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Brumbies bag bonus point over Force

Brumbies bag bonus point over Force

The Brumbies and Force faced off in Canberra with the Force welcoming back Nick Cummins to Australian Rugby and the fans weren’t disappointed as he bagged some meat on his return. But it wasn’t enough as the Brumbies took out the win with a hard fought 27-15 win and securing a bonus point in the process.

The Match

The Brumbies started the game with all the ball putting the Force on the back foot right from the beginning. They could have settled the nerves by taking shots at goal on the back of a number of penalties in the Force 22 but turned those chances down in the hope of using their rolling maul from the lineout.

The visitors managed to keep them out on that occasion but they could only hold the Brumbies out until the seventh minute when big lock Rory Arnold reached over to open the scoring. Christian Lealiifano added the extras to make it 7-0.

The Force finally managed to get their hands on the ball and a sight that Australian rugby fans hoped to see saw Nick Cummins get the nod from the TMO in the left corner before his elbow hit the sideline.

But that only seemed to stir up the hosts and hit back almost immediately. The Brumbies were using the width of the field and after the forwards made the metres, Lealiifano sent Joe Tomane on his way to the try line down the left wing. Lealiifano was not able to add the extras after Force winger Marcel Brache managed to charge his attempt down.

The Force looked much better than last weeks match and started to use their backline with some switch passes to try and get through the Brumbies defensive line with Junior Rasolea getting his hands on the ball a few times in phase play in an attempt to spark something.

The home side were able to weather the storm and had scored their third try of the half. Prop Ben Alexander scored from close rang after a great run from Henry Speight down the right wing in the leadup and was brought down just short of the line.

Just on half time, the Force added a long range penalty goal from Holmes to leave it at 19-8 at the break.

Alby Mathewson takes on Scott Fardy and Nic White

Alby Mathewson takes on Scott Fardy and Nic White

The second half started with the Brumbies with their hands on the ball and they secured their four try bonus point after just nine minutes after once again using the rolling maul on the back of a lineout in the Force 22. A grubber kick from the Brumbies had the Force on the backfoot and left Brache with little option except to kick the ball into touch.

The Force could have tried to limit the damage but showed promise and hit back themselves. Their forwards worked hard near the Brumbies line and Steve Mafi ended up with a try from close range. Holmes added the extras to leave the margin at nine with just over 20 minutes remaining.

The Brumbies added a penalty goal following a scything run from Brumbies fullback Robbie Coleman after the Force were put under pressure at the back of scrum.

The Force went close again to scoring after Steve Mafi found himself in open space. James Dargaville had only just come onto the field and provided enough of a speed bump to slow him down to give the scrambling defence time to reset.

They looked the better team heading into the final 15 minutes with the majority of possession in the Brumbies half.

Zack Holmes made one good run that ended up giving his side a scrum in the Brumbies 22 and from that they received a penalty and had plenty of chances to cross the line but the Brumbies defence held tough and pushed Holmes over the sideline to relieve the pressure.

But there was still more to come with the Force managing to steal the lineout but dropped the ball on attack as both sides struggled to keep their hands on the ball in the last five minutes but the Brumbies ultimately hung on the for the win.

The Game Changer

The Brumbies had their fourth try early in the second half and seemed to shut up shop but the Force kept coming to give them a sniff of a win but came up just short.


Ita Vaea – It’s good to see him back in the game after his health problems and is looking good at the back of the scrum and getting though plenty of work.

Wallaby Watch

Nick Cummins was back with a bit of meat.
Scott Sio put in a good shift amongst a strong pack.

The Details

Score & Scorers

Tries: Arnold, Tomane, Alexander, White
Conversions: Lealiifano 2
Penalties: Lealiifano

Tries: Cummins, Mafi
Conversions: Holmes
Penalties: Holmes



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  • yogifj

    good game by both teams…. I’m a brumbies (there I said it) fan so maybe slightly favourable to them but overall Aussie fan so I see much improvement in World Cup Year by Aussie forward pack… Really happy to see some grunt work by Ita, Rory – I reckon this guy should be developed; getting really positive vibes from his work, Sio and company… Also maybe Lilo isn’t not showing up on the radar a lot for attack but I noticed he has been getting through the defensive work… Can someone tell me he’s stats…

  • brumby runner

    MOTM for me was Nic White. Up against a very good opponent in Alby but I thought he (Nic) had the most influence on the game – managed the attack well and his defence one-on-one and cover defence was immense.

