Super Rugby

Brumbies beat Rebels in Canberra




The Brumbies and the Melbourne Rebels have played each other 20 times in Super Rugby, the Brumbies have won 11 times and lost nine times. There have been no draws.

The Rebels have a poor record in Canberra, losing seven Super Rugby games, but only winning three times in Australia’s capital.

  • The Melbourne Rebels have won five of their last seven Super Rugby games against the Brumbies (L2); although, they did lose 31-23 on their most recent visit to GIO Stadium (Round One, July 2020).
  • Last season, Melbourne beat the Brumbies 30-12 in Round Six of Super Rugby AU at Leichhardt Oval, Sydney.
  • The Rebels have gone on to win nine of their last 10 Super Rugby games (L1) when they have scored the first try of the match on the day, including their last six in succession.
  • The Brumbies have won 17 of their last 18 Super Rugby home games (L1), including their last seven on the bounce.
  • Dan McKellar’s side has won 16 turnovers in Super Rugby AU this season, the most by any team and double the amount of the Melbourne Rebels (8).
  • Brumbies’ duo Mackenzie Hansen (166) and Tom Banks (161) have gained the most and second most metres respectively by any player in Super Rugby AU this season.

Match detail

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

2.00: Cabous Eloff wins the visitors their first penalty of the night, which allows Matt To’omua to take a shot at goal.

2.00: PENALTY! To’omua opens the scoring from in front. 0-3

4.00: Richard Hardwick flips Connal McInerney, but the tackle is legal, Hardwick got down low, and hit the hooker at the knees. Good call by the officials.

5.00: The Rebels are caught offside, giving Noah Lolesio a chance to level from in front.

5.00: PENALTY! Lolesio levels. 3-3

6.00: Melbourne wins another penalty from the kick-off after a Brumbies player is isolated at the following ruck. Superb restarts by To’omua.

7.00: PENALTY! To’omua splits the uprights, Rebels lead. 3-6

9.00: Nic White’s restart is out on the full, Melbourne opts for a free-kick tap-and-go from the centre circle. Nothing comes of the short-arm, scrum to the hosts. Connal McInerney is down after falling awkwardly trying to tackle Pone Faamausili.

12.00: McInerney is carried off the field, he won’t be returning. The Brumbies attack out wide, but some good work at the ruck sees the visitors win the turnover followed by a penalty. To’omua cleared to the opposition’s half, where another Brumbies’ infringement gives the Rebels a chance to kick to the corner.

13.00: Rebels knock-on from the driving maul; however, they are awarded another penalty. Referee Damon Murphy calls over Brumbies skipper Allan Alaalatoa and gives his team a warning. To’omua kicks to the corner.

14.00: Superb defending at the breakdown by the home team, they manage to force the Rebels intom another mistake, and win the scrum for a knock-on.

16.00: Another infringement, this time for offsides, will give Melbourne a chance to extend their lead.

17.00: PENALTY! To’omua lands his third goal. 3-9

19.00: The crowd cheers the decision to kick a kickable penalty to the corner.

20.00: TRY! The Brumbies maul is stopped, but White spreads to Lolesio. The standoff puts in a little grubber for Len Ikitau, who latches onto the rolling ball to score. 8-9

22.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio converts. 10-9

25.00: A superb counter-ruck by the Brumbies forwards after losing their lineout comes to nothing because the visitors regain possession and clear. However, the hosts win back the ball and attack near the goal-line, and clear after a Nic White knock-on.  It’s a scrappy game, but entertaining.

28.00: BIG SCRUM by the Brumbies, who won the penalty. Banks kicks to the corner; however, the ball is overthrown. The Rebels clear, but the home team run the ball back into the 22 and mount an attack.

30.00: Slow ball for the Brumbies sees them get knocked backwards. After 12 phases, White decides to kick a grubber into touch, five metres out. Superb defending by the Rebels.

31.00: Melbourne lose their lineout, the Brumbies attack, Lolesio goes close but is hit back. Scott Sio takes the ball towards the line, but Joe Powell saves the day. Scrum to the Brumbies, though.

34.00: Irae Simone loses the ball in contact. Another chance goes begging. Dan McKellar’s men are a little off their game, especially making too many mistakes inside the opposition’s 22.

36.00: Another botched lineout set-piece from the Rebels gives the Brumbies possession near the Melbourne 22.

38.00: Tom Banks boots the scrum-penalty to the corner, the Brumbies want to strike before the break.

