The Brumbies defeated the Western Force 27-15 at home in Canberra on Friday in their Super Rugby Round 4 clash. The hosts, who scored first for the 10th successive game at home, looked the better team throughout the match even though the visitors controlled much of the ball possession. In the seventh minute Rory Arnold completed a textbook pick and drive showing his strength as he powered over the try line against the bodies that stood before him.
Christian Leali’ifano made no mistake with the conversion kick. Three minutes later Zack Holmes made good work of an attack, drawing a player inside then passing the ball to Nick Cummins. The “Honey Badger” powered through the home defence to cross the try line. Holmes missed the resulting conversion failing to equalise for the visitors. Just two minutes later in the 12th minute Stephen Larkham’s men pulled further ahead when they managed to keep the ball alive, eventually reaching winger Joe Tomane who sprinted to the try line.
The ACT franchise had one more try in the 23rd minute through Ben Alexander who finished off some beautiful play from Henry Speight. At half-time the score stood at 19-8 in favour of the home team. In the second half the Western Australians continued to enjoy the majority of the possession but failed to cross the try line as the Brumbies defended well.
In fact it was the home team who scored again to earn the bonus point as scrumhalf Nick White crossed the line for their fourth try. In the 56th minute Michael Foley pulled one back for the Force when he powered through the home team’s defence. The resulting conversion was scored.
The game went back and forth from there until the final whistle. Larkham will be satisfied with his defence in this game as it proved the decisive factor the Canberra outfit.