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Super Rugby | Perth
11:00 (GMT) | 05-06-2015
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The hooter has gone, and the Dowsett kicks the ball out to bring the game to FULL-TIME.
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Force are given a penalty and they kick for touch. The Brumbies make a turnover and kick out of danger.
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Force receive a penalty and quickly punt it into touch as they are looking to make a late comeback. they win the line-out and set the drive making metres. Cottrell makes a carry but is knocked-out cold and play is brought to a stop.
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Holmes converts the kick to narrow the scores.
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Force now with a line-out 5m out and they secure it and shift the ball in midfield. Second phase play sees Holmes flip an inside ball to Moharan who breaks the line and runs over for the try. Great set move!
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Holmes converts the kick for 2 more points.
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They set the maul and receive the penalty. Force repeat the play and set the maul. Inches away are the Force and they drive over the line with the forwards. Faulkner is the try scorer.
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Brumbies now with a line-out inside their half. They secure the ball and Mogg punts down field. Force receive a penalty for Brumbies offside. Holmes kicks for the corner.
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Lealiifano's conversion drifts wide.
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Brumbies secure the line-out and drive over with a rolling Maul. Pocock again at the back scoring the try and his hat-trick.
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Holmes finds touch and Brumbies secure the line-out on halfway. The Brumbies are in the 22m of the Force and Wykes is penalised. White sticks it in the corner to set the line-out.
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Brumbies attack from a scrum as they spread the ball to Coleman who switches with Speight it midfield. Coleman gets the ball back and puts a grubber through. Haylett-Petty's kick is charged down and the Brumbies chase it down. Force are awarded a scrum for a knock-on by the Brumbies.
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Lealiifano converts the extra 2 points.
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Brumbies form the maul and are moving forward. They are brought down short and White passes to Speight who tries to bust over. He is just short but Alaalatoa receives the ball on the next phase and crashes over for the try.
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Brumbies nick the ball and Pocock runs at the line. They move it left but Cottrell is penalised for offsided. White finds touch 5m from the line.
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Brumbies win the scrum as Lealiifano tries to step is way through the defence. White shifts the ball wide but the Force bundle Tomane into touch. Force line-out on their own 22m.
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Brumbies line-out on halfway as Moore hits his jumper. They form the maul and White goes high with the boot. Holmes kicks on Mogg and Mogg replies with a high one. There was a knock-on in the air and the Brumbies have a scrum in Force territory.
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Mathewson goes down the short side. The Force attack is looking stagnant and the inevitable error occurs as the Force knock-on.
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Vaea picks up at the base but he looses it and the Force claim the ball back. Mathewson sniping and he passes to Holmes who is smashed b Tomane. Play will come back for the Vaea knock-on. Force scrum.
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Force secure a line-out and the forwards rumble forward. Faulkner makes some metres and Cummins carries forward. An error by the Force hands the Brumbies a scrum.
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White finds touch and Moore finds his jumper. Vaea carries in the backline but White's pass goes behind everyone into touch. Brumbies come away with the ball and White puts a box-kick into touch.
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Force claim the restart and Holems kicks deep.Mogg runs it back and goes high, Coleman comes away with the ball. The Force have got 7 phases together and Godwin makes good metres. The Force are into the 22m of the Brumbies but Fardy gets his hands on the ball to win the penalty turnover.
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SECOND-HALF: Brumbies flyhalf Christian Lealiifano gets the game underway.

