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Reds vs Brumbies: Super Rugby live blog, scores

7th July, 2017

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Reds vs Brumbies

Super Rugby, 7 July, 2017

Suncorp Stadium
Fulltime - Reds 16, Brumbies 15
Reds   Brumbies
16 FINAL SCORE 15
1 TRIES 2
1 CONVERSION KICKS 0
3 PENALTY GOALS 1
0 DROP GOALS 0
 
 
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Touch judges: Nic Berry & Rohan Hoffmann
TMO: Ian Smith
Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
When: 7.45pm
TV: Fox Sports 1
Odds: Reds $2.80, Brumbies $1.44
Last meeting: Brumbies 43 - 10 Reds

Reds
1. Fa’agese 2. Moore 3. Tupou 4. Douglas 5. Rodda 6. Simmons 7. Smith 8. Korczyk 9. Tuttle 10. Cooper 11. Nabuli 12. Paia’aua 13. Magnay 14. Perese 15. Hunt [Subs] 16. Mafi 17. Vanzati 18. Talakai 19. Neville 20. Timu 21. Sorovi 22. Stewart 23. C. Kuridrani

Brumbies
1. Sio 2. Mann-Rea 3. Alaalatoa 4. Arnold 5. Carter 6. Fardy 7. Alcock 8. Smiler 9. Powell 10. Hawera 11. Toua 12. Godwin 13. T. Kuridrani 14. Speight 15. Banks [Subs] 16. Abel 17. Alexander 18. Leulua’iali’i-Makin 19. Enever 20. Butler 21. Cubelli 22. Ah Wong 23. Smith
Karmichael Hunt was born in New Zealand and now can play for the Wallabies. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)
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The Brumbies head up to Brisbane to take on the Reds, reigniting hostilities in the Australian Super Rugby conference after the June Test series. Join The Roar for live scores and blog updates from 7:45pm AEST.

Much of the pre-game speculation focused on Christian Lealiifano’s potential return to action after his battle with leukaemia.

Coach Stephen Larkham has resisted the urge to include him on the bench, instead favouring Nigel Ah Wong and Andrew Smith as his backline reserves.

Despite playing in ACT club rugby as well as an exhibition match for the Brumbies during the international break, Lealiifano remains short of match fitness.

The only change to the starting 15 sees Scott Sio back in the front row. Another long-term absentee, Argentina halfback Tomas Cubelli, returns via the bench after injuring his knee in pre-season.

For the home side, Rob Simmons plays his farewell home match at blindside flanker, covering for Hendrik Tui who returned from Japan duty worse for wear.

Scott Higginbotham also misses out through injury, replaced at 8 by Adam Korczyk.

Stephen Moore starts at hooker and captain for his 176th cap, taking him ahead of Keven Mealamu into outright second for all-time Super Rugby appearances (Wyatt Crockett leads with 183).

In the backs, Campbell Magnay deputises at 13 for Samu Kerevi, while Izaia Perese returns on the wing fresh from carving up the under-20s.

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The last encounter between these sides served up a thumping 43-10 win for the Brumbies in Canberra.

The Brumbies are also carrying in some kind of form here, winning their last three, while the Reds have just one win from their last five (and that came against the lowly Rebels).

Prediction
The Reds have shown glimpses of cohesive rugby at times this season, but that’s clutching at straws.

The Brumbies, meanwhile, are now guaranteed to top the group and make the finals, so they’ll be on a mission to build momentum.

Before the international break got in the way, they were just hitting form.

Brumbies by 10.

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