Both the Brumbies and the Waratahs had their first Super Rugby bye last weekend so they will be rested but could also be a little rusty early on.
The Brumbies beat the Sharks 24-17 in their last outing while the Waratahs beat the Rebels 51-27.
- The Brumbies have won their last three games against the Waratahs and will be searching for a fourth consecutive win against them for the first time in Super Rugby.
- The Brumbies have won 19 of their last 23 Australian derbies on home turf, including each of their last six by an average margin of 20 points.
- After a 51-27 win against the Rebels in Round 5, the Waratahs will be searching for back-to-back wins in Super Rugby for the first time since Rounds 14-15, 2016.
- The Brumbies have conceded just eight clean breaks per game this season, fewer than any other team.
- Israel Folau has made 12 offloads this campaign, the most of any player and more than twice as many as any Brumbies’ player (Lachlan McCaffrey – 5).
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in the Australian derby in Canberra.
4.00: Israel Folau is limping off after his first run. That is not good for the Waratahs.
5.00: PENALTY! Bernard Foley puts the Tahs on board. 0-3
8.00: Tevita Kuridrani plays Henry Speight, who is tackled inside the 22. But, the Brumbies get the penalty.
10.00: PENALTY! Wharenui Hawera levels the scores. 3-3
12.00: The Waratahs come straight back. Good defence keeps them out, but they do get the penalty.
14.00: MISS! Foley pulls his penalty attempt. 3-3
16.00: The Brumbies get the penalty at the scrum. Hawera puts the ball inside the Brumbies half.
17.00: Taqele Naiyaravoro almost intercepts Christian Lealiifano’s pass to Speight. He would have been away for all money if he could have held on to the ball.
19.00: Michael Hooper is pinged at the ruck and the Brumbies will take a shot at goal.
20.00: PENALTY! Hawera puts the Brumbies back in front. 3-6
21.00: Isi Naisarani is penalised for not releasing after being tackled. Boy, that is a coach-killer.
22.00: MISS! OH DEAR! Foley, who had a 96 percent kicking accuracy before today, has missed again. 3-6
24.00: Good work at the breakdown by Hooper, who tackled Andy Muirhead, got up and won the penalty.
25.00: PENALTY! Finally, Foley finds his range and levels the scores. 6-all
26.00: TRY! Lausii Taliauli finishes off a great attack. Some quick-ball from the ruck sucked in the Waratahs’ defenders. Joe Powell went left and Hawera put in a little grubber for Taliauli, who beat the cover defence to the ball. 11-6
28.00: MISS! Hawera pushes his conversion attempt. 11-6
30.00: A poor throw by Folau Fainga’a at the lineout gives the Tahs a midfield scrum.
32.00: Oh dear! Now it’s Damien Fitzpatrick who throws skew in the lineout. Scrum to the Brumbies.
33.00: The game has been a bit stop-start and played in the middle of the pitch.
35.00: Some aerial ping-pong ends with another knock on. Both teams are coming off the bye-week but look a little lethargic.
36.00: Another loose carry, this time by Kurtley Beale, sees the Waratahs cough up possession. That is the 10th turnover by the Sydney men.
38.00: Beale clears down the middle of the park. Hawera gathers and goes to the boot. The Sydney side has the ball at halfway, but are not going anywhere.
39.00: David Pockock with a steal at the breakdown – he’s back!
40.00: It’s all a bit static by both teams.
41.00: TRY! Wow! Out of nothing Taqele Naiyaravoro does Speight, on the outside and runs away to score after the hooter. It came from a turnover and a long pass from Beale to Scott Sio. The prop played Foley, who sent the winger away. 11-all
42.00: CONVERSION! Foley’s kick is in-off the post. 11-13
The half-time score was Brumbies 11 Waratahs 13
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Canberra.
42.00: Muirhead knocks a high-ball forward, gifting the Waratahs an attacking scrum.
43.00: TRY! Naiyaravoro gets his second. It came from a wonderful offload and wrap-around between Foley and Alex Newsome, who played Naiyaravolo in for the score. 11-18
45.00: MISS! Another missed kick by the Wallaby standoff. 11-18
48.00: The Waratahs are pinged for taking out the jumper in the lineout. It was Rob Simmons on Rory Arnold. Harewa calls for the tee.
49.00: PENALTY! Hawera reduces the deficit. 14-18
52.00: After several phases, Speight wins the penalty at the ruck, halting another Brumbies attack.
52.00: Tom Banks’ banana kick is poor, gifting the Waratahs easy possession.
53.00: The Tahs win a penalty, and Foley kicks to the corner; the visitors are on the charge.
56.00: Pocock’s return to Super Rugby (after 617 days) has been excellent; he already has two turnovers at the breakdown.
59.00: Still a lot of mistakes being made.
61.00: Daryl Gibson, the Waratahs coach, will be fuming with their ball handling.
62.00: Lachlan McCaffrey is pinged for entering the ruck, illegally. Foley clears to halfway.
63.00: The Waratahs call for the kicking tee.
65.00: PENALTY! Foley slots the penalty-goal. 14-21
68.00: a bit of a break in play for injuries.
70.00: The Brumbies are awarded a penalty near halfway and will take a shot.
71.00: PENALTY! Big kick by Hawera. It was from 50 metres out but sailed over. 17-21
72.00: Speight tackles Beale – his Wallaby room-mate – very late, and he is rightly penalised. Foley will call for the tee, looking to give his team another seven-point lead.
73.00: MISS! Foley hits the upright for the third time, tonight. 17-21
76.00: Big scrum from the visitors, winning the scrum-penalty inside the Brumbies’ 22. They will take another shot at goal.
77.00: PENALTY! Foley, finally, finds his range. He becomes the youngest – and eighth – Australian to pass 800 Super Rugby points. 17-24
79.00: The Brumbies have an attacking lineout inside the Tahs’ 22. They go to the driving maul, but it is sacked.
80.00: Advantage being played to the home team. The hooter has sounded. They kick to the corner.
81.00: The Waratahs hang on for only their fourth win in Canberra after collapsing the maul, legally.
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The final score is Brumbies 17 (11) Waratahs 24 (13)
Tries – Taliauli
Pen – Hawera (4)
Tries – Naiyaravoro (2)
Pen – Foley (4)
Con – Foley
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2:
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore
15 Andy Muirhead, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 11 Lausii Taliauli, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 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 Mees Erasmus, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Kyle Godwin, 23 Tom Banks.
15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Michael Wells, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ned Hannigan, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Will Miller, 21 Mitchell Short, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Alex Newsome.