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Super Rugby | Canberra
08:40 (GMT) | 06-03-2015
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That's all for Friday but join us tomorrow for four massive games as the Blues host the Lions then the Reds take on the Waratahs. In South Africa the Bulls face the Cheetahs while the Stormers welcome the Sharks! See you then!
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Brumbies still attacking in the 80th minute but it leads to a knock on as the hooter sounds so the Force have one last chance as Rasolea makes a break into the Brumbies half. The ball squirts out of the ruck and the Brumbies grab it, but again it comes out fore the Force but Godwin tries a grubber that rolls out to end the game! FULL TIME!
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Again the Force get the maul from the lineout - this time from a knock on at the maul. Inside the 22 now but JP Smith turns it over again! The Force try to get it back but it is illegal and the Brumbies have a penalty to release the pressure
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Force poach the line out and keep attacking but Andrew Smith manages to nab the ball on the ground as Tommua clears from the new ruck, Brache takes it quick as the Force keep searching for some points
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Force keep pushing but their runners are all very flat! Lealiifano puts in a good spot tackle - the Brumbie's defense is ruthless as Holmes gets bundled into touch! 16 phases for no result!
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Another penalty for the Force and they go quickly, Ebersohn almost gets through as they keep pushing on the front foot - 5m out
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Scrum goes down and the Force get a penalty right in front but it is time to go for the try as they set the lineout 5m out...
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The Force are pushing hard as the clock winds down, dominating possession but not getting any where... Holmes gets a good break, but there is no support as he is isolated and the ball gets turned over... However, the Force keep the ball as they were going forward when the ball went dead at the ruck
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Mafi! He picks up from the middle of the ruck and runs straight pass the defensive line, it is the bog lock against the replacements Dagarville at full back and the little man is bounced back hard - but it does slow Mafi down and allows the scramble defence to cover. Brumbies scrum
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Force looking desperate now as a Cummins grubber goes a little too deep and is easily dotted down by the Brumbies for a 22m. The ball is kicked back by the Force and again, a long box-kick goes too far and is dotted down again
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Brumbies look to calm things down as Lealiifano pops over the PENALTY
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Scrum is steady but MCalman is forced to retreat as Tommua wraps him up, the ball is turned over and Robbie Coleman spots some space,m he steps and is brought down 5ms out but the Brumbies have a penalty on the 5m line!
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Huge tackle from a hospital ball on Lealiifano from Godwin! There is a knock on and it earns the Force a scrum.
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Holmes adds the extras from in front of the posts
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Alcock gets close for the force after the second phase from the scrum, the Brumbies defending on their line. The ball gets slowed down as Zack Holmes almost gets through, more front foot ball sees the Force inches away as finally Steve Mafi gets the TRY from close range!
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Force scrum is settled but they struggle to make much metres from the clerance as the Brumbies come again. A chip kick is gathered and the Force counter all the way back into the Brumbies 22m, there is a knock and the Force have a scrum in a good position
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Brumbies on the attack again after winning a penalty from the lineout, they try a set piece move off the next lineout but Kuridrani cant hold onto the ball as the Force set their scrum
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Brumbies have a good attacking line out after a counter attack and good grubber kick for Lealiifano. The maul is set and gets close, White snipes and scores the TRY!
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Force now making some good metres through both forwards and backs but Godwin loses the ball as the Brumbies look to run it out in a counter attack. Alcock smahes Kuridrani and knocks the ball out of his hands as Rasolea picks up but the ref has blown his whistle and goes back for an advantage earlier
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Scrums becoming an issue now as a number of resets sees the referee swap sides to see what is happening. It had to come... Penalty against Alexander for not taking the hit - Force kick into touch just past halfway
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Brumbies are straight into their running but an inside pop-pass misses Coleman and is knocked on as the Force get the scrum
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We are back for the SECOND HALF as Zack Holmes gets us underway

