Last year’s Super Rugby runners-up the Brumbies secured a 47-25 win over the Force at Canberra Stadium on Friday as they ended the Perth side’s chances to go through to the play-offs for the first time. The Brumbies started the match looking for maximum log points. The Force themselves were looking to make history by going through to the play-offs for the first time.
In the 5th minute Matt Toomua scored a try to give the home side an early lead 5-0 but Nic White missed the conversion. The Brumbies continued to attack the Force as they showed some rhythm as Jayden Hayward slotted three points for the visitors in the 17th minute. Toomua scored his second try of the match to stretch the lead to 16-6 as the Force started to struggled.
Jesse Mogg scored a try in the 35th minute for the Brumbies who took a 21-6 half-time lead. In the second half the Brumbies continued where they left off as Henry Speight broke through three tackles to score a bonus point try for the Brumbies to make it 28-6 but Christian Leal’ifano missed the conversion. In the 54th minute Force prop Pek Cowan scored a try but they needed a miracle to win the match as Hayward slotted the conversion.
The Brumbies led 28-13 and minutes later Toomua scored his third try of the match. Leal’ifano added the two points to make it 35-13. In the 62nd minute Chris Tuatara-Morrison scored a try but Zack Holmes missed the conversion (35-18). Joe Tomane scored another try for the Brumbies in the 68th minute with Leal’ifano slotting a conversion but the Force never gave up as Holmes scored a try in the 72nd minute.
The substitute Tom McVerry scored his first try in Super Rugby for the Brumbies in the 78th minute as they secured the play-offs spot on the combined log.