Full-time: So a disappointing crowd of just over 12,000 will leave Canberra Stadium disappointed, firstly by the draw and then the Brumbies display. Brumbies lacked cohesion and struggled to defend the Kings pack. Well hope you had a lovely evening. The Brumbies travel to New Zealand to play the Highlanders, while the Kings go to Melbourne to face the Rebels.
80: Over! Kings eventually charge over after repeated penalties by the Brumbies. du Preez crosses the line as the Brumbies defense cracks. Catrakilis converts and it's a draw! 28-all. Kings celebrate like a win and the Brumbies no doubt feelikng like they've lost...
80: But it's a penalty to the Brumbies! Well that's what the referee said initially, but the touch judges have come in and its a penalty to the Kings for a shoulder charge by Ben Alexander...
80: Last gasp effort for the Kings, they have a lineout near the Brumbies 22 as the hooter sounds...they need a converted try for a draw...
77: Brumbies scrum wins another penalty and Lealiifano will have another shot about 27m out 15m in from the right wing...and it sneaks in after hitting the left-hand upright. The crowd of 12076 breathes a collective sigh of relief. Brumbies 28-21. Kings back to full strength for last few minutes...
73: Oh dear, Kings miss a great chance to get back within a point. Whitehead missing an easy penalty goal. Brumbies 25-21.
69: And Pat McCabe's night is done, a successful return from a broken neck, with Andrew Smith taking to the field. Lealiifano now lining up for goal after the Kings penalised at the scrum. He converts. Brumbies 25-21.
67: The Brumbies have a penalty and man advantage after Ferreira gets sin binned, will be eligible to return just before the final siren. Nic White taking the shot from about 49m out straight in front...it hits the upright and the Brumbies end up with a scrum feed about 35m out. Brumbies 22-21.
60: This really is anyone's game at the moment as the Brumbies struggle for cohesion. Kings errors almost keeping them in the game. As if on cue, another ball kicked out on the full by the King. Brumbies back on the attack as crowd gets behind them, they still lead 22-21.
A timely warning about gambling...
Brumbies $1.01? Uh oh.... #rugby— Jon Tuxworth (@Tuxy81) April 5, 2013
49: Brumbies coach Jake White rings the changes with Siliva Siliva and Dan Palmer off, Scott Sio and Steve Moore on. Brumbies have a penalty as the Kings fail to release the ball just a coupla metres out. More boos as the Brumbies opt for a shot. Lealiifano from the sideline...over! Brumbies 22-21.
47: The Brumbies were pressing the Kings line with wave after wave but they turn the ball over, not once, but twice and Cornell du Preez caps off a nice counterattack with an easy try. Converted by Whitehead. Kings 21-19.
43: NIce checkside kick by Nic White to find touch from a penalty as the Brumbies look to attack early in the second half...
Half-time: So the hooter blows and the players head to the sheds for a cup of tang and an orange or two. Am guessing Brumbies coach Jake White won't be overly impressed with the first half. The home side taking a 19-15 lead into the break. Concerns over Mowen's fitness, limping badly, could see Sam Carter come on in the second half. The Brumbies have been a bit wasteful with the ball and missed a few tackles in defence. The Kings on the other hand have used their forward pack to do the damage...
40: Crowd haven't been happy with the Brumbies' decision to take the penalty goals so a cheer rings around Canberra Stadium as they kick for the corner on this occasion. And again they go to the corner, Lineout 5m out 30 seconds remaining in the half, but they lose it and it's hand bags at dawn as a "melee" develops...
36: The Brumbies push straight back up the field and Lealiifano has a penalty shot, about 10m in from the right wing, 25m out. Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen limping around in the back field. It's over. Bruimbies 19-14.
33: Over! Great work again by the Kings forwards. This time their openside flanker Wimpie van der Walt puts the ball down after a rolling maul from lineout. Just too big, too strong. Brumbies 16-14.
