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Brumbies beat Rebels in Canberra

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Article Published: Saturday 14 April 2012|

The Brumbies and the Rebels have only played each other twice in Super Rugby history, with both sides earning one win a piece.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.
0.00: Christian Lealiifano gets proceedings under way as he kicks off for the home side.
1.00: The Brumbies work their way into the Rebels' 22 early on. The Rebels are penalised at the breakdown and Lealiifano will have a shot at goal from 25m out.
2.00: Lealiifano's kick sails over and the Brumbies take an early lead.
4.00: The Brumbies have a throw in at a lineout inside Rebels territory. They gain valuable metres as they work through several phases. They get inside the visitors' 22 but concede a turnover.
6.00: Jesse Mogg makes a strong break for the Brumbies. They are able to work through quick recycles inside the Rebels' 22 and cross over the line but the TMO rules that they have been held up.
9.00: The Brumbies work through several phases off the back of a scrum just 5m out. The Rebels are penalised for offside and Lealiifano will have another kick at posts.
10.00: Lealiifano bangs over the kick to extend the Brumbies' lead.
13.00: The Rebels earn a penalty as the Brumbies go off their feet at the breakdown. Danny Cipriani will take a long distance kick at goal from 53m out.
14.00: Cipriani slots the kick, reducing the deficit.
16.00: Kurtley Beale is penalised for a dangerous tackle and the Brumbies opt to kick for the corner.
17.00: Pat McCabe finds a gap and is able to race past James O'Connor to score his sixth Super Rugby try.
18.00: Lealiifano adds the extras with the conversion.
20.00: The Brumbies concede a penalty, inside their own half, for not releasing. O'Connor will attempt a kick at goal.
21.00: O'Connor's kick is successful.
23.00: The Brumbies gain momentum as they continue to build phases inside Rebels territory. The visitors are penalised for offside and Nick White kicks for the corner as the Brumbies look to continue their momentum.
24.00: Michael Hooper has the strength to get past three Rebels defenders and cross over for the Brumbies' second try.
25.00: Lealiifano's kick drifts wide.
26.00: The Brumbies gain momentum off the restart as they put pressure on O'Connor and get within 5m of the line. Scott Fardy dots down for his first Super Rugby try and the Brumbies' second score in the last two minutes.
27.00: Lealiifano misses the conversion kick.
31.00: The Brumbies continue to expose the Rebels' defence. Again they get within 5m of the line after finding gaps and working through quick recycles. Gareth Delve is penalised at the breakdown and is yellow-carded for repeated offence.
33.00: Fotu Auelua is able to get across the line for the Brumbies but the TMO rules he has lost control of the ball upon grounding.
36.00: The Brumbies work through several phases as they hunt for a bonus point try. Ben Mowen gets over the line after a solid offload by McCabe.
37.00: Lealiifano adds the extras from directly in front of the uprights.
38.00: The Brumbies are penalised for not rolling away and the Rebels opt to kick for the corner.
39.00: O'Connor makes a quick break to get within a metre of the line but his offload is intercepted and the Brumbies get out of jail.
41.00: The Rebels finally gain momentum inside the Brumbies' 22 but the home side affect a turnover after the hooter has sounded.
The half time score was Brumbies 30 Rebels 6.
40.00: The second half gets under way as Cipriani kicks off for the visitors.
41.00: The Brumbies concede a penalty at scrum time. The Rebels opt to kick for the corner and continue their momentum inside Brumbies territory.
44.00: The Brumbies are awarded a penalty on half way and opt to take it quickly. They manage to generate quick ball and work their way into the Rebels' 22.
47.00: The Brumbies are camped inside Rebels territory as they continue to apply pressure early on in the second half.  The visitors are able to affect a turnover, however, and begin to work through phases just inside the Brumbies' half.
51.00: The Rebels are penalised at scrum time just 10m out. The Brumbies get out of jail as they punt the ball down field and secure a lineout just on half way.
54.00: The Rebels' backline seems to be getting more ball in the second half as O'Connor and Beale look to run the ball inside Brumbies territory. They lack cohesion, however, and the home side's defence stands firm.
58.00: The Rebels work through over ten phases inside the Brumbies' half but they are too deep in their attack and the Brumbies continue to push them back. The visitors also continue to make handling errors which are costing them at crucial moments.
61.00: The visitors get within 5m of the line but fluff a scoring opportunity as they give away an unnecessary penalty for holding on. The Brumbies kick for touch and relieve the pressure.
64.00: The Brumbies apply pressure with a strong scrum inside the Rebels' 22. They work through several phases as they hunt for the line.
66.00: Scott Fardy is able to break through a gap and dot down for the Brumbies, following a solid patch of phase play.
67.00: Lealiifano bangs over the kick to extend the Brumbies' lead.
70.00: The Rebels concede a penalty for holding on. Lealiino kicks for the corner.
73.00: The Brumbies continue to drive the Rebels back in defence. The visitors are penalised at the breakdown inside Brumbies territory. Lealiifano kicks for touch to relieve the pressure.
75.00: The Rebels earn a penalty inside their own 22 as the Brumbies are pinged for holding on. They gain momentum off the back of their own lineout and work their way up to just 15m from the line. Mark Gerrard breaks down the touchline and looks to score but loses control of the ball just 5m out.
79.00: The Rebels are desperate to score a consolation try as they get within 2m of the line. The Brumbies' defence remains impenetrable and the Rebels feel the heat as they once again lose the ball at a crucial time.
80.00: The hooer sounds as the Brumbies punt the ball into touch.
The final score is Brumbies 37 (30) Rebels 6 (6).


Tries - P. McCabe, M. Hooper, S. Fardy 2, B. Mowen
Pen - C. Lealiifano 2
Con - C. Lealiifano 3
Drop -
Cards -

Tries -
Pen - D. Cipriani, O'Connor
Con -
Drop -
Cards - G. Delve (yellow)

Match Officials
: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1: James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2: Damien Mitchelmore
TMO: Steve Leszczynski



1. Ruaidhri Murphy, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Dan Palmer, 4. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 6. Ben Mowen, 7. Michael Hooper, 8. Fotu Auelua, 9. Nick White, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Joe Tomane, 12. Pat McCabe, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Henry Speight, 15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements: 16. Anthony Hegartym, 17. Ben Alexander, 18. Peter Kimlin, 19. Ita Vaea, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Robbie Coleman, 22. Andrew Smith.


1. Nic Henderson, 2. Ged Robinson, 3. Rodney Blake, 4. Al Campbell, 5. Hugh Pyle (vc), 6. Luke Jones, 7. Jarrod Saffy, 8. Gareth Delve (c), 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Danny Cipriani, 11. Mark Gerrard, 12. James O'Connor, 13. Mitch Inman, 14. Lachlan Mitchell, 15. Kurtley Beale.

Replacements: 16. Luke Holmes, 17. Eddie Aholelei, 18. Michael Lipman, 19. Tim Davidson, 20. Richard Kingi, 21. Julian Huxley, 22. Lloyd Johansson.

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