    If I’m not mistaken that win puts the Brumbies on top of the overall ladder.

  • The Force attacks looks so predictable it must almost be like tackling practice for the defensive line.

    • Tim

      Mind you, there were nearly 200 of those tackles for the Brums overall, and the Force had about 80% possession. No wonder the lads looked tired at the end.

      • They certainly hammered away forever. There ball retention is excellent but they work harder for points than any team I can think of.

    • DReido

      Agreed. It Remindes me of Wallaby & Springbok attacking structures over the last couple of year, just worse. Surely the Force can find a better 9 than Alby Mathewson, he’s shocking.

    • Alan Grouse

      Their attack was frustratingly lateral at times. Lost count of the instances where the Force were on attack inside the Brumbies 22 and players were just standing flat footed, waiting for the ball to arrive. No one took charge or decided to collect the ball running straight at speed. People also speak of Godwin as a future Wallaby but i really can’t recall ever seeing him do anything. He’s solid but nothing more, i don’t understand the hype.

  • Pedro

    Nice write up steve.

    The brumbies looked in cruise control after Tomane went over. Good effort by the Force to stay in touch.

  • Will

    It was a better performance by the Force compared to the last two weeks but boy are they missing Matt Hodgson.  As a leader and player.  His defensive and attacking work is second to none (Highest try scoring forward, most tackles and most pilfers in 2014) and he is an incredible leader.  Sam Wykes has big shoes to fill and despite the height difference, it appears that Hodgson has far bigger feet.  

    The Force and ARU need to sign Hodgson up ASAP for the next couple of years.  His form in 2014 shows that his body defies his years and the Force obviously need him more than we ever knew.  

    Hats off to the Brumbies.  They scored far more easily and defended all night long as a united team.  Well played.  I wonder how bad the injury to Fardy is?  He looked concerned and in pain on the sidelines. 

  • RobC

    Thanks Steve. Brumbies excellent in 1H. Not so, in 2H

    They need to put on a 80′ show to get them ready for tougher comp. Their scrum without Rory suffered.

    Thought, Holmes was alright. Godwin not. Mafi had a good match.

    • RubberLegs

      The Brumbies got help from the ref against the Reds and Rebels. I will not be picking them when they are playing OS. Coach Foley has some work to do.

      • Tomikin

        what a grub, the ref was fine.. grow up

      • Slim 293

        Brilliant RubberLegs…

        I look forward to your in depth analysis on both how the Brumbies are in cahoots with the SANZAR refereeing panel, and how said corrupt refs helped the Brumbies in two definitive wins against the Reds and Force.

        I’m sure your genius insight will reveal how, if that first match was refereed fairly, the Reds would’ve reversed the 6 tries to 0 scoreline.

        • Me

          Am tempted to sign up so I can up-vote this :)

  • John Tynan
    • whig

      Ha ha classic!

  • davemcairns

    I watched it at the rissole so plenty of distractions (bloody pagans) but I am very impressed with Vaea work rate and impact, tremendous decision by Brumbies to counter french rugby offer and keep him in Australia, he is only going to get better as his fitness improves. What a headache coming up for Bernie when Pocock is fit who to leave out of back row? Also agree, the Brumbies worry a lot of people with the way they switch off in games.

    • Stuey

      Add to that when Auelua is back and there will really be some tough competition for the back 3. Butler playing brilliantly as always, Poey … well he’s Poey, Vaea immense and we know how good Fotu can be. Plus Fardy (anyone know about his injury yet?)

      Nice to have such selection dramas :)

      • Tomikin

        Let’s not forget the new angry Smiler… is in the mix.. Im impressed

        • Stuey

          How awesome is it with him coming off the bench? Got some real mongrel in him this year, am really impressed by him.

  • RubberLegs

    The attack looked sharper when Eberson came on . Badger came in off his wing to let his opposite have a free run down the sideline leading to Alexander’s try. Sadly Morahan seems to fall off a tackle every week leading to a try – He goes low but can’t get his arms around his opponent. The Force don’t have to fix much to start winning.

  • Dean

    Can someone please tell me that Scott fardy is ok? We all saw what happened without him on the spring tour last year?

  • Maxt

    brumbies are playing as a team, makes all the difference, and is why there are no single stand out players each week, just lots of solid contributors.

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