Super Rugby

Brumbies beat Reds in Canberra




The Brumbies have played the Reds 33 times in Super Rugby since 1996, the Brumbies have won 24 matches, lost eight times and drawn once.

The Canberra-based franchise’s 24 wins out of 33 matches gives them a record of winning 73% of their games against Queensland regardless of venue.

  • The home team has won each of the last seven Super Rugby games between the Brumbies and the Reds on the day; the Reds’ last away win to the Brumbies came in February 2014.
  • The Brumbies have won their last six regular-season Super Rugby games on the bounce; the last and only previous time they won more was a seven-game stretch from May 2001 to March 2002.
  • The Reds have won only four of their last 32 Super Rugby games played away from home (L28), with only one of those wins coming against fellow Australian opposition.
  • The Brumbies have gained more than 400m in each of their last two Super Rugby games against Australian opposition, as many times as they had done so in their previous eight games.
  • The Reds’ Samu Kerevi (220) was the only player to make 200+ carries last Super Rugby season, while his 71 defenders beaten and 26 offloads were the second-most of any player in either category.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEP! We are underway down under for this Australian derby. The mercury is in the forties as the game is played in the summer sunshine at GIO Stadium, Canberra.

3.00: Tom Banks kicks to the corner to set up an attacking lineout for the Brumbies, who love a driving maul.

4.00: The Brumbies cough up possession, but they win another penalty at the breakdown after Henry Speight – on his Adelaide return – tries to run the ball out of his 22. Allan Alaalatoa eschews another chance at three points.

5.00: TRY! Irae Simone bursts through the Reds and opens the scoring after a powerful run by Solomone Kata, set up some quick ball near the goal-line.

6.00: CONVERSION! Noah Lolesio adds the extras. 7-0

9.00: The Brumbies go close but a knock-on kills any chance of five points.

10.00: Speight is not having a good time on his return, this time he drops a ball into touch, five metres out from his line.

11.00: The visitors win a penalty, and clear their lines.

13.00: A big scrum by the Reds earns them a penalty, which they kick to the opposition’s 22.

15.00: A promising attack is negated by JP Smith, who throws a loose pass to Pete Samu, after several phases near the Brumbies’ 22, and the home team clears.

17.00: The Reds turn down the three points, opting for an attacking lineout.

18.00: TRY! Speight ghosts through a gap after a well-worked set-piece. Isaac Lucas drifted wide, sucked in the defenders and popped an inside pass to the winger, who dives over under the posts. Speight has now scored against every Super Rugby team. 7-5

19.00: CONVERSION! Bryce Hegarty LEVELS FROM IN FRONT. 7-7

23.00: Big scrum by Taniela Tupou, wins the Reds a penalty inside the opposition’s 22.

25.00: PENALTY! Hegarty makes no mistake and gives his team the lead. 7-10

28.00: It’s the turn of the Brumbies pack to win a scrum-penalty. Banks kicks to the corner for the third time when a shot at goal was an option.

29.00: Oh dear, the Reds win the ball against the throw, and clear the danger.

30.00: Noah Lolesio knocks on Folau Fainga’a’s poor pass. Scrum to the Reds inside their half.

32.00: A high tackle on Banks by Speight gives the Brumbies a penalty.

35.00: Scott Sio forces the penalty, getting to the ruck quickest and getting his hands on the ball. Lots of water being taken by the players and officials as it is still very hot in the middle.

37.00: Another big scrum by the visitors earns them a penalty. Hegarty kicks to the opposition’s 22 to set up another lineout move.

39.00: The Reds go 12 phases, building with some good carries by the backs and forwards, but they cannot get over the try line.

40.00: TRY! Hegarty finishes of a 16-phase attack, rounding Banks after Liam Wright created the space for the fullback.

41.00: CONVERSION! Hegarty converts his try. 7-17

The halftime score was Brumbies 7 Reds 17

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Adelaide. 

43.00: The next try will be crucial in this derby; the Brumbies need to find a way to get back in the game. It was all a bit too easy in the first 10 minutes, but the Reds have fought back and have a stranglehold on this contest.

44.00: Harry Wilson intercepts, but his hot-headedness sees him throwing the ball to Joe Powell, killing a guilt-edged chance.

47.00: TRY! Tom Wright finishes in the corner after standing up his opposite number. The try came from a turnover and some good hands by the Brumbies backs. Tevita Kuridrani drew his man and sent the winger away. 12-17

49.00: MISS! The conversion is wide. 12-17

52.00: The Brumbies knock-on inside their 22, giving the Reds good field position for a midfield attack.

54.00: Nothing comes from the Reds’ pressure; the ball is lost, the Brumbies counter-attack, and win a penalty for offsides by the Tongan Thor.

57.00: Liam Wright is pinged for the second time tonight, giving Banks another opportunity at setting up good field position for an attacking lineout.

58.00: TRY! Fainga’a flops over the try line after a powerful driving maul, the hooker continues to match Malcolm Marx for being a try machine after scoring 12 tries last year. 17-all

59.00: MISS! Lolesio cannot give the hosts the lead, pushing his kick wide. 17-all

63.00: The Brumbies start to ring the changes, emptying half the bench as they look to fresh legs.

67.00: TRY! Banks takes Simone’s inside ball and dances his way through defenders to score under the posts. What a turnaround! 22-17

68.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio finds his radar. 24-17

70.00: It’s all Brumbies at the moment.

74.00: Penalty near the try line after Dane Zander goes off his feet. Lolesio calls for the tee.

75.00: PENALTY! Lolesio sends the ball through the middle. 27-17

77.00: TRY! Wilson crashes over from close range to give the Reds a sniff. 27-22

77.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 27-24

79.00: Knock on by the hosts give the Reds the last chance.

81.00: The scrum is reset after the hooter sounds before the Reds win a penalty.

82.00: Lineout on the Brumbies’ 10.

83.00: OH DEAR! Moses Sorovi knocks on at the base of the ruck, with that the game comes to an end.

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The final score is Brumbies 27 (7) Reds 24 (17) 


Tries – Simone, T. Wright, Fainga’a, Banks
Pen – Lolesio
Con – Lolesio (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Speight, Hegarty, Wilson
Pen – Hegarty
Con – Hegarty (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 1: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Graham Cooper
TMO: Ian Smith



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

Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 James Slipper, 19 Caderyn Neville, 20 Will Miller, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Bayley Kuenzle, 23 Andy Muirhead.


15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 James O’Connor, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Isaac Lucas, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright (captain), 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 JP Smith.

Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Dane Zander, 18 Feao Fotuaika, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Seru Uru, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Hunter Paisami.

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