BRUMBIES 19-13 WARATAHS. A tight affair in Canberra ends with a good victory for the Brumbies. They get the bragging rights and the Dan Vickerman trophy. The Waratahs will be upset with their performance, but really never showed up for more than a few minutes at a time. Both sides will be upset with the handling errors throughout, and they'll have plenty of work to do if either side wants to compete for the Super Rugby title this season.
The Brumbies have the ball inside their own half and are keeping it close, trying to see out the game, with just seconds left on the clock.
A messy scrum but McCaffrey gets it out and runs about 20 metres before once again channeling his inner Larkham. He toes it upfield, and young Mack Hansen is after it. He too toes it and Michael Hooper tries to slap it away to prevent a try. He only gets half a touch before Lonergan dives on the ball, to claim what looks like a sealing try. Glen Jackson has sent it upstairs and has decided that Lonergan wasn't in control of the ball. Knock on, five-metre scrum to the Waratahs.
The Waratahs will be ruing this chance. Loose ball breaks to Kurtley Beale in space inside the Brumbies half. He throws a massive side step and breaks the line. He looks up and sees Foley but it's that man who has coughed up the pill. Brumbies scrum, 40 metres from their line.
Nine phases from the Brumbies but they're only going backwards. Eventually, a box kick is launched and it's Folau who's under it. The Waratahs have possession near halfway.
An error from Polota-Nau, whose lineout feed is not straight on halfway. The Brumbies have chosen to take a scrum.
A strong scrum by the Brumbies but the Tahs are able to get the ball out and carry it to the Brumbies 22. Almost immediately, the ball is knocked on and the Brumbies will have a defensive scrum.
The Waratahs will have the feed to a scrum on halfway, following turnover ball from a maul.
PENALTY. WARATAHS. FOLEY. 19-13. Bernard Foley finds his form with the boot, kicking a wonderful penalty from about 40 metres out on the angle.
A very interesting battle going on, with the respective game plans of the two sides reducing this match to Brumbies forwards v Waratahs backs. A quick defensive line from the Brumbies shuts off Kurtley Beale and he throws a forward pass. Scrum to the Brumbies, 40 metres from their line.
Phenomenal attacking play from the Waratahs. They're trying to raise the pace of the game and they're throwing offloads left, right and centre. It was inevitable that one wouldn't go to hand, and it was about the 12th one which was finally unsuccessful. The ball is turned over inside the Brumbies 22 and they clear.
The Tahs have a scrum on halfway. They've won it and carried it forward nicely. It's Jake Gordon who absolutely kills the play that was moving toward the Brumbies 40. He kicks it straight to Lealiifano whose clearance finds touch despite a partial charge down.
TRY. BRUMBIES. PENALTY TRY. 19-10. The rolling thunder is unstoppable! They get the maul going once again and it's brought down illegally, close to the line.
YELLOW CARD. WARATAHS. JOHNSON-HOLMES. 19-10. The ginger-haired prop is sent to the sin bin for his role in bringing the maul down illegally for the penalty try.
Rob Valetini looks to be in a hint of trouble. He gets a hospital pass inside the Tahs 22. As he takes it, he is shut down by two defenders and his knee looked to twist awkwardly. The Brumbies will have a penalty in front of the sticks, which they elect to kick to the corner.
Foley's terrible kicking form tonight continues. Granted, this was a much tougher kick. He didn't even come close and the Tahs stay behind. His early conversion miss could prove crucial in a tight game.
TRY. WARATAHS. NEWSOME. 12-10. Super stuff from Izzy Folau! The Tahs backline get their hands on the ball and shift it to Folau. He accelerates at two defenders and easy as you like, pops the pass out the back of the hand to Alex Newsome. The ball is dotted down in the corner for the try!
Irae Simone hammers Foley in the tackle! Sadly for him, he's knocked the ball on in the tackle and the Waratahs have a scrum just outside the Brumbies 22.
The Waratahs have found their feet. The backline players are getting more ball and they're showcasing their skills. Wonderful hands and running as the Tahs take it from their 22 to the Brumbies 22. The ball is kicked away and fielded by Banks, close to his line. The Brumbies make a desperate kick to give the Waratahs a lineout inside the Brumbies 22.
The Tahs are back to their full complement. The Brumbies have a lineout on halfway.
Lineout not straight. Scrum to the Brumbies.
A delicious grubber kick from Folau from his own half. The ball sits up near the sideline and in the 22 for Tom Banks. He clears into touch about 30 metres from the line.
The Tahs try to work the ball wide off the back of the scrum. The ball squirts free in the tackle and Kuridrani toes it forward. He dives on it about 5 metres from the Tahs line, but the Tahs have done well to get back and force a penalty. The ball is cleared into touch for half time.
BRUMBIES 12-5 WARATAHS. A classic Australian derby, riddled with errors from both sides. It's the Brumbies who take the lead into half time but this match could go either way! Stay tuned for second half action!
Lealiifano takes the kick off toward the Waratahs 22.
The Waratahs are playing with good energy now. They've won a scrum inside the Brumbies half, centre field, about 30 metres out.
Despite being down to 14 men, the Waratahs get another attack going and are in the Brumbies 22. Loose ball finds its way to Beale who goes for a little dink kick over the defence, under pressure. Lealiifano fields it and Brumbies clear again.
