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Live: Brumbies v Rebels

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And that's all she wrote. The Brumbies win 39-17, securing a bonus-point win and all-but wrapping up top spot in the Australian conference, ending an eight-year finals drought. Now we'll wait for scans to see if White's shoulder is ok.

80: And the siren sounds while the rebels pack down for a scrum. They're looking for one final score...

74: Just 11,055 turned up to see the Brumbies put themselves within sniffing distance of their first play-off berth since 2004 - when they also won the Super Rugby title. The Reds will need to beat the NSW Waratahs by about 120 points and rely on the Brumbies losing to pinch top spot in the Aussie conference and an automatic play-off spot. The Brumbies now sit on top of the Super Rugby ladder, three points ahead of the Chiefs.

69: Now the Rebels are over in what's becoming a shoot-out. Paul Alo-Emile has been credited after he burrowed over from close range. Brumbies 39-17.

64: And it's finally becoming the route that was promised from the opening exchanges, Zack Holmes goes over this time. He's also leaving the Brumbies next season to get more opportunity, back to his old club in Perth. Brumbies 39-10.

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57: And that roar was Colby Faingaa scoring against his future club. When the Brumbies run the ball they look fantastic, which is probably why the crowd don't like the kicking game. Rathbone comes off, Robbie Coleman on. Brumbies 32-10.

53: For those left in Canberra and not at Bateman's, that roar you just heard was Henry Speight storming over for the Brumbies fourth try of the night. If they hold on from here that's five points and top spot on the Australian conference, unless the Reds can win by 100 points in the final round with the Brumbies losing. Brumbies 25-10.

48: Make that a reverse wobble by the Brumbies. Once again surging from the kickoff. A Henry Speight jig ends a few metres short, then the forwards did some bash and crash for a while until Toomua flicked it wide to Rathbone on the overlap and it's his second time across the stripe. Prior misses the conversion. Rathbone really has lost nothing, he's still charging like a rhino. Brumbies 18-10.

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45: The Brumbies surged from the restart and had the tryline almost at their beckoning, but a wayward pass is pounced upon by the Rebels who run almost the length of the field for Tom English to score a converted try. Brumbies 13-10. Brumbies wobbling again...

43: Mogg finds his kicking raider and sinks a long penalty shot from in front almost 50m out. Brumbies 13-3.

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Second half about to start and for those punters out there I have some piping luke warm chips courtesy of Blocka. And the kicking battle resumes. Apparently there were 46 kicks in the first half, that's more than one a minute. Could be watching the AFL...

So while the play meandered a bit during the second half of the first half there were still plenty of talking points out of that 40: where are the Brumbies fans? Will White's shoulder cost him a shot at the Lions? Is Matt Toomua underrated as a flyhalf? Or is his haircut not marketable enough to form a Wallabies-worthy brand like James O'Connor? Will I get my chips delivered or will Chris Blocka Dutton devour them on the way back from the canteen? 

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40: We're seeing some delightful kicking by Matt Toomua, while the crowd obviously wants him to keep the ball in hand and run, he's almost landing his kicks on a dime. And that's how the half ends, with a Brumbies kick to the corner. Brumbies 10-3.

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27: Looks like some good news for Brumbies and Nic White fans. They're hoping he just has a "stinger" to his right shoulder, but he'll go for scans tonight...

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22: And the Brumbies have either relaxed or the Rebels have lifted their intensity. Ends with Jason Woodward getting them on the board with a penalty conversion. Brumbies 10-3.

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13: The footy gods would prove themselves to be cynical deities indeed if its another shoulder injury. Remember he missed out on the chance of taking over from Will Genia last year when he tore his ACL. But a decision was made for him to undergo surgery just weeks before Genia went down...

11: Clyde Rathbone goes over now! That's two! Brumbies have been in this situation before and let the other teams back into the game. Club legend George Gregan called them to be more ruthless, now's the time for that as Mogg lines up...but its wide again. Brumbies 10-0.

8: Not good signs for Nic White and the Brumbies. White holding his hand awkwardly, had some attention but staying out there, although Ian Prior is warming up. Would be a cruel cruel blow if injury ruins his Wallabies hopes again...

6: Oh dear, the Rebels kick the re-start straight out after Mogg missed the extras. Scrum time at halfway. Brumbies on the attack again...

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4 minutes: Try time! That's the first of four needed tries to give the Brumbies a chance of getting five points. Great work by Jesse Mogg threw one cut-out pass to Peter Kimlin and then as the forwards kept the ball moving forward he burst through to get involved again. Eventually led to Scott Sio barging over. Started with a Scott Fardy pilfer at the breakdown... Brumbies 5-0.

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