ACT Brumbies hold on in thriller over Reds

Sat, Mar 30, 2024, 10:11 AM
by AAP and Nathan Williamson
Tom Wright Try from Round 6 of Super Rugby Pacific 2024

The ACT Brumbies have closed out a brilliant game at Suncorp Stadium, taking out the 20-19 win.

The Brumbies led 10-7 at the break as Tom Wright tormented the Reds with ball in hand.

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The hosts refused to give up and a penalty try sparked the Reds, racing out to a nine point lead.

However, the Brumbies and Wright crossed once again before the perfect boot of Noah Lolesio put them in front with ten minutes to go.

With the Reds piling on pressure, the Brumbies kept calm and closed out the win.

The Reds flew out of the blocks and had a try through Josh Flook inside three minutes, the opportunistic centre again on the spot to finish a neat sequence that began with Tom Lynagh's sharp inside ball to lock Seru Uru.

They went close soon after, but Corey Toole's covering tackle knocked the ball loose from a diving Jock Campbell.

The Reds fullback then knocked on in the midfield and watched as opposite number Wright skipped outside him to score the equaliser.

Sefo Kautai looked to have slammed down the Brumbies' second, but replays showed he had spilled it before the line.

Stephen Larkham's side lost Test hooker Lachlan Lonergan to a lower-leg injury, the No.2 taken in a swinging tackle from the smaller Tate McDermott.

A long-range Lolesio penalty kick gave them a three-point edge at halftime and the visitors, in front of nearly 18,000 fans, applied the early pressure after the break.

But a Jordan Petaia break turned the tide, the Brumbies judged to have brought down a Reds maul as a penalty try was given and Rhys Van Nek was yellow-carded.

The Reds repeated the dose and this time replacement hooker Josh Nasser finished it himself to give the hosts a 19-10 lead.

Wright had the reply though, skipping outside McDermott to score his second and make it a two-point game with 18 minutes to play.

Lolesio's boot put the Brumbies back in front after 70 minutes, the Reds earning a last-ditch shot when the pack won a scrum penalty against the fee.

But they went nowhere in 10 phases, the Brumbies' defensive line pushing the Reds backwards and eventually pressuring them into a mistake.

The Reds forwards pushed through another scrum and the ball bobbled out, but there was no penalty and the Brumbies held on to possession to see the clock out.

It marks the second straight loss for the Reds (3-3), while the Brumbies (5-1) remain nestled in the competition's top four. 

Reds 19

Tries: Flook, Penalty Try, Nasser

Cons: Lynagh 1/1, Creighton 0/1

Pens: Lynagh 0/1

Brumbies 20

Tries: Wright 2

Cons: Lolesio 2/2

Pens: Lolesio 2/2


REDS (1-15): Peni Ravai, Matt Faessler, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Seru Uru, Ryan Smith, Liam Wright (co-c), Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott (co-c), Tom Lynagh, Mac Grealy, Hunter Paisami, Josh Flook, Jordan Petaia, Jock Campbell

RESERVES: Josh Nasser, George Blake, Zane Nonggorr, Cormac Daly, John Bryant, Kalani Thomas, Lawson Creighton, Suliasi Vunivalu

BRUMBIES (1-15): James Slipper, Lachlan Lonergan, Sefo Kautai, Darcy Swain, Cadeyrn Neville, Rob Valetini, Jahrome Brown, Charlie Cale, Ryan Lonergan (c), Noah Lolesio, Corey Toole, Tamati Tua, Hudson Creighton, Ollie Sapsford, Tom Wright

RESERVES: Billy Pollard, Harry Vella, Rhys Van Nek, Nick Frost, Tom Hooper, Luke Reimer, Harrison Goddard, Declan Meredith

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe

Assistant Referees: Stu Curran, Jackson Henshaw

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