Tom McVerry (77), Joseph Tomane (68), Matt Toomua (55,25,5), Henry Speight (43), Jesse Mogg (35)
Christian Lealiifano (23,14)
Christian Lealiifano (69,56,44)
Zack Holmes (72), Chris Tuatara-Morrison (62), Pekahou Cowan (53)
Jayden Hayward (21,17)
Sias Ebersohn (72), Jayden Hayward (54)
15. Jesse Mogg
14. Henry Speight
13. Tevita Kuridrani
12. Christian Lealiifano
11. Clyde Rathbone
10. Matt Toomua
9. Nicholas White
8. Ben Mowen
7. Jarrad Butler
6. Scott Fardy
5. Sam Carter
4. Leon Power
3. Ben Alexander
2. Josh Mann-Rea
1. Scott Sio
16. Ruaidhri Murphy
17. Ruan Smith
18. Jean-Pierre Smith
19. Fontunuupule Auelua
20. Tom McVerry
21. Michael Dowsett
22. Joseph Tomane
23. Pat McCabe
Brumbies 47 Western Force 25
The Force are on the drive, close to the Brumbies' try-line and Wykes is held up by the hosts' forwards as he crosses the try-line. That's the final act of the half as referee Steve Walsh brings proceedings to a close when he hears the sound of the hooter. The Brumbies have sealed their spot in the play-offs with this win! The Force tried manfully but in the end the hosts' had too much firepower and are deserved victors!
TRY, BRUMBIES, MCVERRY! 47-25. The Brumbies launch a drive from a line-out and Tom McVerry is in control at the base of the maul. He dives over when he sees the whitewash, he dives in for the home side's seventh try!
The Force are in possession just outside the Brumbies' 22 but the hosts get a let-off when Heath Tessman is pinged for a ruck infringement.
CONVERSION, WESTERN FORCE, EBERSOHN! 42-25. Sias Ebersohn steps up and guides the ball through the uprights from close to the touchline!
TRY, WESTERN FORCE, HOLMES! 42-23. The force attack, close to the Brumbies' try-line and throws a long pass to Zack Holmes, who dots down in the right-hand corner!
CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 42-18. Lealiifano makes no mistake from the kicking tee to extend the home side's lead!
TRY, BRUMBIES, TOMANE! 40-18. Chris Alcock knocks on a pass from Mathewson and White kicks the ball ahead. Joe Tomane gathers before outpacing the cover defence and crossing over for the try!
Toomua is penalised when he strays offside on defence. Mathewson plays quickly and offloads to Rasolea, who is brought to ground on the halfway line by Joe Tomane.
Adam Coleman makes a break and is soon inside the Brumbies' 22! He is brought to ground by Pat McCabe and throws a wild pass which Sam Carter gathers before setting up a ruck.
TRY, WESTERN FORCE, TUATARA-MORRISON! 35-18. Dane Haylett-Petty chips ahead but is tackled without the ball by Ben Mowen. The referee plays advantage and Tuatara-Morrison boots ahead before regathering and scoring in the right-hand corner!
The Force are on the attack at a scrum, inside the Brumbies' 22, but Chris Tuatara-Morrison is brought to ground by a crunching tackle from Toomua!
CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 35-13. Lealiifano adds another two-pointer to push the hosts further in front!
TRY, BRUMBIES, TOOMUA! 33-13. Speight launches an attack down the right-hand touchline and shrugs off a challenge from Cummins before offloading to Toomua, who gets in for his third try! That's the first hat-trick by a Brumby since Mark Gerrard scored one in 2004!
CONVERSION, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 28-13. Hayward adds the extras to narrow the gap to15 points!
YELLOW CARD, BRUMBIES, BUTLER! Jarrad Butler will spend the next 10 minutes in the sin bin for continuous infringements at the rucks.
TRY, WESTERN FORCE, COWAN! 28-11. The Force are on the attack, close to the Brumbies' try-line, and when Stander is brought to ground Pek Cowan picks up and dives over!
White is penalised when he fails to roll away at a ruck. Holmes puts the ball into touch deep inside the Brumbies' 22.
Hayward gathers a kick from White, inside his 22 and does well with a return kick which sails into touch on the Brumbies' 10-metre line.
Brynard Stander takes the ball into contact and wins valuable ground for the visitors. It all comes to nothing though as Alby Mathewson knocks on when Stander goes to ground on the edge of the Brumbies' 22.
CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO. 28-6. Lealiifano holds his nerve and adds the two-pointer from close to the touchline!
TRY, BRUMBIES, SPEIGHT1 26-6. Henry Speight runs onto a pass from Mogg, outside his 22, and beats three defenders before scoring in the right-hand corner!
The Force are under pressure as White makes a dash for their line. The visitors do well to turn the ball over, however, and Prior clears his line with a kick into touch on his 22.
Toomua gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered by Sam Wykes who sets up a ruck inside his 22.
