The Australian Conference-leading Brumbies and the Reds square off on Friday night in a low-key derby, with the Canberra side already locked in as the sole Aussie finalist for 2017.
Throwback Thursday this week goes back to a time when both teams were considered heavyweights, with the Brumbies’ 38-32 win in the penultimate round of 2000 confirming their place at the top of the Super 12 standings and ultimately wrecking the Reds’ finals hopes.
The Reds seemed destined to keep their season alive when they led by a point with time almost up, but mercurial Brumbies No.10 – and Commentary Box Sports favourite – Stephen Larkham beat three defenders and plunged over next to the posts to break the Queenslanders’ hearts.
Stirling Mortlock racked up 23 points for the Brumbies in the thriller and Shane Drahm booted 22 points for the Reds, who were out-scored four tries to two.
The Brumbies went on to lose an epic final to the Crusaders 20-19, while the Reds returned to the playoffs the following season.