Half Time

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Brumbies turnover the ball and Speight kicks it out to bring the game to HALF-TIME.
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Moore throws in the line-out and Arnold secures. Vaea is a carrier in the backline. A loose pass from Alexander goes behind Lealiifano and McCalman hacks it through, the chase is on but Kurindrani is back to kick it over the dead ball line. Force 5m scrum on the stroke of half-time.
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Brumbies penalised for an early engage and Holmes finds touch. Force set the maul and Hodgson breaks away. The Brumbies turnover possession and White puts a box-kick in. Haylett-Petty replies with a touch-finder on halfway.
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Brumbies form the maul from the line-out as they drive it forward. The ball spews out and Speight cleans up for the Brumbies. He hits the line hard but play is brought to a stop for an injury. Play resumes with a Brumbies scrum.
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Force get a penalty from the scrum and Mathewson takes a tap as the Force probe the Brumbies line. Hodgson is pinned for going off his feet at the breakdown and White clears for touch for a line-out on the Brumbies 10m
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Fardy secures the line-out and Lealiifano spills it, Cummins hacks it forward and collects - he is away with no one in front of him. Coleman fetches him but Cummins offloads. The Force are 5m short but they are held up over the line for a 5m scrum to the Force.
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Moore penalised for coming in the side of the ruck and Holmes finds the corner from a punt. Force secure the line-out but the Brumbries wrap up Hodgson and force the scrum turnover. Brumbies with a HUGE shove and win the penalty. White will look for touch.
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Lealiifano converts the extras.
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Steve Mafi is shown the Yellow Card for collapsing the maul. Double blow for the Force.
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White hits the corner and the Brumbies do the same- a maul with Pocock at the back. They are over the line and Pocock scores the try.
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Brumbies receive a penalty for interference with the jumper. White finds touch and the Brumbies have an attacking line-out. They form the maul and Pocock is controlling at the back. Brumbies are given the penalty for collapsing.
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Mathewson feeds and the Brumbies receive a short-arm. Mogg punts it deep and Holmes replies with a touch-finder.
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White finds touch to set the Brumbies line-out on the force 22m. Pocock looses it forward and the Force have a scrum.
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Brumbies run it out of their 22m through Kurindrani. They decide to kick and Holmes fields at the back and launches a counter. Mathewson controlling play for the Force as Hodgson takes it forward. 10 phases for the force and the Brumbies win a turnover. Mathewson is then penalised for slapping the ball down at the ruck.
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Lealiifano converts the kick from the corner to add 2 more points.
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Haylett-Petty secures the restart and Holmes makes a clearance for touch just over halfway. Brumbies secure it and Tomane is released from a set-move. Mogg takes contact to set the next phase. White moves it in the opposite direction and Lealiifano makes a burst down the touchline untouched for the try.
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Holmes converts the penalty to narrow the score margin.
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Force with some momentum now as they attack the Brumbies around halfway. Brumbies pinned for not releasing the tackler and Holmes will have another shot at goal.
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Zach Holmes has the kicking duties for the Force and his first kick is good. 3 points for the Force.
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A kick-exchange after the restart ends in favour of the Force as Lealiifano hits on on the full. Wykes secures the line-out and forms the maul and the Brumbies are penalised.
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Lealiifano curls it in and converts the kick.
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They form the maul as Pocock controls at the back. The Force are pinged for collapsing the maul. Moore opts for touch as White hits the corner. The line-out is won and the Brumbies set the maul, this time they easily drive over for the try to Pocock.
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Brumbies attack from the line-out and Hodgson is guilty of not releasing the tackler. White finds touch to set up a Brumbies line-out 20m out from the Force line.
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Force win the scrum penalty as Alexander is guilty of hinging. Holmes finds touch for a Force line-out. They secure it but Holmes puts a nothing kick into touch on the full.
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Mogg hoists a kick high and the Force cant control it giving the Brumbies an attacking scrum.
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Evener secures the line-out and the Brumbies shift it wide. They make some good ground through Vaea as he bursts through some tackles. Brumbies into the Force 22m now. 15 phases and Coleman nudges a grubber through for Tomane to chase, but Moharan is there first to dot down. 22m restart it is.
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McCalman penalised early for a ruck infringement and Lealiifano finds touch.
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KICK-OFF: Force flyhalf Zack Holmes gets the game underway
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Victory will see the Brumbies reclaim the lead in the Australian conference and a top three spot. They will be determined to make it a bonus-point win to pile pressure on the Waratahs. The force have only won one out of the previous eight meetings between the sides - Brumbies are certainly the favourites.
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The Brumbies have a lot more to play for as they are tied at the top of the Australian Conference with the Waratahs. They cannot afford a slip up against the bottom-dwelling Force.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Dane Haylett-Petty
  • 14 Luke Morahan
  • 13 Marcel Brache
  • 12 Kyle Godwin
  • 11 Nick Cummins
  • 10 Zack Holmes
  • 9 Alby Mathewson
  • 8 Ben McCalman
  • 7 Matt Hodgson
  • 6 Angus Cottrell
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 4 Sam Wykes
  • 3 Guy Millar
  • 2 Nathan Charles
  • 1 Pek Cowan
RESERVES
  • 23 Patrick Dellit
  • 22 Luke Burton
  • 21 Ryan Louwrens
  • 20 Kane Koteka
  • 19 Steve Mafi
  • 18 Tetera Faulkner
  • 17 Chris Heiberg
  • 16 Heath Tessmann
START LINE UP
  • 15 Jesse Mogg
  • 14 Henry Speight
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 12 Robbie Coleman
  • 11 Joe Tomane
  • 10 Christian Lealiifano
  • 9 Nic White
  • 8 Ita Vaea
  • 7 David Pocock
  • 6 Scott Fardy
  • 5 Blake Enever
  • 4 Rory Arnold
  • 3 Ben Alexander
  • 2 Stephen Moore
  • 1 Scott Sio
RESERVES
  • 23 James Dargaville
  • 22 Nigel Ah Wong
  • 21 Michael Dowsett
  • 20 Jarrad Butler
  • 19 Jordan Smiler
  • 18 Ruan Smith
  • 17 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 16 Josh Mann-Rea
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Preview: S15 Round 17, Part One

