Super Rugby

Reds beat Brumbies in Brisbane




The Queensland Reds have played the Brumbies 38 times in Super Rugby, but have only won 10 games, losing 27 times, and drawing once.

The Reds have played 16 times at home, winning just six times, losing nine games, with one draw.

  • The Queensland Reds logged a 40-38 win in their last Super Rugby encounter with the Brumbies (March 2021); it was the first time the away side on the day had won this fixture since the Brumbies won (29-0) at Suncorp Stadium in Round 5, 2015.
  • The Brumbies have won eight of their last 10 Super Rugby games (L2); however, both of their defeats in that term came against the Reds.
  • The Queensland Reds have scored three tries on possession begun with a turnover won and two tries on possession begun with a penalty tap; no other team has scored more than one try via either of these methods in Super Rugby AU 2021.
  • The Brumbies have scored the opening try of the game in four of their last five Super Rugby games against Queensland, with Folau Fainga’a opening the scoring in two of those games.
  • Queensland’s Fraser McReight (9) and Brumbies’ Cadeyrn Neville (7) have won more turnovers than any other players in the 2021 Super Rugby AU campaign.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

3.00: The Brumbies have started well, winning an early penalty following some pressure inside the opposition’s half.

4.00: Tom Banks kicks to the corner.

5.00: The Reds’ forwards give away another penalty for an early engagement. Here we go!

5.00: NO TRY! The officials rule that Folau Fainga’a is short. Nic Berry warns James O’Connor for too many infringements.

6.00: TRY! Folau Fainga’a gets his try in the corner after another destructive driving maul. You cannot stop the big man. 0-5

6.00: MISS! Noah Lolesio misses from the touchline, only the third miss of the season. 0-5

7.00: Pete Samu is knocked into touch by Jordan Petaia’s huge hit.

8.00: Queensland gets a penalty that allows them to exit their half of the field.

9.00: Tate McDermott knocks on from the lineout, that must be his first mistake of the year.

10.00: Queensland regains possession and comes again. O’Connor is hit late off the ball by Darcy Swain; O’Connor kicks outside the 22.

15.00: TRY! Tom Banks intercepts O’Connor’s loose pass and races 70 metres down the touchline to score. No one got near the fullback! 0-10

16.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio lands the touchline kick. 0-12

18.00: Superb work at the ruck by Queensland to win another penalty.

19.00: The Reds go nowhere, but win a scrum feed after a Brumbies’ hand knocks on O’Connor’s pass.

21.00: Bryce Hegarty throws a stray pass into touch, but the Reds had a penalty advantage. O’Connor calls for the tee.

22.00: PENALTY! O’Connor opens his account. 3-12

25.00: The Brumbies go close, but Taniela Tupou saves the day for his side. Queensland is playing well, they just can’t finish their chances.

27.00: A long break because of injuries gives the players a rest.

29.00: Queensland is going wide at every opportunity, they are causing problems for the visitors, who are starting to give away too many penalties. Referee Nic Berry calls Allan Alaalatoa over to give him a warning. O’Connor will kick at goal.

31.00: PENALTY! O’Connor doubles his side’s tally. 6-12

32.00: Andy Muirhead’s out-the-back-door pass is called forward by Mr. Berry, it looked flat at first glance, and even on the replay. Queensland has a midfield scrum.

33.00: NO TRY! Hegarty chases down Muirhead, the ball bounces up, and Hegarty punches the ball out of the winger’s hand then dots the ball down. The onfield call is “try” but the TMO has overruled the ref and told him to award a goal-line drop-out. 6-12

35.00: Petaia gets back to clean up a mistake by a teammate, then the Brumbies infringe, letting the hosts off the hook.

37.00: Just like the first encounter, the Reds have weathered the early storm, and got back into the contest.

39.00: Massive scrum by the Reds. They win the penalty after the Brumbies wheel the set-piece. Another penalty, this time at the ruck, goes against the champions. O’Connor sets up one last attack.

40.00: Tupou doesn’t release after being tackled; it gives Nic White a long-range chance. The distance is about 53 metres from in front.

41.00: PENALTY! What a kick by White! 6-15

The halftime score was Reds 6 Brumbies 15

41.00: PEEEEP! we are back underway in Brisbane.

44.00: The visitors have come out strong to start the second half.

46.00: Superb work at the breakdown by Brad Thorn’s men. The Reds were under the pump, but their defence stands firm.

48.00: A couple of reset scrums is slowing down the game.

50.00: TRY! Josh Flook bounces Andy Muirhead and is in the corner to the delight of the home support. Jock Campbell took O’Connor’s pin-point crossfield kick, McDermott went wide, which set up the score. 11-15

52.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor lands the sideline conversion. 13-15

54.00: TRY! The Brumbies hit back immediately. Andy Muirhead straightens before throwing a floated skip-pass to Tom Wright to score in the corner. 15-20

55.00: CONVERSION! LOLESIO splits the posts. 13-22

59.00: The visitors are controlling proceedings now, and it’s forcing the Reds to attack from deep inside their half.

61.00: Penalty to the hosts.

65.00: TRY! Jordan Petaia out-jumps the flat-footed Tom Banks and scores near the corner. What a bomb from O’Connor from inside the Brumbies’ 22! 18-22

66.00: MISS! The skipper misses. 18-22

69.00: Reds have a penalty in front of the posts.

70.00: PENALTY! O’Connor makes it a one-point ball game. 21-22

72.00: Brumbies kick a penalty to the corner.

73.00: Angus Scott-Young and Fraser McReight win their team a reprieve at the breakdown.

75.00: Time is ticking down. don’t go anywhere, this is heating up for a thrilling finale!

76.00: Massive scrum by the Reds, they win a penalty in front of the posts.

77.00: PENALTY! O’Connor puts the Reds ahead for the first time in the game. 24-22

80.00: The Brumbies have gone 18 phases, but they cannot break the Reds’ resistance.

81.00: The visitors come again after Filipo Daugunu’s clearance is taken quickly.

82.00: The Brumbies go nine phases before Neville knocks on – the Reds win! Wow!


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The final score is Reds 24 (6) Brumbies 22 (15)


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

Tries – Fainga’a, Banks, Wright
Pen – White
Con – Lolesio (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way
TMO: Brett Cronan


Queensland Reds

15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 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

Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Richie Asiata, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Seru Uru, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Kalani Thomas, 22 Josh Flook, 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 Pete Samu, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper

 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sefo Kautai, 19 Nick Frost, 20 James Tucker, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Bayley Kuenzle, 23 Mack Hansen

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