Six tries have sealed a convincing win for the University of Canberra Brumbies over the Force on Saturday night, with a bonus point highlighting a dynamic performance by the home team.
In both attack and defence the University of Canberra Brumbies were clinical, punishing the Force on the scoreboard to the tune of 41-7.
As the military bugler piped the Last Post in true Anzac tradition prior to kick-off, the University of Canberra Brumbies were planning a decimation raid on the Western Front with the enemy positioned nicely on Canberra Stadium’s turf.
Led by Man of the Match Matt Toomua and the competition’s most lethal back three, the Brumbies were unstoppable early creating opportunities from every inch of the pitch. The four-try bonus point was sewn up before halftime, giving Head Coach Jake White the option of rotating his bench.
For long periods of the game the Force looked stunned by the Brumbies and would probably have preferred to be on vacation fishing for barramundi.
“I’m not only pleased because we played like that, but because of what happened last week when we were under the pump defensively, we got two points out of that game but it was like a Test match in terms of intensity,” White said.
“To lift it and then play like we did tonight, particularly in the first half, we mustn’t forget about that. I was very impressed with that element, I thought it was fantastic.”
Mogg opened the bidding thanks to a nice piece of lead up work from his inside backs, Lealiifano and Nic White. He was quickly followed by Speight and his signature swan dive, before Kuridrani wrestled the ball to the ground for his first career try.
After the break the Brumbies continued to mount pressure, with Joe Tomane scoring one of the best tries of the season on the back of a clever offload from Toomua.
Sealing the victory was Siliva Siliva who claimed his first career five-pointed with just over 10 minutes to play. Force skipper Matt Hodgson claimed his team’s only try with five minutes left, burrowing over from close range to break the duck egg.
The University of Canberra Brumbies will now refocus, with Sunday afternoon’s match against the Crusaders shaping as one of the most important of the 2013 Super Rugby season.
University of Canberra Brumbies 41 (Henry Speight 2, Tevita Kuridrani, Jesse Mogg, Siliva Siliva, Joseph Tomane tries Christian Lealiifano 4 cons pen) bt Western Force 7 (Matt Hodgson try Jayden Hayward con) at Canberra Stadium. Referee: Angus Gardner. Crowd: 12,517.
University of Canberra Brumbies
1. Ben Alexander
2. Stephen Moore
3. Scott Sio
4. Peter Kimlin
5. Sam Carter
6. Fotu Auelua
7. George Smith
8. Ben Mowen
9. Nic White
10. Matt Toomua
11. Joe Tomane
12. Christian Lealiifano
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Henry Speight
15. Jesse Mogg
16. Siliva Siliva
17. Ruaidhri Murphy
18. Leon Power
19. Colby Faingaa
20. Ian Prior
21. Robbie Coleman
22. Pat McCabe
Brumbies v Western Force
Saturday April 27 2013
Minute by Minute Stats
Start Time: 7.40pm
Referee: Angus Gardner
Crowd: 12, 517
Brumbies: 41 Western Force: 7
Tries: Jesse Mogg (5th min) Tries:
Henry Speight Hodgson (74min)
(18th Min, 39th)
Kuridrani (25th min)
Tomane (51st min)
Siliva ( 69th min)
Lealiifano 4/6 Hayward 1/1
Penalty Goals: Penalty Goals:
Drop Goals: Drop Goals:
Penalties For: 7 Penalties For: 16
As it happened
2nd Min: Penalty to the Western Force for Brumbies player offside. Force kick for touch.
4th Min: Brumbies are awarded their first penalty of the night for a Force player off their feet in the ruck. Brumbies find touch deep in Force territory.
5th Min: Try to the Brumbies! Jesse Mogg is on the end of a strong back play and scores in the corner.
Brumbies: 5 Force: 0
6th Min: Christian Lealiifano misses the conversion. Score remains Brumbies 5 Force 0
9th Min: Knock on by Brumbies prop Scott Sio as he tries to clear the ball from the ruck. Scrum awarded to the Force.
12th Min: Brumbies are awarded a free kick for a wonky Force lineout throw. They opt to take the scrum.
