ball into touch.
27.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes for leaving the feet by the Brumbies (David Pocock). The Hurricanes take the line out.
30.00: The Hurricanes set up a line out in the Brumbies 22. The Hurricanes win the line out and drive towards the line but then knock it on (Julian Savea).
35.00: The Brumbies go through 7 phases but they struggle to make ground. Eventually they win a penalty and kick for touch to set up a line out in the Hurricanes 22.
36.00: The Brumbies win the line out and Isi Naisarani goes for the line. The TMO reviews the attempt but it was short. 5m scrum to the Hurricanes.
40.00: As the Brumbies attack on the half way line the siren sounds Lealiifano grubbers the ball through and Nehe Milner-Skudder boots it into touch to end the half.
It’s half time.
The half time score was Brumbies 5 Hurricanes 12
The Brumbies kick off and the second half is underway.
41.00: The Brumbies win a penalty for being tackled without the ball. The Hurricanes are given a final warning.
42.00: The Brumbies win the line out and drive for the line. After four phases Folau Faingaa dives over and scores. TRY!
43.00: Lealiifano adds the conversion to level the scores. That was the 100th Super rugby try for the Brumbies.
45.00: The Hurricanes attack down the wing and Nehe Milner-Skudder dives over in the corner but his foot is tackled into touch. The TMO confirms no try.
48.00: The game is livening up a bit as both sides look to run the ball more.
51.00: The Brumbies go through 8 phases and then Andrew Muirhead makes a break into the Hurricanes 22. Powell comes up in support but the Brumbies knock it on and the Hurricanes try to run it out of their 22. They knock on. The Brumbies have a penalty.
52.00: The Brumbies take the line out. They win the line out and use the maul. They go around the maul and Rory Arnold scores on the second phase. TRY! Brumbies lead. The conversion is missed.
54.00: Blade Thomson is yellow carded for a high tackle. The Hurricanes had been warned.
57.00: The Brumbies get the ball to the Hurricanes 5m line but then concede a penalty. The Hurricanes clear the ball into touch and set up a line out.
60.00: The TMO is called upon to review some potential foul play on David Pocock by Gareth Evans of the Hurricanes. It’s a penalty only. The Brumbies take the line out option.
62.00: The Brumbies win the line out and drive forward but then lose the ball forward.
65.00: The Hurricanes work the ball to the half way line. As they get into the Brumbies half the momentum slows and the Brumbies turn the ball over. Speight gets the ball and chips it ahead.
66.00: Ihaia West chases Speight’s kick and gets tackled into touch.
68.00: The Brumbies get the ball and Kyle Godwin chips ahead, chases and is tackled as he gets to the line. The TMO reviews the try which reveals that he lost the ball as he went to score. No try.
70.00: The Hurricanes spring to life and run the ball into the Brumbies half. They get to the Brumbies 22m line but then get pressed back as Rory Arnold delivers a huge tackle. The Hurricanes keep the ball alive and continue the attack.
71.00: The Brumbies turn the ball over and get the ball in open space. Andrew Muirhead goes for the line 1m out but Jordie Barrett tackles him, rolls him over and stops him from scoring. Brumbies 5m scrum.
76.00: The Brumbies win the scrum and they go wide with a long pass to Muirhead who scores. TRY!
77.00: Matt Lucas takes the conversion. He nails it.
80.00: The Brumbies hold on for the siren and the whistle goes. The Brumbies have won.
The full time score is Brumbies 24 (5) Hurricanes 12 (12)
Tries – K.Godwin, F.Faingaa, R.Arnold, A.Muirhead
Con – C.Lealiifano, B.Lucas
Tries – TJ Perenara, J.Savea
Cards – B.Thomson (54th min yellow)
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Will Houston
Assistant Ref 2: James Leckie
TMO : Ian Smith
Tom Banks, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Kyle Godwin, Andy Muirhead, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Powell, Isi Naisarani, David Pocock, Tom Cusack, Blake Enever, Rory Arnold, Ben Alexander, Folau Faingaa, Scott Sio.
Replacements : Connal McInerney, Nic Mayhew, Les Leuluaialii-Makin, Richie Arnold, Darcy Swain, Matt Lucas, Wharenui Hawera, Lausii Taliauli.
15 Nehe Milner-Skudder , 14 Julian Savea , 13 Jordie Barrett , 12 Ngani Laumape , 11 Ben Lam , 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop , 9 TJ Perenara (c) , 8 Gareth Evans , 7 Sam Henwood , 6 Reed Prinsep , 5 Sam Lousi , 4 Michael Fatialofa , 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen , 2 Ricky Riccitelli , 1 Toby Smith
Replacements : 16 James O’Reilly , 17 Chris Eves , 18 Marcel Renata , 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere , 20 Blade Thomson , 21 Jamie Booth , 22 Ihaia West , 23 Wes Goosen