Canberra - The Brumbies scored six tries to crush the Force 41-7 in a
lopsided Australian derby to extend their lead at the top of the Super Rugby standings in Canberra on Saturday.
Fijian wing Henry Speight
scored a double to become the tournament's leading tryscorer as the
Brumbies had little trouble in tossing aside the inept Force.
White's Brumbies bounced back from the previous week's dogged 19-19
draw with the Reds to play some scintillating rugby and
wrapped up a four-try bonus point by halftime.
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The Brumbies raced
to a 15-0 lead in 21 minutes after tries to fullback Jesse Mogg and
Speight and scored further tries to Fijian centre Tevita Kuridrani and a
second one to Speight to lead 29-0 at halftime.
Even though they
were reduced to 14 men by the sin-binning of Wallaby hooker Stephen
Moore four minutes after the resumption they continued on with their
Winger Joe Tomane swept on to a one-handed offload
from flyhalf Matt Toomua to score in the corner and Australia Under-20
hooker Siliva Siliva powered over for his first Super Rugby try with 11
minutes left for the Brumbies to lead 41-0.
The Force finally
crossed the line when skipper Matt Hodgson scored off the back of a
rolling maul with six minutes left for Force's consolation converted
Christian Lealiifano kicked four conversions and a penalty to finish with 11 points.
didn't quite get a result in Brisbane last week but we got a lot of
momentum out of it and we know we have to keep pushing our game, and
tonight was another step towards that," Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen said.
continue to push our strategy each week and we had to play a very
disciplined style last week because the conditions demanded it but
tonight we tried a few things early and they worked so we could open up a
It was a spectacular unravelling of form for the Force
after their rousing 16-14 home win over the Crusaders a
fortnight ago and they looked a dishevelled outfit at times against the
"They were good tonight and they had a big game last
week and learnt a lot from it and it was disappointing for us after our
solid performances in the last two weeks," Force captain Hodgson said.
"We gave the ball away too easily, we worked hard but for no reward tonight."
Brumbies are now shaping up for a blockbuster next weekend against the
seven-time champions Crusaders in Canberra, while the Force are at home
to play the Reds.Scorers:
Tries: Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight (2), Tevita Kuridrani, Joseph Tomane, Siliva Siliva.
Conversions: Christian Lealiifano (4).
Try: Matt Hodgson.
Conversion: Jayden Hayward.Teams:Brumbies
15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joseph Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Fotu Auelua, 7 George Smith, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Peter Kimlin, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Substitutes: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Leon Power, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Pat McCabe, 22 Robbie Coleman.Force
15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Junior Rasolea, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Ed Stubbs, 10 Sam Norton-Knight, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Richard Brown, 7 Matt Hodgson (c), 6 Ben McCalman, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pek Cowan.
Substitutes: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Rory Walton, 19 Chris Alcock, 20 Mick Snowden, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Winston Stanley.