Half Time

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Force get a penalty after a big scrum battle where the ball lay in the middle. Holmes decides on a kick at goal and he nails the PENALTY on HALFTIME!
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Nick White looks to run the ball back after the Force kick deep, he flings a long pass that Kuridrani can not control, it is knocked on and the Force have one last shot to attack from a scrum near halfway
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Penalty goes against the Force in a good attacking position - White clears their lines
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Zack Holmes takes an inside ball that he was not expecting and controls well, he is brought down and the ball goes dead at the ruck so it is a Force scrum close to the Brumbies line
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18 phases for the Force as the Brumbies continue patiently defending. There is a long ball that is almost intercepted by Coleman but it is knocked on and the Force have a scrum
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Force secure their attacking line out - just about - as Matthewson tries a snipe and makes it into the Brumbies 22m. Alcock mages a barging run that gets them within 5ms as they continue bashing away
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It is scrum time again, this time for the Force inside their half. They hold steady as Godwin sends it off to Robbie Coleman and a kicking battle ensues
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Scrum time for the Brumbies, but it goes down and we need a rest. The ref has had enough with Faulkner's binding so the Brumbies get the penalty which White tries to boot to touch - but misses
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No charge down this time as Lealiifano nails the CONVERSION
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Speight! so close! He gets the ball after some slick hands from Stephen Moore, Speight steps but is brought down from behind by Godwin. at the ruck Benny Alexander picks ups and makes it over the line for the TRY
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Brumbies playing some intelligent footy, a great grubber puts Speight into a hole to chase but Morahan cleans up and kicks away the ball is then returned into some space and the Brumbies win the territory battle
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Holmes lines up the penalty but it is away to the left
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Force are camped on the Brumbies 22m line and are not getting any where - turnover! Toomua makes a break but he is holding on as McCalman wins the penalty
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A few mistakes each way sees the Force get a penalty after a good lineout from the Brumbies. The Force send the ball into touch as they try to take their opportunity from a lineout
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Amazingly, Lealiifano's conversion attempt is charged down by Brache! Don't see that every day!
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TRY! Joe Tomane gets the score after dancing down the left-hand touch line but it was the build up that was really impressive as Arnaold, Butler and then Lealiifano all offloaded out of the tackle to set the wing away!
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TRY! Badger sure knows his way to getting a meat-pie! (Try for those who have no idea what Nick Cummins is saying half the time)
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Could it be? Has the Honey Badger got a try with his second touch? The ball was swung quickly to the left to Cummins who had to deal Nic White and Henry Speight right in the corner... they want to see if his elbow touched the chalk first
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Force have their first chance to attack but it is the Brumbies defense that looks more impressive as Speight smashes Nick Cummins
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Lealiifano makes it 7-0 with his CONVERSION
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The Brumbies are really backing their lineout an maul as they set another 5m lineout. the target is found and the maul rumbles on, Buttler breaks away but is brought down short. TRY! It is Rory Arnold, all 2.08m of him that picks the ball up and drives it over the line for the first points of the game
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First scrum of the game goes to the Brumbies after the ball goes dead at the ruck. They attack on the left and flood into the 22 but a good Brache spot tackle pushed them backwards until a penalty is given to the Brumbies for Pek Cowan not rolling away.
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Another maul, but it is brought down legally, they look to play the forwards but it is knocked on and the Force get it into touch 15 inside their half
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It is a great maul by the Brumbies who have used this weapon effectively in the past weeks. Another penalty for a collapse of the maul and the Brumbies decide to go for another line out - 5m out
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Brumbies stretch their legs early on as the ball is swung through the hands to Joe Tomane, he gets a high tackle and the Brumbies get a penalty which they kick into the corner for a lineout.
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We are underway in Canberra as Matt Toomua kicks off
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It is a clear evening in Canberra but there is a bit of wind around - hopefully that means less kicks and more tries!
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The Force produced one of the biggest upsets in Round One when they defeated the defending champion Waratahs at their home in Sydney. However, the next two weeks saw them fumble against the Reds and then receive a hiding from the Hurricanes 42-13. The men from Perth will be desperate to follow up their Round One showing against a tough Brumbies outfit
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The Brumbies started the competition like a house on fire when they demolished the Reds 47-3. However the Chiefs dished out a defeat to them in the next round while they managed to pip the Rebels in Round Three. The home team will be targeting this match for another win as they look to get their season on a roll.
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Welcome to this Aussie derby coming to you from Canberra with the Brumbies taking on the Western Force!
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  • 15 Tom Banks
  • 14 James Dargaville
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 12 Christian Lealiifano
  • 11 Chance Peni
  • 10 Wharenui Hawera
  • 9 Matt Lucas
  • 8 Isireli Naisarani
  • 7 David Pocock
  • 6 Tom Cusack
  • 5 Blake Enever
  • 4 Rory Arnold
  • 3 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 2 Folau Fainga'a
  • 1 Scott Sio
  • 23 Andrew Smith
  • 22 Kyle Godwin
  • 21 Joe Powell
  • 20 Michael Oakman-Hunt
  • 19 Sam Carter
  • 18 Leslie Leulua'lali'l-Makin
  • 17 Nic Mayhew
  • 16 Robbie Abel
  • 15 Dane Haylett-Petty
  • 14 Marcel Brache
  • 13 Curtis Rona
  • 12 Billy Meakes
  • 11 Alex Newsome
  • 10 Peter Grant
  • 9 Michael Ruru
  • 8 Isireli Naisarani
  • 7 Matt Hodgson
  • 6 Ross Haylett-Petty
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 4 Matt Philip
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 1 Pekahou Cowan
  • 23 James Verity-Amm
  • 22 Jono Lance
  • 21 Ian Prior
  • 20 Richard Hardwick
  • 19 Lewis Carmichael
  • 18 Shambeckler Vui
  • 17 Francois Van Wyk
  • 16 Anaru Rangi
  • 3 Tetera Faulkner
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Preview: S15 Round Four, Part One

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:55

Hold onto your seats, this ride could get scary. We look at Friday's two Super Rugby Round Four games - both domestic derbies.