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 21:48

It doesn't get any bigger. It doesn't get any better. Jan de Koning looks at the two crucial matches on Friday.

It doesn't get any bigger. It doesn't get any better.

The Highlanders, the only team that can still overtake the Hurricanes at the top of Super Rugby's standings, travel to Napier for an epic all-New Zealand derby and the opening match of the penultimate weekend of league action.

Given the importance of the match and the quality of the rugby produced by these two teams this season, it is not a surprise McLean Park is set for a sell-out.

Hurricanes Chief executive James Te Puni said it was exciting to be able to take a game of this magnitude to Napier.

"There's a lot riding on this game for both teams - it will go a long way to determining the placings for the final six," Te Puni said.

Friday's other match - which happens to be an all-Australia derby across the Tasman see - will see a determined Brumbies team travel to Perth to take on the Western Force.

Victory will see the Brumbies reclaim the lead in the Australian conference and a top three spot. They will be determined to make it a bonus-point win to pile pressure on the Waratahs.

We look at Friday's matches!

Friday, June 5

Hurricanes v Highlanders

(McLean Park, Napier - Kick-off: 19.35; 07.35 GMT)

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd described last week's loss to the Crusaders as a "horrible" performance and knows his team can't afford another horror show like that against the Highlanders.

The Hurricanes require just two points to ensure they finish the regular season at the top of the standings. That will book them a home semifinal and more importantly a bye in the preliminary round of play-offs.

They can do this by winning, playing to a draw or even two bonus points. As they say in the classics: 'The ball is in their court.'

"I'm not sure of the reason why [we lost last week], but we're determined it won't happen again," he told NZ Newswire.

However, the Highlanders have the same motivational forces driving them.

A win could provide the Dunedin-based franchise with a shot at winning the New Zealand conference.

However, they will have to do it without the All Black trio of Ben Smith, Aaron Smith and Malakai Fekitoa. They are all being rested in accordance to an agreement with the New Zealand Rugby Union.

The the last time coach Jamie Joseph rested his All Blacks the Highlanders slumped to and 18-31 loss to the Brumbies, back in April.

"Good teams learn from their lessons and that was a lesson we learned [against the Brumbies]," Joseph told The Southland Times.

"Following the Brumbies game I think we won by 30 or 40 points against the Sharks," Joseph added.

"But no doubt that is what we are going to come up against this weekend against the Hurricanes.

