The Brumbies and Western Force have met 21 times in Super Rugby, the ACT side has won 16 matches, lost four, and drawn once.
In 10 home Super Rugby games, the Brumbies have won eight times and only lost twice against the Force in Canberra.
- The Brumbies have won their last 10 Super Rugby games against the Western Force; their last defeat to them came eight years ago in Round 20, 2013.
- The Brumbies will be out to avoid back-to-back Super Rugby defeats for the first time since Round 8, 2019 after a nail-biting 40-38 defeat to the Queensland Reds in their last game.
- The Brumbies boast a tackle success rate of 89% this Super Rugby AU campaign, the highest of any team in the competition.
- Brumbies duo Noah Lolesio and Pete Samu have each scored two tries and made two try assists this Super Rugby AU season – no other player has logged more than one in both categories.
- Fergus Lee-Warner has made 57 carries in the 2021 Super Rugby AU season, 10 more than any other player; his tally of 53 tackles is also the third-most of any player.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway down under at GIO Stadium, Canberra.
2.00: The Brumbies start with an ominous driving maul before Irae Simone decides to go to the boot, putting in a grubber behind the lines to pin the Force on their line.
4.00: Folau Fainga’a overthrows at the lineout, but the Brumbies recover possession, booting deep into the opposition’s territory. A kicking duel ensues before a Nic white knock-on gifts the Force an attacking centre-field scrum.
7.00: The scrum needs to be reset a couple of times, but the hosts look the stronger pack.
8.00: Brynard Stander gives away a penalty at the ruck after not rolling away. Tom Banks boots the ball to the Force’s 22.
9.00: Jake McIntyre cleans up a grubber at the back, but the standoff goes down holding his hamstring; that is the end of his night. Jono Lance enters the game at first-receiver.
11.00: Jack McGregor hugs the touchline, but somehow stays in the field of play before the support comes to the rescue. The Brumbies have had most of the ball, but another poor throw from Folau Fainga’a allows the Western Force a reprieve.
13.00: The Force defended the driving maul superbly. The quick-ball from the Brumbies earns the ACT side another penalty and a chance for another driving maul from five out.
15.00: Folau Fainga’a is over the line, although this time, he is held up. Referee Nic Berry awards another penalty and warns Brynard Stander he will go to his pocket if there is another infringement.
16.00: Andy Muirhead knocks-on into touch, but another penalty (five in a row) is awarded to the hosts. Banks goes to the corner again.
18.00: NO TRY! Folau Fainga’a breaks off the maul, looks to have scored; however, the boots and arms in the way of the ball. Scrum to the Brumbies. 0-0
20.00: YELLOW CARD! Superb defending by the Force, but Tevita Kuridrani is in the bin for a deliberate knock-down. 0-0
20.00: TRY! Len Ikitau breaks the resistance and opens the scoring. The Brumbies battered the line, and although the visitors managed to repel six driving mauls, they could not keep out the champions. 5-0
21.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio adds the extras. 7-0
22.00: A poor restart goes out on the full.
23.00: NO TRY! Pete Samu is smoked into touch by Jack McGregor, who got across to pump the number eight into touch. Samu ran high, celebrating before he dotted down. That is poor from Samu, especially getting hit out from a sure thing. 7-0
24.00: Samu with a lovely offload sets the Brumbies away down the sideline; however, some poor passing leads to a forward pass and knock-on.
25.00: The Brumbies are just off their game tonight, the passes going astray, the set-pieces have not been executed at 100%.
26.00: BIG SCRUM by McKellar’s men, who win a penalty and kick to the 22.
26.00: TRY! Quick ball from the lineout sees Ikitau crash over from close range. Kuridrani’s absence has led to a hole for his opposite number claiming a brace. 12-0
27.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 14-0
30.00: The Western Force have not been inside the Brumbies’ 22 once during the opening half-hour: Insane!
31.00: Brumbies win another penalty, which they will kick to the corner. This is the game, here.
