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Super Rugby | Suncorp Stadium
09:45 (GMT) | 07-07-2017
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The kick is taken and the Reds pull the game back with 3 points. FULL TIME
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The Reds win a penalty at the 5 of the Brumbies and Cooper sets up for a penalty kick
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Scrum reset
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The ball kicked forward along the ground and the Brumbies have a throw inside their 22. The Reds win themselves a scrum after the line-out
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Reds around the mid field
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Brumbies line-out and they make a few meters with the maul
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The reset kick is booted back and the ball goes into touch for a throw
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Cooper secures the extras
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Scrum to the Reds at their 10 and now they send it wide and Paia'Aua carries into the 22. The ball moved across the field and Swewart gets it after coming on moments ago then slides over the line to score the Reds' first TRY in this fixture
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They take the ball out at the 22 and boot it forward. The Brumbies take it back but lose it forward
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Scrum to Reds inside their own half
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The ball is grounded by the Reds and they have a 22 meter restart
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Scrum to the Brumbies inside the Reds' half. The ball kicked forward by the away team
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The Reds start again at the 10 of the visitors
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The Brumbies defend and the ball is cleared
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Scrum at the 5 of the visitors for the Reds. Scrum reset
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Line-out taken and they look for the maul. They make good ground and they make it to the line but the referee says held up
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Cooper kicks into touch at the 5
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The Brumbies holding the hosts inside their half, forcing them to kick forward. The ball goes into touch but the referee calls play back for a penalty
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Scrum to the Reds at their 10
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Scrum to the Reds at their 10 and the ball is cleared by Cooper
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The reset kick booted back and forth
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Hawera sends it wide
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The ball booted forward and Cooper looks to salvage the situation but loses it and the ball is grounded by the blue player. The referee refers to the TMO and the call is TRY to Andrew Smith
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They give away a penalty at their 10. Scrum to the Brumbies
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The Reds with the ball after the reset kick and they look to play themselves out of their 22
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George Smith awarded a yellow card for collapsing the maul
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The Brumbies push forward with the maul and the Brumbies win themselves 7 points with a penalty TRY
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The Brumbies opt for a kick into touch from the penalty
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The Brumbies with a strong scrum and win the penalty
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Scrum reset
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Line-out for the away team inside the Reds' half and the ball is knocked on. Scrum to the Brumbies
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The ball carried forward and the Brumbies have a scrum outside their 10. The ball kicked forward and they look to build from the same position
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Scrum to the visitors at their 22
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The Reds lose the ball as they make their way to the 22 of the away team
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The Brumbies with a throw early in the half. They take it and drop it. Scrum to the Reds around the half way
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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The hooter sounds as the Brumbies prepare to take a throw at their 10. The ball is kicked into touch. HALF TIME
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The Reds have the ball at the half way now
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Line-out for the Brumbies around their 22
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The reset kick sent back and the Reds look to kick forward then chase but it's sent into touch
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Cooper adds 3 more putting his team in front
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The Reds probing at the 22. The Brumbies exerting good defensive pressure but give away a penalty and Cooper looks for a kick at the sticks
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The Reds with the ball now and make a good amount of ground along the wing. Line-out to the Reds at the 22
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The reset kick is handled by the away team and then cleared
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They win a penalty after the throw and Cooper takes the kick to level the scores
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The ball kicked into touch by Cooper outside the 22 of the visitors
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They attempt to find a way through but the Reds' pressure win them a penalty
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The Brumbies have a throw at the 10 of the Reds
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The Brumbies with the ball after the reset kick and it's booted back and forth
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The Brumbies look for a shot at goal. Hawera starts off the scoring with 3 points
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Scrum to the Reds but they give away a penalty
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The Brumbies building slowly inside the Reds half but the ball is lost forward
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The ball stolen by the Reds and the ball is cleared. Line-out at the 10 for the hosts
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The Brumbies win a penalty inside the 22 of the Reds
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The Brumbies have a line-out after the ball is cleared. They build from the 22
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Scum to the Reds at their 5
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Line-out to the Reds at the 22 of the Brumbies and it's stolen then kicked forward. Toua gets it at the 5 but he drops it as he attempts to scoop it up.
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The Reds have it now but inside their 10
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They move the ball to the wing and Dargaville looks for a chip and chase but sends it into touch instead
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Scrum to the Brumbies at the half way as the ball is lost forward again
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Scrum to the Reds inside their 22
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The ball again lost by the Brumbies at the 22. The conditions working against both sets of players
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Penalty to the visitors around the mid field and they kick into touch inside the 22
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They look to power forward with Arnold but he loses it forward and the ball is cleared
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Line-out to the away team at the 5
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The Reds with it at the half way now and they give away possession. The ball kicked forward and lost. The referee calls play back for a penalty to the away team at the half way
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Penalty to the Reds after the Brumbies scrum collapses
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Scrum to the away team in the danger zone
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Line-out to the away team after the scrum. The Brumbies make some ground with a maul but it goes into touch again. The visitors kick forward and the hosts flyhalf knocks it on inside his 22
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Scrum to the Reds around the half way
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The Brumbies with the ball and kick forward from their 10 but the ball is knocked on
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Scrum reset again
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Brumbies after the ball is tossed about the mid field
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The referee blows and we're off!
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The players now leaving the locker rooms
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The Brumbies have won their last two games away from home, the last time they won more on the bounce was a stretch of three road wins which saw them run into the 2015 semifinals.
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Three of the last five Australian derbies have been won by the visiting team, while the Reds haven't won a home game against Australian opposition since Round 14, 2015 (five losses since).
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The Brumbies have won their last five games against the Reds by an average margin of 26 points, including their last two games where they've scored exactly 43 points on each occasion.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Sef Faagase
  • 2 Stephen Moore
  • 3 Taniela Tupou
  • 4 Kane Douglas
  • 5 Izack Rodda
  • 6 Rob Simmons
  • 7 George Smith
  • 8 Adam Korczyk
  • 9 James Tuttle
  • 10 Quade Cooper
  • 11 Eto Nabuli
  • 12 Duncan Paia'Aua
  • 13 Campbell Magnay
  • 14 Izala Perese
  • 15 Karmichael Hunt
RESERVES
  • 16 Alex Mafi
  • 17 Markus Vanzati
  • 18 Sam Talakai
  • 19 Cadeyrn Neville
  • 20 Caleb Timu
  • 21 Moses Sorovi
  • 22 Hamish Stewart
  • 23 Chris Kuridrani
START LINE UP
  • 1 Scott Sio
  • 2 Josh Mann-Rea
  • 3 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 4 Rory Arnold
  • 5 Sam Carter
  • 6 Scott Fardy
  • 7 Chris Alcock
  • 8 Jordan Smiler
  • 9 Joe Powell
  • 10 Wharenui Hawera
  • 11 Aidan Toua
  • 12 Kyle Godwin
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 14 Henry Speight
  • 15 Tom Banks
RESERVES
  • 16 Robbie Abel
  • 17 Leslie Leulua'lali'l-Makin
  • 18 Ben Alexander
  • 19 Blake Enever
  • 20 Jarrad Butler
  • 21 Tomas Cubelli
  • 22 Nigel Ah Wong
  • 23 Andrew Smith
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SR PREVIEW: ROUND 16, PART ONE

