That's all from a fantastic win by the Brumbies over the Waratahs at Canberra Stadium. Thanks for joining us for the coverage and we'll see you again next time. Lee
Fulltime: The Brumbies are perfect after three games with a comprehensive 35-6 flogging of the NSW Waratahs. The only downside was the loss of David Pocock, the Wallabies superstar likely to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. The Waratahs were missing Palu and lost Polota-Nau early, but they've got a lot to improve on to be any shot of making the finals.
The crowd of more than 20,000 erupts with a sensational Brumbies try. Jesse Mogg takes the ball on his own line before making a great break up field, finding Robbie Coleman, who chips over the Waratahs fullback and regathers for an awesome five-pointer. Ian Prior converts. This is officially a thumping. Brumbies 35-6
Game over! Henry Speight gets on the end of a beautiful break from the destructive Auelua to score in the left-hand corner. That's three straight wins for the Brumbies, the first time they've started a season like that since 2005. Brumbies 28-6
NSW prop Benn Robinson is sent to the sin bin for a professional foul, but the penalty is reversed for Ben Alexander's stamp. Alexander goes to the bin as well. The Wallabies teammates sharing a joke as they jog off side by side. Before that, Scott Sio went dangerously close to scoring under the posts but the Tahs hung on.
Another great game from Clyde Rathbone, the veteran heads to the bench to allow Robbie Coleman to inject himself into the game. Not a bad bloke to bring in fresh for the last 15 minutes.
You'd be hard pressed to see a bigger crowd at Canberra Stadium for anything other than finals games. Superb atmosphere, best in many year. Official crowd is 20,027. Great turnout. A huge sea of yellow.
I've got it right this time - Lopeti Timani gets his chance in place of Mitch Chapman.
Yet another penalty for the Waratahs, this one just inside the 40m line in front. But yet again, they turn down the penalty goal to go for touch. Lost count of how many free points they've passed up tonight.
Fantastic work from Joe Tomane. Keeps the ball in play down the left touch with no room to play with, grubber kicks to halfway then forces the ball free with the help of Steve Moore. Comes to no avail though as the Tahs earn a penalty a few rucks later to get out of trouble.
Quick change from earlier - Paddy Ryan on for the Tahs, not Lopeti Timani. Surprise, surprise, the Waratahs pass up another three points and back themselves for the try.
The Brumbies trying to kill off the game, but Speight is caught 10m out. They continue to apply the pressure but the Tahs are up to the challenge, the play moving 100m before Turner's follow up kick goes over the in-goal line.
Changes everywhere for the Tahs, let's see if I can keep up. Off: Kepu, Sitaleki Timani and Carter. On: Lopeti Timani, McCutcheon and Turner. For the Brumbies, the human tank that is Fotu Auelua has been deployed.
Thinking out loud about what Pocock's potentially season-ending injury means for the Wallabies. Michael Hooper would be the most likely to grab the No 7 jersey after impressing last year. But the Waratahs flanker could face a challenge from Brumbies veteran George Smith. Now that would be some fairytale comeback!
Geez that's lazy work there from Luke Holmes. The Waratahs hooker runs into his own man at the ruck in yet another clumsy error. In glimpes, the Tahs look brilliant. But there's been far too many mistakes to compete with a side like the Brumbies.
The Waratahs under all sorts of pressure as the Brumbies build a solid attacking raid. They're going from side to side looking for a hole, but the Waratahs defend fantastically to force the penalty and move the ball up to halfway.
We're a couple of minutes into the second half, with the Brumbies down to 14 players while Sam Carter is in the sin bin. Andrew Smith is replaced, Speight moves to outside centre and Tomane to the wing.
David Pocock's season could be over. He has a suspected torn ACL with scans after the game to confirm. If he is out, it's a massive blow not only for the Brumbies, but also the Wallabies ahead of the British Lions tour.
Halftime: A great first half from the Brumbies tempered by the knee injury to David Pocock. Mowen and Lealiifano have a try each, with Lealiifano kicking the rest of the points. The Brumbies winning the forwards battle, but will be down to 14 players for the next nine minutes until Sam Carter returns from the sin-bin. The Waratahs have struggled for any attacking flow and have twice turned down certain points. Should be a decent spray from the coach at the break.
Finally, the Waratahs go for three points. An easy choice as they're only 10m out right in front with the halftime siren sounding in the background. McKibbin kicks it and the visitors have a little bit of a boost going into the sheds. Brumbies 21-6
The Brumbies will play with 14 players for the next 10 minutes after the referee sends Brumbies second rower Sam Carter to the sin-bin after his third foul. Fair call, he's been guilty over and over again. And again, NSW turn down an easy three points to go for touch.
That helps the Tahs. Sam Carter's penalised for hands in the ruck, but the Tahs turn down an easy three points to go for touch. They're only 10m out, but they blow it! You wouldn't believe it, but the lineout throw isn't straight. Opportunity gone begging.
