The Queensland Reds have played the Brumbies 34 times in Super Rugby since 1996; the Reds have won eight matches, lost 25 times and drawn once.
The Reds’ eight wins only give them a record of winning 24% of their matches against the Brumbies regardless of the venue in Super Rugby.
- Queensland has won their last three Super Rugby home matches on the bounce against the Brumbies, more than they won in their 12 such meetings prior (W2, D1, L9).
- The Brumbies have won nine of their last 10 Super Rugby matches (L1); however, that lone defeat came in their most recent away game (30-12 v Rebels – Round 6, Super Rugby AU).
- The Brumbies (96.4%) and the Reds (96.2%) boast the highest and second-highest ruck success rates respectively of all teams in Super Rugby AU.
- Tate McDermott (Reds) has beaten 26 defenders in Super Rugby AU, more than any other player in the campaign and seven more than Brumbies’ best Irae Simone (19).
- Joe Powell (Brumbies) has made 1.5 break passes per game in Super Rugby AU – the most of any player and the only player with an average of more than one per game.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Brisbane.
4.00: The Reds are in charge early on here.
7.00: TRY! Jock Campbell takes the ball to the line, slips Tevita Kuridrani and Tom Wright’s tackles before sending his skipper Liam Wright away for the game’s opening score. 5-0
8.00: MISS! The kick is no good. 5-0
10.00: No matter what happens tonight, the Brumbies have the home Super Rugby Au Final, and the Reds have qualified after the Rebels’late fightback in Newcastle sealed the playoff spots.
14.00: The Brumbies look to attack from halfway, but Irae Simone knocks-on in contact. The Reds are pushing up, shutting down the Brumbies’ attack. It’s working so far.
16.00: The Reds win a kickable penalty; O’Connor calls for the tee.
17.00: PENALTY! O’Connor makes no mistake. 8-0
20.00: The Reds hold up the Brumbies over the line and win the goal-line drop-out.
21.00: The Brumbies are being hit back at the gain-line. Two massive hits come before Bayley Kuenzle spills the ball in contact.
22.00: NO TRY! Oh. dear! Tevita Kuridrani blows a great opportunity when he loses the ball in the act of grounding after a sublime counter-attack from inside the visitors’ half. 8-0
26.00: NO TRY! O’Connor’s forward pass ruled out a second try to keep the visitors in the contest.
28.00: The Reds win another scrum-penalty.
31.00: PENALTY! O’Connor adds another goal. 11-0
33.00: The Reds are in charge and are looking dangerous.
36.00: TRY! What a score from the set-piece. O’Connor takes the ball to the line before playing Hamish Stewart, who pops to Campbell, joining the line. Campbell carries, sucks in Tom Wright – again – and sends Chris Feauai-Sautia away to score. 16-0
38.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 18-0
39.00: TRY! Pete Samu gets a try at the death to get his team on the board. 18-5
41.00: CONVERSION! Kuenzle adds the extras. 18-7
The halftime score was Reds 18 Brumbies 7
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Queensland.
44.00: The Reds lose the first lineout of the match – which is really good considering the state of Australian hookers and their lineout throwing.
48.00: Wright gives away a penalty at the breakdown.
49.00: Andy Muirhead, after winning the previous penalty, gets held up and loses possession. Good work by Angus Blyth to win the turnover.
52.00: A good tackle by Nick White on fellow scrumhalf Tate McDermott, who tried to break blind.
55.00: The Brumbies have been a little off with their passing tonight. Every attack seems to end with a misplaced pass or knock-on.
56.00: Fraser McReight wins an important penalty inside the Brumbies’ half. O’Connor kicks his team to the opposition’s 22.
58.00: Nothing comes from the promising position as the Reds turn the ball over.
60.00: We are entering “Brumbies’ time”. The ACT side has not conceded any points in the last 20 minutes of Super Rugby AU, this season. Can they score, though?
61.00: A 10-phase attack comes to nothing as the Brumbies lose possession on the Queensland try-line.
65.00: PENALTY! O’Connor lands an important penalty to take the game to two scores for a draw. 21-7
67.00: There’s been 15 handling errors to seven by the visitors; simply not good enough for the best team in Australia.
70.00: Massive defence from the Reds, who are making a statement in Brisbane with their defending. The Rebels will need to be better than they were today if they hope to make the final in Canberra.
72.00: The Brumbies win a penalty, which they boot to the corner. O’Connor leaves the field after another good night at first receiver.
73.00: Angus Scott-Young saves the day, stopping Rob Valetini on the line for a goal-line drop-out.
74.00: A break-out from the Reds leads to a kickable penalty for the home team, who can win the game.
75.00: MISS! Oh, dear! Bryce Hegarty hits the post from in front to keep the visitors in the game. 21-7
76.00: TRY! Tate McDermott gathers a bouncing ball and races away to score in the corner. Game over! 26-7
77.00: MISS! Another poor kick. 26-7
79.00: The Brumbies go close but lose the ball on the Reds’ line.
81.00: The hooter sounds, the ball is booted into touch to the delight of the 9,000 strong home support.
The final score is Reds 26 (18) Brumbies 7 (7)
Tries – L. Wright, Feauai-Sautia, McDermott
Pen – O’Connor (3)
Con – O’Connor
Tries – Samu
Con – Kuenzle
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way
TMO: Brett Cronan
15 Jock Campbell, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Liam Wright (captain), 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Harry Hoopert
Replacements: 16 Josh Nasser, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Tuaina Taii Tualima, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Hunter Paisami
15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simon, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Bayley Kuenzle, 9 Nic White, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Will Miller, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 James Slipper, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Nick Frost, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Len Ikitau, 23 Solomone Kata