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 20:11

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: In an all-Australia day, the Brumbies are the only team that has something riding on the last two rounds of league action.

They are already in the play-offs, but are looking to finish ahead of the Stormers in a desperate bid to get an 'easier' quarterfinal.

With just one point separating the Brumbies and Stormers on the standings, the next two weekends will see them go into 'play-off' mode.

The Brumbies face the Reds and Chiefs (both away).

The Stormers face the Sunwolves (at home) and the Bulls (away).

Given that the Hurricanes - currently lined up as the Brumbies' quarterfinal opponents - face the Crusaders in the final round, the Canberra-based outfit may end up facing the Chiefs on two consecutive weekends - if they can't overtake the Stormers.

The penultimate round will also see the two Australian sides at the forefront of the Australian Rugby Union's ongoing competition restructure - the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels - face-off for the first time this season.

In Part One of the preview we look at the Friday matches!

Friday, July 7:

Reds v Brumbies
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 19.45; 09.45 GMT)

The focus should have been on the Brumbies' run-in to the play-offs, but the news that Christian Lealiifano could have made an emotional return to Super Rugby - 11 months after being diagnosed with leukaemia - stole the limelight.

Lealiifano, who had been mooted as a possible replacement, missed out due to soreness in his hamstring.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham initially said the playmaker did "everything he needed to do" to get himself right for selection.

"He played a game of fourth grade on the [past] weekend for Tuggeranong against Royals and I thought he played exceptionally well," the coach said.

