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    Brumbies breeze past Force

    2013-04-27 13:37
    Henry Speight (Getty Images)
    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.

    Jake 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 scoring spree.

    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 try.

    Christian Lealiifano kicked four conversions and a penalty to finish with 11 points.

    "We 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.

    "We 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 bit."

    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 Brumbies.

    "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."

    The 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.



    Tries: Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight (2), Tevita Kuridrani, Joseph Tomane, Siliva Siliva.
    Conversions: Christian Lealiifano (4).
    Penalty: Lealiifano.


    Try: Matt Hodgson.
    Conversion: Jayden Hayward.


    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.

    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.
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