The Brumbies have played the Reds 30 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and they have won 22 matches, drawn one and lost seven.
The average score between the Brumbies and Reds is Brumbies 28 Reds 15.
- The Reds have won their last two games against the Brumbies and will be looking for a third consecutive win against them for the first time in Super Rugby history.
- The Brumbies have lost their last four Australian derbies, their worst run since 2011, they’ve never lost five such games on the bounce.
- Conversely, after losing 10 Aussie derbies in a row, the Reds have won three of their last five domestic battles.
- The Brumbies (18.6) and Reds (18.8) are the only two sides to average fewer than 20 points per game this season.
- Wharenui Hawera has landed eight of eight penalty goals this season, however, he has missed four of five conversion attempts.
LATE CHANGE: Etu Nabuli has been ruled out due to illness. He has been replaced by Jayden Ngamanu in the Reds’ starting line-up.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Canberra. Samu Kerevi led the Reds out on his 50th Super Rugby appearance.
2.00: The conditions are great for rugby, mild and dry for this Australian derby. Rory Arnold is also playing in his 50th Super Rugby match.
3.00: The Reds are awarded a penalty, going against Chance Peni. Jono Lance kicked to touch, but Brandon Paenga-Amosa’s throw is skew, gifting possession to the Brumbies.
4.00: Peni’s blindside break is negated by a penalty. Lance kicks to the corner.
6.00: TRY! Taniela Tupou powers over. Chris Feauai-Sautia broke two tackles thanks to his powerful leg-drive before offloading to the Tupou for the try. 0-5
7.00: CONVERSION! Lance adds the extras. 0-7
9.00: Wharenui Hawera kicks out, directly into touch, gifting the Reds a scrum.
10.00: It’s all Queensland in the opening exchanges. They have been camped inside the home team’s half.
11.00: Matt Lucas is down after being hit in the head by a stray leg. His opposite number and brother Ben looks on concerned.
12.00: James Tuttle is coming on for Ben Lucas, who is now sitting up.
15.00: The Reds win another penalty and kick to the corner.
16.00: Big defence from David Pocock, who holds up Caleb Timu, winning the scrum for his side.
17.00: Scott Sio slips and his pinged for collapsing the scrum. Lance will take a shot at goal.
18.00: PENALTY! It’s good from Lance. 0-10
19.00: Pocock is at it again, winning the penalty at the ruck. What a player!
22.00: TRY! Feauai-Sautia barges through the Brumbies defence after another 11 phases of forwards’ drives. 0-15
23.00: MISS! Oh dear! Lance misses a sitter. 0-15
24.00: Lachlan Mccaffrey is injured and being carted off.
25.00: The Reds have spent 84 percent of the time in the Brumbies half and have had 78% possession.
27.00: James Slipper is – finally – off for an HIA after hitting his head running into a maul.
27.00: TRY! Folau Fainga’a starts and finishes off the score. The hooker threw to Rory Arnold, who set-up the base for the driving maul. The ball was shuffled to the back of the maul to Fainga’a and the Brumbies powered over the whitewash. 5-15
28.00: CONVERSION! Hawera slots the kick. 7-15
31.00: PENALTY! Lance finds his close-range radar. 7-18
34.00: TRY! Isi Naisarani powers over after sustained pressure by the Brumbies. The play went 13 phases with Pockock and Allan Alaalatoa going close before the centre’s crossed. 12-18
35.00: MISS! Hawera also misses a sitter – what’s going on here!
38.00: The Brumbies are on the charge. They’ve gone seven phases and are building pressure.
39.00: YELLOW CARD! Feauai-Sautia is sent to the bin after deliberately knocking down Hawera’s pass to Tom Cusack.
41.00: NO TRY! An athletic dive by Fainga’a almost see the hooker in for his second try. The TMO rules the five-pointer, out. That was something out of a running back’s playbook in the NFL. He is ruled “simultaneously out” by George Ayoub.
The half-time score was Brumbies 12 Reds 18
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Canberra.
42.00: There was a big momentum shift in the last 15 minutes of the first-half in favour of the Brumbies.
44.00: The Reds come back, attacking the wide channels, but the ball is lost forward. Scrum to the hosts.
45.00: There is a long delay as the TMO checks to see if Naisarani knocked on in the build-up to Peni’s try.
46.00: TRY! Peni stretches out after he cut inside the Reds defenders and scores. 17-18
47.00: MISS! Another missed conversion by Hawera. 17-18
49.00: TRY! Rory Arnold you beauty! The lock joins in the back-line and bursts through some weak tackling, runs over another player and is in for his fourth Super Rugby try. 22-18
51.00: CONVERSION! Christian Lealiifano adds the extras. 24-18
54.00: The Reds have been under the pump since Fainga’a’s try. They have an attacking scrum on the Brumbies’ 5m.
56.00: The Reds scrum again after winning a penalty, however, they are penalised at the next for collapsing. Ouch!
58.00: The injuries are mounting; we might need to call on some of the crowd to get their boots.
60.00: We are in the final quarter. The Reds had a penalty advantage for offsides and will take a shot at goal.
61.00: PENALTY! James Tuttle reduces the deficit to three. 24-21
65.00: Almost two intercepts for the Reds but they could not hold on. Ruan Smith is pinged for offsides. The Brumbies kick to the corner.
67.00: TRY! Sam Carter is not held in the tackle, gets up and reaches for the goal-line. That was great awareness by Slammin’ Sam. 29-21
68.00: CONVERSION! Lealiifano adds the extras. 31-21
71.00: Kane Douglas is lucky not to get a yellow for a reckless high tackle.
72.00: TRY! Naisarani powers over for his second try after another driving maul. 36-21
73.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good, and that should be that. 38-21
74.00: The Brumbies have another attacking lineout inside the Queensland 22.
75.00: TRY! David Pocock is helped by Robbie Abel after splintering through some poor defending. 43-21
76.00: CONVERSION! Another two from the captain’s boot. 45-21
79.00: The Brumbies come again.
81.00: One last attack for the Reds.
82.00: Knock on by the visitors: game over.
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The final score: Brumbies 45 (12) Reds 21 (18)
Tries – Fainga’a, Naisarani (2), Peni, Arnold, Carter, Pocock
Con – Hawera, Lealiifano (4)
Tries – Tupou, Feauai-Sautia
Pen – Lance (2), Tuttle
Con – Lance
Cards – Feauai-Sautia (Yellow, 39′)
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2: James Leckie
TMO: George Ayoub
15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano (co-captain), 11 Chance Peni, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Matt Lucas, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 David Pocock, 6 Lachlan Mccaffrey, 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Faalelei Sione, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Sam Carter (co-captain), 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Kyle Godwin, 23 James Verity-Amm.
15 Aidan Toua, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Jayden Ngamanu, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Adam Korczyk, 6 Caleb Timu, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Jean-Pierre Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Lukhan Tui, 20 Liam Wright, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Jordan Petaia.