39.00: A poor throw by Lachlan Lonergan allows the Rebels a reprieve. The visitors race their way into the home team’s 22 and have their hosts under the pump. Maybe the ACT side should start taking the points.

41.00: The hooter sounds, the Rebels go wide. Nothing comes from the attack, but we have a TMO review of Allan Alaalatoa’s tackle on Pone Faamausili. It looks like a red card for a hit to the head by the captain’s shoulder.

41.00: RED CARD! Alaalatoa’s tackle is reckless. The skipper is sent off. Faamausili stayed down for a while before walking off on his own accord. 10-9

42.00: PENALTY! To’omua puts his side in front at the interval. 10-12

The halftime score was Brumbies 10 Melbourne Rebels 12

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway down under.

42.00: Lucio Sordoni is a lucky boy, his high shoulder hit on White goes without a card. Lolesio calls for the tee.

43.00: MISS! Lolesio misses a straight-forward penalty. 10-12

45.00: Michael Wells knocks-on Powell’s long skip-pass. Scrum to the hosts near halfway.

46.00: The reset scrum sees the Brumbies win a penalty, they go to their driving maul and win another long arm. Banks kicks to the corner.

48.00: PENALTY TRY! The ref has had enough, he awards a penalty-try after the Rebels infringe on their line. 17-12

49.00: YELLOW CARD! James Hanson is sent to the sin-bin as a result. 17-12

50.00: To’omua calls for the tee.

51.00: PENALTY! The standoff hits his fifth kick in a row. 17-15

53.00: Another scrum-penalty goes the way of the home team. Banks kicks deep into the opposition’s half.

57.00: Marika Koroibete takes a quick-tap penalty and races away; however, the referee calls him back because he took the tap in front of the mark.

58.00: To’omua calls for the tee after another infringement near the Brumbies’ 22.

59.00: PENALTY! The standoff is on fire. 17-18

64.00: The Brumbies are their own worst enemies, they are making too many mistakes, conceding too many penalties, and the Rebels are making them pay.

67.00: It’s all Rebels at the minute, they are dominating their opponents. The referee has to speak to the stand-in skipper, giving a final warning.

68.00: The Brumbies keep the Rebels out, but the restart doesn’t travel five metres; the Rebels go again with a quick-tap free-kick and are camped on the opposition’s line.

68.00: YELLOW CARD! Andy Muirhead is off for a repeat infringement. 17-18

70.00: PENALTY! To’omua extends the lead to four. 17-21

72.00: TRY! Tom Banks, running an angle, takes Ryan Lonergan’s nifty inside pass, and ghosts through the blue wall to score under the posts. HERE WE GO! 22-21

73.00: CONVERSION! Ryan Lonergan adds the extras. 24-21

75.00: To’omua calls for the tee, looking to level at the end.

77.00: PENALTY! He does it again, eight from eight tonight. 24-24

79.00: Oh, dear! The Rebels botch a sure try with some poor passing and catching down the left-hand touchline.

80.00: Penalty to the Brumbies, who will kick the ball out for one last play in regulation.

83.00: Richard Hardwick strays offside after a long, sustained Brumbies attack. Lonergan wants to take a shot from distance. OH, BOY! This is big time.

84.00: PENALTY! WoW! he did it – Lonergan slots the 50+metre kick. Cue scenes. The players mob the standoff, who is at the bottom of the pile. Sensational. 27-24


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The final score is Brumbies 27 (10) Rebels 24 (12)


Tries – Ikitau, Penalty try, Banks
Pen – Lolesio, R. Lonergan
Con – Lolesio, R. Lonergan
Drop –
Cards – Alaalatoa (Red, 41′), Muirhead (Yellow, 68′)

Tries –
Pen – To’omua (8)
Con –
Drop –
Cards – Hanson (Yellow, 49′)

Match Officials
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 2: Nic Berry
TMO: Brett Cronan



15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Mack Hansen, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Connal McInerney, 1 Scott Sio

Replacements: 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 Tom Ross, 19 James Tucker, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Reesjan Pasitoa, 23 Solomone Kata

Melbourne Rebels

15 Tom Pincus, 14 Lachlan Anderson, 13 Stacey Ili, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt To’omua (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Joshua Kemeny, 5 Trevor Hosea, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Pone Faamausili, 2 James Hanson, 1 Cabous Eloff

16 Ed Craig, 17 Isaac Aedo Kailea, 18 Lucio Sordoni, 19 Steve Cummins, 20 Robert Leota, 21 James Tuttle/Brad Wilkin/Tom Nowlan, 22 Frank Lomani, 23 Glen Vaihu

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