Super Rugby

Brumbies beat Sharks in Canberra




The Brumbies have played the Sharks 23 times in Super Rugby since 1998, the Brumbies have won 12 matches and lost 11 times.

The Brumbies enter in the clash in red-hot form, winning eight of their past nine games, and they are looking for seven straight wins for the first time in franchise history.

  • The former two-time champions have won three of their last four Super Rugby matches against the Sharks (L1),.
  • Seven points or fewer have decided the previous three matches between the sides.
  • The Sharks have lost their last five away matches in the Super Rugby finals series, the last time they won a finals match outside South Africa was in Australia in 2012 (30-17 v Reds).
  • The Brumbies have lost their last two matches at home in the Super Rugby finals series, after winning eight of their previous nine such games in competition history.
  • Ruben van Heerden has the best tackle success rate of any player in Super Rugby 2019 to make 100+ tackles this season (95% – 101/106).
  • No player has won more lineouts on their own team’s throw this season than the Brumbies’ Rory Arnold (69) or Sam Carter (64, level with Guido Petti Pagadizaval).

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

It will be an emotional evening at GIO Stadium where Brumbies captain Christian Lealiifano will play his last game in Canberra before moving to Japan.

The winner of this quarter-final will make the trip to South America to take on the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

In the meantime, why not have a look at the match preview.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Australia. It’s freezing in Canberra, the temperature has dropped to two below zero. Brrrrrrrrr! Lealiifano leads his side out in his 149th Super Rugby match.

0.55: TRY! Rory Arnold puts Pete Samu away through a huge hole. The number eight races away to score under the posts. 5-0

3.00: CONVERSION! Lealiifano adds the extras. 7-0

5.00: The Brumbies lost their opening game of the season, but have been on an immense sense. The Brumbies have never lost a home playoff match against South African opposition.

6.00: The sharks are on the march into the Brumbies’ half. They are building patiently, but the hosts hold them at bay.

7.00: Jacques Vermeulen knocks on inside the Brumbies’ 22. The home team get a let off.

8.00: The visitors win a kickable penalty.

9.00: PENALTY! Curwin Bosch slots the long-range penalty to put his team on the board. 7-3

10.00: TRY! Sensational score by the Brumbies, using the old wraparound move with the fullback from the 90s. Arnold sent Speight away down the touchline after Tom Banks broke the line. 12-3

12.00: CONVERSION! Lealiifano adds the extras. 14-3

15.00: The Brumbies concede another penalty, Bosch calls for the tee.

16.00: PENALTY! Bosch adds another three. 14-6

18.00: Gideon Koegelenberg plays the ball on the ground and right in front of the referee.

19.00: Lineout to the Brumbies near the Sharks’ line.

20.00: Speight goes close, but he cannot get to the bouncing ball. Hyron Andrews was offsides, so the Brumbies have a chance to extend their advantage.

21.00: PENALTY! Lealiifano makes no mistake. 17-6

23.00: The home team are dominating this game, they look better in possession, and are piling on the pressure.

24.00: TRY! Samu has a double after a powerful driving maul. It is the first time the Sharks have conceded from the set-piece, this season. Superb drive after a five-man lineout. 22-6

26.00: CONVERSION! Lealiifano passes 950 Super Rugby points. 24-6

28.00: Kerron van Vuuren is not held, twice. The hooker gets up after bouncing two players before he is stopped short of the line. The ball is recycled to the left.

30.00: The visitors go 15 phases, but cannot break the white wall. It is the Stormers game all over again. The Sharks went 14 or more phases four times but only scored once. They are so one-dimensional.

34.00: The sharks look short of ideas. The Brumbies are sitting back, waiting to capitalise on a mistake.

36.00: Tom Cusack is pinged at the breakdown. Bosch kicks to the 22.

38.00: Terrible lineout drive by the visitors.

40.00: The resulting scrum ends with a Brumbies penalty because Coenie Oosthuizen collapsed the set-piece.

41.00: The home team is toying with the Sharks’ forwards, marching them 15 metres up the field. The maul breaks apart, the ball is kicked forward, but goes out.

The halftime score was Brumbies 24 Sharks 6

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Canberra.

42.00: Another attack ends in disappointment after Am loses the ball in contact near the goal-line.

45.00: Am’s grubber is safely negotiated by Joe Powell for a 22 drop-out.

47.00: Superb work at the ruck by the Brumbies, winning the penalty.

49.00: The sharks are rudderless, kicking away possession or losing it cheaply when they have the ball.

50.00: good work by the Sharks, forcing the Brumbies into a knock on at the driving maul. That’s back-to-back mistakes by the home team, now.

53.00: The visitors win another kickable penalty, but they need sevens, not threes. Bosch kicks to the corner.

56.00: Folau Fainga’a is offsides, coming into the maul from the side. The Sharks finally got their maul to function, but it was still not convincing. Bosch goes to the corner.

57.00: TRY! Finally! Andre Esterhuizen bashes his way through three defenders to dot down for his ninth Super Rugby try. His forwards mauled the opposition for the second time, but sent the ball to the centre, instead of looking to drive over. 24-11

58.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 24-13

62.00: Powell tackles Louis Schreuder without the ball, conceding another silly penalty. Bosch goes to the corner.

65.00: Another coach killer from the sharks, who knock on a driving maul close to the Brumbies’ line.

66.00: The Brumbies win a scrum-penalty, and clear the danger.

68.00: A 10-phase attack ends as it always does: with a Sharks turnover.

70.00: The game has broken down to a game of touch as the Sharks search for another try. they are playing without structure, now.

71.00: It’s all too easy to defend these attacks. Again, the Brumbies win a penalty at the breakdown after defending for a long series of plays.

72.00: TRY! Powell catches the Sharks napping. He looks up and sees the space to the left of the ruck, and bursts through two forwards to score. 29-13

74.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 31-13

76.00: time is almost up on the Sharks’ season. Can they get a consolation to make their coach feel special?

77.00: No. They, instead, knock on their own lineout throw.

79.00: Jeremy Ward gets back to save his side’s blushes.

79.00: TRY! Matt Lucas scores after taking Banks’ pass. The fullback broke the line and raced into the Sharks’ half before sending Lucas away. 36-13

80.00: CONVERSION! It’s six from six for Lealiifano. 38-13


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The final score is Brumbies 38 (24) Sharks 13 (6)


Tries – Samu (2), Speight, Powell, Lucas
Pen – Lealiifano
Con – Lealiifano (5)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Esterhuizen
Pen – Bosch (2)
Con – Bosch
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2: Graham Cooper
TMO: James Leckie



15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio

Replacements: 16 Connal Mcinerney, 17 James Slipper, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Lachlan Mccaffrey, 21 Jahrome Brown, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Tom Wright

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Mzamo Majola

Replacements: 16 Cullen Collopy, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Luke Stringer, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Rhyno Smith

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