Brumbies 21 Western Force 6
Toomua chips ahead and Rathbone gives chase but the ball rolls into touch just as the hooter goes off to indicate half-time. The Brumbies have been brilliant on attack and hold a deserved lead. The Force have been battling to get going and will have to up the ante after the break if they want to reach the play-offs.
Nick Cummins takes on the Brumbies' defence and beats a couple of defenders. He is eventually tackled by Toomua and knocks on as he hits the deck.
TRY, BRUMBIES, MOGG! 21-6. The Brumbies attack down the left-hand touchline and Clyde Rathbone is in the clear! He draws in a defender before throwing an inside pass to Jesse Mogg, who crosses over for the home side's third try!
The Brumbies try to launch another attack at a line-out, midway between the Force's 22 and the halfway line but the throw from Josh Mann-Rea is not straight and the visitors gain a reprieve.
The Force's front row are penalised for illegal scrummaging. White kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the halfway line.
TRY, BRUMBIES, TOOMUA. 16-6. The Brumbies attack inside the Force's 22 and Toomua is put into space by a well-timed pass from White. Toomua spots a couple of forwards in front of him and leaves them for dead with a superb turn of speed before crossing over for his second try!
PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO. 11-6. Lealiifano cancels out Hayward's penalty, after Pek Cowan is blown up for a ruck infringement.
PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD. 8-6. Hayward adds another three-pointer after Jarrad Butler goes off his feet at a ruck.
The Force are on the attack inside the Brumbies' half. Matt Hodgson and Junior Rasolea are prominent ball carriers.
PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD. 8-3. Hayward reduces the deficit to five points after the Brumbies are pinged for an indiscretion on defence.
PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO. 8-0. Lealiifano extends the hosts' lead after the Force's back-line stray offside on defence.
Jayden Hayward lines up a shot at goal, after the Brumbies are penalised for an infringment at a line-out. His effort is wide of the target, however.
Christian Lealiifano is pinged when he goes off his feet at a tuck. Holmes puts the resulting penalty out on the Brumbies' 22-metre line.
Holmes launches a bomb which Jesse Mogg gathers spectacularly, in mid-air, despite the attentions of two defenders!
TRY, BRUMBIES, TOOMUA! 5-0. Matt Toomua runs onto a pass from White, deep inside the Force's 22, and beats two defenders before crashing over in the left-hand corner!
Nic White lines up a shot at goal, after the force's forwards infringe at a ruck, but his effort is wide of the mark.
Zack Holmes gets the game underway! His kick is a high one and Henry Speight knocks on in attempt to gather it. The Force gather the loose ball and are immediately on the attack.
The Brumbies have called in the cavalry with six highly-experienced players returning to action. Pat McCabe, Matt Toomua, Tom McVerry, Josh Mann-Rea, Sam Carter and Joe Tomane have all been included in the matchday 23. Nic White will line up for his 50th cap with the Brumbies while Ben Mowen equals George Gregan's record 49 caps as captain. At the ripe old age of 33 Mann-Rea has earned his debut start at hooker, with Ruaidhri Murphy included on the bench and Luke Holmes shifting out of the matchday 23. Sam Carter will partner Leon Power at lock shifting Scott Fardy to blind-side flanker, with McVerry partnering Fotu Auelua on the bench as back up loose forwards. Tomane and McCabe will also be used as impact players from the bench after recovering from facial and shoulder injuries, respectively.
Western Force back-row Brynard Stander will be unleashed for his second start of the season, replacing the suspended Hugh McMeniman on the blindside flank in the only change to the visitors' starting forward pack. In the Force backline, Solomoni Rasolea returns to outside centre, where he started the first six matches of the season before breaking his wrist against the Reds in Week Six. Flanker Chris Alcock (shoulder) will make his first appearance since the Force's last match against the Brumbies in Perth in Week Three. Scrum-half Alby Mathewson (hip) and fly-half Sias Ebersohn (bicep) are in line to make their return from injury off the bench, while inside back Luke Burton is back in the Force squad after representing the Australian U20 side at the recent IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand.
Good day and welcome to our coverage of this Super Rugby derby between the Brumbies and the Western Force from the GIO Stadium in Canberra. This match is an important one for both sides as the winners will advance to the play-offs. Don't go away! We'll be back soon with team news.
15. Jayden Hayward
14. Dane Haylett-Petty
13. Solomoni Rasolea
12. Chris Tuatara-Morrison
11. Nick Cummins
10. Zack Holmes
9. Ian Prior
8. Ben McCalman
7. Matt Hodgson
6. Brynard Stander
5. Wilhelm Steenkamp
4. Sam Wykes
3. Kieran Longbottom
2. Nathan Charles
1. Pekahou Cowan
16. Heath Tessmann
17. Tetera Faulkner
18. Oli Hoskins
19. Adam Coleman
20. Chris Alcock
21. Alby Mathewson
22. Sias Ebersohn
23. Luke Burton
Back to Top