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The players will be out shortly. The weather isn't looking fantastic with rain in the air.
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We are now just over 30 minutes away from kick off. Stay with us for all the live action from the GIO Stadium in Canberra.
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The match officials for the Super Rugby AU final is as follows: Referee: Angus Gardner Assistant: Amy Perrett Assistant: Reuben Keane TMO: James Leckie
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This is all set up to be a superb final. Who will come away with it in the end? Form points the way of the Reds but the head says Brumbies to snatch it by a few points.
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In round six of Super Rugby AU the Brumbies beat the Reds 22-20 in Canberra. They met again two weeks ago, this time in Queensland where the Reds came away with a 26-7 win.
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The Reds have not managed to beat the Brumbies in Canberra since 2014 - a run of six matches. However, their last two matches in Canberra has seen them lose by 3 and 2 points respectively.
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On the other hand, the Brumbies are unbeaten at home. Their two defeats came away from home against the Rebels and Reds.
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Despite the Reds superb recent form it should be noted that they have only won once away from home - against the Western Force. They drew with the Rebels and lost to the Waratahs and Brumbies away.
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The Brumbies topped the Super Rugby AU table and thus enjoyed a break last weekend. This could stand them in good stead as they come up against a very in-form Reds outfit.
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The Reds have also made a couple of changes, most notably in the back division. Hunter Paisami returns to the side at outside centre with Jordan Petaia moving to right wing. Chris Feauai-Sautia is ruled out through injury.
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The Brumbies have made a few interesting changes. They have a new half-back pairing with Joe Powell coming in for Nic White at scrumhalf and Noah Lolesio starts in the number 10 jumper ahead of Bayley Kuenzle. This is Lolesio's first appearance since injuring his hamstring in mid-July.
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Reds – 15 Jock Campbell, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Liam Wright, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 JP Smith. Subs: 16 Josh Nasser, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Tuaina Taii Taulima, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Jack Hardy.
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Brumbies – 15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Will Miller, 6 Lachie McCaffrey, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Murray Douglas, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio. Subs: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 James Slipper, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Nick Frost, 20 Rob Valetini, 21 Nic White, 22 Bayley Kuenzle, 23 Solomone Kata.
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We are just over an hour away from kick off in Canberra. Team news will follow shortly.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby AU final between the Brumbies and Reds at the GIO Stadium in Canberra.
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KICK OFF! 0-0. O'Connor gets us underway as he kicks into the night sky of Canberra. Brumbies clear immediately but give away a penalty at the following breakdown.
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Reds lose the lineout and the Brumbies break out. It is the hosts who win the next penalty and the lineout is set up is set up on the 22 of the Reds.
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Penalty to the Brumbies just outside the 22 of the Reds. They will kick for goal.
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PENALTY! BRUMBIES! LOLESIO! 3-0. Brumbies are on the board first.
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Brumbies win another penalty, this time on their own 22. Reds will need immediate improvement on their discipline.
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Brumbies looking good on attack as they make consistent meters inside the Reds half. However, some good defence as the Reds hold the attacker up and win a scrum on their own 10m line.
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The Reds show dominance in the scrum and win a penalty which gives them an opportunity to get into the Brumbies half.
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Reds win the lineout and go wide from first phase. Brumbies go off their feet at the ruck and the Reds have a penalty. They will kick for goal.
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PENALTY! REDS! O'CONNOR! 3-3. O'Connor sinks the penalty and we are level again. Both teams giving away plenty of penalties early on here.
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Penalty to the Brumbies. This is on the Reds 22 about 10 meters from touch but the hosts will set up the lineout.
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Brumbies go for the famous driving maul but there is a side entry from the Reds. Another penalty to the hosts, another lineout on the Reds 5m line.
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TRY! BRUMBIES! FAINGA'A! 8-3. Fainga'a scores from the maul, as he as for the entire season.
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CONVERSION! LOLESIO! 10-3. Superb kick from out wide to land the conversion by the Brumbies 10.
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Brumbies are on fire at the moment. Lolesio finds touch brilliantly inside the Reds 22. You wouldn't say he hasn't played since July.
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Brumbies again making meters inside the Reds half but Samu knocks on to give the Reds some relief.
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The Reds need to find a way to slow the Brumbies ball down at the breakdown. Powell is having a very easy evening with quick and clean ball.
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Reds win another scrum penalty, they are certainly dominant in that area. They just need to get some possession in the Brumbies half. This is their opportunity to do just that.
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TRY! BRUMBIES! MUIRHEAD! 15-3. Reds lose possession on the Brumbies 22 and the hosts counter which ends about 14 phases later with Muirhead going over in the right-hand corner.
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Lolesio hits the post from the attempted conversion. It remains 15-3 in favour of the hosts.
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Reds win a penalty inside the Brumbies half. O'Connor kicks for touch. The lineout is set up on the Brumbies 22.
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TRY! REDS! WILSON! 15-8. Some luck falls the Reds way and Wilson finishes off to get the visitors back into the match.
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CONVERSION! O'CONNOR! 15-10. O'Connor nails the kick and we have a 5 point game again.
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The Brumbies this time win a scrum penalty and turn down the three points. Lineout 15 meters from the Reds line.
