Super Rugby

Brumbies beat Rebels in Canberra




The Brumbies have played the Rebels 18 times in Super Rugby since 2011; the Brumbies have won 10 matches and lost eight times.

The Canberra-based Brumbies’ 10 wins give them a record of winning 56% of their matches against the Rebels regardless of venue.

  • The Brumbies picked up a 39-26 win in their most recent Super Rugby clash with the Rebels, snapping a four-game losing streak against them; they’ll now be looking for back-to-back wins against the Melbourne club for the first time since 2015.
  • Each of the Rebels’ last 13 Super Rugby games has been won by the team holding the lead at half-time.
  • The Rebels have managed three wins in their last four fixtures, including their previous two on the bounce.
  • Dan McKeller’s team have won their last five Super Rugby games against fellow Australian opposition; more than they had won in their 13 previous fixtures (W4, L9).
  • The Brumbies scored (9) seven more tries than they conceded (2) throughout the opening 20 minutes of games during the 2020 Super Rugby season, the highest positive disparity of any team in the competition.
  • Andrew Kellaway (Rebels) has crossed for a brace of tries in three of his last four Super Rugby games, including each of his previous two; he’s failed to score a try only twice in his previous six games in the competition – one of those two games came against the Brumbies.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway down under at a cold GIO Stadium, Canberra.

2.00: The Rebels give away the first penalty at the breakdown. Noah Lolesio boots the ball to the opposition’s 22.

3.00: Another penalty, this time against Pone Fa’amausili allows Lolesio to kick to the corner.

3.00: TRY! What a superb, well-worked try off the lineout! Folau Fainga’a rounds around the lineout and pops and inside ball to Andy Muirhead on the angle, who cruises over for the opening score of the game. 5-0

5.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio adds the extras. 7-0

7.00: The Rebels win a penalty and will take a shot at goal.

9.00: PENALTY! Matt To’omua, playing in his 100th Super Rugby game, gets the visitors on the scoreboard. 7-3

11.00: Fa’amausili and Jordan Uelese both stray offsides. Lolesio kicks to the corner. Expect a driving maul, here.

14.00: The Rebels keeping the Brumbies out. Lots of mistakes, but both teams trying to spread the ball wide.

16.00: MISS! To’omua misses a straight-forward penalty. 7-3

19.00: MASSIVE SCRUM! The Rebels’ pack destroys their opposition. The visitors decide to go quickly, which is strange because they took two shots at goal from a similar position already.

20.00: The Brumbies win the counter-ruck and a scoring chance goes begging.

22.00: The game is stop-start, both sides looking for rhythm as they return to Super Rugby. Another good scrum by the visitors sees them win another scrum-penalty. Reece Hodge bangs the ball deep into the Brumbies’ half.

23.00: Lazy by the hosts, who have now given away five of the last six penalties; the ref has a word now with Allan Alaalatoa.

24.00: PENALTY! To’omua makes no mistake from in front. 7-6

26.00: Brumbies have n attacking lineout about six metres out.

27.00: TRY! Joe Powell breaks to the right, steps inside two defenders and stretches out to score his team’s second try of the night. 12-6

29.00: MISS! Lolesio hits the right-hand post and the ball rebounds back. 12-6

31.00: No 50/20! Brumbies, instead, have the defensive lineout, which leads to a relieving penalty after Richard Hardwick is pinged in the maul.

34.00: The ball is stolen, illegally, by Billy Meakes. Lolesio clears the danger.

36.00: The Brumbies’ set-pieces have been dodgy. Their scrum is getting dominated and their lineout is scrappy. Somehow, they lead despite not having the better of the game. They win a penalty, though. Too many are going against the Rebels, now.

37.00: TRY! Folau Fainga’a scores but not from a maul. The Brumbies attack from a lineout on the opposition’s 22. Powell makes a break, is stopped before the ball is recycled to the hooker on the wing, who crashes over for the home team’s third try. 17-6

39.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio adds the extras from out wide. 19-6

40.00: Another handling error by the Rebels kills an attack.

The halftime score was Brumbies 19 Rebels 6

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Australia’s capital.

42.00: Powell kicks the ball away and the rf marches the Brumbies 10 metres backwards. Hodge relieves the pressure with a good kick into the home team’s half, but the visitors lose possession with some more sloppy handling.

44.00: TRY! Lolesio makes a linebreak and races from halfway to the 22 before drawing Dane Haylett-Petty and sending Tom Wright away in the corner. Superb from the stand-off.

46.00: MISS! The flyhalf misses from wide. 24-6

50.00: McKellar’s men are in complete control; they are dominating every facet of play and its only a matter of time before they score again.

53.00: The hosts have increased their territory and possession, which shows on the scoreboard. The Rebels cannot get out of their half. The Brumbies pack has sorted out their scrum issues, now.

54.00: Scott Sio is pinged for collapsing. Hahahahaha! Jinxed that.

56.00: Melbourne finally strings some passes together and are attacking inside the Brumbies’ 22. Some desperate defence holds up the Rebels, and the hosts get a goal-line drop-out. Not sure about that rule.

57.00: Ryan Louwrens is taken out by a Brumbies cleanout and wins the penalty. Hodge has to kick to the corner. The visitors need to lift energy and increase the tempo or this game is gone.

58.00: TRY! Jordan Uelese crashes over following a powerful driving maul. Take that, says the visiting pack. 24-11

59.00: CONVERSION! To’omua adds the extras. Game on! 24-13

61.00: The momentum has changed; the Rebels are in command now.

62.00: TRY! Dane Haylett-Petty walks over after a 15-phase attack. Game is back in the balance. 24-18

63.00: CONVERSION! To’omua makes no mistake from wide. 24-20

68.00: Another goal-line drop-out after Wright forgot the new rule change.

70.00: A sixth scrum-penalty goes against the Brumbies; To’omua will take a shot.

71.00: PENALTY! The kick is good. 24-23

73.00: Hodge concedes a penalty on halfway, it will allow Lolesio to set-up an attacking lineout inside the Melbourne 22. Here we go!

74.00: Lolesio goes close, but Mafu pounces on the ball and wins the penalty on his try-line. Massive by the big man.

75.00: Oh DEAR! Maafu’s throw is not straight. Scrum to the hosts on the visitors’ 22.

76.00: Massive scrum by the Brumbies, winning their first scrum-penalty. Lolesio kicks to the corner.

77.00: TRY! Miller crashes over after another driving maul. 29-23

78.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio’s kick takes away the losing bonus-point for the Rebels.

80.00: Marika Koroibete’s mistake effectively ends the game as he knocks the ball into touch.


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The final score after 80 minutes is Brumbies 31 (19) Rebels 23 (6)


Tries – Muirhead, Powell, Fainga’a, Wright, Miller
Pen –
Con – Lolesio (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Uelese, D. Haylett-Petty
Pen – To’omua (3)
Con – To’omua (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Amy Perrett
Assistant Ref 2: Reuben Keane
TMO: James Leckie



15 Mack Hansen, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Murray Douglas, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper.

Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Lachlan McCaffrey, 20 Will Miller, 21 Issak Fines, 22 Bayley Kuenzle, 23 Len Ikitau.


15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt To’omua, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Josh Kemeny, 5 Michael Stolberg, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Pone Fa’amausili, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Matt Gibbon.

Replacements: 16 Efitusi Maafu, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Trevor Hosea, 20 Esei Haangana, 21 Rob Leota, 22 Frank Lomani, 23 Andrew Deegan.

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