Super Rugby

Brumbies beat Sunwolves in Canberra




The final match of Super rugby round 16 and before the June internationals break is on Sunday when the Brumbies host the Sunwolves in Canberra.

This weekend’s match will be the third time in Super rugby that these teams will meet. In the previous two matches the Brumbies have finished as winners so the Sunwolves have yet to beat the Brumbies.

  • The Brumbies have won each of the previous two games between these teams, winning by 61 points in Round 14, 2016 but by just seven points in Round 2 this season.
  • The Brumbies will be looking for back-to-back wins in Super Rugby for the first time in exactly one year.
  • The Sunwolves remain on the hunt for their maiden Super Rugby win away from home, having lost their previous 20 away games by an average margin of 29 points per game.
  • The Brumbies have two penalty goals scored against them per match this season, more than any other team in the competition, while the Sunwolves (0.5) have had the fewest slotted against them.
  • Hayden Parker has slotted 29 of his 30 attempts at goal this season (97%), no other player to have attempted 5+ kicks has recorded a success rate of 90+%.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

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

The match is underway.

5.00: The Brumbies get the perfect start as they drive the ball to the Sunwolves tryline. David Pocock goes over and scores the opening TRY!

7.00: Christian Lealiifano adds the conversion.

11.00: The Brumbies go through 7 phases and then Joe Powell breaks away, he is caught and then offloads to Lachlan McCaffrey who goes in to score. TRY!

13.00: Lealiffano misses the conversion.

17.00: The Brumbies win a line out on the half way line. They run the ball across the field but get stopped and concede a penalty at the breakdown.

21.00: The Sunwolves go through the phases pressing the Brumbies back towards their 22. When they get to the 22m line the Sunwolves win a penalty. Hayden Parker will have a shot at the posts.

23.00: Parker takes the kick and nails it.

25.00: The Brumbies get the ball down into the Sunwolves 22. The Brumbies win a scrum and with pace they move the ball out to Tom Banks who races for the corner and slides in to score the Brumbies third try.

27.00: Lealiifano takes the conversion and nails it.

32.00: The Brumbies win a scrum near the half way line.  Isi Naisarani fires off the back of the scrum and makes some ground but he is stopped and the Sunwolves rip the ball off him and start their own attack. The Brumbies scramble and stop the attack but knock on after they turn the ball over.

34.00: The Brumbies try to clear the ball with a kick in their 22 after a line out. The Sunwolves charge the ball down and Jason Emery gets to the ball and runs in the Sunwolves first TRY! 

35.00: Parker slots the conversion.

39.00:The Brumbies press the Sunwolves back behind their line and they have to ground the ball and force a 5m scrum for the Brumbies.

40.00: The siren sounds but the scrum has had to be reset. The Brumbies win the scrum and Andy Muirhead slips through after Powell popped up the ball for him. The TMO will review the try as it was placed down on a Sunwolves player’s foot before the ground. No try as the Muirhead lost the ball.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Brumbies 19 Sunwolves 10

The Sunwolves kick off and the match is underway.

41.00: The Sunwolves get the perfect start. Hayden Parker slips through a tackle and offloads to Semisi Masirewa and after a couple of recycles Hencus van Wyk scores. TRY!

42.00: Parker adds the conversion.

44.00: Henry Speight breaks down the wing. He is stopped but the Brumbies keep the ball alive and change sides. McCafffrey gets the ball and sucks in the defence and offloads to Muirhead to dives over to score in the corner. TRY!

45.00: Lealiifano misses the conversion from the touchline.

47.00: The Brumbies almost get another try. They run the ball into the Sunwolves 22. Powell gets almost to the line but tackled. He gets the ball to McCaffrey late and the ball is lost forward and goes into touch. The Sunwolves win the scrum

48.00: The TMO is called in to review McCaffrey’s charge down of Parker’s clearance kick. Nothing comes of it and the game resumes with a line out.

50.00: The Brumbies go through 10 phases on the Sunwolves line but they can’t get over. They get the advantage for not releasing. When nothing comes of the attack the Brumbies get the penalty.

53.00: The Brumbies win the scrum and go wide. Muirhead sucks in the Sunwolves defenders and passes to Speight who goes for the corner and as he is wide open he dives in untouched.TRY! 

55.00: Lealiifano takes the conversion kick but misses.

58.00: Speight comes close to scoring in the same corner but he is stopped. The Brumbies recycle and change sides and this time Tom Cusack scores. TRY! 

59.00; Lealiifano misses the conversion and is replaced.

60.00: Semisi Masirewa breaks for the Sunwolves and makes lots of ground. He offloads and the Sunwolves go for the corner but Banks puts in a try saving tackle.

67.00: The scrum collapses and the Sunwolves get a penalty. They kick for touch and set up the line out.

69.00: The Sunwolves win the line out and attack the Brumbies in their 22. After 6 phases and several attempts at the line, Ed Quirk goes over. TRY!

70.00: Parker takes the conversion and this one he nails as well.

73.00: Penalty to the Brumbies. They take the line out.

74.00: The Brumbies win the line out and Matt Lucas offloads to Speight who races for the line and scores. TRY! 

75.00: Wharenui Hawera adds the conversion.

79.00: The Sunwolves work the ball into the Brumbies 22. They go wide and replacement Harumichi Tatekawa goes over and scores in the corner. TRY. There is a TMO review on the tackle.  Matt Lucas is yellow carded for a dangerous tackle.

80.00: Parker takes the conversion and nails it to end the match.

That’s it. The Brumbies have won.

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The full time score is Brumbies 41 (19) Sunwolves 31 (10)


Tries – D.Pocock, L.McCaffrey, T.Banks, A.Muirhead,H.Speight 2, T.Cusack
Pen –
Con – C.Lealiifano 2, W.Hawera
Drop –
Cards – M. Lucas (79th min yellow)

Tries – J.Emery, H. van Wyk, E.Quirk, H.Tatekawa
Pen – H.Parker
Con – H.Parker 4
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 1:Will Houston
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : George Ayoub



1. Scott Sio,2. Connal McInerney,3. Allan Alaalatoa,4. Blake Enever,5. Sam Carter,6. Lachlan McCaffrey,7. David Pocock,8. Isi Naisarani,9. Joe Powell,10. Christian Lealiifano,11. Andy Muirhead,12. Kyle Godwin,13. Tevita Kuridrani,14. Henry Speight,15. Tom Banks

Replacements :16. Robbie Abel,17. Nic Mayhew,18. Ben Alexander,19. Richie Arnold,20. Tom Cusack,21. Matt Lucas,22. Wharenui Hawera,23. Andrew Smith


15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Semisi Masirewa, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Sione Teaupa, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Rahboni Warren Vosayako, 7 Ed Quirk, 6 Willie Britz (c), 5 Sam Wykes, 4 James Moore, 3 Hencus van Wyk, 2 Atsushi Sakate, 1 Craig Millar

Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Alex Woonton, 18 Nikoloz Khatiashvili, 19 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 20 Fetuani Lautaimi, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Gerhard van den Heever, 23 Kai Ishii

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