Now if there was one game that lived up to expectations this it was this one. The Reds did which many team could not do for a long time, to come to Canberra and beat the Brumbies in their own back yard.
It was a last minute try from the Reds which stole the game away from the Brumbies who was in control of this match for about 45 minutes before the Reds started their comeback.
The Reds was led brilliant by O’Connor who made the right decisions at the right time which helped his side to win this one 40-38.
Lolesio kicked the Brumbies in front early on with a penalty before Pete Samy went over for the first try of the match. That gave the Brumbies a 10-0 lead.
The Brumbies were really good in that first half and they played most of the times in the right areas of the field which resulted in a second try for them by Fainga’a.
This gave them 17-0 lead.
The Reds got one the board with a penalty from O’Connor and it was soon followed up with the second as the Brumbies gave away a few penalties.
The Reds started to get back into the game with ball in hand and they got their first try by Vunivalu which reduced the lead to 17-14.
This was already a great mini comeback from the Reds after being down 17-0 after 18 minutes.
The Brumbies upped the tempo and Samu got over for his second try of the match to put some breathing space before halftime, but a late penalty from O’Connor got the scoreboard to 24-16 at the time the players went in for halftime.
The Brumbies again started stronger in the second half and Fainga’a got over for his second try of the match shortly after the restart to extend the home side lead again.
That gave the Brumbies a 31-16 lead and at this moment one felt that the Brumbies may just be too good for the Reds on the day, but how wrong we were.
The Reds comeback started with a try by Taniela Tupou to make the score 31-23 before Wilson got over to reduce the lead again to 31-30.
That left us with 10 minutes to play and 1 point in it, one could not have asked for a better finish.
Just as one though the Reds had the control of the match the Brumbies showed their class as many times before to score through Issak Fines to make it again a 38-30 lead.
The Reds were playing the right game at the right time and with a penalty O’Connor decided to go for points and not for the line which he knocked over.
That left them to score a try in the final minutes to win the game and that is just what they did.
Petaia was the man of the moment who followed up a grabber kick to get a hand on it and after the TMO checked it the referee awarded the try which left the sides on 38-38 with the conversion to come.
O’Connor made no mistake and sealed a great win for the Reds in an incredible game between the two top sides in Australia.
BRUMBIES: Tries: Samu 2, Fainga’a 2, Fines-Leleiwasa Cons: Lolesio 4, Lonergan Pens: Lolesio
REDS: Tries: Vunivalu, Tupou, Wilson, Petaia Cons: O’Connor 4 Pens: O’Connor 4
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