BRUMBIES 24-17 SHARKS. The Brumbies hold on to win here after having played with 14 men for 20 minutes of this game. The Sharks only have themselves to blame, as they had their chances. Thank you for joining us.
The Sharks launch an attack and string together 16 phases, before Ruan Botha is penalised for holding onto the ball. That will be that!
CONVERSION, SHARKS, DU PREEZ! 24-17: Robert Du Preez narrows the gap with a great kick.
TRY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 24-15: Louw offloads to Bosch after the line-out and he finds a gap and runs all the way down the line to score! What pace from Bosch and a good try after the line-out.
Arnold sends James Dargaville away and he makes good ground. The Brumbies string together four phases, before being penalised.
The Brumbies win yet another scrum penalty. This time Meyer is guilty of engaging early. A very strange scrum penalty. The Brumbies find touch.
PENALTY, BRUMBIES, HAWERA! 24-10: Marius Louw is penalised for starting a fight and the Sharks give away another penalty. Silly! Hawera goes for goal and extends the lead. Now they have a mountain to climb.
Bosch finds a gap after a good offload from Mvovo. He makes his way into the Brumbies half, but then steps on the chalk for a line-out. That could have been dangerous.
The Sharks string together five phases, before being penalised for going off their feet in the ruck. Tyler Paul is the guilty party.
PENALTY, BRUMBIES, HAWERA! 21-10: Wharenui Hawera slots a beauty and the Brumbies lead by 11 points.
The Brumbies win another scrum penalty and this time Hawera goes for goal from the halfway line.
We have a scrum on the halfway line, as Robert Du Preez messes up the restart. The Brumbies are back to 15 players.
PENALTY, BRUMBIES, HAWERA! 18-10: Wharenui Hawera extends the lead to eight points with 18 minutes to go.
We have a few resets at the scrum and then the Sharks concede a scrum penalty. Mzamo Majola is the guilty party. The Brumbies go for goal.
The Brumbies string together the phases before kicking the ball through, but Chiliboy Ralepelle knocks it on while trying to clear. The Brumbies feed a scrum on the Sharks 22.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, DU PREEZ! 15-10: Robert Du Preez narrows the gap to five points.
TRY, SHARKS, DU TOIT! 15-8: This time they get on the board. Thomas du Toit charges his way over for a try! That was always coming.
It has been all Sharks over the last 10 minutes. We have a few resets at the scrum. Robert Du Preez then charges for the line, but he is held up. Wow! We have another scrum.
The Sharks secure yet another line-out and drive forward, but great defence by the Brumbies. The Sharks are held up and they feed a five metre scrum.
YELLOW CARD, BRUMBIES, ALAALATOA! 15-3: Allan Alaalatoa is sin-binned for a repeated offence. Will we see a penalty try?
The Sharks win another penalty and the Brumbies are warned again. Once again they go for the corner.
The Brumbies go offside at the maul and the Sharks win a penalty inside the Brumbies 22. Robert Du Preez goes for the corner.
The conversion is wide from Wharenui Hawera.
TRY, BRUMBIES, SPEIGHT! 15-3: Powell sends Arnold away with a great pass and he gets the ball back. They then have a dummy-switch and Speight receives the ball and forces his way over.
The Brumbies are back to 15 men and they did not concede a single point while having only 14 players. Great work!
Curwin Bosch creates a break and sends Makazole Mapimpi away. The ball is kicked forward, but the Brumbies win the race to the ball.
Once again we have a period of scrappy play with mistakes from both teams. This is playing into the hands of the Brumbies.
Can the Sharks make the Brumbies pay with only 14 men? The Sharks launch an attack, but Vermeulen overruns it and the ball goes forward.
Kick-off! We are back underway here in the second half.
BRUMBIES 10-3 SHARKS. It has been a scrappy half with a lot of penalties and mistakes from both sides. The Brumbies deserve to lead, as they have made most of the play. Please join us for the second half soon.
The Sharks concede a penalty after wheeling the scrum. Lealiifano finds another good touch near the Sharks 22. They secure the scrum, but lose it forward.
Tera Mtembu is penalised for a high tackle and Christian Lealiifano finds touch. The Brumbies secure their line-out, but the Sharks manage to turn it over.