"Prior to that, playing [in an exhibition match against the Asia Pacific Dragons] in Singapore, for 30 minutes with the boys and again thought he played well - so his progression has been good and he's put himself in the mix for selection this week."

There is a real danger that the Brumbies could be distracted by all the focus on Lealiifano and that could be costly.

Larkham, who eventually opted for a five forwards, three backs split - with Argentinean scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli returning from injury.

Cubelli, who injured his knee in a pre-season match against the Waratahs in Mudgee, made a cameo appearance for the Brumbies in the exhibition match in Singapore in June, makes a welcome return ahead of the franchise's quarterfinal in a fortnight.

The Reds are playing for nothing but pride, but coach Nick Stiles said the clash is important for a number of reasons.

"It's our last opportunity to play in front of our home fans this season," Stiles said.

"It is [veteran flank] Rob Simmons' s last game in Queensland colours in Brisbane.

"And we've got a point to prove against the Brumbies, after a disappointing result against them earlier in the year," Stiles added.

"It's a significant game. It's important the group recognise that and make the most of it.

"We've got a great opportunity to put in a strong performance and acknowledge the contribution Rob has made to Queensland over a long period of time."

Recent results:
2017: Brumbies won 43-10, Canberra
2016: Brumbies won 43-24, Canberra
2015: Brumbies won 29-0, Brisbane
2015: Brumbies won 47-3, Canberra

Prediction: The Brumbies have won their last five games against the Reds by an average margin of 26 points, including their last two games where they've scored exactly 43 points on each occasion. Three of the last five Australian derbies have been won by the visiting team, while the Reds haven't won a home game against Australian opposition since Round 14, 2015 (five losses since). The Brumbies have won their last two games away from home, the last time they won more on the bounce was a stretch of three road wins which saw them run into the 2015 semifinals. The Brumbies are the most effective tacklers in the competition, boasting a tackle success rate of 87 percent so far this campaign. Stephen Moore will come up against his former club should he feature; Moore has scored five tries in his last four Super Rugby games. The Reds do have a realistic chance of winning, but don't put your house on it. We believe the Brumbies will win by seven points.

Teams:

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Adam Korczyk, 7 George Smith, 6 Rob Simmons, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Sef Fa'agase.
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Markus Vanzati, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Caleb Timu, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Chris Kuridrani.

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Aidan Toua, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (captain), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: TBC

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nicholas Berry (New Zealand), Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Western Force v Rebels
(nib Stadium, Perth - Kick-off: 19.45; 11.45 GMT)

The two Australian sides at the forefront of the Australian Rugby Union's ongoing competition restructure, will face-off for the first time this season.

After a four-week international break, the Rebels will contest their last Australian derby and final road trip of the year.

The Rebels made a clean sweep of the two fixtures against the Force last season - with a 25-19 win in Perth in Round One, followed by a 22-17 win in Round 14 in Melbourne.

The Rebels have lost just one of their previous six games in Perth, with the Force's last victory over the Victorians having been in 2014.

The last time they met the Rebels ended a three-game losing streak with a 27-22 victory over the Force in Melbourne.

Force coach Dave Wessels said his team is ready for a fired-up Rebels squad and looking forward to an exciting game.

"It's been great to have a few weeks of dedicated training time to work on our game," Wessels said.

"We've worked hard on elements of our set piece and bringing more variation to our attack.

"It looks like the rain is going to hold off on Friday so we're looking forward to an exciting game from both sides."

Rebels coach Tony McGahan  said there is no harder Australian road trip than to Perth.

"The players are hungry after three weeks of training to return to some competitive football on Friday and finish the remaining two games of the season on a positive note," McGahan said.

Recent results:
2016: Rebels won 27-22, Melbourne
2016: Rebels won 25-19, Perth
2015: Force won 13-11, Melbourne
2015: Rebels won 21-17, Perth
2014: Rebels won 22-16, Melbourne
2014: Force won 32-7, Perth

Prediction: The Rebels have won eight of the last 10 meetings between these teams, including each of the last two, though only once has this fixture been decided by a margin of more than seven points. A 26-19 win against the Reds in Round 2 this season sees the Force hunt for back-to-back home wins against Australian opposition for the first time since Round 18, 2014. The Rebels are winless in their last six games away from home, with their five losses in that period coming by an average margin of 40 points. The Force conceded only nine offloads per game so far this season, the fewest of any team in the competition and nearly five fewer per game than the Rebels. Luke Morahan has scored four tries in his four games for the Force against the Rebels, including a brace when they met in Round 14 last season. Neither team inspires confidence, so we will go with the home team, the Western Force, to win by nine points.

