It's humid and windy with a bit of rain around. Perhaps the weather will be the equaliser today but the Brumbies are likely to run out sizeable winners, especially considering the Sunwolves recent form outside of Japan.
The Sunwolves have lost all 5 meetings with the Brumbies with an average margin of 27 points.
Today's referee is Federico Anselmi, assisted by Amy Perrett and Aaron Pook, with Ian Smith on TMO duty.
The Brumbies had a BYE last weekend but were impressive in their last outing, taking a 26-14 win away against the Chiefs. To that side, they've made 2 changes, as Joe Powell is replaced by Ryan Lonergan and Andy Muirhead replaced by veteran Toni Pulu. Both players coming in make their first start of the season.
The Sunwolves have made 9 changes to the side coming off a 15-62 drubbing to the Hurricanes last weekend. The lock pairing, 8th man, half back and Fifita are the only players to keep their spots in the side.
BRUMBIES STARTING XV: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Noah Lolesio, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Will Miller, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Murray Douglas, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (C), 2 Connal McInerney, 1 Scott Sio. RESERVES: 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 James Slipper, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Reesjan Pasitoa, 23 Tom Wright
SUNWOLVES STARTING XV: 15 Yoshizumi Takeda, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Siosaia Fifita, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Tautalatasi Tasi, 10 Garth April, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jake Schatz (C), 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Michael Stolberg, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Efitusi Maafu, 1 Nic Mayhew. RESERVES: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Jarred Adams, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Ben Hyne, 20 Tevita Tupou, 21 Naoto Saito, 22 Jumpei Ogura, 23 Keisuke Moriya
Hello and welcome to the first game of Super Rugby Round 6. It's double header day in Wollongong, New South Wales where we report live on game one, between the Sunwolves and Brumbies, which has been relocated away from Japan due to Coronavirus concerns.
Noah Lolesio gets the match underway with a hanging kick off that sits up in the wind.
From inside his own half, Lolesio steps and slices straight through. He looks to poke a kick through which is blocked but it comes back to the Brumbies inside the 22. After 18 phases, Scott Sio coughs up the pill just 10 metres from the Sunwolves line.
The first scrum is stable, giving April the perfect platform to clear from. His kick doesn't find touch so the Brumbies will bring it straight back. Once again, they look to the boot, with a kick poked through, but its retained by the Sunwolves who clear this time.
Justin Downey gets into a strong position over the ball and gets the turnover, with Scott Sio penalised for holding on. Sunwolves lineout on halfway.
Te'o kicks inside the Brumbies 22 and they decide to run it back, spreading it wide. Not the smoothest attack but a penalty for a deliberate knock down will allow Banks to boot it downfield.
A clear game plan from the Brumbies, with a third grubber kick through the Sunwolves defence. Lolesio drives them back, with his kick trickling out at the Sunwolves 5 metre line.
TRY! BRUMBIES! LONERGAN! 0-5. The clearance kick from the Sunwolves doesn't find touch and it costs them this time. Toni Pulu runs it back at the line, jinking back inside, holding it up for Valetini who was in space. He carries it to the final defender before handing it inside to Ryan Lonergan who dives under the sticks.
CONVERSION! BRUMBIES! LONERGAN! 0-7. Ryan Lonergan has the kicking duties and puts this over without any problems.
The Brumbies spread it out wide and it's Will Miller who creates some space for Toni Pulu to run into. The winger beats one but is ankle tapped by JJ Engelbrecht which caused him to knock it on at the Sunwolves 22.
It's a penalty to the Sunwolves as Scott Sio is penalised for collapsing the scrum.
Schatz is isolated on halfway and penalised for holding on. Banks finds touch inside the Sunwolves 22.
TRY! BRUMBIES! MILLER! 0-12. Too easy for the men from Canberra. They get the ball to centre field quickly from the lineout. The ball is given to Murray Douglas at first receiver and he turns it back inside to Will Miller, who ran a superb line to go in untouched.
CONVERSION! BRUMBIES! LONERGAN! 0-14.
It's a penalty to the Sunwolves on halfway, which Paige elects to go quickly from. The Brumbies field it just 5 metres from their line, but they keep their composure, with Lonergan finding touch beyond his 22.
Great opportunity blown by the Sunwolves. The ball is moved into the backline wonderfully before Nunomaki coughs it up with men outside him in space.
The Brumbies get a freekick from the scrum due to an early engagement. They elect to repack the scrum.
Lonergan looks to the box kick which is taken down well by Takeda. He's tackled well but offloads to Rudy Paige who cops a high shot. April kicks the penalty to touch at the Brumbies 22.
Caderyn Neville is penalised for not rolling away 5 metres from the line. The Sunnies kick to touch and will look to set up a maul.
The maul is shutdown almost straight away, forcing Paige to take the ball out and run. He gives to Tasi who in turn gives it to Te'o but the Englishman spills it.
Kuridrani busts it up before offloading to Samu who knocks it on. The ball is retrieved by the Sunwolves on the 22 with Moriya, the HIA replacement, looking up and seeing space in behind. He grubbers through but it refuses to sit up for Engelbrecht who would have been in for the try!
The Sunwolves get a few phases going close to the Brumbies line. Playing under advantage, April grubbers through but the Brumbies have no trouble with this kick. It'll be a 5 metre lineout for the Sunwolves who desperately seek points before the break.
TRY! SUNWOLVES! MA'AFU! 5-14. It's a rolling maul against the masters of the rolling maul! The Sunwolves set this up perfectly and drive over the line with the hooker getting the meat pie!
