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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
CONVERSION: Lealiifano makes no mistake and the Brumbies are further ahead. Brumbies 29; Force 0
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.
Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen offers to help the referee with a few calls. Who says players and officials don't get along?
Gotta applaud the defence from the Brumbies. Water-tight at the moment, holds out the Force before Toomua clears the danger with a strong kick down-field.
Finally an attacking chance for the Force. They get within a metre of the try-line but pulled down short. Nic White called offside from the next play. Credit to the Force for going for the scrum and not the three.
C'mon Force fans, get to your feet .... Charles throws his first straight line-out of the night.
TRY: Very impressed by Kuridrani, another slicing run to get across the line for his first Super Rugby try. The Brumbies have three meat pies on the board already. Could be an absolute smorgasboard from here on. Lealiifano nails the conversion. Brumbies 22; Force 0
Someone has absolutely crunched Force flyhalf Sam Norton-Knight, otherwise known as a poor man's Bernie Larkham. I thought it was the Fotu missle, but it was actually the lightly built Matt Toomua. Great hit - No 10 on No 10.
PENALTY GOAL: Lealiifano extends the Brumbies lead with a straight forward penalty goal right in front. Couldn't have asked for a better opening from the home side. The Force in massive strife. Brumbies 15; Force 0
Tevita, Tevita! Magic run straight up the guts by the Brumbies centre sparks a sensational attack. Kuridrani throws a looping long ball to his mate on the wing, Henry Speight, who tip toes down the sideline before throwing a desperate ball back inside. The Brumbies recycle possession and earn a penalty under the posts.
TRY: Or is it? We're going upstairs for a ''check, check'' - who knows what the hell the ref means by that - on a possible forward pass from Nic White to Speight. And it's a try! Speight is under the posts for his sixth of the year. Lealiifano throws it over. Brumbies 12; Force 0.
Plenty of pressure from the Force forward pack. Lots of quality there. Pity you can't say the same about their hooker. Nathan Charles is having a shocker, getting penalised for his second straight wonky lineout throw. Can't even blame the wind, there isn't any.
Not sure what happened there with Matt Toomua. The classy five-eighth has put his clearing kick out on the full, a rare mistake for him. Then again, the Force have just thrown a line-out more crooked than the head honchos at FIFA. Mistake fest
Little bit sloppy there from the Brumbies, a clumsy turnover gives the Force a scrum 30m out from their own line. All the home team right now, the Force need to send out an SOS for the ball.
TRY: Quick hands from the Brumbies sees Mogg crash over in the corner after just five minutes. Give that to Auelua and Lealiifano for exposing the Force down the right. Lealiifano misses the conversion. Brumbies 5; Force 0
Terrific rushing defence from Kuridrani shuts down the Force and forces (bad pun) the turnover. Nic White's rocket of a penalty kick puts the Brumbies on the attack only 15m out.
Former Brumby Salesi Ma'afu hammers Jesse Mogg with a massive shot, crunching the Wallabies hopeful. That would've stung.
My offsider Blocka Dutton has picked up that the Brumbies are in tracksuits for the playing of the last post and a minute's silence for Anzac Day. A touch of the Wallabies of old with that look.
The ground announcer's called it - it's a must-win for the Brumbies. Don't know if it's got to that desperate stage just yet, but a victory, especially one with a four-try bonus point, would be highly valued to return to the top of the table.
G'day from Canberra Stadium as the Brumbies look to return to the top of the Super Rugby ladder as they host the Western Force. Pretty nice conditions (ie my fingers haven't frozen on to the keyboard at the outdoor media box) which should make for an entertaining contest. Hopefully the Brumbies play a more expansive brand of rugby than last week's epic 19-all draw with the Reds.
Brumbies v Western Force at Canberra Stadium, Canberra 7.40pm
Head to Head: Played 9 Brumbies 5 Force 3 drawn 1
In Canberra: Played 4 Brumbies 2 Force 2
Last clash: Round 16 2012 - Brumbies 28 bt Force 17 at nib Stadium
The Brumbies have made just one change to the side that drew with the Reds 19-19 on Saturday with prop Scott Sio to give Wallabies squadmate Dan Palmer a week’s rest. The Brumbies will be wary of Sam Norton-Knight taking the ball to the line off Alby Mathewson. The giant-slaying Force have already upset the Reds and Crusaders with huge defensive efforts.
Expect another gritty derby. The Brumbies have conceded the least points per match in the comp. But the Force have conceded 11 points less than the table-topping Brumbies over the past six rounds, suggesting Michael Foley’s style is starting to yield results.
Tab Sportsbet: Brumbies $1.14 Force $5.25
Tip: Brumbies by 6 points