Brumbies edge plucky Force
Cape Town - The Brumbies ran out comfortable 31-14 winners against the Western Force in an Australian Super Rugby derby in Perth on Friday.
The Brumbies had cruised to a 17-0 lead through tries from Stephen Moore and Matt Toomua, but the Force showed some resilience in the second quarter and were rewarded with a try of their own through right wing Luke Morahan.
The visitors led 17-7 at the break after both sides had spent periods of the first half with only 14 men on the field.
The Force continued to show fight in the second half, but Joseph Tomane went over the Brumbies in the 55th minute as the Force slipped 17 points behind again.
A neat grubber from Peter Grant then set up the Force's second try through Ben Tapuai, and they were 24-14 down going into the final 10 minutes.
But it wasn't to be for the hosts, and substitute Josh Mann-Rea scored in the final seconds to secure the Brumbies win.
Force 14 (7)
Tries: Luke Morahan, Ben Tapuai
Conversions: Jonno Lance, Peter Grant
Brumbies 31 (17)
Tries: Stephen Moore, Matt Toomua, Joseph Tomane, Josh Mann-Rea
Conversions: Christian Lealiifano (4)
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Solomoni (Junior) 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
Substitutes: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Guy Millar, 19 Steve Mafi, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Alby Mathewson, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Marcel Brache
15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Joseph 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 (captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Substitutes: 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