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11:05 (GMT) | 11-03-2016
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Lealiifano adds one last conversion and the game ends with a31-14 Brumbies win. That is FULL-TIME here in Perth.
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Pocock works his way over from a messy ruck - which followed a messy maul - but the call goes to the TMO. He goes back to a previous maul and finds footage of Josh Mann-Rea having scored at the original maul!
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Brumbies set up one last line-out near Force line.
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Brumbies knock on and the Force have one last shot at a bonus point. Another massive scrum by Brumbies and it is a penalty.
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Force looking to run it from their own 22. They work it through a few ineffective phases.
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Massive scrum and heel against the head by Brumbies, but they turn it over on the Force line
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Another scrum reset - the scrums have been a real waste of time in this match.
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Staniforth steals it in the tackle and the ball is hacked downfield.
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Now Lealiifano puts it directly into touch and the Force have an attacking line-out
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Great steal by Tom Staniforth and Brumbies clear their lines
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Another big hit by Hodgson and the Force win a penalty - they set up a line-out inside Brumbies 22
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Brumbies set up a maul, but the Force defends well and win a turnover
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Scrum penalty to the Brumbies
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Scrum reset
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Another turnover against the Force, as the Brumbies stop a maul and gets a scrum geed near the Force 22
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Peter Grant adds the conversion - 14-24
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Ben Tapuai gets a second try for the Brumbies - a move started inside their own half, a sublime grubber and great interpassing exposing the Brumbies' defebce.
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Pocock wins another breakdown penalty, but now Tomane can't find touch
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Scrum penalty to the Western Force and Peter Grant kicks the ball a 'massive' 25m downfield
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Game is grinding to a halt - slowing moving from one set piece to another, with short bursts of energy from both sides.
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Force desperately looking for a way back into the game, but David Pocock wins yet another penalty at the breakdown for his team.
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Force required to make plenty of tackles now. Brumbies looking to kill off the game right here.
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Semisi Masirewa will now spend 10 minutes in the sin bin for tackling a player in the air
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Christian Lealiifano adds the coversion - 24-7
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Sam Carter breaks the line and with the Brumbies on the front foot it is only a matter of time - Joe Tomane gets the five-pointer.
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Brumbies steal a line-out throw and then gp wide to the right, before bringing it back to the left touchline.
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Brumbies building pressure as phases ho into double digits - then they concede a penalty just 10m out
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Brumbies looking to settle down into a pattern now. Some good ball retention.
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Brumbies set up a maul, but the ball is spilled and the Force have the scrum feed 5m from their own line.
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Another penalty to the Brumbies. This game descending into a royal mess - moments of brilliance with long periods of boredom
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Becoming very sloppy - Brumbies cough up a ball deep inside Force half, but the home team returns the favour
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Not much in that and they go back to the original penalty to the Brumbies.
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Lots of ordinary kicking now .... eventually Brumbies win a penalty near their own 10m line. The TMO is looking at a possible neck grapple
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Brumbies win a turnover, but knock on near halfway.
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Jono Lance gets the second half underway