"They were well beaten by the Crusaders so there could be a backlash against us,  so we need to prepare properly.

"We've done that as best we can and we are going to Napier knowing we are up against the best team in the competition."

Recent results:
2015: Hurricanes won 20-13, Dunedin
2014: Highlanders won 18-16, Wellington
2014: Highlanders won 35-31, Dunedin
2013: Highlanders won 49-44, Wellington
2013: Hurricanes won 23-19, Dunedin
2012: Hurricanes won 26-20, Dunedin
2012: Highlanders won 19-17, Wellington

Prediction: Waisake Naholo (nine) and TJ Perenara (eight) rank first and second respectively for tries scored this term. The Hurricanes boast the best scrum success rate (96 percent) this year, but the Highlanders have averaged the most scrums won on their own feed (7.8). The Highlanders rank second (27.6) and Hurricanes third (27.2) for points per game this year. The last two fixtures between these sides have seen 34 and 33 points scored respectively. The previous four averaged 62. Eleven of the last 15 games between these sides have seen an away win. The Landers are aiming for four consecutive victories for the first time since the first four rounds of the 2012 season. The last 13 meetings between these two sides have all been settled by seven points or fewer. The Hurricanes have looked vulnerable at times, but the Highlanders more so. The Hurricanes have one key All Black out, Ma'a Nonu. The Highlanders three - Ben and Aaron Smith, as well as Malakai Fekitoa. Advantage Hurricanes - who should win by at least a converted try in and an exciting encounter.

Teams:

Hurricanes:
15 James Marshall, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Blade Thomson, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Brad Shields, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Callum Gibbins/Willis Halaholo, 23 Cory Jane/Ma'a Nonu.

Highlanders: 15 Marty Banks, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Richard Buckman, 11 Ryan Tongia, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Elliot Dixon, 7 John Hardie, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Ash Dixon (captain), 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Joe Latta, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Scott Eade, 22 Shaun Treeby, 23 Kurt Baker.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Shane McDermott, Paul Williams
TMO: Aaron Paterson

Western Force v Brumbies
(nib Stadium, Perth - Kick-off: 19.00 AWST; 21.00 AEST; 11.00 GMT)

The Western Force have been a bitter disappointment this season. However, they can be party spoilers - as they twice did against the defending champion Waratahs, which just so happens to be their only victories of the season.

The best news to come out of Perth this week was the three-year contract extension for Wallaby loose forward Ben McCalman.

The deal, which includes an Australian Rugby Union clause that allows him one season in Japan after the World Cup, means the Force will have some stability in terms of their player resources going forward.

The Force play their last home game of the season against the Brumbies on Friday.

The Brumbies, who are on a hit and run trip only arriving in Perth on Thursday, are chasing a home semifinal.

"It's a very important game," McCalman told The West Australian.

"It's out last home game and they will be desperate for the win - being in a race against the Tahs to guarantee first place in the Australian conference."

The Brumbies are coming off a hard-earned win over the Bulls in Canberra last week.

With their season on the line, the Brumbies have posted back-to-back victories for the first time since back in mid-March and a bonus-point win against the Force will put them back to the top of the Aussie totem pole - while also booking them a top six spot and a guaranteed place in the play-offs.

The Brumbies are well aware of the threat posed by the lowly Force outfit.

"Our attitude this week is to win," fullback Jesse Mogg said in an interview on the Brumbies website.

"I think that hurt us a couple of years ago, we went over there and played really poorly and from memory I think we lost that game.

"The Force, although I guess they're sitting poorly on the table, they're still a fantastic team - hard at the breakdown and a good defensive team.  

"It's going to be really tough for us, but we're going to aim up this week and hopefully finish the regular season strong."

Recent results:
2015: Brumbies won 27-15, Canberra
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 Force have won one of their last eight against the men from Canberra. The Force's last three wins have been against fellow Australian Conference opponents, but these have stretched out over a run of 18 matches. The Brumbies have lost two of their last four at home. Prior to that,
they had lost just one of 15 in Canberra. The Force have scored the fewest points this season (212) and the Brumbies have conceded the fewest (204). The Brumbies (two) and Force (three) have scored the fewest number of tries when starting out with the ball from within their own half in 2015. The smart money is on a big Brumbies win - by 15 points or more.

