Rugby Union

Brumbies v Kings

After breaking his back five months ago, Pat McCabe makes his return to Super Rugby with the Brumbies.
After breaking his back five months ago, Pat McCabe makes his return to Super Rugby with the Brumbies. Photo: Jay Cronan

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.

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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...

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76: White misses another long-range attempt, still Brumbies 25-21.

73: Oh dear, Kings miss a great chance to get back within a point. Whitehead missing an easy penalty goal. Brumbies 25-21.

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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 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.

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A timely warning about gambling...





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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...

Mowen runs back on for the start of the second half...

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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.

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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

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