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We are 20 minutes away from kick off. Join us then for all the live action from the GIO Stadium.
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The Brumbies are however superb at home with 17 wins in their last 18 in Canberra.
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The Rebels have won five of their last seven matches against the Brumbies but did lose on their last visit to Canberra - 31-23 in 2020.
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It was a tough defeat on the Rebels but their attack just didn't fire against the Reds. They did not manage a try and relied completely on penalties.
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The Rebels didn't play in week one and narrowly lost 23-21 to the Reds in their opener last week.
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This will arguably be the Brumbies biggest test. When they last met in Super Rugby AU 2020, the Rebels ran out 30-12 winners in Melbourne.
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The Brumbies come into this match off the back of two wins in the first two weeks. Their 27-11 victory over the Force in week one was followed by a 61-10 thrashing of the Waratahs last week.
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Rebels: 15 Tom Pincus, 14 Lachlan Anderson, 13 Stacey Ili, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt To’omua (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Joshua Kemeny, 5 Trevor Hosea, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Pone Faamausili, 2 James Hanson, 1 Cabous Eloff Replacements: 16 Ed Craig, 17 Isaac Aedo Kailea, 18 Lucio Sordoni, 19 Steve Cummins, 20 Robert Leota, 21 James Tuttle/Brad Wilkin/Tom Nowlan, 22 Frank Lomani, 23 Glen Vaihu
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Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Mack Hansen, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Connal McInerney, 1 Scott Sio Replacements: 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 Tom Ross, 19 James Tucker, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Reesjan Pasitoa, 23 Solomone Kata
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby AU fixture between the Brumbies and Rebels at the GIO Stadium in Canberra.
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KICK OFF! 0-0. The Rebels get us underway at the GIO Stadium.
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PENALTY! REBELS! TO'OMUA! 0-3. Early points for Rebels as To'omua converts from in front.
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Brumbies on attack just outside the Rebels 22. They are playing under advantage and will go back to the centre field penalty.
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PENALTY! BRUMBIES! LOLESIO! 3-3. And we are level again as Lolesio converts from in front.
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PENALTY! REBELS! TO'OMUA! 3-6. Poor discipline has cost the Brumbies again. Another penalty from kick off and the visitors lead again.
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Connal McInerney is off the park early. His ankle looks gone as Lachlan Lonergan replaces him.
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Rebels have started well here and win another penalty as the Brumbies don't roll away at the breakdown. Hodge puts it out just outside the Brumbies 22.
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Another penalty for the Brumbies not rolling away. This time To'omua goes for touch opposed to the three points.
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Too many penalties and now the Brumbies are on a warning. Rebels have a lineout on the Brumbies 5m line.
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Brumbies defend well and force a Rebels knock-on. The Rebels are trying to rush things on attack, they can't allow opportunities like this to slip away tonight.
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Nic White clears from the base of the scrum towards his own 10m line.
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Offside by the Brumbies and Rebels will kick at goal again. In in centre field, about 40 meters out.
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PENALTY! REBELS! TO'OMUA! 3-9. That kick just snuck inside the post but a good 6 point lead here for the visitors.
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Brumbies choose to set up lineout on the Rebels 5m line opposed to taking the 3 points.
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TRY! BRUMBIES! Ikitau! 8-9. Grubber through from five meters out and Ili dives on the ball to score.
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CONVERSION! LOLESIO! 10-9. Easy kick from the Brumbies 10.
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Big scrum by the Brumbies and they can set up another dangerous lineout.
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Rebels win the Brumbies lineout on their own 5m line. Brilliant by the visitors but the Brumbies are starting to find their feet in this match.
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We are going to the TMO as the Brumbies cross the line. There is no clear grounding but let's see if the TMO can see.
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No try but the Brumbies get the 5m scrum.
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Brumbies are keeping the pressure on the Rebels here but making far too many errors.
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Handling error by the Rebels as they hand the Brumbies another attacking opportunity. The last 20 minutes has been all Brumbies.
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Brumbies lose another lineout deep inside the Rebels 22. The normal strength of the Brumbies is being nullified by the Rebels.
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HALF TIME! 10-12. Rebels lead at the break. Brilliant defence by the visitors in the final 20 minutes. Lets see if they can hold on against 14 men in the second half.
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PENALTY! REBELS! TO'OMUA! 10-12. The Rebels go into the break leading by two. Brumbies will play the second half with 14 men, great opportunity for the Rebels.
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RED CARD! Alaalatoa is off the park and the hosts will have to play with 14 men.
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We are going upstairs for another TMO check. Alaalatoa looks in big trouble, horror tackle.
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KICK OFF! 10-12.Brumbies get the second half underway. Of course the Brumbies only have to play 20 minutes with 14 men with the law change, not the entire half.
