The Queensland Reds have won four of their last five Super Rugby matches against the Brumbies (L1), including their last three in succession despite trailing at halftime in each of those games – it’s the Reds’ longest winning run against the Brumbies in the history of their rivalry.
The Queensland Reds will be aiming for back-to-back away victories against the Brumbies for just the second time in the history of Super Rugby (May 2012), following their 40-38 win in their most recent meeting (Round 4, 2021 Super Rugby AU).
- The Brumbies are unbeaten in Super Rugby Pacific. Dan McKellar’s men will be aiming to begin a Super Rugby season with five straight victories for just the second time in the history of the competition, having won five in succession to start the 2002 campaign.
- The Reds are alson undefeated in Super Rugby Pacific. Brad thorn’s side will be aiming to begin a Super Rugby season with five consecutive wins for the second time after opening the 2021 Super Rugby AU campaign with seven straight wins.
- The Brumbies (14) and Queensland (8) have scored more tries from a lineout than any other teams this season.
- The Brumbies (16) and Reds (14) have retained possession on the joint-most and third-most kicks in play respectively of any other teams in the 2022 campaign (also Crusaders – 16).
- Queensland’s players have made a combined three assists via kicks in the 2022, as many as the rest of the competition combined (Brumbies – 1, Hurricanes – 1, Western Force – 1).
- The Queensland Reds (9) and Brumbies (8) have won the second and third-most turnovers per game respectively of any teams in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season (Moana Pasifika – 10).
Players to watch
- Queensland Reds’ duo James O’Connor (4) and Hunter Paisami (3) and Brumbies’ Nic White (3) are the three of the four players to have made more than two assists in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season (Issak Fines-Leleiwasa – 3 for Western Force).
- Harry Wilson has made dominant contact on 15 carries in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, more than any other player in the competition. The Brumbies’ best Tom Banks (14) is ranked joint-second in this category (also Mark Telea – Blues and Apisalome Vota – Fijian Drua).
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1.00: PEEEP! We are underway at GIO Stadium for the clash of the two only unbeaten teams in Super Rugby Pacific.
4.00: A bit of a slow start with all the reset scrums.
7.00: Referee Damon Murphy awards a free-kick before a scrum penalty as he grows frustrated with Queensland’s front row. Brumbies kick to the 22, but lose possession after a huge hit by Jordan Petaia on Noah Lolesio that gets the Reds a penalty.
9.00: Brumbies win the Reds’ throw, but the ref blows up the home team for an infringement. James O’Connor kicks to the 22.
11.00: Reds both the promising attack, which allows the hosts to clear.
12.00: The Reds stray offside allowing Lolesio a shot at goal.
14.00: PENALTY! Lolesio opens the scoring. 3-0
17.00: Brumbies front row is pinged for collapsing after previously giving away a free-kick. O’Connor’s kick is halfway from the 22 to the try line.
19.00: Superb work at the breakdown by Folau Fainga’a to win possession for the hosts to clear.
20.00: Darcy Swain is smoked by Taniela Tupou at the ruck, which leads to the Reds getting a kickable penalty.
21.00: MISS! O’Connor pulls an easy kick past the poles. 3-0
23.00: Dane Zander is pinged for not rolling away, Tom Banks clears to the Reds’ half for a lineout.
25.00: TRY! A multiphase attack inside the Brumbies’ 22 ends when O’Connor waltzes under the posts after stepping inside Folau Fainga’a to dot down. 3-5
26.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor converts. 3-7
28.00: Brown strays offside allowing the Brumbies to take a scrum inside the 22.
29.00: Banks kicks to the corner after Queensland collapse the scrum.
30.00: TRY! Tom Wright collects Irae Simone’s deft left-foot grubber and scores his 21st Super Rugby try next to the posts. Superb score. 8-7
31.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 10-7
33.00: Jock Campbell’s restart flies into touch, so the home team take a midfield scrum.
34.00: James Slipper is pinged for not scrummaging straight. A let off for the Reds.
