The Western Force have held the Brumbies scoreless in the Mauritius World Club 10s final to claim a 7-0 victory.
In a physical encounter it was the Brumbies who dominated possession and territory but were unable to turn their dominance into points in the opening half, going into the break scoreless.
The Force made the most of their opportunities to score the only try of the match through Brad Lacey after Ammon Matuauto found a break to set up the West Australia side.
The Force managed to hold out the Brumbies for the remaining seven minutes of the match despite constant attacking pressure from the ACT side. The Brumbies had their final opportunity to level the score in the last 60 seconds of the match when they almost managed to go from end-to-end to score, but eventually lost the ball forward 10 metres short of the line.
Brumbies co-captain Robbie Coleman praised his side’s effort despite the loss.
“The boys gave it their everything and left everything out there and I couldn’t be prouder,” Coleman said.
“Unfortunately a few things went against us and credit to the Force on a job well done, but we were really prepared and we are really well prepared for the rest of the Super Rugby season and we’re not going to let anyone down, we are going to make a big run to the finals.”
Both sides will return home and prepare for the remaining rounds of Super Rugby in the coming weeks.
“We’ve loved every moment here in Mauritius, we’re going to keep our head high, we’re going to learn from that, we are now well prepared and fit, we’ll be back next year and go one better but like I said our focus is the Super Rugby title now that’s what we’re looking to," Coleman said.