Hold onto your seats, this ride could get scary. Yes, we may only have two Friday matches, but they are derbies and those are as unpredictable as they come.

The underperforming Highlanders know they will have to be much more clinical if they are to have a chance of beating the unbeaten Chiefs in Hamilton in Friday's Round Four opener.

The Highlanders had not quite clicked in their first two matches, while the Chiefs showed some ominous form in putting 40 points past the Crusaders last week.

It is almost an exact replica in the day's other game - when we head across the Tasman sea for the all-Australian derby between the Brumbies and Western Force in Canberra.

The hosts, the Brumbies, are Australia's form team. The Western Force, after knocking over the defending champion Waratahs, have lost their way somewhat.

We look at Friday's games!

Friday, March 6

Chiefs v Highlanders
(Waikato Stadium, Hamilton - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

The Chiefs will have been buoyed by the 40-16 belting they handed the seven-time champion Crusaders last week.

Not surprising then to find Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph in an apprehensive mood.

Joseph described the Chiefs as the form team of the competition.

"They punished the Crusaders last weekend and that's a wake-up call for everyone," he told the Otago Daily Times.

"Their off-loading ability, led by Sonny Bill Williams and Liam Messam, is a big threat."

Like all coaches he believes there is a way to nullify the threat posed by Williams.

"We need to make our tackles on Sonny Bill and deny him time and space," the Highlanders coach said.

Joseph said the Highlanders had to ensure they got enough territory and ball in hand at Waikato Stadium.

"Our skill level under pressure hasn't been great so far," he said.

"We need to make players accountable for the execution of their skill levels even though we may not have the depth of the Chiefs."

Joseph said his squad were looking forward to heading on the road after opening their season with two matches in Dunedin.

Recent results:
2014: Highlanders won 29-25, Dunedin
2014: Chiefs won 21-19, Hamilton
2013: Chiefs won 19-7, Hamilton
2013: Chiefs won 41-27, Dunedin
2012: Chiefs won 27-21, Dunedin
2012: Highlanders won 23-19, Hamilton

Prediction: The Chiefs won their first three games of the season in 2010 and 2014, but went on to lose their fourth game in each of those years. The Highlanders (94.1 percent) and Chiefs (93.8 percent) rank first and second respectively when it comes to line-out success rate in 2015. No side has shipped more penalties per game than the Chiefs this season (12.7) and they have benefitted from fewer opposition penalties per game (8.7) than any other team as well. The Highlanders rank second for turnovers won this season, with an average of nine per game so far. The Dunedin-based side has seen their opponents maintain a ruck success rate of 91 percent; no team in Super Rugby has had their opponents average a lower success rate at the ruck. Charlie Ngatai and Waisake Naholo are two of only six players in Super Rugby to beat at least 10 defenders so far this season. The Highlanders are likely to make life unpleasant for the home team, but the Chiefs should take it by at least 10 points.


Chiefs: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Hosea Gear, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Liam Messam (captain)/Maama Vaipulu, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Johan Bardoul, 5 Michael Fitzgerald, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Mitchell Graham, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Michael Leitch/Maama Vaipulu, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Andrew Horrell.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 Elliot Dixon, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Mark Reddish, 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Josh Hohneck.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Brendon Edmonds, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Jason Emery.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Wratt (New Zealand)

Brumbies v Western Force
(GIO Stadium, Canberra - Kick-off: 19.40; 16.40 AWST; 08.40 GMT)

There is a good reason why the Brumbies are leading the Australian conference.

They have star quality in their team and as they showed a fortnight ago (suffering a two-point loss) are one of the few outfits who can live with the high-riding Chiefs.

TheBrumbies were a touch below par when they ground out a 20-15 win on the road against the Rebels last week, but it may just have been the wake-up call required.

The Western Force, in stark contrast, seem to have reverted to their most erratic form - a fine win over the Waratahs in week one undone by two defeats - including a 42-13 trashing at the hands of the Hurricanes.

The Brumbies are confident they can overcome the pitfalls come with these Australian derbies - which more often than not become a drag-out, beat-down arm-wrestle.

"It's massive," Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua told the Canberra Times.

"You top your conference you go into the finals, so any local derbies are always big ones.

"We don't want to look too far ahead, but we know we've got three to go then we're on a break," he said of a game that is the second of four straight games against Australian team - which will also seem them take on the Reds  and Waratahs.

"Four points you get is four points you take off them, which is important in the conference, it's much more than just a normal game."