Robert Du Preez finds a good touch, but the Sharks mess it up by knocking the line-out ball forward. Poor!
The penalties are mounting against the Brumbies and the referee has had enough. Lachlan McCaffrey is given a yellow card for a repeated offence.
The Brumbies launch another attack, but Taliauli knocks it on in the tackle, five metres from the Sharks line.
PENALTY, SHARKS, DU PREEZ! 10-3: Robert Du Preez opens his account with a good kick.
The Sharks feed an attacking scrum inside the Brumbies half. They string eight phases together before Hawera is penalised for being offside. They go for goal.
Cusack has his hands in the ruck and the Sharks have another penalty. They find a good touch near the 22.
Bosch carries the ball into touch and the Brumbies feed a line-out deep inside the Sharks 22. They mess it up and now the Sharks feed a 15 metre scrum. The Sharks then win a penalty at the scrum.
The Sharks win a penalty at the line-out and Robert Du Preez finds a good touch. They secure their line-out, but then Makazole Mapimpi is penalised for not releasing the ball.
Robert Du Preez kicks deep, but Speight clears well. The Brumbies then string together the phases, before Joe Powell breaks the line. What a waste, as he then kicks it into touch.
Hawera has his kick charged down and after that the Sharks win a penalty for hands in the ruck. The Sharks feed a line-out on the Brumbies 22.
CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, HAWERA! 10-0: Hawera slots a good kick.
TRY, BRUMBIES,TALIAULI! 8-0: Thomas du Toit is penalised again and this time for hands in the ruck. The Brumbies opt for the corner, win the line-out and after seven phases, Lausii Taliauli scores!
After a few resets at the scrum Scott Sio is penalised for collapsing the scrum and the Sharks earn some relief, but they fail to find touch.
The Brumbies attack again and they string four phases together, before knocking it on in the tackle. Speight came close there.
A period of scrappy play where the Brumbies really should have scored via McCaffrey, but good work from Bosch. The Brumbies have had most of the chances thus far.
They secure their line-out and drive forward. Hawera creates a break, but the knock it on in the tackle. Close!
This time the Sharks are offside and Hawera finds touch on the 10 metre mark.
PENALTY, BRUMBIES, HAWERA! 3-0: We have some resets at the scrum and then Thomas du Toit is guilty of collapsing the scrum. The Brumbies go for goal and Hawera makes no mistake and it's a good kick.
Armand van der Merwe is penalised for offside. The Brumbies find a good touch inside the Sharks half, but they mess it up and relief for the Sharks.
Kick-off! We are off here in Canberra.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage this Super Rugby clash between the Brumbies and the Sharks, from the GIO Stadium.
The Brumbies have only managed to beat the Sunwolves in their opening game and they then lost their last two matches in a row. The Sharks have a good record in Australia and will hope to continue their good run and with Robert du Preez and Makazole Mapimpi in good form, we expect them to do well.
The last time these teams met the Sharks beat the Brumbies here in Canberra by 27-22.
The Brumbies have made several changes to their team. The injured Josh Mann-Rea is replaced Folau Fainga?a, who had a good debut last week. Blake Enever starts at lock in place of Sam Carter and will partner Rory Arnold, while Tom Cusack comes in for Lolo Fakaosilea, who shifts to the bench. Wharenui Hawera starts at flyhalf with Christian Lealiifano moving to inside centre, replacing Kyle Godwin. Lausii Taliauli replaces Chance Peni on the wing, while Andrew Muirhead starts at fullback.
Team Brumbies: 15 Andrew Muirhead, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Lausii Taliauli, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Lachlan McCaffrey, 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga?a, 1 Scott Sio. Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Tom Banks.
The Sharks have only made two changes to their team. Thomas du Toit returns at tighthead prop, while John-Hubert Meyer moves to the bench. On the wing Kobus van Wyk replaces Sbu Nkosi.
Team Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Wian Vosloo, 5 Stephan Lewis, 4 Ruan Botha (c), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo.
Our referee is Glen Jackson. He will be assisted by William Houston and James Leckie. The TMO is Ian Smith.
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