Super Rugby

Brumbies beat Western Force in Perth




The Western Force have played the Brumbies 20 times in Super Rugby since 2006, the Force have won four matches, lost 15, and drawn once.

The Western Force’s four wins give them a record of winning 20% of their matches against the Brumbies regardless of venue.

  • The Brumbies have won 12 of their last 13 Super Rugby matches against the Force (L1), including their last nine on the bounce – their second-longest winning run against a franchise is 12 (Reds, May 2000–May 2010).
  • The Force have won each of their last two Super Rugby matches at HBF Park; indeed, this is set to be the first time they play in Western Australia since July 2017.
  • The Brumbies scored the most tries (8) and conceded the fewest (4) five-pointers of any team in the opening 20 minutes of their games in Super Rugby AU in 2020.
  • The Force conceded 13 turnovers per game in Super Rugby AU in 2020, the fewest of any team; the Brumbies conceded the most of any team in this category (16 per game).
  • Tom Wright gained 7.8 metres per carry in Super Rugby AU in 2020, the most by any player to make at least 45 carries.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Perth for the second game of the opening round of Super Rugby AU 2021.

3.00: Irae Simone with a line drop-out that sees the hosts come flying back at the visitors.

5.00: PENALTY! Ian Prior opens the scoring. 3-0

8.00: The Brumbies go through the phases before winning a penalty outside the Force’s 22. No surprises that the visitors kicked to touch.

9.00: NO TRY! Oh, dear! The Force stop the driving maul, but not Tom Banks, who drifts wide and looked certain to send Mack Hansen away; however, Banks’ pass was forward, and he was under no pressure. 3-0

12.00: The Brumbies look a little flustered inside the opposition’s half, trying to play with tempo but making mistakes.

13.00: The hosts go 10 phases before winning a penalty for a previous infringement; Prior calls for the tee.

14.00: POST! The skipper does not double his side’s lead; instead, he hits the post from right in front, and the Brumbies clear – that is poor from Prior. 3-0

16.00: The visitors decide to take the points after winning a penalty near the 22.

17.00: PENALTY! Noah Lolesio levels proceedings. 3-3

20.00: Brumbies are looking dangerous as they enter the hosts’ half.

21.00: TRY! Lolesio breaks the line and raced away untouched to score under the posts. That was too easy. 3-8

22.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio converts his try. 3-10

25.00: The Force are camped in their half, but have a 22 drop-out to relieve the pressure.

29.00: A wonderful kick sees the Force win a net gain lineout after the Brumbies got pinned inside their 22.

31.00: Penalty from a driving maul to the home team, who kick to the corner for another crack.

32.00: Back-to-back penalties in the set-piece sees the referee speak to Brumbies skipper Allan Alaalatoa. The Force kick to the corner for the third time.

33.00: NO TRY! The Western Force cannot get their maul going again. They go through the phases before dotting down. Following the TMO review, the try is chalked off because once the ruck is formed, you cannot use your hands in the ruck. 3-10

35.00: The hosts are back on the charge, they have dominated the last 10 minutes, although, they have nothing to show for themselves.

36.00: Penalty to the home team after Allan Alaalatoa gets caught offside; the skipper is also warned that the next infringement will be a yellow card.

36.00: PENALTY! Prior makes no mistake, this time. 6-10

39.00: The Brumbies have a chance to extend their lead before the break.

41.00: PENALTY! Lolesio adds another three. 6-13

The halftime score was Western Force 6 Brumbies 13

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Western Australia.

44.00: TRY! The Brumbies work the ball inside the 22 before going wide to Irae Simone, who combines with Len Ikitau to score the ACT team’s second try. 6-18

45.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio adds another two. 6-20

48.00: Nic White clears the danger, but the Force has an attacking lineout inside the opposition’s half.

50.00: Another driving maul scoring opportunity is wasted by the hosts. Credit to the visitors for defending the set-piece.

53.00: The Brumbies win the penalty after a poor decision by Tomás Cubelli.

54.00: The Force get out of jail after Mack Hansen and Pete Samu combined down the sideline; however, the Brumbies knock-on a few metres out from the try line.

56.00: A poor kick by Lolesio allows the Force a chance to attack inside the Brumbies’ half.

58.00: Sampson’s men are going through the phases, but the opposition’s defence knocks them backward.

59.00: After 10 phases, the hosts knock-on, but they win a penalty that sees the ref speak to Alaalatoa. Jake McIntyre boots the ball to the corner.

59.00: YELLOW CARD! James Slipper is off for 10 minutes for a driving maul infringement. 6-20

60.00: Oh dear, not again! The Force lose possession from the maul, and the Brumbies clear. Cubelli is the guilty party.

61.00: Superb work in the ruck by Sampson’s side, who won a penalty that relieves the pressure.

63.00: Tomás Cubelli is having a nightmare: two knock-ons, one missed, a forward pass, and giving away penalties.

67.00: The Force doesn’t look like scoring, even with 15 men. They cannot get their driving maul going, and make too many mistakes in the ‘Red Zone’.

72.00: TRY! Issak Fines-Leleiwasa beats Richard Kahui after the fullback got sucked in by Tom Banks, who drew the defender before sending Fines-Leleiwasa in for the try. 6-25

73.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio draws his kick inside the sticks. 6-27

75.00: TRY! Tomás Cubelli gets a consolation score from close range; his try takes away the bonus-point for the Brumbies. 11-27

77.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 11-27

80.00: The Brumbies are searching for the bonus-point; however, the conceed a penalty for a high tackle – the Force kick to touch, looking for another score.

85.00: A 13-man driving maul goes to ground after some good work by the Brumbies’ defenders. Game over!


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The final score is Western Force 11 (6) Brumbies 27 (13)


Western Force
Tries – Cubelli
Con –
Pen – Prior (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Lolesio, Simone, Fines-Leleiwasa
Con – Lolesio (3)
Pen – Lolesio (2)
Drop –
Cards – Slipper (Yellow, 59′)

Match Officials
Referee: Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 1: Sam Jones
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Kaminski
TMO: Kyle Burnett


Western Force

15 Robert Kearney, 14 Byron Ralston, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Marcel Brache, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ian Prior (captain), 8 Brynard Stander, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Tomás Lezana, 5 Fergus Lee-Warner, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Feleti Kaitu’u, 1 Tom Robertson

Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Angus Wagner, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Tim Anstee, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Jake McIntyre, 23 Richard Kahui


15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Mack Hansen, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper

Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Nick Frost, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Reesjan Pasitoa, 23 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa

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