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Brumbies beat Reds in Canberra

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The Brumbies have played the Reds 34 times in Super Rugby since 1996, the Brumbies have won 25 matches, lost eight times and drawn once.

The Brumbies’ 25 wins give them a record of winning 74% of their matches against the Reds regardless of venue.

  • The capital side has won eight of their last 11 Super Rugby games against the Reds, including their previous two on the bounce; in fact, they have won their last six home games on the bounce against the Queensland club.
  • The Brumbies have won their last eight Super Rugby games against fellow Australian opponents, twice as many as they had won in their 13 national derbies prior (W4, L9).
  • The Reds have won only two of their last 19 Super Rugby games away from home (D1, L16); they will be looking for their first triumph on the road since Round 10, 2019 against the Sharks.
  • The Brumbies have made the most clean breaks (9.7) and beaten the most defenders (29) per game of any team in Super Rugby AU, as well as having conceded the fewest clean breaks (2.7) and missing the fewest tackles (11).
  • Fraser McReight (Reds) has won six turnovers thus far in Super Rugby AU, more than any other player in the competition; he is also yet to miss a tackle from 29 attempts thus far.

Match detail

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

2.00: The hosts have started well. A double-digit attack sees the forwards and backs combine as they stretched the Reds’ defence, which held strong. However, the Brumbies win the penalty and kick to the corner.

4.00: Lukhan Salakaia-Loto does not roll away, giving away another penalty. Banks kicks to the corner.

5.00: Referee Nic Beery stops the clock. He calls over Liam Wright for infringements by Harry Wilson and Hunter Paisaimi. Another lineout drive is on the cards.

6.00: TRY! It’s that man Folau Fainga’a with his eighth try of the season, and fifth in a row at GIO Stadium, from a rolling maul. 5-0

7.00: CONVERSION! Bayley Kuenzle adds the Extras.

10.00: The Reds almost botch their lineout but, somehow, they keep possession as they try set-up an attack inside the 22.

13.00: The Reds did not find a way through. The Brumbies muster another counter-attack from deep.

14.00: Queensland has a defensive lineout, which they just about win before clearing.

15.00: James O’Connor knocks on inside his 22. The pitch is greasy from the winter dew. Scrum to the Brumbies.

17.00: Another penalty goes the way of the hosts after Hamish Stewart’s tip-tackle on Kuenzle.

18.00: The Brumbies have had more than 80 per cent possession and territory as the Reds leak penalties (5).

20.00: The Reds pilfer the Brumbies lineout and clear the danger. Brad thorn’s men have had to make 60 tackles already, which might be their undoing in the last quarter.

24.00: The Reds finally have possession for a sustained period. They go 15 phases before losing a penalty at the breakdown after Jordan Petaia crawls in the tackle.

27.00: The Brumbies drive the Reds backwards, but Joe Powell loses the ball in a contest with Angus Blyth.

30.00: The Reds win the scrum after a botched lineout from the Brumbies and Nick Frost.

32.00: The Reds cannot exit, they concede a penalty after a series of errors. Another lineout-drive on the way.

33.00: TRY! Fainga’a at the double after another patient rolling maul decimates the opposition’s pack. 12-0

34.00: CONVERSION! Kuenzle slots the kick. 14-0

36.00: The Reds win a penalty in centre-field after the hosts fall offside at the lineout. O’Connor calls for the tee.

38.00: PENALTY! O’Connor gets his team on the board. 14-3

41.00: The Brumbies mount an attack, but the ball is lost forward allowing the Reds to counter-attack from their 22.

42.00: NO TRY! The visitors go all the way down the field and get their first try when Jordan Petaia darts over the line. Tom Wright lost the ball, in what looked like a high tackle, and Filipo Daugunu broke from his 22 to set-up the attack. 14-3

43.00: The TMO and ref rule the score out for the high tackle on Wright. Surprisingly, the Brumbies opt for a shot at goal instead of another attacking lineout.

45.00: MISS! The kick is wide from Kuenzle; poor call that by the Brumbies. 14-3

The halftime score was Brumbies 14 Reds 3

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Australia.

43.00: TRY! Harry Wilson takes Petaia’s deft offload to race away and scores under the posts. Irae Simone’s loose pass saw the Reds collect the ball after the ball bounced off the boot of a Reds player to kickstart the counter-attack. 14-8

44.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 14-10

46.00: TRY! Angus Scott-Young crashed over after O’Connor sent Daugunu through a hole; the winger combined with Wilson, who went close before the lock barged over. 14-15

47.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 14-17

48.00: another penalty to the visitors; O’Connor will take a shot from 40 metres.

50.00: PENALTY! O’Connor lands the kick. 14-20

53.00: It’s all gone a bit wrong for the hosts, whose lineout is not working since halftime.

57.00: It’s all Reds. They are camped on the opposition’s goal-line. Queensland will have an attacking lineout inside the Reds’ 22 after Powell’s box-kick is short.

58.00: Good defending by the Brumbies, they win the scrum after holding up the attacking player.

60.00: The reset scrum comes after a fierce battle by both front rows.

61.00: Massive scrum from the Reds to win the scrum-penalty. Taniela Tupou is credited with his 30th scrum penalty of 2020 across both Super Rugby competitions.

64.00: Brumbies with another attack that ends with zero points.

67.00: The Reds come again, they are going left to right and back using their big ball carriers to gain metres.

68.00: Another offside penalty to the visitors, who opt for another shot at goal.

71.00: McKellar’s men cannot get their hands on the ball; it’s all Reds, who seem to have more energy as the game goes on. They look super fit.

73.00: Hunter Paisaimi kicks the ball out on the full. Lineout to the hosts on their 10m.

74.00: O’Connor loses possession and his blown for offsides. Banks put the ball out in the corner. You know what happens next.

75.00: TRY! Connal McInerney flops over the chalk for another rolling maul try. 19-20

76.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 19-20

79.00: The Reds win the penalty and have a chance to run the clock out.

81.00: The siren sounds, the Brumbies have possession – can they score?

82.00: The home team goes 13 phases and win a penalty. The Brumbies will take a shot.

84.00: PENALTY! Mack Hansen wins the game for the Brumbies! sensational! 22-20

FULL TIME

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The final score is Brumbies 22 (14) Reds 20 (3)

Scorers

Brumbies
Tries – Fainga’a (2), McInerney,
Pen – Kuenzle, Hansen
Con – Kuenzle (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Reds
Tries – Wilson, Scott-Young
Pen – O’Connor (2)
Con – O’Connor (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 2: Reuben Keane
TMO: Ian Smith

Teams

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Bayley Kuenzle, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Will Miller, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Nick Frost, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 James Slipper, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Tom Cusack, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Issak Fines, 22 Mack Hansen, 23 Andy Muirhead.

Queensland

15 Jock Campbell, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Hunter Paisaimi, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Scott Malolua, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Dane Zander.

Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Feao Fotuaika, 18 Jack Straker, 19 Ryan Smith, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Jordan Petaia

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