Brumbies fight back to edge Reds

    2020-01-31 12:04

    Canberra - The Brumbies claimed a come-from-behind win over their Reds in their Australian Super Rugby derby on Friday.

    As it happened | Brumbies v Reds

    It was an enterprising 27-24 win for the hosts in Canberra, where temperatures nudged 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) and bushfires threatened the national capital's southern outskirts.

    The Brumbies, playing without the experience of retired Wallabies David Pocock, Christian Lealiifano, Rory Arnold and Sam Carter this season, trailed 17-7 at half-time but scored 20 unanswered points before a late converted try set up a thrilling finish after the full-time siren.

    The new-look Reds trailed to a fifth-minute try by Irae Simone before tries to former Brumbies winger Henry Speight and Bryce Hegarty gave the visitors their half-time advantage.

    The Brumbies came out fired up for the second half and tries from Tom Wright, Folau Fainga'a and Tom Banks seemingly had secured victory before No 8 Harry Wilson crashed over near the posts for the Reds to set up an exciting finish.

    "Some of the new guys stepped up on debut tonight and I'm proud of their effort and how they handled the pressure and they can only get better from here," Brumbies skipper Allan Alaalatoa said.

    The Brumbies were the most successful Australian side last year, forcing their way into the semi-finals before going down to the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

    In next weekend's action, the Brumbies host the Rebels (Friday, February 7 - 10:15 SA time), while the Reds tackle the Lions in Johannesburg (Saturday, February 8 - 15:05)



    Tries: Irae Simone, Tom Wright, Folau Fainga'a, Tom Banks

    Conversions: Noah Lolesio (2)

    Penalty: Lolesio


    Tries: Henry Speight, Bryce Hegarty, Harry Wilson

    Conversion: Bryce Hegarty (3)

    Penalty: Hegarty



    15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Murray Douglas, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio

    Substitutes: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 James Slipper, 19 Caderyn Neville, 20 Will Miller, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Bayley Kuenzle, 23 Andy Muirhead


    15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 James O’Connor, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Isaac Lucas, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright (captain), 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 JP Smith

    Substitutes: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Dane Zander, 18 Feao Fotuaika, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Seru Uru, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Hunter Paisami

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    Saturday, 22 February 2020
    • Rebels v Sharks, Mars Stadium 05:45
    • Chiefs v Brumbies, FMG Stadium Waikato 08:05
    • Reds v Sunwolves, Suncorp Stadium 10:15
    • Stormers v Jaguares, Cape Town 15:05
    • Bulls v Blues, Loftus Versfeld 17:15
    Friday, 28 February 2020
    • Highlanders v Rebels, Forsyth Barr Stadium 08:05
    • Waratahs v Lions, Bankwest Stadium 10:15
    Saturday, 29 February 2020
    • Hurricanes v Sunwolves, McLean Park 05:45
    • Reds v Sharks, Suncorp Stadium 10:15
    • Stormers v Blues, Cape Town 15:05
    • Bulls v Jaguares, Loftus Versfeld 17:15


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