CONVERSION! SUNWOLVES! APRIL! 7-14. A relatively easy first kick from April and he adds the extras.
Poor discipline from the Brumbies. The kick off was fielded on the 22 but the Brumbies have entered illegally at the ruck. April kicks th e penalty all the way to the Brumbies 22.
April overcooks a kick from inside his half, so the Brumbies will get the last chance of the 1st half.
HALF TIME. SUNWOLVES 7 - 21 BRUMBIES. A much improved first half by the Japanese side, who have done themselves a disservice by conceding a soft try after the hooter. After conceding two early tries, they dominated territory and possession but find themselves trailing by 14 at the break due to that late try.
CONVERSION! BRUMBIES! LONERGAN! 7-21. Toughest kick of the day for Lonergan and he does well to put it over.
TRY! BRUMBIES! VALETINI! 7-19. Dreadful from the Sunwolves! From a defensive scrum with less than 20 seconds on the clock, Te'o looks to carry forward and knocks it on. The defence was in stitches and it's easy enough for the Brumbies to shift it out wide to Rob Valetini on the left wing who gets the try.
April goes for a deep kick off to get the 2nd half underway.
A bad pass to April on halfway causes him to knock the ball on.
The scrum is collapsed, with van Vuuren penalised. Banks is unhappy with his kick, which finds touch well outside the Sunwolves 22.
Great work from the Brumbies, with plenty of players in motion. Samu gets a messy ball out wide before throwing his offload to a red shirt. The Brumbies were playing under advantage though, so Banks kicks to touch 5 metres from the line.
TRY! BRUMBIES! PULU! 7-26. The maul is stopped by the Sunwolves, although illegally. Under advantage, the ball is shifted out wide where Pulu gets it and does just enough to get it down in the corner under pressure. TMO checks and the try is awarded.
CONVERSION! BRUMBIES! LONERGAN! 7-28. Lonergan''s kick is a tough one, from the left touchline but he puts it over the black dot! Brilliant kick!
Good continuity from the Sunwolves. Through 6 or 7 phases, the ball is moved 30 metres forward but it breaks down with a knock on from a dodgy offload.
Play opens up with plenty of offloads and clever running. The Brumbies were looking threatening before the Sunwolves were penalised for offiside near halfway. It's a wonderful kick from Banks who finds touch 5 metres from the line.
TRY! BRUMBIES! KURIDRANI! 7-33. The Sunwolves do well to defend initially but virtually impossible to stop this attack, with front foot ball and runners all over the place. Kuridrani is the one picked out and he crashes over for the 5 pointer.
CONVERSION! BRUMBIES! LONERGAN! 7-35. The scrumhalf keeps his 100% kicking record with an easy conversion.
TRY! BRUMBIES! KATA! 7-40. The day is starting to turn pear shaped for the Sunwolves. Missed tackles left, right and centre by the Japanese side and they pay the price. Solomone Kata finishes brilliantly in the corner, keeping his feet in and dotting it down acrobatically.
Lolesio takes over the kicking duties, with Lonergan replaced by Powell, and he can't convert from out wide.
The Sunwolves have it on the Brumbies 22 but it's really painful to watch. The ball movement is messy and they're struggling to get any go-forward. Fifita is isolated and Cusack gets over him to win a penalty.
Ma'afu sees an opportunity to turn the ball over and his strong body position forces the penalty inside the Sunwolves half.
Penalty to the Sunwolves on their own 22, having been driven back from a lost lineout on halfway.
Eye catching play from the Brumbies. They're throwing some audacious passes which are all coming off. The ball is carried from halfway deep into the Sunwolves half where the Brumbies win an offside penalty. Banks puts the ball in the corner.
The Sunwolves defend a well-set maul and the ball is knocked on by a Brumbies player. The ball is hacked up field where Powell gathers. A couple of phases near halfway before Tom Wright knocks on an easy ball.
JJ Engelbrecht is the victim of a high shot on halfway. Ogura's kick is a phenomenal touch finder, with the ball going out 5 metres from the line.
Not sure what Te'o is trying to do, throwing a pass to a man who was in contact. Luckily the Sunwolves had advantage.
The Sunwolves maul is set well this time and they get it moving forward. Bregvadze takes it out and goes for the line but he's held up.
TRY! SUNWOLVES! STOLBERG! 12-40. A couple of quick phases off the scrum allows Stolberg to pick and go from close and get the Sunwolves second try of the day.
CONVERSION! SUNWOLVES! OGURA! 14-40.
That try has given the Sunwolves a new breath of life. They carry it from their line well into the Brumbies half with some wonderful passing and strong running. It's a forward pass that ends this promising looking play.
Tom Wright gets it at first receiver from the scrum and turns on the afterburners, slicing straight through the defence. He is brought down near the Sunwolves 22 and the Brumbies recycle. After 13 phases, the ball is knocked on but we'll come back for a Brumbies penalty.
Solomone Kata is held up over the line. Brumbies get a 5 metre scrum.
TRY! BRUMBIES! POWELL! 14-45. Joe Powell digs the ball out from the base of the ruck and sneaks it under a defender to get the try.
CONVERSION! BRUMBIES! PASITOA! 14-47.
FULL TIME. SUNWOLVES 14 - 47 BRUMBIES. The Brumbies move to the top of the Super Rugby ladder with a convincing victory. Another tough loss for the Sunwolves who still have plenty of work to do.