Rugby Union

Live: Brumbies v Force


FULLTIME: A totally one-sided affair as the Brumbies demolish the Western Force 41-7 at Canberra Stadium in front of a crowd of 12,517. The Brumbies scored six tries to one to grab a four-try bonus point and return to the top of the Super Rugby ladder. The Brumbies are on 40 points, three clear of their nearest rival, the Queensland Reds. For the Force, it was their eighth loss from 10 games and they remain in danger of claiming the dreaded wooden spoon.

An official crowd tonight of 12,517 - almost double of what showed up at Manuka Oval for today's GWS Giants v Gold Coast Suns game.

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TRY: The Force are in! The Brumbies get within five minutes of shutting out a team for just the third time in their history, Matt Hodgson barging his way over. The conversion is successful. Brumbies 41; Force 7

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TRY: It's officially a flogging! The Brumbies get their sixth try of the night through replacement hooker Siliva Siliva, who gets a great ball from Pat McCabe to score. Lealiifano hits the post and misses. Brumbies 41; Force 0

George Smith gets a massive ovation with a well-deserved rest after another stellar game. Must surely be the Wallabies' No 7 if he gets the all clear from Suntory. Colby Faingaa takes over for Smith.

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The Brumbies make a rare mistake with the ball in hand to cough up a great chance for another try. The sting has definitely gone out of this one. Junior Rasolea off for the Force, replaced by Winston Stanley.

Mass changes for the Brumbies as Jake White gives his squad valuable game time. Robbie Coleman and Colby Faingaa are the only replacements left on the bench. Big cheer for Pat McCabe as the Wallabies star gets his chance for the final 25min.

Another change for the Force - No 8 Richard Brown replaced by Chris Alcock.

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TRY: Oh yeah!!!!!!! Robbie Deans would've sat up and taken notice as Toomua sets up Joe Tomane in the corner. Tomane still had plenty of work to do in the corner, but shows great instincts to dance down the sideline and plant the ball over the line. Lealiifano converts, again. Brumbies 36; Force 0

Force prop Salesi Ma'afu is replaced by Kieran Longbottom.

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Geez, that was terrible by the Force. Alby Mathewson, hang your head in shame. The scrumhalf knocks on in trying to pick the ball up from the scrum, finally a bit of relief for the Brumbies.

Back-up hooker, and the man with the best name in world rugby, Silivia Siliva, comes on for the Brumbies while Moore is in the bin. Power goes off for the next 10min.

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Pushing and shoving between the two sides - it's a throwback to last week's Reds classic. Handbags at 10 paces. Stephen Moore is shown a yellow card for a couple of infringements and what the ref described as cynical play by the Wallabies hooker. The Brumbies down to 14 for the next 10 minutes.

Auelua is off for the Brumbies with a slight hamstring strain, replaced by Leon Power.

SECOND HALF: It's also the biggest Brumbies lead at halftime since week six in 2000 when they were ahead of the now-defunct Cats 36-nil. That game ended 64-0. We're back for the second half.

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STAT ATTACK: The Brumbies have won 57 of 58 games at Canberra Stadium when they have scored 29 points or more. Hard to see the Force preventing a 58th victory.


HALFTIME: Well, that's an absolute blowout. If it's not the best 40 minutes from the Brumbies this season, it's right up there. The Brumbies have been in complete control and are a class above the Force. Could be a long flight back to the West for Richard Foley's men at this rate. Brumbies 29; Force 0

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CONVERSION: Lealiifano makes no mistake and the Brumbies are further ahead. Brumbies 29; Force 0

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TRY: And there's the four-try bonus point for the Brumbies ... or is it? Henry Speight goes over in the corner, but a fair bit of doubt about the last pass from George Smith. A bit on the grounding as well, but all good on both accounts. Put this game in the bag, the Brumbies are home. Brumbies 27; Force 0 KTC

On a dime with the kick there from Jesse Mogg. The Fox Sports commentators bring up the comparison with Brumbies and Wallabies great Joe Roff. It's a massive rap but at this stage very well deserved.

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