36.00: Fraser McReight knocks on with nobody in front for what would have been a certain try. The Brumbies win a penalty soon after following O’Connor’s mistake.
38.00: Reds repelled again, Brumbies clear to halfway, kick away possession, and win a scrum after Wright drops Nic White’s box-kick.
40.00: Another scrum penalty, this time for the Brumbies. The ref has had enough, stopping the clock and pulling both front rows aside to warn the six players. Cards will be coming soon. Banks kicks to the 22. Nothing comes from the attack as Jahrome Brown knocks on.
41.00: O’Connor kicks to touch.
The halftime score was Brumbies 10 Queensland Reds 7
41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway down under.
43.00: Simone ends a kicking dual by bouncing the ball out inside the visitor’s 22. Lots of kicking in the early stages.
46.00: Still a lot of stoppages at the scrum. Eventually, after more restarts, the ref pings Folau Fainga’a for standing in the scrum. O’Connor’s kick sets up an attacking lineout; however, White wins a penalty for the Brumbies at the breakdown.
50.00: Neither side is getting any consistency at scrum-time, they are leaking penalties at an alarming rate.
52.00: NO TRY! Reds collapse the driving maul allowing Banks to set up another on the 5m. The Reds repell the attack before Jahrome Brown collects a loose ball from the side of the ruck to score in the corner. However, O’Connor’s last-ditch tackle forces Brown’s boots into touch before dotting down. 10-7
53.00: Brown leaves the field after a big hit by Harry Wilson.
55.00: Paisaimi beats Wright to the bouncing ball to save the Reds; however, the Brumbies win another penalty in front of the posts.
55.00: PENALTY! Nic White increase his side’s lead. 13-7
58.00: YELLOW CARD! Three penalties inside the Brumbies’ 22 leads to Swain going to the bin. 13-7
58.00: Frost wins a poor throw by Josh Nasser, but the ref deems the Brumbies are offside at the ruck.
59.00: TRY! Nasser redeems himself with a smart finish in the corner after a messy driving maul breaks apart. 13-12
60.00: MISS! O’Connor can’t convert from the corner flag. 13-12
64.00: The Brumbies go through the phases as they batter the Reds’ try line. A 10-phase attack ends with another penalty in front of the posts.
66.00: PENALTY! Ryan Lonergan makes it 16-12.
68.00: Another dodgy lineout leads to the Brumbies kicking to the Reds’ 22. It’s all Brumbies at the minute.
71.00: Dan McKellar’s side has botched two great try-scoring chances with poor handling and decision-making.
73.00: We are into the business end of this Aussie derby with both teams looking for a fifth victory.
76.00: Time is running out for Thorn’s men, they cannot get their hands on the ball.
78.00: A poor pass by the Brumbies sees McReight boot the ball forward and almost score but for the post. Rodney Iona carried over for a 5m scrum to the Super Rugby AU champions.
80.00: Hunter Paisami cannot gather a pass; instead, he drops the ball, which the ref deemed a knock on allowing the Brumbies to see out the game.
81.00: Samu breaks off the back, the ball is booted to touch: game over!
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The final score is Brumbies 16 (10) Reds 12 (7)
Tries – Wright
Pen – Lolesio, White, R. Lonergan
Con – Lolesio
Cards – Swain (Yellow, 58′)
Tries – O’Connor, Nasser
Con – O’Connor
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 2: Reuben Keane
TMO: Brett Cronan
15 Tom Banks, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Andy Muirhead, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Nick Frost, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper
Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sefo Kautai, 19 Tom Hooper, 20 Luke Reimer, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Rodney Iona, 23 Jesse Mogg
15 Jordan Petaia, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Josh Flook, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Kalani Thomas, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight (captain), 6 Seru Uru, 5 Angus Blyth, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Josh Nasser, 1 Dane Zander.
Replacements: 16 Matt Faessler, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Feao Fotuaika, 19 Connor Vest, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Spencer Jeans, 22 Lawson Creighton, 23 Isaac Henry