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The Brumbies look certain to score but a superb turnover on the try-line by Smith saves the day. What defence!
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At 15-10 the Brumbies will be disappointed with the first half. They have been dominant and thrown away two very good try-scoring opportunities. The Reds have now got back into the game, which probably makes for a better second half.
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It has been a scrappy match thus far with both sides making plenty of errors. The Reds have dominate the scrum, the Brumbies have had the better of the lineout but in open play the Reds have made far too many errors. But, this match is still wide open - who will be able to keep their composure as the pressure begins to build?
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HALF TIME! 15-13. After leading 15-3 the Brumbies have allowed the Reds back into the match. They were completely dominant for the first 30 minutes and will be desperately disappointed that the Reds are only two points behind at the break.
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PENALTY! REDS! O'CONNOR! 15-13. O'Connor lands the penalty and it is certainly game on now.
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Reds have an opportunity here. They win the penalty just outside the Brumbies 22. O'Connor will kick for goal from about 20 meters in from touch.
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KICK OFF! 15-13. The Brumbies get the second half underway. We are in for a nerve wrecking final 40 of Super Rugby AU!
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Brumbies have dominated territory in the opening few minutes of the second half. We have an injury break at the moment.
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TRY! BRUMBIES! BANKS! 20-13. Brumbies make their dominance count and when the ball goes wide Banks finds the gap to finish it off.
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CONVERSION! LOLESIO! 22-13. Lolesio converts to give the Brumbies a 9-point lead.
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BRUMBIES! DROP GOAL! LOLESIO! 25-13. Here the Brumbies come again! Quick ball gets them on the front foot and the Reds have no answer. Lolesio decides to drop into the pocket and go for the drop goals...and he lands it!
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YELLOW CARD! Daugunu is off for 10 minutes for a dangerous tackle. Things are going horribly wrong for the visitors.
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The Brumbies continue to push forward and another high tackle leads to a penalty in front of the posts.
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PENALTY! BRUMBIES! LOLESIO! 28-13. Lolesio coverts and we now have a 15 point game - is this the end for the Reds?
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PENALTY! REDS! O'CONNOR! 28-16. O'Connor lands a penalty which ensures the Reds are only two scores behind.
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The Reds are back to their full compliment of players now. They will need to get a score pretty soon to put some pressure back on the Brumbies.
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We are going up to the TMO. Reds look like they may have scored but there may be a knock-on in the build up.
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CONVERSION! O'CONNOR! 28-23. Simple kick for O'Connor from straight in front.
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TRY! REDS! BLYTH! 28-21. The Reds just won't go away. Pretty fortunate try but it all counts.
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Things are getting a bit nervy on the field now. Neither team wants to make a mistake now we we approach the final 10 minutes.
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Reds win a crucial penalty on their own 22. O'Connor puts it out inside the Brumbies half.
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Reds continue their poor lineout performance as the Brumbies make yet another steal.
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Brumbies are starting to falter. Penalty to the Reds just inside their own half. Reds have a lineout on the Brumbies 22.
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Big call by the Reds! They win a penalty straight in front but go to the lineout instead of taking three points.
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Terrible captaincy by the Reds. They have been horrid all night at lineout time. It could have been a 2-point game.
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More terrific defence by the Brumbies on their own line. They can now clear but I bet the Reds wish they took the three points.
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Reds are now forced to run from their own half but will need someone to get them over the advantage line to gain momentum.
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Oh no! Reds knock it on inside their own half. They need a big scrum here if they are to win this.
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FULL TIME! 28-23. The Brumbies are Super Rugby AU champions! It is hard to deny them this, they were the better side but the Reds kept coming back at them. Not the best match but a typical final. See you next season.
Brumbies
Reds
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Tries
2
17' Fainga'a Folau
26' Muirhead Andy
45' Banks Tom
31' Wilson Harry
64' Blyth Angus
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Conversions
2
18' Lolesio Noah
47' Lolesio Noah
32' O'Connor James
65' O'Connor James
2
Penalties
3
5' Lolesio Noah
55' Lolesio Noah
13' O'Connor James
40' O'Connor James
59' O'Connor James
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Drop Goals
0
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Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
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Squad
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Banks Tom
Muirhead Andy
Kuridrani Tevita
Simone Irae
Wright Tom
Lolesio Noah
Powell Joe
Samu Peter
Miller Will
McCaffrey Lachlan
Neville Cadeyrn
Douglas Murray
Alaalatoa Allan
Fainga'a Folau
Sio Scott
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Campbell Jock
Petaia Jordan
Paisami Hunter
Stewart Hamish
Daugunu Filipo
O'Connor James
McDermott Tate
Wilson Harry
McReight Fraser
Wright Liam
Salakaia-Loto Lukhan
Blyth Angus
Tupou Taniela
Paenga-Amosa Brandon
Smith JP
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Reserves
8
Mcinerney Connal
Slipper James
Ross Tom
Frost Nick
Valetini Robert
White Nic
Kuenzle Bayley
Kata Solomone
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17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Nasser Josh
Hoopert Harry
Smith Ryan
Tuaina Tualima
Scott-Young Angus
Sorovi Moses
Hegarty Bryce
Hardy Jack