Teams:

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Chance Peni, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman (captain), 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Lewis Carmichael, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Jono Lance, 23 James Verity-Amm.

Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jonah Placid, 14 Tom English, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Lopeti Timani, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Murray Douglas, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Fereti Sa'aga, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Hugh Sinclair, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23 Jack Maddocks

Referee: William Houston (Australia)
Assistant referees: Graham Cooper (Australia), Damon Murphy (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports & sportguru.info

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Reds win misty arm wrestle

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:15

SUPER RUGBY MATCH REPORT: The Reds broke a three-year drought against the Brumbies, when they beat them 16-15 in Brisbane on Friday.

The Reds, playing at home for the last time this season, fought back from 6-15 down for much of the second half for only their fourth win of a miserable season.

The 'sunshine state', Queensland, produced a misty deluge during the game - which turned an already dour Australian derby into a comedy of errors.

The Reds have won just one of their past 12 matches against Australian opposition and have lost five in a row against the Brumbies.

For most part it looked like it was going to be another long losing streak.

However, they hung tough and a Quade Cooper penalty on the stroke of full-time secured the win in a scrappy and our affair.

The Brumbies looked set to again dominate the Reds with a penalty try and a try to centre Kyle Godwin to lead by nine points up until eight minutes from full-time.

But a first Super Rugby try to youngster Hamish Stewart off a final ball from 36-year-old former Wallaby flank George Smith gave the Reds renewed hope into the final minutes.

Karmichael Hunt kicked the Reds deep into the Brumbies' territory and from a scrum win Queensland earned a penalty under the posts for Wallaby flyhalf Cooper to kick the winning points.

Cooper's goal- kicking heroics absolved him after he was culpable for letting the Brumbies skip out in front.

The flyhalf was tackled over his own try-line by Tom Banks but didn't ground the ball, inviting Godwin to pounce on it when it eventually fell loose for an easy try in the 55th minute.

Godwin's try came shortly after George Smith was yellow-carded for collapsing a Brumbies rolling maul - the 14th time a Reds player has been sent to the sin bin this season - which resulted in the Brumbies' penalty try.

The loss was the Brumbies' eighth of the season, yet they still have qualified for the Super Rugby finals as Australian conference champions, irrespective of the remaining results.

"After the season we've had it's just nice to have a win for everyone at the club and for the fans," Reds skipper Stephen Moore said.

"Obviously, it took to the last minute to get the win, but I'm proud of the team. It was tough conditions, but we hung in and believed in each other right till the end."

Brumbies' captain Sam Carter said his team had made mistakes at crucial times.

"It was pretty disappointing. We had a lot of opportunities to close out the game, but we made silly mistakes at crucial times and we've only got ourselves to blame," Carter said.

During the match the Brumbies became only the second Super Rugby side behind New Zealand's Crusaders (9,435 points) to reach the 8000 point milestone in the history of the tournament.

Man of the match: Quade Cooper may gave kicked the match-winning penalty, but overall the most impressive player was veteran Wallaby loose forward George Smith - who showed that despite his advanced years, he still knows the shortcuts and certainly has an amazing workrate. Despite his yellow card for a cynical foul he wins our award.

The scorers:

For the Reds:
Try:
 Stewart
Con: Cooper
Pens: Cooper 3

For the Brumbies:
Tries:
 Penalty try, Godwin
Con: Penalty try does not require a conversion
Pen: Hawera

Yellow card: George Smith (Reds, 51 - cynical foul, collapsing a maul)

Teams:

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Adam Korczyk, 7 George Smith, 6 Rob Simmons, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Sef Fa'agase.
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Markus Vanzati, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Caleb Timu, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Chris Kuridrani.

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Aidan Toua, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (captain), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Leslie Leulua'Iali'I-Makin, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Nigel Ah Wong, 23 Andrew Smith.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nicholas Berry (New Zealand), Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Hamish Stewart (71min)
TRIES
Andrew Smith (54min)
Quade Cooper (72min)
CONVERSIONS
Quade Cooper (32min), Quade Cooper (36min), and Quade Cooper (80min)
PENALTIES
Wharenui Hawera (26min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
50min
 
DROP GOALS
George Smith (51min)
 
 
VENUE Suncorp Stadium ( Queensland , Australia )
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