Half Time

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Force take it through a few phases and then cough up another penalty at the breakdown. The hooter for HALF-TIME goes and the teams get a chance to regroup. There were some great moments, but mostly it was an penalty-infested first half. See you in 10 minutes.
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Penalty to the Western Force, as Ben Alexander plays the scrumhalf behind a ruck
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Brumbies win the line-out and Toua finds rouch, but still inside Brumbies 22. However, Cowan is isolated and Pocock wins a penalty turnover
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Momentum has shifted. Force win a turnover and a grubber drives the Brumbies back to just 5m from their own line.
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Jono Lance adds the extras - 7-17
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Brilliant dummy and the switch by Joo Lance allows Luke Morahan to sprint over
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Force working it through the phases, but mostly sideways - finally they are into the Brumbies' 22
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The Force make a real mess of that - try butchered, although the Brumbies' defence certainly contributed by applying pressure. Ball hacked into touch on Brumbies 22
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Another penalty to the Force and now the referee is talking to both captains, who seems more interested in talking to each other that listening to the referee.
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Now it is a free kick to the Force. Players testing the referee's patience here
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Force opt for a scrum. Scrum reset.
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Another penalty to the Force and this time Tomas Cubeli will spend 10 minutes in the sin bin
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Force set up a line-out inside the Brumbies 22
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Finally a penalty going the Western Force's way - Fardy not supporting his body weight
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Christian Lealiifano adds the extras - 17-0
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Brumbies go wide with this one and then bring it back to midfield - they work their way into the Force 22. Fardy breaks the line and offloads to Toomua is over - TRY TIME!
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Yet another penalty against the Force, this time for offside.
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Force can't buy a trick at the moment - even when they do get possession they cough it up through sloppy play. Brumbies scrum feed near Force 10m line
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Another penalty to the Brumbies at the breakdown - the Force are in deep trouble, as there is already a team warning out and another card can't be too far away
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Christian Lealiifano adds the extras - 10-0
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Stephen Moore gets the armchair ride over the line - TRY TIME!
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Another collapsed maul and Pek Cowan will spend 10 minutes in the sin bin
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The maul is collapsed and the referee brings them back for a penalty and a chat to captain Matt Hodgson
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Clever move around the front of the line-out by Moore and Gardy - Brumbies get another penalty just outside the Force 22. They set up a line-out - drive coming.
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Yet another penalty at the breakdown, this time against the Force - very messy at the moment.
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Quite a bit of aimless kicking by both teams now - it's a territory game
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Tit-for-tat ... Brumbies penalised 10m out for holding on in the tackle.
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It is the Force's turn to get penalised at the breakdown, on their own 22
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Now the Brumbies concede a breakdown penalty on the Force 22
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Brumbies take it through the phases, but cough the ball up just a metre from the line.
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Force fail to field a high bomb and the Brumbies are quickly back on attack deep in enemy territory
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Christian Lealiifano slots the penalty from 35m out to make it 3-0
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Massive forward pass overlooked by the referee, who eventually brings the Brumbies back for an offside penalty.
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Matt Toomua gets the game underway. Big hit early by Stephen Moore!
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Teams are taking to the field!
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There is a late change to the Brumbies bench - Robbie Coleman coming on for Andrew Smith
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It is clear, with the winds east to southeasterly at 25 to 35 km/h. It is a nice balmy evening, perfect for rugby!
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The Force have won two of their last three matches and will now be hunting for consecutive wins for the first time since Round 13, 2014.
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The Brumbies have won seven of their last eight matches against the Force - including a current winning streak of four matches, the longest in the history of this fixture.
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Welcome to Perth for live coverage of this Super Rugby match between the Western Force and Brumbies!
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Ross Haylett-Petty
  • 14 Luke Morahan
  • 13 Ben Tapuai
  • 12 Junior Rasolea
  • 11 Semisi Masirewa
  • 10 Jono Lance
  • 9 Ian Prior
  • 8 Ben McCalman
  • 7 Matt Hodgson
  • 6 Brynard Stander
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 4 Dane Haylett-Petty
  • 3 Jermaine Ainsley
  • 2 Heath Tessmann
  • 1 Pek Cowan
RESERVES
  • 23 Marcel Brache
  • 22 Peter Grant
  • 21 Alby Mathewson
  • 20 Angus Cottrell
  • 19 Steve Mafi
  • 18 Guy Millar
  • 17 Chris Heiberg
  • 16 Nathan Charles
START LINE UP
  • 15 Aidan Toua
  • 14 Henry Speight
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 12 Matt Toomua
  • 11 Joe Tomane
  • 10 Christian Lealiifano
  • 9 Tomas Cubelli
  • 8 Jarrad Butler
  • 7 David Pocock
  • 6 Scott Fardy
  • 5 Sam Carter
  • 4 Rory Arnold
  • 3 Ben Alexander
  • 2 Stephen Moore
  • 1 Scott Sio
RESERVES
  • 23 Nigel Ah Wong
  • 22 Robbie Coleman
  • 21 Michael Dowsett
  • 20 Jordan Smiler
  • 19 Tom Staniforth
  • 18 Les Makin
  • 17 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 16 Josh Mann-Rea
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S18 PREVIEW: ROUND THREE, PART ONE

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 22:31

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round Three.

Will the Hurricanes end their losing streak?

After finishing top of the standings last year, the men from Wellington lost to the Highlanders in the Final and have lost both their matches his season.

They came close to edging the Highlanders in a replay of the Final last week, but something still seems amiss.

And there is another unwanted omen in that the Blues - who themselves are looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance last week - streaked away with six tries to smash the Canes 40-12 in their pre-season match.

