Super Rugby Rd 2: Head-to-head

by staff

We've taken a look at the recent history between this weekend's Super Rugby combatants.

David Pocock and Tolu Latu fight it out in the last Brumbies-Tahs clash. Photos: Getty Images

ACT Brumbies vs NSW Waratahs

May 1, 2015 - Brumbies 10 - Waratahs 13

The Waratahs took the honours in the second match of the season between two of Australia’s bitter rivals, in a bruising contest in Canberra. The win put them right in contention to take the Australian conference lead after a low scoring affair. Joe Tomane and Adam Ashley-Cooper were the try scorers in the tight encounter.

March 22, 2015  - Waratahs 28 - Brumbies 13

Israel Folau broke a four-game scoring drought when he clinched the sealer for the Waratahs at Allianz Stadium. A rare Sunday afternoon game provided plenty of entertainment for fans, with the home side scoring three tries to one to take the win. The match was probably more remembered for the conversation that played out afterwards, with Brumbies flanker David Pocock addressing referee Craig Joubert twice in the final 15 minutes over the Waratahs’ use of homophobic slurs

Super Rugby semi final - July 26,2014 Waratahs 26 - Brumbies 8

The Waratahs clinched Super Rugby final hosting rights with this win over the Brumbies. While NSW added three tries to their incredible 2014 tally, it was their defence that clinched the victory, holding the Brumbies out for most of the night. Halfback Nick Phipps showed his defensive capabilities particularly with two try-saving tackles, on Tevita Kuridrani and Robbie Coleman.

Quade Cooper was on song against the Force last year. Photo: Getty Images

Queensland Reds vs Western Force

May 30, 2015 -  Reds 32 - Force 10

It was a Quade Cooper clinic in Perth, with the flyhalf taking a brace of tries and 12 points off the boot in a big win. Outside back Lachie turner collected two for the Reds as well, one of those set up by a trademark Cooper flick pass. The win helped the Reds move out of wooden spoon contention, midway through the year.

February 21, 2015 - Reds 18 - Force 6

In a match that was very nearly called off due to cyclonic conditions, the Reds claimed one of their most significant victories. The match came after a tumultuous week for the club and lost back James O’Connor to injury before kick off. Lachie Turner stepped up to the plate for Queensland, with a try and eight points off his boot to add to a penalty try.

July 5, 2014 - Force 30 - Reds 20

The Force kept themselves in contention for a 2014 finals spot with this victory over the Reds in perth. In Nick Cummins’s last match before his first stint in Japan, they Force had plenty of motivation to eke out a win. Cummins scored a try in his last hitout, one of three Force tries to the Reds’ two.

The Rebels have played out some exciting battles with the Bulls. Photo: Getty Images

Rebels vs Bulls

June 6, 2015 - Rebels 21 - Bulls 20

The Rebels knocked the Bulls out of Super Rugby finals contention with a one-point win at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Leading by three at halftime the Rebels held off the Bulls, with a 58th minute Lopeti Timani try the final score of the day. The result was particularly pleasing for coach Tony McGahan coming off the back of a three-week road trip.

July 11, 2014 - Bulls 40 - Rebels 7

A second half lapse saw the Rebels go down to the Bulls in Pretoria in their only 2014 clash. The Rebels trailed by just one score at half time before the Bulls piled on 28 unanswered points to take a dominant win. Jack Debreczeni scored his first Super Rugby try in the match after replacing an injured Bryce Hegarty in the lineup. Co-Captain Scott Fuglistaller was handed a yellow card in the game for repeated infringements.

May 4, 2012 - Rebels 35 - Bulls 41

The Bulls took a narrow win over the Rebels in Melbourne. In a spectator-friendly affair with 10 tries scored between the two sides, a 72nd minute Morne Steyn penalty goal proved the final difference. Cooper Vuna scored the last try for the Rebels in the 64th minute, before Steyn sealed the game.