Super Rugby

Queensland Reds beat Brumbies in Super Rugby AU final




The Queensland Reds have won three of their last four Super Rugby games against the Brumbies (L1), including their last two on the bounce each by a margin of two points on the day.

This will be the third finals meeting between the Queensland Reds and Brumbies in Super Rugby and their second in Super Rugby AU; each of the previous two finals encounters between these teams have been won by the Brumbies on the day.

  • The Queensland Reds have won three of their last four finals games on home soil in Super Rugby (L1), including an 18-13 win over the Crusaders when they last hosted the final in 2011.
  • The Brumbies will be looking to secure their fourth Super Rugby title from their last six attempts in Super Rugby finals; indeed, only the Crusaders (10) have won more finals than the Brumbies overall (3).
  • The Queensland Reds have made more clean breaks (28) and won more turnovers (8) within the opposition’s 22m zone this Super Rugby AU campaign than any other team.
  • The Brumbies (64/116) have opted to catch and drive on 55% of their lineouts won on their own throw this season, 14 percentage points higher than any other team in the competition.
  • The Queensland Reds and Brumbies have each scored 11 tries within the opening quarter of games this Super Rugby AU campaign, more than any other teams in the competition; however, the Brumbies (1) have conceded fewer tries in this period than any other team.
  • Fraser McReight has won 11 turnovers this Super Rugby AU season, three more than any other player in the competition.
  • Tom Banks has gained the most metres (841) and made most clean breaks (14) of any player throughout the 2021 Super Rugby AU season.
  • Tom Wright has scored a try in each of his last four Super Rugby games, including one in his last game against the Queensland Reds in Round 8 of this Super Rugby AU season.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at a packed Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, for the Grand Final of Super Rugby AU.

2.00: The Reds hit the first rucks with ferocity, winning a penalty inside the Brumbies’ half. This home crowd is loud! James O’Connor calls for the tee.

3.00: PENALTY! James O’Connor opens the scoring from 45 metres in front. 3-0

4.00: Brandon Paenga-Amosa, playing his 50th Super Rugby game, gets to an isolated Tom Banks, and wins the penalty.

6.00: It’s end-to-end in Brisbane. Both teams breaking out from their 22s before the Brumbies win a ruck penalty. Banks kicks to the corner.

9.00: The Brumbies are all over the Reds, they go 13 phases before Andy Muirhead is tackled near the line. Rob Valetini, however, flies into the ruck off his feet, and the Reds get a reprieve.

11.00: This time the penalty goes to the Brumbies after Cadeyrn Neville is taken out in the lineout. This game is firing!

12.00: Scott Sio knocks on in contact with the try line metres away. The Reds regather before clearing to their 10m.

13.00: TRY! It’s all Brumbies at the moment, the Reds cannot get out of their 22, eventually, the quick ball sees Nic white shifted the ball to Irae Simone. Simone sucked in defenders and played Noah Lolesio. The standoff cut inside the defenders before putting Tom Banks away under the posts. 3-5

14.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio adds the extras. 3-7

16.00: The Brumbies have had 80% possession and 90% territory.

17.00: We have the first scrum of the night.

18.00: Big scrum by Queensland, who win a penalty. Boy, did they need that!

20.00: Another lineout lost by the Reds gives the Brumbies an attack, which leads to a penalty. Banks kicks the ball deep into Queensland territory.

22.00: Tom Wright suplexes Hamish Stewart, he is lucky not to see a card because that was reckless.

25.00: O’Connor gets back to save the day for the Reds after Muirhead’s grubber turned Queensland. Dan McKellar will be happy with his team’s tactical plan, and intensity in executing it. Brad Thorn’s men need to get their hands on the ball, slow down the play, and get out of their half.

26.00: Another mistake at the lineout gifts the visitors some good attacking field position.

27.00: HUGE SCRUM by the home team, they bulldoze the opposition off their ball and win a penalty. Tupou is a beast.

28.00: NO TRY! Taniela Tupou powers over from close range but the officials do not award the score because the prop took more than a couple of times to place the ball off his feet. O’Connor will take a shot at goal because the Reds had a penalty advantage. 3-7

30.00: PENALTY! O’Connor cuts the gap to one. 6-7

31.00: Jordan Petaia gets isolated at the restart and conceded a kickable penalty. The Reds will be happy with this call.

