Super Rugby

Brumbies beat Reds in Canberra




Super Rugby moves from New Zealand to Canberra, Australia in the third match on Saturday as the Brumbies host the Reds.

The Brumbies have won the last four matches between these two Super Rugby sides and overall they have won 21 of the 27 matches.

The Reds have lost their last 11 games away from home and the last time they won on the road was in Round 16, 2015 against the Force.

Scott Fardy captains the Brumbies in the absence of Sam Carter, who is part of the Canberra rotation policy.

The Reds are still without stand-off Quade Cooper, who is serving a three-match suspension for a high tackle against the Lions.

The Brumbies are undefeated against the Queenslanders in their past four clashes, and lead overall, 26 to five in the head-to-head.

The teams are out on the pitch at GIO Stadium.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

Beep! We are off and running.

1.00: Reds won the lineout, but the Brumbies knocked the ball on in the tackle. Scrum to the Reds just outside the Brumbies’ 22.

2.00: Reds win the scrum and give the ball to Nabuli who gets them over the advantage line and referee blows his whistle for an offside penalty against the Brumbies.

3.00: It’s oof the post. James Tuttle really should have made that from in front.

5.00: Cousins, Tevita Kuridrani and Chris Kuridrani are up against each other after years of playing touch footy in the car park as youngsters. Hawera drops into the pocket and kicks into touch, not great that, Lineout to the visitors.

6.00: Penalty to the Reds. Some sloppy hands by the Reds and the hosts pinged for not releasing at the breakdown. Reds kick to touch for the lineout.

8.00: TRY Chris Kuridrani! George Smith offloads to Scott Higginbotham, the Reds take another two phases and the winger runs onto the ball at pace and on the angle, from Tuttle, goes through Robbie Abel and scored under the poles.

9.00: Conversion is good by James Tuttle. Great start by the Reds.

11.00: Penalty to the Brumbies right in front of the sticks.

12.00: PENALTY! Wharenui Hawera slots the kick.

13.00: The Reds are attacking inside the Brumbies half and win a scrum. All started from an up-and-under.

15.00: Brumbies under pressure but the referee deems that Sam Talakai collapsed the scrum. Harsh call. Hawera clears to the 10.

17.00: Hawera goes to the boot with a grubber and Aidan Toua, just can’t dot the ball down as it runs over the dead-ball line.

18.00: The hosts come again; they shift the ball early to Henry Speight who sets up another phase. The Brumbies go wide but Chris Alcock loses the ball forward trying to dive over the whitewash. Brumbies turning up the pressure dial here in Canberra.

20.00: Lineout to the Reds around halfway. After some phases, McIntyre kicks for territory, inside the host’s’ 22. Brumbies win their lineout but Aidan Toua’s clearance is not great. attacking lineout to the Reds.

21.00: The Reds lose their throw, oh no. Brumbies on the attack.

23.00: The Brumbies shifted the ball wide and after several phases, Tevita Kuridrani goes close. The home team recycle and Henry Speight, with the line at his mercy, 4 v 0, and the winger drops the ball. Really poor but the pass from Aidan Toua was not great. Speight still hasn’t scored against the Reds.

25.00: The Queenslanders win a free-kick at the scrum and clear. Hawera puts another grubber kick in behind the Reds’ defence, win the ruck and are awarded a penalty for a high tackle (around the neck). The TMO is being consulted for Kane Douglas neckroll and Stephen Moore, for a clean-out with the shoulder.

26.00: Nick Briant deems the penalty as not being dangerous but does warn Moore. The Brumbies kick to the line and have a five-metre lineout.

27.00: TRY Tevita Kuridrani! The big man goes over after the Brumbies took two crash ball options on the line. First, Allan Alaalatoa went close, then the skipper Scott Fardy was stopped short. On the third occasion, the big man crossed the whitewash.

28.00: Hawera lines up the conversion for the extras and it’s good. couldn’t miss from there; Brumbies take the lead.

30.00: Reds on the attack but Tuttle’s good break comes to nought. Some weak tackling by the home team. Scrum on halfway to the Reds.

33.00: Some aerial ping-pong but the visitors come back and are going through the phases.

34.00: Penalty! Another one, this time for a high tackle. The Brumbies will need to watch this or they will have a man in the bin soon. Tuttle calls for the kicking tee.

35.00: Oh dear! The scrumhalf pushes his kick past the right-hand upright. That’s two easy penalties missed from in front of the posts. The Queenslanders still trail going into the final moments of the half.

37.00: Both teams are kicking away possession and that is proving costly. Maybe, keep the ball in hand.