Good, disciplined defence from the Brumbies repels 10 phases of Waratahs attack inside their 22. Rory Arnold breaks the pressure, giving away a penalty for playing the ball on the ground.
YELLOW CARD. WARATAHS. KEPU. 12-5. The referee has gone upstairs to have a look at something. He's checking a foul play by the Waratahs. Oh no! They'll be disappointed by this. Sekope Kepu is sent to the bin for a dangerous clean out, with the penalty reversed. Brumbies escape unscathed.
Soft penalty against Sam Carter for crawling with the ball, just inside the Waratahs half. The Tahs go for touch and will have a lineout on the Brumbies 22.
A brilliant set play from the Waratahs finally sees them break the line! They carry it 5 metres out off the back of a scrum on halfway. Unfortunately, they can't capitalise as the Brumbies force a penalty for holding on.
Lots of lateral movement from the Tahs. If the Brumbies maintain this pressure throughout the game, they Tahs will struggle to keep up.
The Waratahs are taking it through the phases but struggling to get the ball over the advantage line. The Brumbies defence has been resolute so far. The Tahs are forced back into their half and Foley feels the need to kick.
The conversion attempt from out wide is unsuccessful from Lealiifano, as the ball glances off the upright.
TRY. BRUMBIES. FAINGA'A. 12-5. The Brumbies set up the rolling maul superbly. It rumbles forward and it's over the line! That man again coming up with the ball. The Brumbies try scoring hooker adds another to his impressive tally this season.
Wow! That is gorgeous from the number 8! McCaffrey picks the ball up from the back of a scrum on halfway. He channels his inner Larkham and dinks a kick over the defensive line. Gordon fields the ball 10 metres from the line and runs out out under pressure.
The Brumbies get advantage from the scrum. They chance their arm out wide and eventually poke a good grubber along the touchline. It stays in and the Waratahs are forced to clear, only able to send the ball out at their 22.
Good work from the Brumbies pack who force a turnover from a maul inside the Waratahs half.
CONVERSION. BRUMBIES. LEALIIFANO. 7-5. Christian Lealiifano knocks the kick over from almost in front.
TRY. BRUMBIES. FAINGA'A. 5-5. The lineout is won and it only took 3 phases before Fainga'a finds the ball close to the line and you're not stopping him from there! Try time!
OHHHH! That is a huge hit from Scott Sio. He lines Ned Hanigan up and DOES NOT MISS! Brumbies subsequently win a penalty inside the Waratahs half which they kick toward the corner.
A good tackle from Lealiifano forces Rona to knock it on in contact on the left wing. Brumbies scrum, just inside their own half.
The Brumbies win a lineout about 40 metres out. Rory Arnold is caught on the ball and Johnson-Holmes gets the turnover for holding on. The penalty from Foley doesn't find touch.
Initially a good kick return from the Waratahs, who take it through six phases and carry to halfway. A loose pass results in a turnover and the Brumbies drive the Tahs back into their 22 with a well executed grubber into touch.
The conversion attempt is in the same spot as the penalty attempt. Unbelievably, Foley hits the post in about exactly the same spot!
TRY. WARATAHS. HOOPER. 0-5. Foley hits the post with his first shot at goal, but a massive stroke of luck sees the ball fall to Hooper, and he jumps over the line!
A slow start to the game. Irae Simone gives away an offside penalty on his 22.
Bernard Foley gets the game underway!
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this historically massive Australian derby match in round 4 of the 2019 Super Rugby season. Canberra hosts today's game between the Brumbies and the Waratahs.
BRUMBIES STARTING XV: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Lausii Taliauli, 10 Christian Lealiifano (C), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 2 Folau Faingaa, 1 Scott Sio. RESERVES: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 James Slipper, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Murray Douglas, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Mack Hansen
WARATAHS STARTING XV: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Bernard Foley (VC), 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper (C), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes. RESERVES: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Rory O'Connor, 18 Chris Talakai, 19 Ryan McCauley/Le Roux Roets, 20 Lachlan Swinton, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Mack Mason, 23 Cameron Clark
Brumbies have changed four following their disappointing loss to the Rebels last week. Irae Simone returns to the starting line-up in place of Tom Wright. Lachlan McCaffrey takes the place of David Pocock, who is ruled out due to a calf injury. Andy Muirhead and Allan Alaalatoa make way for Lausii Taliauli and Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, both making their first starts of the season.
It's just the one change from the winning Waratahs side who took on the Reds in Sydney last week. Having impressed all season off the bench, Alex Newsome earns a spot in the starting lineup, in place of Wallaby Curtis Rona, who misses out on the match day 23 entirely.
Today's referee is Glen Jackson, assisted by Jordan Way and Amy Perrett, with James Leckie on TMO duty.
This classic clash has been played 32 times since the inception of super rugby, with the Brumbies taking 15 and the Waratahs taking 17. There's never been a draw but the average score is 23-23 and it could be another tight match tonight. The last time these sides faced, it was the Brumbies who earned bragging rights, with a 40-31 victory in Sydney last year.
It's an absolutely beautiful day for rugby! It's 22 degrees and partly cloudy at the stadium, with a slight breeze drifting through the ground, but nothing too significant.
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