The Rebels have played the Brumbies 19 times in Super Rugby since 2011, and the Rebels have won eight matches but lost 11 times.
The Rebels’ eight wins give them a record of winning 42% of their matches against the Brumbies regardless of venue.
- The Brumbies have won their last two Super Rugby games against the Rebels, including a 31 – 23 win in the opening round of Super Rugby AU; the last and only time they won more successive games against the Rebels was a five-game streak from 2011 to 2013.
- The Rebels have won four of their last six Super Rugby games (D1, L1), including their previous two on the bounce; the last time they won more in succession was a three-game run to open the 2019 campaign.
- The Brumbies have won their last seven Super Rugby games on the bounce; the last time they won more was an eight-game stretch across the 2004 and 2005 campaigns, and they’ve never won more than nine in succession.
- The Brumbies have scored 13 tries on possession beginning with a lineout win, the most of any team in the competition and more than twice as many (5 – NSW Waratahs, Rebels, Reds).
- Mackenzie Hansen (Brumbies) has beaten 17 defenders throughout Super Rugby AU – three more than any other player – including a career-high nine defenders beaten in his only previous game against the Rebels (Rd 1, Super Rugby AU).
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! Referee Graham Cooper gets us underway at a drenched Leichhardt Oval, Sydney. The heavens have opened for this Australian grudge match.
2.00: Andrew Deegan drops the first pass of the game, but the Rebels win a penalty, and clear to their 10m.
3.00: TRY! Reece Hodge slides over in the corner following a nine-phase attack. The Rebels won their lineout after a 50-22 and went to the driving maul before stretching the Brumbies left and right. Hodge used the greasy surface to beat the cover defenders and slide in. 5-0
5.00: MISS! The conversion attempt is wide. 5-0
8.00: It’s all Rebels in the early stages. They are employing lots of kicks out of hand as they look to pin the Brumbies inside their half.
11.00: Another nine-phase attack ends with the Brumbies winning a penalty at the ruck.
12.00: Tom Banks boots the ball to the opposition’s 22. It’s Folau Fainga’a time!
14.00: No advantage after Folau Fainga’a knocks on with the try-line at his mercy. Matt Toomua gets a talking to for a couple of infringements in the red zone. Banks goes to the corner.
15.00: Poor lineout by Fainga’a as Matt Philip steals possession; however, the clearance is only to the 22.
16.00: TRY! What a counter-attack by the Rebels! Irae Simone’s kick is deflected to Marika Koroibete. The winger boots the ball a couple of times as he outruns the defenders to the goal-line. The ball slows before the line, but Koroibete wins the loose ball and plays the supporting Brad Wilkin to score. 10-0
17.00: CONVERSION! To’omua adds the extras. 12-0
18.00: TRY! Joe Powell slides over in the corner after another driving maul by the Brumbies. The scrumhalf used the crowbar to take the ball off his try-scoring hooker and dived over for his team’s first points. 12-5
20.00: CONVERSION! Bayley Kuenzle slots the sideline conversion. 12-7
21.00: A mistake between Allan Alaalatoa and Fainga’a leads to a midfield scrum to the Rebels on the Brumbies’ 22.
23.00: TRY! To’omua puts in a little grubber behind the defence and Hodge beats Banks to the rolling ball to score his second of the evening. 17-7
24.00: MISS! To’omua pulls his kick wide. 17-7
26.00: The Brumbies kicking game is not so good, they keep losing possession or having their kicks charged down.
28.00: Scrum penalty to the Brumbies, who kick to the Rebels’ 10m.
29.00: Solomone Kata, under no pressure, drops a high kick that gives the Rebels possession inside the opposition’s half. The Victorians win the short-arm penalty at the following scrum before getting a penalty for offside.
32.00: PENALTY! To’omua increases his side’s advantage. 20-7
34.00: Carried over! The Brumbies are off tonight. They cannot string any attacks together and handling errors are costing them.
36.00: Another penalty to the Rebels.
38.00: TRY! Isi Naisarani takes a quick-tap and charges towards the line. The No 8 is held-up before Jordan Uelese crashed over from close range. 25-7
39.00: CONVERSION! To’omua adds another two. 27-7
40.00: YELLOW CARD! Tom Cusack is off for a double infringement on his try-line.
41.00: Scrum to the Rebels on the 5m.
41.00: NO TRY! But the Rebels win another penalty. To’omua wants another scrum.
43.00: Naisarani knocks on at the base of the scrum to give the Brumbies a slight reprieve.
The halftime score was Rebels 27 Brumbies 7
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Sydney. The biggest halftime deficit the Brumbies have pulled back was 19-points against the Highlanders back 2001.
44.00: Andy Muirhead’s kick flies out on the full giving the Rebels possession inside the Brumbies’ half.
45.00: To’omua’s grubber bounces into touch as the captain pins the visitors inside their 22.
48.00: Scrum-penalty to the Brumbies. Banks boots to the 22.
49.00: Henry Speight knocks on, killing a promising attack inside the opponent’s 22.
51.00: Harry Lloyd gives away a penalty during the rolling maul. To’omua calls for the tee.
53.00: PENALTY! To’omua extends the lead. 30-7
56.00: A charged down kick is collected by the Rebels, who manage to clear their lines. The Brumbies were way too slow to the opportunity presented.
59.00: It’s all Rebels, who are camped on the Brumbies’ line.
61.00: Another penalty at the ruck sees the Rebels opt for an attacking lineout. The no arms tackle is followed by an early drive so the ref speaks to the Brumbies’ skipper.
63.00: A poor mistake by Michael Stolberg, who knocks on after a series of pick-and-drives, stops a promising opportunity.
67.00: The Rebels win a ruck-penalty; To’omua boots to the 22. He wants to keep the pressure on the opposition.
69.00: Good defending by the visitors to win the penalty on their line.
71.00: Len Ikitau gets pinged for offside; another lineout to defend for the Brumbies, but the Rebels lose the ball. This game has descended into farce.
75.00; The game is just a mess, both teams have been poor.
78.00: The Brumbies look to find something to take away as they are camped inside the Rebels’ 22.
80.00: TRY! Will Miller gets a try as the hooter sounds. 30-12
81.00: MISS! The kick is no good. 30-12
The final score is Rebels 30 (27) Brumbies 12 (7)
Tries – Hodge (2), Wilkin, Uelese
Pen – To’omua (2)
Con – To’omua (2)
Tries – Powell, Miller
Con – Kuenzle
Cards – Cusack (Yellow, 40′)
Referee: Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 1: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2: Reuben Keane
TMO: George Ayoub
15 Reece Hodge, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Matt To’omua (captain), 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Andrew Deegan, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Brad Wilkin, 6 Josh Kemeny, 5 Trevor Hosea, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Cameron Orr
Replacements: 16 Efitusi Ma’afu, 17 Cabous Eloff, 18 Pone Fa’amaluli, 19 Michael Stolberg, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Rob Leota, 22 James Tuttle, 23 Billy Meakes
15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Andy Muirhead, 10 Bayley Kuenzle, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Nick Frost, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Will Miller, 20 Ben Hyne, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Mack Hansen, 23 Len Ikitau