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Brumbies beat Western Force in Sydney

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The Western Force have played the Brumbies 18 times in Super Rugby since 2006, the Force have won four matches, lost 13 times and drawn once.

The Western Force’s 4 wins only give them a record of winning 22% of their matches against the Brumbies.

  • The Brumbies have won their last seven Super Rugby games against the Force in succession; their previous defeat to the Western Australian outfit came in Round 20, 2013; they have never lost to them by a margin of more than nine points.
  • The Force have lost their last six games against the Brumbies in Super Rugby outside Western Australia, scoring an average of just 15 points per game across that stretch.
  • The Brumbies have won 14 of their last 16 Super Rugby games (L2), including their last five on the bounce; the last time a fellow Australian outfit defeated them was in Round 6, 2019 (vs Reds).
  • The Force has gained an average of 454 metres per game in Super Rugby AU, the most of any team, including 560m against Queensland in Round 3 – their third-most in a single Super Rugby game in the last decade.
  • Folau Fainga’a has scored two tries from two games in Super Rugby AU, more than any other forward, his career tally of 22 tries is the second-most of any hooker in the last decade of Super Rugby (Malcolm Marx–30).

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Leichhardt Oval, Lilyfield for this round four Super Rugby AU clash.

2.00: TRY! Tom Wright opens the scoring from a scrum, deep inside the Brumbies’ half. Pete Samu picked up from the base of the scrum before popping to Joe Powel, who played Tevita Kuridrani. The centre broke a tackle before sending Wright away down the sideline for the score. 0-5

3.00: MISS! The kick is no good. 0-5

5.00: Lineout to the Force on the opposition’s 22.

6.00: TRY! The Brumbies go 85 metres with some intricate inter-passing between backs and forwards, Samu and Wright before Wright and Powel send Simone away to double the lead. 0-10

7.00: CONVERSION! Bayley Kuenzle adds the extras. 0-12

9.00: The Force keeps getting into the Brumbies’ 22 but gives away penalties or possession that kills momentum.

11.00: A kicking battle ensues before Wright charges down a clearance inside the Force’s 22.

13.00: Simone grabs a 50-22 for his team and the lineout is 5m out.

14.00: WOW! The Brumbies botch a golden chance at five points from their strongest part of their game.

15.00: Scott Sio is pinged for hinging allowing the Force to clear.

17.00: The Brumbies are conceding too many penalties at the breakdown.

19.00: The last four penalties have gone to the Force. They boot the ball to the corner and look for a driving maul.

21.00: Force cannot score from the lineout drive; instead, they sack the Brumbies’ maul which gives the ACT side back-to-back penalties to clear.

24.00: A little break while some players receive treatment for injuries.

27.00: The Western Force have an attacking lineout and are driving toward the try-line. The Brumbies hold strong, but give away another penalty when Folau Fainga’a strays offside.

28.00: Allan Alaalatoa talks to his team. The Force decide for another lineout.

29.00: The Force are camped on the line, but there is no clear grounding. Referee Damon Murphy goes to TMO George Ayoub to check if there was any grounding.

31.00: Superb from Will Miller, winning the turnover.

33.00: Murray Douglas loses possession in contact – his second mistake in the tight-phases – and Jono Lance clears to the Brumbies’ 22. The Force doesn’t engage in the maul and wins a turnover. Scrum on the 22 5 metres from touch.

35.00: Samu wins a turnover-penalty at the ruck. The Brumbies set-up a lineout on the halfway line. Another offside allows McKellar’s men to set-up an attacking lineout on the opposition’s 22.

37.00: Nothing comes of the attack but the Brumbies come again. The Force cannot afford to concede before halftime.

38.00: The Brumbies win a penalty after a man is tackled off the ball. They look for the corner.

39.00: The Force have defended the Brumbies’ driving maul very well, tonight. The maul is broken up and Wright knocks on trying to dance through the defenders.

41.00: Penalty to the Force. Jack McGregor draws out every second from the clock, takes a quick-tap as the hooter sounds, and boots the ball into touch.

The halftime score was Force 0 Brumbies 12

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Sydney.

42.00: Simone hits a pearler, winning a 50-22 for his team after some dodgy moments in the build-up to the kick.

43.00: TRY! Wright sucked in two defenders before Miller is tackled but not held. He gets up and crashes over in the corner. 0-17

45.00: CONVERSION! Kuenzle slots the touchline conversion. 0-19

48.00: It’s all Brumbies at the moment, the Force cannot get out of their half.

50.00: Another penalty gives the Brumbies a reprieve; it came from good work at the ruck.

53.00: Lineout to the Western Force on their 22.

54.00: Mistakes continue to hamper the Brumbies, but the Force cannot get out of their half.

57.00: Both teams making errors and cannot put a series of long attacks together. It is slippery out there after some rain, but the skills need to be better at this level.

59.00: The benches have started to empty, but the game is ragged.

61.00: A new front row wins the Brumbies a turnover after a big scrum. James Slipper made all the difference.

62.00: The Western Force are driven back by another beast of a scrum. The Brumbies kick to the corner.

64.00: The Brumbies go 20 phases but are pushed back from the try-line to the 22. Some sloppy handling, coupled with good defending, knocked the opposition back.

65.00: After 24 phases, the Brumbies win a penalty, which is booted to the corner.

66.00: TRY! Finally, after so many well-defended driving mauls, the Force’s will is broken when McInerney flops over the chalk. 0-24

67.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 0-24

70.00: The Force have a rare attack inside the opposition’s 22.

73.00; Fines clears the danger after Allan Alaalatoa wins the turnover.

75.00: The Force don’t want to be kept scoreless for the second time in SR since 2007 versus the Crusaders.

77.00: Oh, DEAR! The Western Force fumbled the ball with the goal-line in sight.

79.00: More penalties for the Brumbies coming from the scrum. One last go for the fifth score, here.

81.00: Nothing comes from the last driving maul, the Brumbies win and go top of Super Rugby AU.

FULL TIME

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The final score is Western Force 0 (0) Brumbies 24 (12)

Scorers

Western Force
Tries –
Pen –
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Brumbies
Tries – Wright, Simone, Miller, McInerney
Pen –
Con – Kuenzle (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Amy Perrett
Assistant Ref 2: Angus Gardner
TMO: George Ayoub

Teams

Force

15 Jack McGregor, 14 Byron Ralston, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Brad Lacey, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Brynard Stander, 7 Tevin Ferris, 6 Henry Stowers, 5 Fergus Lee-Warner, 4 Jeremy Thrush (Captain), 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Feleti Kaitu’u, 1 Angus Wagner.

Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Tom Sheminant, 19 Ollie Atkins, 20 Ollie Callan, 21 Jacob Abel, 22 Richard Kahui, 23 Kyle Godwin.

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Bayley Kuenzle, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Will Miller, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Nick Frost, 4 Murray Douglas, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 James Slipper, 19 Ben Hyne, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Issak Fines, 22 Mack Hansen, 23 Andy Muirhead.

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