The second match on Friday has the table-topping Brumbies against the Western Force, an all Australian derby that could be a one-sided affair.

The Force beat the Reds last week in a dour derby, a result which cost Reds coach Richard Graham his job.

You get the sense the Force's win - a resulted bloated by a late try against a very desponded opposition - had more to do with how bad the Reds were than anything constructive by the Force.

And the Brumbies would certainly fancy their chances in this game.

We look at the Friday, March 11, matches below!


(Eden Park, Auckland - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

Blues coach Tana Umaga has reacted in the most dramatic fashion to his team's loss last week, as he wrung the changes.

However, it is Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd who is feeling the pressure.

Playing in the competitive New Zealand conference - unlike the Aussie group where only two teams seem to be genuine contenders - the Hurricanes have no place to hide.

"None [wins] from three [starts] is not terminal, but you start putting yourself in a tough position," Boyd told NZ Newswire.

And the Blues are not far from being in the same boat.

And opening round win over the Highlanders was followed by last week's disappointing showing against the Crusaders.

It is up front where Umaga is looking for an improved performance from his pack.

"At stages we will be put under pressure and it's how we deal with the pressure on the field," Umaga told the NZ Herald.

"It's great to be able to look at that after the game, but it's about how we make the shifts on the field [which is important].

"We've been working hard at that."

There is additional motivation for the Hurricanes - with their South African import, prop Reggie Goodes, set to play in his 50th Super Rugby match.

However, they have been off the pace and need to get in a position where they command the respect of the opposition.

"We talked about it last year and also this year," Goodes told the Dominion Post, adding: "Consistency is key for us and every game we need to perform at our peak as a pack and work as an eight.

"We're striving for that this year; the first game it wasn't quite there but it's on the right path," said Goodes.

Recent results:
2015: Hurricanes won 29-5, Auckland
2015: Hurricanes won 30-23, Palmerston North
2014: Blues won 37-24, Auckland
2014: Hurricanes won 39-20, Wellington
2013: Blues won 28-6, Auckland
2013: Blues won 34-20, Wellington

Prediction: The spoils are spilt at five wins apiece in the last 10 clashes between these teams, though the Hurricanes have found victory in their last two. The Hurricanes have stolen victory in five of their last nine visits to the Blues' home territory. Despite scoring 33 points in their Round One win against the Highlanders the Blues still average just 14 points scored across their last four games at home. Since the Blues' last win over the Hurricanes (Round 16, 2014) they've won only one of their 12 matches against New Zealand opponents. The Hurricanes are enduring their longest losing streak (three games) since they were defeated eight times in a row across the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Blues, in both pre-season and in the opening round, showed glimpses of Tana Umaga turning the team around. They are the most likely to bounce back, but the winning margin will be in single digits.

Teams:

Blues: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Rene Ranger, 13 Male Sa'u, 12 George Moala, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Jerome Kaino (captain), 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Steven Luatua, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Ofa Tu'ungafasi.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt McGahan, 23 Melani Nanai.

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 TBC, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Blade Thomson, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles/Leni Apisai, 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Apisai/Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Willis Halaholo, 23 TBC.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Brett Johnson (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

(nib (Stadium, Perth - Kick-off: 19.05 AWST; 22.05 AEDT; 11.05 GMT)

The Brumbies head to Perth this week for the start of a three-week road trip - which will also see them play the Stormers in Cape Town and the Cheetahs Bloemfontein.

Brumbies utility Nigel Ah Wong warned of the threat posed by a Western Force side that is coming off a confidence-boosting win against the Reds.

"We're expecting a tough challenge," Ah Wong said in an interview on the Brumbies' website.

"They're going to be tough at home.

"Obviously they've got a new game plan as well this season and we're going to do our best to defend that and hopefully get the win."

Force coach Michael Foley said his side is looking to carry the momentum from last weekend into Friday's showdown with the team from the nation's capital.

"We were pleased with the result last weekend," Foley said.

"And we're looking to continue to improve the speed of our game.

"Irrespective of our travel schedule, skill work remains a priority.

We believe this will ultimately lead to us converting more of the opportunities we're creating."

