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By Brumbies Media Unit
The Kings have clung to a 28-all draw at Canberra Stadium on Friday night with the visitors scoring under the posts after the bell to even the ledger.
It was a disappointing end to the match for the Brumbies, with the Kings managing to outscore the home side four tries to two in front of 12,063 fans. Despite boasting 65 per cent of the possession deep into the second half, the University of Canberra Brumbies couldn’t turn their momentum into points.
The match started in the University of Canberra Brumbies favour, with wingers Henry Speight and Joe Tomane managing to cross for five-pointers within 20 minutes of play.
But the Kings fought back to claim three points on the road with four tries sweetening the deal. The result will fill the Kings with plenty of confidence as they travel to Melbourne next week to tackle the Rebels.
“It’s a bit frustrating and not for the last couple of minutes, right from the start it was a tough to watch. We missed two kicks right at the start, we were 13-nill up then missed two conversions and gave them a sniff,” White said.
“I don’t think we played like that because we thought we were going to win, all week I’ve been saying that the only ones who are thinking like that are the media. It’s irrelevant to how we were thinking.
“They are a fairly typical South African side, very big forwards and a good quality goal kicker and we just gave them too many chances to come and get us.
“To get better we just have to be sure that we arrive back at Brumbies on Monday and make sure we are ready to make amends for tonight and to get things right for next weekend.”
The opening exchanges were all Brumbies, with Speight collecting a clever Christian Lealiifano kick to streak past the last defender and score in the right corner. Just minutes later, Tomane was in the opposite corner after Nic White cut five players out to hit his winger on the chest.
Siliva Siliva was impressive in his first run-on start, while Fotu Auelua was involved in plenty of work during the first 40 minutes.
Unfortunately for Brumbies fans the entertainment stopped there, with all the extras added off White and Lealiifano’s boots.
Two late penalties gave the Brumbies a seven point lead with just two minutes to play. But four consecutive decisions were handed to the Kings with 60 seconds to play, creating too much pressure for the Brumbies to maintain.
The University of Canberra Brumbies will fly to Dunedin on Tuesday to prepare for their next match against the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
University of Canberra Brumbies 28 (Henry Speight, Joseph Tomane tries Christian Lealiifano 5, Nic White pens) drew with Kings 28 (Cornell du Preez 2, Schalk Ferreira, Wimpie van der Walt tries George Whitehead 3, Demetri Catrakilis cons) at Canberra Stadium. Referee: Jaco Peyper. Crowd: 12,063.
University of Canberra Brumbies
1. Ben Alexander
2. Siliva Siliva (replaced by Stephen Moore)
3. Dan Palmer (replaced by Scott Sio)
4. Peter Kimlin
5. Etienne Oosthuizen (replaced by Sam Carter)
6. Ben Mowen
7. George Smith
8. Fotu Auelua (replaced by Colby Faingaa)
9. Nic White
10. Christian Lealiifano
11. Joe Tomane
12. Pat McCabe
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Henry Speight
15. Jesse Mogg
16. Stephen Moore
17. Scott Sio
18. Sam Carter
19. Colby Faingaa
20. Ian Prior
21. Andrew Smith
22. Zack Holmes
Brumbies v Southern Kings
Friday April 5 2013
Minute by Minute Stats
Start Time: 7.40pm
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Crowd: 12, 063
Brumbies: 28 Kings: 28
Tries: 2 Tries: 4
Speight (12th Min), Ferreira (22nd Min), Van der Walt (33rd)
Tomane (17th Min) Du Preez (47th, 80th Min)
Lealiifano 0/2 Whitehead 3/3. Cartakilli 1/1
Penalty Goals: Penalty Goals:
White 1/3 Whitehead 0/1
Drop Goals: 0 Drop Goals: 0
Penalties For: 16 Penalties For: 10
As it happened
3rd Min: First penalty of the night awarded to the Brumbies 25m from goal. Christian Lealiifano steps up to take penalty goal.
4th Min: Lealiifano converts the penalty.
Brumbies: 3 Kings: 0
6th Min: Brumbies make the first handling error of the game, scrum awarded to the Kings.
7th Min: Brumbies are awarded a penalty, find touch 25m from the try line.
9th Min: Lineout foul by the Kings. Brumbies attack the Kings Line off the scrum.
12th Min: Try time for the Brumbies! After Ben Mowen made a break from half way. Quick ball from the ruck enabled Christian Lealiifano to time a perfect grubber kick for Henry Speight to pick up and score in the corner.
Brumbies: 8 Kings: 0
14th Min: Lealiifano misses the conversion, score remains Brumbies 8 Kings 0.
15th Min: Brumbies are awarded a penalty, Nic White boots the ball deep into Kings territory.
