Live blog: Brumbies vs British-Irish Lions

By , 10/04/2019 12:15

Brumbies v Lions Hail comes down over Canberra Stadium at 4:13pm ahead of the Brumbies clash with the British and Irish Lions. Photo: Melissa Adams
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Join us for full, live coverage as the Brumbies take on Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions in Canberra. Kick-off is at 7.40pm.

The curtain-raiser for the ACT Brumbies and British and Irish Lions match has been cancelled because of hail at Canberra Stadium.

The ACT Griffins were due to kick-off against the Australian Barbarians in a pre-match contest before more than 22,000 fans rolled into the venue for the blockbuster mid-week match.

But a downpour and hail in Bruce and Belconnen has forced officials to can the game.

Fans are expected to pack into Canberra Stadium for the once-in-12-year chance to see the Brumbies take on the Lions.

Both sides were training hard on Monday – here are the best shots of the boys in action.

Hello from Canberra Stadium, where the hail is starting to melt (slowly) and of course the stands are half empty as Canberra does its mandatory late arrival. There might be a few tickets left at the gate, so if you’re a brass monkey then get out here coz it’s absolutely perfect weather!

It’s a bit of a throwback to my uni days, they’ve installed lecture theatre seating in the top of the Meninga Stand for the hordes of journos who are following the British and Irish Lions around. If you see a bunch of people balancing laptops on their laps in Bay 13 feel free to say gday.

Special shout out to the four Lions fans who were kind enough to let me in from the cold into their camper van outside Canberra Stadium. If the aroma of their van is anything to go by, our wine industry will be loving every minute they’re staying down under.

The players are out on the ground warming up, trying to find a patch in between the piles of hail to do some hamstring stretches. Geez the Brumbies look fit, while the Lions look a little tired to me…

Brumbies coach Jake White is getting excited…

Piece of rugby history about to unfold in Canberra. Our toughest match this season. Time to put plans into action. #BRUvLIO— Jake White (@JWhiterugby) June 18, 2013

Just to test the waters early on…

Not long now…just four minutes til kick-off. Can the Brumbies go one better than 12 years ago when an after-the-siren was needed to win it for the Lions? That music sounds ominous, something must be about to happen. The drums are a dead give away…

A shout out to Bob Dwyer, who’s just taking a seat nearby, he looked over clearly envious of our spot in Bay 13…

Huge roar for the Brumbies! So much for the much heralded Lions support. Clearly Lions fans are no match for the Barmy Army…

2 minutes: Fast and furious start by the Lions! Looked certain to score in the corner. but for some desperate defence by the Brumbies. “LIONS, LIONS, LIONS” goes up the chant…

The crowd can feel something special happening tonight. The Lions put it out from the restart. A very expansive start from the Brumbies, willoing to throw it wide, with captain Peter Kimlin putting in an audacious grubber kick as well. Has Jake White sold ice to the Eskimos? He said they were going to play their normal conservative game…

13: The Brumbies putting on some big hits there! Leon Power putting on a bone cruncher, could here it up here in bay 13, then Kuridrani followed up with one of his own….crowd booing a rolling maul by the Lions…

Apologies for my spelling of hear there, it’s cold and I’m wearing gloves… #excuses

5: But again the Brumbies fans out cheer the Lions, and Tevita Kuridrani, as if inspired, storms over after a barnestorming run! Everyone in Canberra would’ve heard that roar! Ian Prior hits the post and misses the conversion, but it’s the Brumbies 5-0.

16: These sports ears are fantastic! Can hear the action up close, ARU guru Karl Schubert is handing them out up here in bay 13 so hit him up for some…

19: More boos as the Lions opt for the points from the penalty, but that turns into a HUGE roar as Hogg hits the upright and the danger is cleared. Looks like Halfpenny’s job is safe. Typing of Halfpenny, what’s with his kicking style? No crazy routine, he just lines it up and kicks it. It’ll never catch on…

23: Gotta love Clyde Rathbone, gets the ball and just treats everyone like a speed hump…Brumbies 5-0.

Kuridrani is carving it up right now #BRUvLIO— Aquila Afeaki (@akuilabat7) June 18, 2013

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