The Brumbies have played the Queensland Reds 37 times in Super Rugby, winning 27 matches, losing only nine, while drawing once since 1996.
The ACT side played Queensland 21 times at home in Canberra, winning 18 and losing just three games.
- The Brumbies have won four of their last five Super Rugby games against the Reds (L1), including their most recent meeting in the 2020 Super Rugby AU final (28-23).
- The Reds have started the 2021 Super Rugby AU campaign with two consecutive victories; a third straight win in this match would equal their best winning run to begin a Super Rugby season (W3 in 1999 and 2012).
- No team has made more (7) or conceded fewer (2) interceptions in Super Rugby AU since the beginning of the 2020 campaign than the Queensland Reds.
- The Brumbies have scored four tries from mauls in the 2021 Super Rugby AU campaign, with no other team has scored more than one; the Brumbies have scored 10 maul tries since the competition began in 2020 –more than all other teams combined.
- Alex Mafi has scored three tries in his last two Super Rugby games and in Round 2 of this season became the first Queensland Reds hooker to score two tries in a game since Brandon Paenga-Amosa bagged a brace against the Sunwolves in Round 5, 2019.
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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway down under in Canberra.
2.00: Angus Blyth is offsides on his 22.
2.00: PENALTY! Noah Lolesio opens the scoring in Canberra. 3-0
4.00: Jordan Petaia knocks-on on his side’s 10m line. Scrum to the Brumbies in a good attacking position.
6.00: TRY! Samu takes Andy Muirhead’s stunning offload, dances on the touchline to waltz over and score. The Brumbies are getting quick-ball and looking to go wide at every opportunity. 8-0
7.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio adds the extras. 10-0
10.00: Suliasi Vunivalu wins the race to the bouncing ball; however, the winger carries the ball back over his try line giving the home team an attacking scrum on the Reds’ line.
11.00: The Brumbies win the set-piece penalty, this time they go to the lineout. Here we go!
13.00: Nic white is held up over the goal-line, but the Brumbies had the penalty advantage. Tom Banks kicks to the corner again.
14.00: TRY! Folau Fainga’a –– who else –– breaks off the rolling maul and crashes over to score. Referee Nic Berry had his arm out for another penalty, so Folau Fainga’a scoring must have saved a penalty try and a yellow card. 15-0
15.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio lands another kick, this time from the lefthand side. 17-0
17.00: Dan Mckellar’s side is scoring a point a minute. They are dominating the early exchanges with 80% possession and territory. His forwards are smashing their opponents in both scrum and lineout set-pieces, and the mauling is phenomenal.
18.00: PENALTY! James O’Connor, kicking at 93% this season, gets his team on the board. 17-3
20.00: Superb defending by Queensland, they managed to hold their lines, stopping the Brumbies from getting quick-ball and shifting it wide. The Reds win the penalty at the final breakdown.
21.00: Cadeyrn Neville falls foul of Mr. Berry –– O’Connor boots to the 22.
22.00: Three straight penalties by the home team will allow the Reds’ skipper to take another shot at goal from in front. Tom Cusack is warned by the ref.
23.00: PENALTY! O’Connor doubles his team’s tally. 17-6
26.00: Oh, dear! Suliasi Vunivalu drops White’s box-kick inside his 22, it gifts the hosts another attacking scrum.
28.00: Tate McDermott gathers Lolesio’s grubber, beating Muirhead to the bouncing ball; however, the halfback decides to try to run out of his in-goal area. He almost loses possession, but luckily for him and his team, Mr. Berry awards the Reds a penalty at the ruck.
30.00: TRY! It’s end-to-end at the moment as both teams look to spread the ball around the field. After several kick-chases, the Reds run the ball from deep inside their half. They set up a ruck in midfield, McDermott sends the ball to O’Connor, who sets his team away. The standoff draws the defenders, passes to Harry Wilson, who sends Suliasi Vunivalu away for a debut Super Rugby score. 17-11
32.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor slots the touchline kick. 17-13
33.00: OOPS! O’Connor looks up instead of keeping his eyes on the ball, dropping the catch and giving the Brumbies yet another attacking scrum inside the Reds’ 22.
35.00: TRY! Pistol Pete is at it again. Samu takes White’s delayed show-and-go pop-pass above his head and dives in the corner for his second try of the game. 22-13
37.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio slots the sideline conversion. 24-13
38.00: Queensland is awarded a kickable penalty before the break; O’Connor points to the posts.
40.00: PENALTY! No problem from the former Wallaby. 24-16
The halftime score was Brumbies 24 Queensland Reds 16
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Australia’s capital.
45.00: Rob Valetini is held up after a multi-phase attack.
46.00: Fraser McReight leaves his feet at the ruck, Banks kicks to the corner.
47.00: TRY! GUESS WHO! Fainga’a crashes over for his second try after a powerful driving maul. 29-16
48.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio adds the extras. 31-16
50.00: Several knock-ons lead to the Reds getting a scrum.
52.00: MISS! O’Connor hits the post; he should have kicked to the corner.
54.00: Queensland wins another penalty at the scrum, although this time, it is a free-kick.Scott Sio leaving has changed the dynamic of the scrums. Taniela Tupou is enjoying the fresh meat.
56.00: Superb play from Tom Cusack, who gets his body low at the ruck to win the penalty. That is a shocking series of plays by the Reds.
58.00: We have a break in play as the teams check on injuries and send on subs.
62.00: TRY! Tupou, who has been sensational since coming on, crashes over from close range to give his team hope. 31-21
64.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 31-23
67.00: Attacking scrum to the visitors on the Brumbies’ goal-line.
68.00: TRY! Another massive scrum sees Harry Wilson make it a one-score game. 31-28
70.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 31-30
72.00: TRY! Issak Fines-Leleiwasa dances down the sideline, beats two defenders, and scores in the corner. Len Ikitau’s brilliance set up the score. 36-30
73.00: CONVERSION! Ryan Lonergan converts. 38-30
75.00: PENALTY! O’Connor makes it 38-33
77.00: Mistakes by the hosts give the visitors a chance to win at the death.
78.00: TRY! WOW! The Reds score at the death to level the scores. Hunter Paisami’s deft grubber is dotted down by Jordan Petaia. 38-38
79.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 38-40
81.00: GAME OVER! The Reds win the turnover, and clear for the win. The Reds avenge the Grand Final loss from last year.
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The final score is Brumbies 38 (24) Reds 40 (16)
Tries – Samu (2), Fainga’a (2), Fines-Leleiwasa
Pen – Lolesio
Con – Lolesio (4), R. Lonergan
Tries – Vunivalu, Tupou, Wilson, Petaia
Pen – O’Connor (4)
Con – O’Connor (4)
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 2: Amy Perrett
TMO: James Leckie
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 Tom Cusack (captain), 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Tom Ross, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 Archer Holz, 19 Nick Frost, 20 Jahrome Brown, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Reesjan Pasitoa, 23 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa
15 Jock Campbell, 14 Suliasi Vunivalu, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor (captain), 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Dane Zander
Replacements: 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Ryan Smith, 20 Seru Uru, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Josh Flook