38.00: The Brumbies come again. George Smith has been excellent at the breakdown, putting the home side’s loose forwards on the back foot. The Brumbies pass the ball into touch.

39.00: BIG SCRUM from the Brumbies, who win the ball. But the ref calls for another scrum because the ball came out the tunnel. Good call.

40.00: Penalty! Jarrad Butler, on for Jordan Smiler and winning his 50th cap, is penalised for offside as he took Tuttle out at the ruck. The scrummy has a chance to even the scores before the break.

41.00: PENALTY TUTTLE! It’s good this time and from farther out than the two missed shots at goal. It’s all square going at halftime.

It’s the Kuridrani show at GIO Stadium in Canberra. A try apiece between the cousins.

The halftime score was Brumbies 10 Reds 10 

It’s pretty even in territory and possession, both teams have lost one lineout throw and time in the 22, is Brumbies with two minutes to Reds, three.

BEEP! We are back underway.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham is calling for better discipline in defence and a better execution in his team’s kicking game.

42.00: TRY! Ref is asking the TMO for a penalty try or unless the ball is grounded.

42.00: TRY Robbie Abel! It came from a lineout and driving maul. Curious call by Nick Briant. He awarded the score but, if the hooker did not ground the ball, it would have been a penalty try and a yellow card. Hawera slots from the corner though, phew.

44.00: TRY Aidan Toua! It all started from the restart. Allan Alaalatoa made a break in midfield and offloaded a loose pass. Nobody collected initially, then the fullback scooped the ball up and ran through the open field to score under the posts. What a start!

45.00: Hawera extends the lead to 14 points.

47.00: Jordan Smiler has torn a hamstring and will not return and Kyle Godwin has broken a bone in his hand, his night is over and Andrew Smith will stay on for the centre.

49.00: The Brumbies have all the momentum and the upper hand at the scrum. Reds will need to regain some composure or this will be another loss on the road.

50.00: NEARLY! Andrew Smith with a little back-door offload to Toua, who is having a game, the fullback breaks and gives the ball to Joe Powell in support. The Scrumhalf tries to offload but the ball is lost forward. Reds are all over the shop.

53.00: TRY Jarrad Butler! The substitute gets a try. The Brumbies opted for a scrum instead of kicking an easy penalty. The home team then proceeded to beast the Reds forwards from about 10 metres out. The No 8 collects the ball from the base of the scrum and dives over under the posts.

54.00: Hawera kicks his fourth conversion, easy as you like.

56.00: Scuffles starting to break out between Scott Higginbotham and Joe Powell but the referee calms things down.

58.00: The Brumbies are comfortable here. They are in good field position, on the Queensland 5.

60.00: The pace of the game is starting to slow down as the teams tire.

62.00: Penalty to the home team. They will kick to touch and set up a driving maul.

65.00: Lineout to the home team. They’re slowing the game down and playing the percentages. Another penalty for not rolling away goes against the Reds. Hawera kicks to the corner and they will look to set up a rolling maul.

67.00: The Reds manage to win a penalty for holding a player in the maul. The visitors clear their lines but they need to get their hands on the ball and put the hosts under pressure or they will lose meekly.

69.00: WOW! Some great inter-passing by the forwards of the Brumbies sees Tevita Kuridrani get the ball, cut inside and try roll over the try-line. He’s held up. Good D by the Reds but they are all at sea out wide. The Reds have missed 44 tackles to 18 by the home team. Poor.

73.00: TRY James Dargaville! Game over. Hawera nearly scores in the corner but De Wet Roos’ inside ball to Dargaville, who crashes over.

74.00: Hawera makes it five conversions from five with a good kick from the corner.

77.00: This will be another derby loss to the Reds, nine in a row and their 12th defeat away from home since 2016.

79.00: TRY Chris Alcock! The flanker takes a pass from Toua, sells a dummy and darts inside Duncan Paia’aua to score on the hooter.

80.00: Hawera misses from out wide but it does not matter. Game over.

That is 12 defeats away from home for the Reds. Jeez, they need to sort this out. The Brumbies were excellent, especially, in the second half.

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The final score is Brumbies 43 (10) Reds 10 (10)


Tries – T. Kuridrani, Abel, Toua, Butler, Dargaville, Alcock
Pen – Hawera
Con – Hawera (5)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – C. Kuridrani
Pen – Tuttle
Con – Tuttle
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2: James Leckie
TMO: Ian Smith



15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Tom Banks, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy (captain), 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 James Dargaville.


15 Lachlan Maranta, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Sef Fa’agase.

Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Hendrik Tui, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Izaia Perese.

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