Everything going right for the home side. Lealiifano slots that one from the sideline. Very dominant lead heading into halftime. Hard to see the Tahs coming back from here. Brumbies 21-3
Superb try from the Brumbies! Jesse Mogg sends Robbie Deans a definite message for his Wallabies chances with a great grubber kick for Lealiifano down the left-hand edge. Lealiifano wins the race and beats the Waratahs cover defence to the try line. Brumbies 19-3 KTC
A bruising hit from the Brumbies defence and George Smith forces the turnover. Done that countless times during his illustrious career. A booming kick from Nic White puts the Brumbies on the attack for another drive.
Another injury concern for the Brumbies, with Steve Moore having trouble with his back. Still soldiering on for now, but Siliva Siliva has been warming up on the sideline.
Reports that Pocock has a medial ligament strain. Won't return tonight. Must surely be in doubt for the Brumbies' two-game South African tour from next week.
And there's the first try of the match. Massive push there from the Brumbies forwards straight off the lineout. Powerful driving maul no chance for the Tahs to stop. Brute force. Ben Mowen gets credit for the try. Lealiifano misses the conversion. Brumbies 14-3
Just after I give Volavola a wrap he fumbles a kick on his own line. Call it the commentator's curse. Pretty unlucky with the bounce. Speight puts on the pressure and forces a turnover. Brumbies have the lineout only 5m out.
Clyde Rathbone takes out Izzy Folau's legs with a textbook tackle. Still plenty of bite left in the old dog. A penalty against the Brumbies puts the Tahs 30m out with the lineout.
Luke Holmes on for his debut for the Tahs with Polota-Nau off the field. No word if it's a replacement or a blood bin. Pretty ordinary throw from Holmes first up, Brumbies win the ball back.
Nice first touch from Volavola. An ankle tap away from getting through the defensive line. A huge kick from Mitchell forces the Brumbies to find touch 40m out from their own line. Nice arm wrestle developing here.
No word yet on how serious Pocock's injury is. Pretty slow last few minutes as the referee takes control. A lengthy delay at the scrum.
The Waratahs are on the board with a penalty goal after Ben Alexander is pinged for hands in the ruck. McKibbin knocks it over from 22m out right in front. All focus is still on Pocock. Will that bring the Tahs back into it? Brumbies 9-3
Pocock is replaced after just 13 minutes and is helped off the ground. Not a bad replacement to call on - George Smith makes his return to Super Rugby. The 100-plus Test veteran gets a warm response from the Brumbies crowd.
MASSIVE concern for the Brumbies and Australian rugby with David Pocock clutching his knee.
Polota-Nau's a bit groggy getting back up after copping a shot from Matt Toomua. That leaves big Benn Robinson to deliver the line-out. Will certainly get kicked out of the props club for that great throw.
Finally a penalty goes the way of the Waratahs. The Brumbies are pulled up for slowing down the play. The Tahs get the penalty on the halfway line, elect to kick to touch to give themselves a strong attacking chance inside the 22.
We're only 10 minutes into the game, and Lealiifano's nailed his third penalty goal for the night. That one was the easiest so far. Cheika must be fuming with those soft penalties. Brumbies 9-0
Sharp hands there from Nic White to intercept the pass and put the Brumbies on the attack. Intense pressure on the Waratahs and it's a third straight penalty, this one only 22m out directly in front.
More ill discipline from the Waratahs, giving away another penalty well within Lealiifano's range. He's about 30m out just to the right of the uprights. Michael Cheika would be disappointed with those infringements around the ruck. Lealiifano knocks it over. Brumbies 6-0
Folau cops the treatment from the Brumbies fans with a nervous touch near his own goal-line. Applies a strong tackle on the wing to make up for it.
The Brumbies are on the board in the third minute courtesy of the boot of Lealiifano. Remember he broke his ankle in this same game last year, perfect start for him and the Brumbies. Easy pen goal from 40m out in front. Brumbies 3-0.
It's a sea of yellow as the Brumbies run on to the ground. None more so than the players themselves in the centenary jerseys. Huge atmosphere.
Boos ring out as the Tahs enter the arena. Our travelling SMH journo remarks, ''you guys are a bunch of barbarians''. Yes, yes we are.
The massive build-up to Waratah week is almost over. Lee Gaskin here at Canberra Stadium to take you through the next couple of hours of what should be a great game. A big crowd is rolling in and we're about five minutes from kick-off.
Join us for all the action from 7.40pm as the ACT Brumbies take on NSW Waratahs at Canberra Stadium.
Head to Head: Played 20 Brumbies 9 Waratahs 11
In Canberra: Played 9 Brumbies 7 Waratahs 2
Last clash: Round 17 2012 - Brumbies 19 bt Waratahs 15 at ANZ Stadium
Sportsbet: Brumbies $1.45 Waratahs $2.65
NSW were scrappy in beating the Rebels last week, but they showed in the second half they’re on the improve.
The breakdown battle between No.7s David Pocock and Michael Hooper should be fierce, with George Smith poised to shake it up further when injected off the bench. It will be another bruising contest between two big packs but the difference could well come in the playmaking department.The ’Tahs are again without Berrick Barnes and Bernard Foley will be under immense pressure. Ben Volavola has added second-half spark from fullback thus far and will start at No.15 with Israel Folau on the wing.