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Brumbies hammer the Force to take back the lead

Henry Speight scored two of the Brumbies six tries

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Article Published: Saturday 27 April 2013|

The Brumbies moved back to the top of the Super Rugby standings when they scored six tries on their way to a 41-7 hammering of the Western Force in Canberra.

The Reds victory over the Blues on Friday had moved the Queenslanders to the top of the Super Rugby standings but this result puts the Brumbies back at the top of the Super Rugby standings.

The result is the perfect one for the Brumbies as it will fill them with confidence ahead of their match in Canberra against the Crusaders next weekend on Sunday.

The loss was the Force's eighth loss in 10 matches to leave the Western Australians in last place in the Australian conference.

Fijian wing Henry Speight scored two tries 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.

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 captain 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."

Final Score Brumbies 41 (29) W.Force 7 (0)


Tries - J.Mogg, H.Speight 2, T.Kuridrani, J.Tomane, S.Siliva 
Pen - C.Lealiifano
Con - C.Lealiifano 4
Drop -
Cards - S.Moore (43rd minute)

Tries - M.Hodgson
Pen -
Con - J.Hayward.
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 2:Matt O'Brien
TMO : Matt Goddard



1. Scott Sio ,2. Stephen Moore,3. Ben Alexander,4. Peter Kimlin,5. Sam Carter,6. Fotu Auelua,7. George Smith,8. Ben Mowen (c),9. Nic White,10. Matt Toomua,11. Joe Tomane,12. Christian Lealiifano,13. Tevita Kuridrani,14. Henry Speight,15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements:16. Siliva Siliva,17. Ruaidhri Murphy,18. Leon Power,19. Colby Faingaa,20. Ian Prior,21. Pat McCabe ,22. Robbie Coleman.


1. Pek Cowan,2. Heath Tessmann,3. Salesi Ma'afu,4. Toby Lynn ,5. Sam Wykes,6. Ben McCalman,7. Matt Hodgson (c),8. Richard Brown,9. Alby Mathewson,10. Sam Norton-Knight,11. Ed Stubbs,12. Kyle Godwin,13. Junior Rasolea ,14. Patrick Dellit ,15. Jayden Hayward

Replacements : 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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