32.00: TRY! Cadeyrn Neville takes Samu’s short pass and crashes over in the corner. The Force –– yet again –– stopped the driving maul, sacking it legally, but White went to the short-side, and the visitors ran out of defenders. 19-0
34.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio makes it three from three. 21-0
36.00: Tom Banks breaks the line and charges up the field, but an ankle-tap by Kuridrani leaves the fullback sprawled on the floor, losing the ball forward in the process.
38.00: The Brumbies have not conceded a penalty, the Force has done so nine times. The Brumbies have spent more than eight minutes inside the opposition’s 22 to nine seconds.
39.00: TRY! The rolling maul goes nowhere, but White goes wide, the backs spread the ball to Andy Muirhead to finish in the corner –– GAME OVER! 26-0
40.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio converts his fourth. 28-0
The halftime score was Brumbies 28 Western Force 0
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Canberra.
44.00: The Brumbies concede their first penalty of the evening. Wow!
46.00: The Western Force cannot make their good field position count. Rob Valetini gives away the penalty to relieve pressure.
50.00: NO TRY! Tevita Kuridrani thinks he scored, but the TMO chalks off his try. 28-0
52.00: The Force go again, but some excellent defending stops the driving maul. However, another penalty by the Brumbies leads to the ref giving them a final warning.
53.00: TRY! Henry Taefu crashes over from close range after a neat one-two with Kuridrani. 28-5
54.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 28-7
55.00: Brumbies attack on the Fore’s line, but White is stopped short.
57.00: The benches are being emptied, the fresh legs of the hosts will enjoy this attacking chance from five metres out.
59.00: TRY! Lachlan Lonergan crashes over next to the posts, the TMO awards the score after a few looks. 33-7
59.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio adds the extras. 35-7
63.00: The Force goes close again, but is kept out illegally. Prior kicks to the corner.
64.00: YELLOW CARD! Harry Lloyd goes to the bin. 35-7
65.00: TRY! Taefu went close before Prior dotted down next to the ruck without any pressure from any defenders. That is unusual for this level of rugby. 35-12
66.00: CONVERSION! Prior adds the extras. 35-14
69.00: Attacking lineout for the Brumbies.
70.00: TRY! Muirhead has a brace. The Force stopped the rolling maul, but the Brumbies went wide to the winger, who bashed his way over. 40-14
71.00: CONVERSION! Ryan Lonergan converts. 42-14
74.00: The game is breaking down as the clock winds down. this has been a comprehensive beatdown by the Brumbies, who look unstoppable in Super Rugby AU.
78.00: The Brumbies are back to winning ways, they are looking for more.
81.00: The hooter sounds with the hosts attacking inside the opposition’s 22, but the referee has had enough. Game over!
The final score is Brumbies 42 (28) Western Force 14 (0)
Tries – Ikitau (2), Neville, Muirhead (2), L. Lonergan
Con – Lolesio (5), R. Lonergan
Cards – Lloyd (Yellow, 64′)
Tries – Taefu, Prior
Con – Prior (2)
Cards – Kuridrani (Yellow, 20′)
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Amy Perrett
Assistant Ref 2: Reuben Keane
TMO: Brett Cronan
15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Mack Hansen, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White (captain), 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 James Slipper, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Harry Lloyd
Replacements: 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Fred Kaihea, 18 Sefo Kautai, 19 James Tucker, 20 Rory Scott, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Reesjan Pasitoa, 23 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa
15 Jack McGregor, 14 Byron Ralston, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Marcel Brache, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Brynard Stander (captain), 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Fergus Lee-Warner, 5 Sitaleki Timani, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Feleti Kaitu’u, 1 Tom Robertson
Replacements: 16 Jack Winchester, 17 Angus Wagner, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19. Ryan McCauley, 20. Tim Anstee, 21. Ian Prior, 22. Jono Lance, 23. Jordan Olowofela