32.00: PENALTY! Lolesio makes no mistake. 6-10

35.00: It’s been an absorbing first half of rugby in Brisbane. Both teams are looking dangerous with ball-in-hand, but they keep making mistakes at lineout time. This time the visitors botch a good chance inside Queensland’s 22.

38.00: A massive scrum by the Reds ends in the Brumbies winning a scrum penalty for illegal scrummaging. Lolesio looks like he will take a shot at goal.

40.00: PENALTY! Lolesio slots the angled kick to extend his side’s deserved lead. 6-13

41.00: The Brumbies win a penalty after Taniela Tupou cleaned out Rory Scott from the side. Nothing doing because the ball is booted out for halftime.

The halftime score was Queensland Reds 6 Brumbies 13

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway down under.

43.00: The Reds have a good attacking chance here, they must make it count.

45.00: NO TRY! So close! Jordan Petaia almost gets over in the corner, but the winger is out before he scores. 6-13

48.00: POST! O’Connor’s kick hits the lefthand upright and bounces out; however, the Brumbies knock on the ball, gifting Queensland an attacking scrum in the 22. 6-13

49.00: Reds win a scrum penalty.

51.00: PENALTY! O’Connor shaves the same post, but the ball goes through. 9-13

55.00: Both teams made mistakes in good attacking positions. It’s pretty even now, but ill-discipline is creeping in.

58.00: A big brawl breaks out, but after review, it is only handbags.

61.00: YELLOW CARD! Rob Valetini is off for 10, this is Queensland’s chance. Chop tackles and high hits are flying in, a card needed to be dealt. This game is getting fiery. 9-13

64.00: PENALTY! O’Connor adds another three. 12-13

67.00: Time is starting to run out, we are going to be in for a thrilling finale. Can the Reds pull off the comeback?

69.00: Angus Scott-Young tackles Lolesio high after the standoff cut inside him. Lolesio calls for the tee from in front.

71.00: PENALTY! The flyhalf chips his kick through. 12-16

74.00: Another mistake from the Reds gives the Brumbies a scrum at halfway. The Reds win possession and break to the 22 when Flook beat the line. McReight knocked on, but the Reds had the penalty advantage.

75.00: O’Connor opts for a scrum. HERE we go, this is for all the marbles.

76.00: Reset.

77.00: Banks intercepts, but the Brumbies collapsed the scrum. Hegarty kicks to the corner. YOH!

78.00: YELLOW CARD! Darcy Swain is off for collapsing the maul. 12-16

79.00: OVERTHROWN! Can you believe it, the ball is lost. The Brumbies will get a lineout because the clearance got tipped.

81.00: NO TRY! The Reds are bombarding the try line, they keep coming but cannot get over. The Brumbies are reeling. We go to TMO, but there are too many bodies in the way. The reds still get another penalty. 12-16

81.00: YELLOW CARD! Stowers is off; it’s 15v13 at the death. 12-16

82.00: Reset 5m scrum under the posts to the Reds. The crowd is going nuts!

85.00: Held up again, but the Reds tap-and go again.

86.00: TRY! O’Connor wins it for the Reds with the last play of the game. Can you believe it! Can you believe it! 17-16

86.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor ads the two. The Reds are the champions again. 19-16


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The final score is Reds 19 (6) Brumbies 16 (13)


Tries – O’Connor
Pen – O’Connor (4)
Con – O’Connor
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Banks
Pen – Lolesio (3)
Con – Lolesio
Drop –
Cards – Valetini (Yellow, 61′), Swain (Yellow’ 78), Stowers (Yellow 82′)

Match Officials
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2: Amy Perrett
TMO: James Leckie



15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Josh Flook, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Jock Campbell, 10 James O’Connor (captain), 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Feao Fotuaika

16 Alex Mafi, 17 Dane Zander, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Seru Uru, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Kalani Thomas, 22 Isaac Henry, 23 Filipo Daugunu


15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Rory Scott, 6 Nick Frost, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Lachlan Lonergan, 1 Scott Sio

16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Henry Stowers, 0 Luke Reimer, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Reesjan Pasitoa, 23 Mack Hansen

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