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Penalty to the Brumbies as Rebels go off their feet at the ruck. Lolesio will kick for goal.
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Lolesio sends the penalty attempt across the face of the posts.
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Brumbies trying to get their maul going and they win the penalty on the Rebels 22.
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PENALTY TRY! BRUMBIES! 17-12. Brumbies get given a seven pointer as the Rebels collapse.
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The Rebels have been atrocious since coming out from the break. They have had a man more but the Brumbies have dominated them. Now Hansen has seen yellow so are are 14 vs 14.
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PENALTY! REBELS! TO'OMUA! 17-15. Rebels hit back through a superb penalty by To'omua from 50 meters on the angle.
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Another slight momentum shift towards the Rebels this time. White puts the ball directly into touch but the Rebels knock-on from the lineout.
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Rebels need to be better with ball in hand. They are making errors without pressure and after not scoring a try last week, they have yet to score this week either.
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So close to scoring for the Rebels. To'omua puts a grubber through but Anderson can't put the ball down. They did have advantage so the Rebels will kick for goal.
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PENALTY! REBELS! TO'OMUA! 17-18. To'omua converts to make it six from six tonight. Rebels back into the lead.
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Another knock-on by the Rebels from a perfect attacking situation. They seem to be playing with a bar of soap in perfect conditions.
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Plenty of kicking going on as both teams look for territory. We are once again 15 on 15.
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Eloff puts in two huge runs in the same move to get the Rebels within five meters of the Brumbies line. Penalty to the visitors.
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Rebels go for the lineout and drive over but the Brumbies somehow hold it up. Superb defence.
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Muirhead is sent to the bin. Brumbies are under the pump here. 14 men again for the hosts.
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PENALTY! REBELS! TO'OMUA! 17-21. To'omua nails another kick, 7 from 7 tonight. Four point lead for the Rebels.
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TRY! BRUMBIES! BANKS! 22-21. What a brilliant try by the hosts. Lonergan with a inside flick pass to Banks who runs in under the posts. What a try under pressure.
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CONVERSION! LONERGAN! 24-21. Simple conversion as the lead swings again.
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Penalty to the Rebels. 30 meters out and right in front. Are we going to be level again.
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PENALTY! REBELS! TO'OMUA! 24-24. To'omua nails it and is 8 from 8 tonight.
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Lonergan kicks directly into touch. Rebels with a lineout on the Brumbies 10m line.
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Oh no! The Rebels should be over to score but the final pass finds touch. Brumbies have a lineout deep inside their own territory.
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FULL TIME! 27-24. Brumbies just get over the line as the Rebels lose late on once again. They have plenty of positives but they have not scored a try in two matches now. Superb from the Brumbies that. Until next week...
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PENALTY! BRUMBIES! LONERGAN! 27-24. What an absolutely incredible kick. He smashed that straight down the middle, the distance was just enough in a decent breeze. That is why the Brumbies are the best side in the competition, that started 10 meters from their own line.
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Brumbies have a penalty on halfway. On the angle it is about 55 meters. Lonergan will have a shot at goal to win it in normal time.
Brumbies
Rebels
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Tries
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20' Ikitau Len
72' Banks Tom
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Conversions
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21' Lolesio Noah
73' Lonergan Ryan
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Penalties
8
5' Lolesio Noah
80' Lonergan Ryan
1' Toomua Matt
7' Toomua Matt
16' Toomua Matt
40' Toomua Matt
50' Toomua Matt
58' Toomua Matt
69' Toomua Matt
76' Toomua Matt
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Drop Goals
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Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
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Squad
15
Sio Scott
Mcinerney Connal
Alaalatoa Allan
Swain Darcy
Neville Cadeyrn
Valetini Robert
Brown Jahrome
Samu Peter
White Nic
Lolesio Noah
Hansen Mackenzie
Simone Irae
Ikitau Len
Muirhead Andy
Banks Tom
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4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
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14
15
Eloff Cabous
Hanson James
Fa'amausili Pone
Haylett-Petty Ross
Hosea Trevor
Kemeny Josh
Hardwick Richard
Wells Michael
Powell Joe
Toomua Matt
Koroibete Marika
Hodge Reece
Ili Stacey
Anderson Lachlan
Pincus Tom
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Reserves
8
Lonergan Lachlan
Lloyd Harrison
Ross Tom
Tucker James
Cusack Tom
Lonergan Ryan
Pasitoa Reesjan
Fines Issak
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Craig Ed
Aedo Kailea Isaac
Sordoni Lucio
Cummins Steve
Leota Robert
Tuttle James
Lomani Frank
Vaihu Glenn