17th Min: Second try to the Brumbies! A brilliant long pass from Nic White from the base of the ruck finds Joe Tomane to score easily in the corner.
Brumbies: 13 Kings: 0
18th Min: Lealiifano misses the conversion from the sideline.
19th Min: Penalty to the Brumbies off the kick for a Kings player not rolling away in the ruck. Brumbies find touch on halfway.
20th Min: Kings are awarded a penalty for a Brumbies player offside in the ruck. They find touch on the 22m line.
22nd Min: Try to the Kings prop Schalk Ferreira.
Brumbies: 13 Kings: 5
23rd Min: George Whitehead converts the try.
Brumbies: 13 Kings: 7
24th Min: Knock on by the Brumbies. Scrum awarded to the Kings.
27th Min: Unlucky forward pass by Robbie Coleman, as the Brumbies string some strong phases together.
28th Min: The Kings are awarded a penalty from the scrum for a Brumbies player not binding right. Kings find touch just over halfway.
29th Min: Brumbies are awarded a penalty on halfway. They opt to take the long range penalty kick from 50m.
30th Min: Nic White converts the penalty from 50m.
Brumbies: 16 Kings: 7
31st Min: Penalty to the Kings. A big kick from Whitehead find touch 5m from the try line.
33rd Min: Second try of the night for the Kings. A strong drive from the linout allows Wimpie Van Der Walt to crash over.
Brumbies: 16 Kings: 12
34th Min: Kings convert the try,
Brumbies: 16 Kings: 14
35th Min: Penalty to the Brumbies 15m from the Kings Line. They opt to take the penalty.
36th Min: Lealiifano converts the penalty.
Brumbies: 19 Kings: 14
38th Min: Penalty on halfway to the Brumbies. Nic White boots the ball into touch.
39th Min: Another penalty awarded to the Brumbies for a high tackle. Brumbies find touch 5m from try line.
40th Min: Penalty to the Kings off the lineout. They kick the ball into touch.
Half Time: Brumbies: 19 Kings: 14
41st Min: Stephen Moore replaces Siliva Siliva and Scott Sio replaces Dan Palmer.
47th Min: Third try to the Kings.
48th Min: George Whitehead converts the try.
Brumbies: 19 Kings: 21
49th Min: Penalty to the Brumbies 5m from the tryline. Brumbies opt to take penalty goal.
51st Min: Lealiifano kicks the penalty goal.
Brumbies: 22 Kings: 21
53rd Min: Kings knock the ball on 25m from the Brumbies line.
55th Min: Penalty awarded to the Kings from a lineout deep into their territory. They find touch just over half way.
56th Min: Brumbies are given a penalty and find touch on the 22m line.
58th Min: The Kings knock the ball on from a lineout. Brumbies regather the ball but knock the ball on as well. Scrum awarded to the Brumbies.
59th Min: Kings win the scrum and attack the line but the a kick for touch goes out on the full.
60th Min: Another handling mistake by the Brumbies, With a knock on in the middle of the ground. Scrum to the Kings.
62nd Min: Scrum awarded to the Kings from a unplayable ruck.
64th Min: Sam Carter replaces Etienne Oosthuizen at second row.
67th Min: Penalty to the Brumbies on halfway. Kings prop Schalk Ferreira is shown a yellow card for repeat infringements. Brumbies opt to take 49m penalty kick.
68th Min: Nic White’s kick hits the upright and bounces back into play. Kings play on and kick down field, where they knock the ball on 30m from the tryline.
69th Min: Andrew Smith replaces Pat McCabe.
69th Min: Brumbies are awarded a penalty from the scrum. They opt for another shot at goal.
70th Min: Lealiifano converts the penalty from the sideline.
Brumbies: 25 Kings: 21
72nd Min: Penalty to Kings 22m from the try line. Penalty is missed. Score remains Brumbies 25 Kings 21
75th Min: Brumbies are awarded a penalty. Nic White steps up to try and extend the lead.
76th Min: White misses the conversion, score remains 25-21.
76th Min: The Kings knock the ball on in their own half. Scrum to Brumbies.
77th Min: Penalty! Scrum infringement gives Brumbies another chance to strengthen the lead.
78th Min: Lealiifano’s kick hits the uprights and bounces in.
Brumbies: 28 Kings: 21
80th Min: Kings attack the Brumbies line and are awarded a penalty after Ben Alexander shoulder charged a Kings player off the ball. Kings take the quick tap and play on.
80th Min: Try to the Kings! Du Preez crashes over to give the Kings a chance of drawing the game.
80th Min: Catrakillis converts. Its a disappointing draw for the Brumbies.
Full Time Brumbies: 28 Kings: 28
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