Two tries from impressive No.8 Brodie Leber and a bagful of points from fullback Jamie Kotz has steered the Brumbies Colts to a 35-7 win over the Western Force in the Super U20s Championship match at Portsea Oval in Canberra on Sunday.
Leber’s double came at critical times for the home side but it was their discipline at the breakdown and great lineout work right throughout the game that was eye catching in what was an arm wrestle from the first minute until the 80th minute.
Kotz was consistent throughout the day and he kept his side on the front foot throughout grabbing two conversion and three penalty goals before icing the game with a runwaway try in the 80th minute.
In all Kotz accumulated 20 points throughout the afternoon in front of a vocal crowd in the nicely grassed complex inside the Royal Military College, Duntroon.
The Force, however got the ball rolling in the sixth minute when they put on a nice move from a scrum at the 22m mark with Trey Moloney taking a nicely-disguised inside ball to crash over near the posts.
With the conversion the Force jumped out to a 7-0 lead but five minutes later at the 12-minute mark Leber grabbed the first of his two tries.
Kotz converted and the scores would remain locked until the 20-minute mark when the Brumbies Colts fullback would add a penalty goal to push the home side out to a three point lead at 10-7.
He grabbed another three pointer just before the break to give the Brumbies Colts a 13-7 lead and that’s the way things would remain until Kotz chimed in at the 61-minute mark with another penalty goal.
That took the locals out to a 16-7 lead despite the Force making ground through the middle of field through their big boppers in Shambeckler Vui and Samo Malolo.
But at 69th minute the Brumbies Colts got the ball in some open space and Leber showed oodles of pace to run a little under 50 metres to put the game beyond doubt at 21-7.
They followed this up 10 minutes later when Charlie Hancock burrowed his way over from close to the Force line before Kotz strolled over for some after-the-bell heroics.
For the home side hooker Sam Thomas was outstanding running a dominating lineout along with locks Darcy Swain and Will Sankey.
Skipper Ryan Lonergan controlled the game well for the winners from scrumhalf while the Western Force centres Jordan Holgate had his moments.
Meanwhile on Saturday the Queensland Reds booked themselves a home final at Ballymore with a comprehensive 36-10 win over NSW Gen Blue in Brisbane.
Their rival in the final will be decided on Friday night at AAMI Park in Melbourne when the young Rebels take on NSW Gen Blue.
NSW Gen Blue came into this weekend’s round of games on 10m points and on top of the table but didn’t register any competition points and were outpointed all over the park by the Reds.
Brumbies U20s 35
Tries: Brodie Leber 2, Jamie Kotz 1, Charlie Hancock 1
Conversions: Jamie Kotz 3
Penalties: Jamie Kotz 3
Western Force U20s 7
Tries: Trey Moloney
All Super U20s matches will be LIVE stream on RUGBY.com.au and Super Rugby channels throughout the 2017 season.