15th Min: Penalty to the Brumbies for a Force player not rolling away in the ruck. Brumbies Nic White finds touch down field.
17th Min: Scrum awarded to the Brumbies after another dodgy Force lineout throw. Brumbies look to attack from the scrum.
18th Min: Try time to the Brumbies! Henry Speight crosses under the post’s from a great pass from Nic White. Lealiifano converts the try.
Brumbies: 12 Force: 0
19th Min: Penalty awarded to the Brumbies as they attack from deep within their half. Christian lines up from the penalty shot.
21st Min: Leliifano hits the penalty sweet.
Brumbies: 15 Force: 0
22nd Min: Penalty awarded to the Brumbies after Matt Toomua hits his opposite number with a bruising hit. Brumbies kick for touch and find the line 10m out.
24th Min: After attacking the line from the lineout, the Force knock the ball on in the ruck, allowing the ACT to have another crack at the line.
25th Min: Brumbies pass the ball right off the scrum, where Tevita Kurindrani steam rolls over the line. Video Ref is called to check the grounding but its fine and the try is awarded.
Brumbies: 20 Force: 0
26th Min: Lealiifano hits the conversion nicely.
Brumbies: 22 Force: 0
27th Min: A Brumbies player is called off side on halfway, giving the Force a penalty. They find touch deep into Brumby territory.
28th Min: Another penalty is awarded to the Force as they attack the line. Sam Norton-Knight kicks the ball into touch.
29th Min: Knock on by the Brumbies off the lineout. Scrum awarded to the Force 5m out.
30th Min: Matt Toomua intercepts a Force pass but the play is called back for a Force penalty. They take another scrum.
34th Min: Brumbies are awarded a penalty after a long advantage. Nic White finds touch 15m from the line.
35th Min: Penalty awarded to the Force from the lineout. Norton-Knight kicks the ball into touch.
39th Min: Henry Speight scores in the corner, after the ball is spread wide but the referee asks for the video ref. Try is awarded and thats the bonus point!
Brumbies: 27 Force: 0
40th Min: Lealiifano converts from the sideline.
Brumbies: 29 Force: 0
44th Min: Stephen Moore is sent to the sin bin for punching.
46th Min: Penalty to the Brumbies deep in their own territory. Nic White finds touch over halfway.
48th Min: Brumbies are awarded a scrum after another not straight lineout throw by the Force.
49th Min: The scrum is reversed after a knock on by the ACT.
51st Min: Try number five for the Brumbies! Joe Tomane scores in the corner after a perfect run down the sideline.
Brumbies: 34 Force: 0
52nd Min: Lealiifano is on song again with the conversion.
Brumbies: 36 Force: 0
54th Min: Knock on by the Force. As the Brumbies ring the changes with four changes.
55th Min: Penalty to the Brumbies for a scrum infringement. Matt Toomua finds touch 15m from the Force Line.
56th Min: Force are given a penalty as they defend their line. Norton-Knight finds touch five metres from halfway.
59th Min: Another penalty to the Force, they find touch 10m from the Brumbies line.
60th Min: The Force knock the ball on while trying to attack the line. Scrum to the Brumbies.
62nd Min: Penalty to the Force as the Brumbies try to work their way out of their own half. Force take the scrum.
62nd Min: Outside back Robbie Coleman replaces Jesse Mogg.
63rd Min: Thats another penalty to the Force as they continue to test the Brumbies defence. They opt to take another scrum.
66th Min: Ruaidhri Murphy knocks the ball on, 5m from the Force line. Scrum awarded to the Force. 66th Min: Stephen Moore and George Smith are replaced by Silliva Silliva and Colby Faingaa.
69th Min: Try time for replacement hooker Silliva Siliva!
Brumbies: 41 Force: 0
70th Min: Lealiifano conversion hits the upright and misses.
Brumbies: 41 Force: 0
71st Min: Ben Alexander is replaced by Scott Sio.
72nd Min: Brumbies knock on their 22m line. Scrum awarded to the Force.
74th Min: Try finally to the Force. Captain Matt Hodgson pushing his way over the line.
Brumbies: 41 Force: 5
75th Min: Hayward converts.
Brumbies: 41 Force: 7
Brumbies: 41 Force: 7