The Force will welcome back iconic Wallaby wing Nick Cummins for his first game of the season after recovering from ankle surgery.

Brumbies fullback Robbie Coleman said the Force was renowned for its tough play in the forwards.

"They can really get you caught in that grindy style of rugby and they've had a really good start to the season," Coleman told the Canberra Times.

"They can force you into a sloppy game, so we want to play our style no matter how they're doing it.

"It's a huge game for us and we want to put in a good performance."

Recent results:
2014: Brumbies won 47-25, Canberra
2014: Brumbies won 27-14, Perth
2013: Force won 21-15, Perth
2013: Brumbies won 41-7, Canberra
2012: Brumbies won 28-17, Perth
2012: Brumbies won 19-17, Canberra

Prediction: The first 12 meetings between these sides yielded an average aggregate score of 39 points with only one game in this run seeing more than 41 points scored. However, their most recent clash in July 2014 saw 72 points scored in a 47-25 win for the Brumbies. The Force rank last when it comes to tackling (82 percent) and scrum (58 percent) success rates so far in 2015. The Brumbies have averaged fewer metres (281) and breaks (four) per game than any other side this season, despite kicking from hand less often than any other side on average (17.3). The Canberra-based side has been awarded more penalties per game (15) than any other team so far, as well as conceding the fewest (9 per game). No player was won more line-outs than the Brumbies' Sam Carter (20) so far, whilst Rory Arnold and the Force's Steve Mafi rank joint fifth in this regard (13). With the Force and upset is always likely, but the smart money will be on the Brumbies to win by 10 to 15 points.


Brumbies: 15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Jarred Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Blake Enever, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Jesse Mogg.

Western Force: 15 Luke Morahan. 14 Marcel Brache. 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Solomoni Jnr Rasolea, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Steve Mafi, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Sias Ebersohn, 23 Luke Burton.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Andrew Lees (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Brumbies' fortress stands firm

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:32

MATCH REPORT: The Brumbies scored a bonus-point (27-15) win over the Western Force on Friday, reaffirming their championship credentials.

The Brumbies scored a bonus-point (27-15) win over the Western Force in Canberra on Friday, reaffirming their championship credentials.

It was the Brumbies' 10th consecutive home win, while they also collected four-try bonus points in their last five match in Canberra.

The result sees the Brumbies go to the top of the standings, for at least the next 24 hours.

The win continues the Canberra-based side's strong start to the Super Rugby season, with their third win in four outings, while the Force slipped to their third loss of the campaign.

The Brumbies were always in control of the Australian derby with a strong set-piece, which rewarded them with three tries.

Lock Rory Arnold powered over off a maul in the seventh minute and wing Joe Tomane finished off a passing rush six minutes later.

In between, Wallabies wing Nick Cummins scored on his first match back for Force from a stint in Japan.

But prop Ben Alexander scored the Brumbies' third try in the 23rd minute muscling over close to the try-line.

The Brumbies led 19-8 at half-time, but extended their lead in the 49th minute with a fourth try by scrumhalf Nic White off the back of a rolling maul to clinch the four-try bonus point.

Lock Steve Mafi burrowed over for the Force's second try, but Christian Lealiifano kept the Force comfortably at bay with a 63rd-minute penalty.

The Perth-based Force had plenty of possession in the final stages, but could not break the Brumbies' defensive line.

"I thought our defence was really good, the Force kept trying but we have to be a fair bit better than that going forward," Brumbies skipper Stephen Moore said.

"We have worked really hard on our rolling maul, we don't want to overdo it but it's pleasing to get some results from it on the field."

Force skipper Sam Wykes was proud of the effort, but disappointed in the outcome.

"We fought right to the end to try and get something out of this game," Wykes said.

"The Brumbies are a quality team and they showed that in their defence tonight."

Man of the match: Lock Steve Mafi the Western Force's most productive player. Brumbies second row forward Rory Arnold also deserves an honourable mention, for hard graft, while Joe Tomane made plenty of metres. However, our award goes to the Brumbies' livewire scrumhalf Nic White - for his controlled performance.

The scorers:

For the Brumbies:
Arnold, Tomane, Alexander, White
Cons:  Lealiifano 2
Pen:  Lealiifano

For the Western Force:
Cummins, Mafi
Con: Holmes
Pen: Holmes


Brumbies: 15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Jarred Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Blake Enever, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Jesse Mogg.

Western Force: 15 Luke Morahan. 14 Marcel Brache. 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Solomoni Jnr Rasolea, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Steve Mafi, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Sias Ebersohn, 23 Luke Burton.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Andrew Lees (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Rory Arnold (7min)
Christian Lealiifano (8min) and Christian Lealiifano (25min)
Christian Lealiifano (63min)
VENUE Canberra
REFEREE Marius van der Westhuizen