Brumbies 41 - 7 Western Force

Match info: Super Rugby at Canberra Stadium

Date: 27/04/2013 KO: 10:40

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Brumbies

TriesMogg (5) Mogg (5) Speight (17, 39) Speight (17, 39) Lealiifano (25) Lealifano (25) Tomane (51) Tomane (51) Siliva (68) Siliva (69)ConversionsLealifano (17, 25, 39, 51) Lealiifano (18, 26, 40, 52)PenaltiesLealifano (20) Lealiifano (21)

41
vs
7

Western Force

TriesHodgson (74, 74)ConversionsHayward (74) Hayward (75)

FT (ht: 29-0)

  • Last Updated: April 27 2013, 14:33 BST

Brumbies confirmed their status as the top side in the Super Rugby Australian Conference with a crushing victory over the Western Force at Canberra Stadium.

Henry Speight dives in for a Brumbies try
Henry Speight dives in for a Brumbies try

Tries from Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight (two), Tevita Kuridrani, Joe Tomane and Siliva Siliva capped a scintillating display that keeps the Brumbies ahead of the Reds by three points after round 11.

After a moving memorial service to commemorate ANZAC Day the Brumbies started with a bang.

Barely four minutes had elapsed when the home fans were on their feet as the hosts opened the scoring.

Sucking in the Force cover defence after a drive from a line-out, the Brumbies created space out wide, where full-back Mogg crashed through an attempted tackle to score.

Christian Lealiifano missed the conversion but his team led 5-0.

There was certainly intent among the Brumbies players to run the ball at any given opportunity and, such was their monopoly of possession, there were plenty of chances to do so as the backs were given free rein to showcase their talents in front of an appreciative crowd.

It was no surprise when another flowing move culminated in Speight coming in off the right wing to streak through the defence and dive under the posts in the 18th minute.

A straightforward penalty from Lealiifano made it 15-0 halfway through the first period before the rampant Brumbies crossed again.

Once more the backs were given space to work their magic by a strong forward platform and centre Kuridrani showed his upper body strength, carrying a would-be tackler over the line for the third try. Lealiifano duly added the extras.

Trailing 22-0 the Force needed a break, but a short spell of pressure on the Brumbies line yielded nothing and the half ended as it had begun with the Brumbies on the front foot and looking dangerous on attack.

Such was the home team's authority that they grabbed a bonus point before the break as Speight cantered over unopposed for his second try after an unselfish pass from flanker George Smith, with Lealiifano's conversion completing a brilliant opening half.

Force coach Michael Foley must have had some harsh words for his team during the interval as they came out fighting, in one case literally, leading to the sin-binning of Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore.

Even with the numerical superiority the Force could make no inroads and it was the Brumbies who stretched their lead even further with a fifth try.

After another Force error, this time at a lineout, the Brumbies worked the ball through several phases and shifted it left to the waiting Tomane.

The winger still had plenty to do but he showed magnificent acceleration to burst away from the defence and sneak in at the corner for a quite superb score.

With the game in the bag coach Jake White turned to the bench, with a number of his big hitters leaving the field to rapturous applause.

With the Force on the back foot once more it was only a matter of time before the Brumbies crossed over for a sixth try.

And, when it happened in the 68th minute, it was replacement Siliva who snaffled the score, burrowing over close to the line after another concerted phase of home pressure.

It was the first try scored by a forward in the rout.

The Force at least managed to grab a consolation score with six minutes to play as the forward pack pushed the Brumbies back over the try-line and flanker Matthew Hodgson emerged from the pile of bodies to be credited with the five-pointer.


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