31: Just been watching the number of tackles Brumbies No.7 George Smith makes. Any chance he's related to Canberra Raiders lock Shaun Fensom? #tackling machines
29: Nic White to take a long-range shot from halfway, directly in front...over! Nice shot there from the hyperactive Brumbies scrumhalf. Brumbies 16-7.
22: The referee goes upstairs and Kings prop Schalk Ferreira has put his South African side on the scoreboard. Converted. Brumbies 13-7.
17: Great long cut-out pass by Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White finds Joe Tomane on the overlap and he crosses for the second try of the evening. Quickly becoming a procession here for the home side. Lealiifano with the kick from the sideline...misses. Brumbies 13-0.
12: Fotu Auelua looking like a warrior prince with claret all down the front of his jersey.
And Ben Mowen bursts through the Kings defensive line, again Lealiifano grubbers it thru but this time it's centimetre perfect and Speight charges over for the first try of the night. Brumbies 8-0, Lealiifano misses the conversion.
10: Lealiifano puts a grubber kick thru, looking for Henry Speight, but it trickles into touch a coupla metres out from the tryline...
4 minutes: Penalty! Christian Lealiifano lines up for the first score of the night, 25m out directly in front...over! Brumbies early lead 3-0.
A few early words of encouragement for Pat McCabe who's back after neck and hamstring problems...
Great to have Pat McCabe back too! Huge amount of work put in by him in rehab. Looking forward to watching him.. #enjoyment— David Pocock (@pocockdavid) April 5, 2013
And we're under way at Canberra Stadium, Brumbies kick off towards the Gungahlin end. And the Kings make a meal of it, only for Nic White to throw the ball away from the breakdown...
The Final Countdown rocking its way around Canberra Stadium, not long til kick off now and Brumbies hooker Siliva Siliva making his run-on debut. Christian Lealiifano will make his first start at No.10 since he suffered that horrific ankle injury last year, with Matt Toomua having a rest.
Bit of a small crowd at the moment, which is a bit disappointing...
Canberra Stadium, Friday 7.40pm (AEDT)
Last meeting: First clash
Referee: Jaco Peyper (RSA)
TV: Live, FoxSports 1
AAP writes: After three weeks of bruising South African encounters, the Brumbies’ rotational changes have been rung in once more.
Hooker Stephen Moore will reserve for run-on debutant Siliva Siliva and Wallaby Pat McCabe returns at inside centre, with Christian Lealiifano moving to five-eighth to give the impressive Matt Toomua a week off. The Brumbies need to tread carefully or their early season work could come undone.
The Kings upset the Force in round two and have since kept respectable scorelines against the Sharks, Chiefs and Hurricanes. Notable Kings changes include Waylon Murray off the bench to outside centre, Hannes Franklin to hooker and Cornel du Preez to No.8.
BRUMBIES: Robbie Coleman, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Pat McCabe, Joseph Tomane, Christian Lealiifano, Nic White, Fotu Auelua, George Smith, Ben Mowen, Etienne Oosthuizen, Peter Kimlin, Dan Palmer, Siliva Siliva, Ben Alexander. Reserves: Stephen Moore, Scott Sio, Sam Carter, Colby Faingaa, Ian Prior, Andrew Smith, Zack Holmes.
KINGS: George Whitehead, Sergeal Petersen, Waylon Murray, Andries Strauss (capt), Ronnie Cooke, Demetri Catrakilis, Nicolas Vergallo, Cornell du Preez, Wimpie van der Walt, Devin Oosthuizen, Rynier Bernardo, Steven Sykes, Grant Kemp, Hannes Franklin, Schalk Ferreira. Reserves: Bandise Maku, Kevin Buys, David Bulbring, Jacques Engelbrecht, Shaun Venter, Marcello Sampson, Elric van Vuuren.
Hello from Canberra Stadium where the players are going through their final warm-ups. Looks like a late change to the Southern Kings line-up with Demetri Catrakilis going to the bench, winger George Whitehead moving to his flyhalf role and Siviwe Sozwapi to do the fullback job.