Recent results:
2015: Brumbies won 33-20, Perth
2015: Brumbies won 27-15, Canberra
2014: Brumbies won 47-25, Canberra
2014: Brumbies won 47-14, Perth
2013: Force won 21-15, Perth
2013: Brumbies won 41-7, Canberra

Prediction: The Brumbies have won seven of their last eight matches against the Force - including a current winning streak of four matches, the longest in the history of this fixture. The Brumbies have conceded just 20 first half points in their last four matches against the Force, scoring 85 themselves in this run. The Force have won two of their last three matches and will now be hunting for consecutive wins for the first time since Round 13, 2014. After the opening two rounds the Western Force are one of only two teams (Stormers) yet to miss a place kick at goal (both 11 from 11). Brumbies flanker Scott Fardy has won five turnovers so far this season, the equal second most of any player and the most of any player who is yet to concede a turnover. It is tough to see the Force beating the Brumbies, who we feel will win by 20 points or more.

Teams:

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Solomoni Rasolea, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Guy Millar, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Alby Mathewson, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Marcel Brache.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano (co-captain), 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (co-captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Joss Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.

Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia), Michael Hogan (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Brumbies too good for Force

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:16

REPORT: The Brumbies remained unbeaten in this year's Super Rugby competition when they beat the Western Force 31-14 in Perth on Friday.

The Canberra side outscored the Force by four tries to two in a match that saw three yellow cards handed out by referee Andrew Lees.

Flyhalf Christian Lealiifano gave the visitors the lead in the second minute with a penalty as the the Force being pegged back in their own half almost from minute one.

The home team's ill-discipline was starting to become a huge factor in the first half with Pekahou Cowan getting yellow carded for collapsing the maul after repeated infringements.

The Brumbies took full advantage of their extra man when captain Stephen Moore dotted the ball down from another driving maul, which stemmed from the Cowan penalty.

The visitors got their second try a few minutes later when Scott Fardy broke through the Force defence to feed Matt Toomua for the score.

The Brumbies were sitting on a comfortable 17-0 lead, but then opened the door for the Force to come back into the game after scrumhalf Tomás Cubelli got yellow carded for kicking the ball away.

After sustained pressure in the Brumbies half, the Force finally got on the scoreboard when a dummy from Jono Lance put Luke Morahan through a gap for a try.

That score gave the home side some much-needed confidence for the rest half, but could not add to their tally with Brumbies taking a 17-7 lead into half-time.

The Brumbies extended their lead 15 minutes after the break after some sustained pressure with Joe Tomane breaking through a poor Force defence for his team's third try.

Things then just got worse for the Force when wing Semisi Masirewa was yellow carded for tackling Henry Speight in the air.

Despite going a man down, the Force upped the ante and after a good grubber by replacement flyhalf Peter Grant it was Morahan who sent centre Ben Tapui away for his team's second try. Grant converted and the Brumbies' lead was cut to ten points with just 14 minutes remaining.

The home side tried to find another way through the Brumbies defence in the final ten, but instead it was the visitors who scored a fourth try through replacement hooker Josh Mann-Rea just before full-time.   

Man of the Match: Matt Hodgson and David Pocock were both brilliant for their respective teams. They carried the ball like demons and put in a number of tackles on defence. However, it was Pocock with his brilliance at the breakdowns who takes the award.  

The scorers:

For Western Force:
Try: Morahan, Tapui
Con: Lance, Grant

For Brumbies:
Tries: Moore, Toomua, Tomane, Mann-Rea
Cons: Lealiifano 4
Pen: Lealiifano

Yellow cards: Pekahou Cowan (Western Force, 15 - repeated infringements, collapsing the maul); Tomás Cubelli (Brumbies, 27 - professional foul, kicking the ball away); Semisi Masirewa (Western Force, 56 - dangerous play, taking the man out in the air)

Teams:

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Solomoni Rasolea, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Guy Millar, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Alby Mathewson, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Marcel Brache.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano (co-captain), 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (co-captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.

Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia), Michael Hogan (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Luke Morahan (33min) and Ben Tapuai (66min)
TRIES
Stephen Moore (16min), Matt Toomua (22min), Joe Tomane (55min), and Josh Mann-Rea (81min)
Jono Lance (34min) and Peter Grant (67min)
CONVERSIONS
Christian Lealiifano (17min), Christian Lealiifano (23min), Christian Lealiifano (56min), and Christian Lealiifano (82min)
 
PENALTIES
Christian Lealiifano (2min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Pek Cowan (15min) and Semisi Masirewa (57min)
Tomas Cubelli (27min)
 
 
VENUE Perth
REFEREE Andrew Lees