Teams:

Western Force:
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Guy Millar, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Steve Mafi, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Patrick Dellit.

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

Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant referees: Damien Mitchelmore, Graham Cooper
TMO: Peter Marshall

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com


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Pocock hat-trick seals deal

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 13:10

REPORT: The Brumbies secured their place in Super Rugby's play-offs when they beat a pitiful Western Force team 33-20 in Perth on Friday.

The Brumbies secured their place in Super Rugby's play-offs when they beat a pitiful Western Force team 33-20 in Perth on Friday.

The victory, which included a David Pocock hat-trick, saw the Brumbies move to second place on the standings - with just one round remaining for the Canberra-based team.

The Canberra-based side went into the penultimate round in sixth spot on the ladder, and on equal points with defending champions the Waratahs in the Australian conference.

Leading 21-6 at half-time, the Brumbies moved into a commanding 33-6 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining.

However, they took their collective feet off the accelerator and allowed the Force two late tries and a measure of respectability to the scoreline.

A loss could have been fatal for the Brumbies, who had their 2013 campaign derailed by a shock defeat at the hands of the Force in the final round.

However, there were no such problems for the visitors this time around, as they controlled the match from the outset and dismantled the bottom team in the competition.

It has been a shocking season for the Force, and the Brumbies piled on the misery by running in the only three tries in a lopsided first half.

The Force barely touched the ball early in the match, and enjoyed an early escape when Joe Tomane was narrowly denied the game's opening try by the outstretched hand of Luke Morahan in the third minute, but it mattered little.

Former Force star David Pocock scored two tries in the first half, both from driving mauls, and added a third in the second half.

Christian Lealiifano also scored a try in the opening half, as well as producing four conversions.

Up 21-6 at the break, the Brumbies secured the bonus point they wanted when Allan Alaalatoa dived over under the posts for his team's fourth try, and his first in Super Rugby, in the 59th minute.

Brumbies skippers Stephen Moore was pleased his team rose to the challenge.

"We knew we needed the five points and very happy to get that," he said.

"Bit disappointed by the two late tries, but we will work on that during the week."

Force skipper Matt Hodgson conceded his side was on the back foot from the outset.

"The first 20-25 minutes we let them get too much momentum and they capitalised on every chance," he said.

Man of the match: Nobody in the Western Force team moved beyond the level of mediocrity and are not worthy of a mention. Henry Speight is always good value, Christian Lealiifano fives direction, Nic White's biggest value is the irritation he brings to opposing teams, Ita Vaea was powerful and Scott Fardy produced a high workrate. However, our award goes to Brumbies flank David Pocock - not just for his hat-trick, but his all-round game, including the poaching at the breakdown.

The scorers:

For the Western Force:
Tries: 
Faulkner, Morahan
Cons: Holmes 2
Pens: Holmes 2

Brumbies:
Tries:
Pocock 3, Lealiifano, Alaalatoa
Cons: Lealiifano 4

Yellow card: Steve Mafi (Western Force, 29 - repeated infringements, collapsing the maul)

Teams:

Western Force:
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Guy Millar, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Steve Mafi, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Patrick Dellit.

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

Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant referees: Damien Mitchelmore, Graham Cooper
TMO: Peter Marshall

Tetera Faulkner (71min) and Luke Morahan (74min)
TRIES
David Pocock (10min), Christian Lealiifano (18min), David Pocock (27min), Allan Alaalatoa (60min), and David Pocock (66min)
Zack Holmes (72min) and Zack Holmes (75min)
CONVERSIONS
Christian Lealiifano (11min), Christian Lealiifano (19min), Christian Lealiifano (30min), and Christian Lealiifano (61min)
Zack Holmes (14min) and Zack Holmes (16min)
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Steve Mafi (29min)
 
 
VENUE Perth
REFEREE Angus Gardner