The University of Canberra Brumbies have claimed their first win of the 2014 Super Rugby season, defeating the Force 27-14 on their home soil to reclaim turf in the west.
After bullocking to a 24 lead by half time, the writing was on the wall for the Force who would need to redeem themselves against Australia’s best defensive team to post a win.
The Force managed to knock the UC Brumbies off in the corresponding match of 2013, but with last week’s loss on their mind the UC Brumbies were clinical, tough, and got the win.
UC Brumbies Captain Ben Mowen said it was an important victory.
“Any game against a local rival is important, it means a lot to get these wins,” Mowen said.
“I don’t think people who come here give the force enough credit. They’ve taken some enormous scalps in the last few years and it’s a credit to this team to leave with a win.
“The Force are never easy, particularly in the west, and I’m extremely pleased with the way we executed our game plan.”
A former Force Academy player, Scott Fardy was the recipient of the first try capitalising on heavy possession to score from close range.
Just minutes later Jesse Mogg was over in the corner, his second try in two weeks. With Nic White converting both tries the UC Brumbies were out to a 14-0 lead with just 15 minutes played.
It only took another eight minutes for the UC Brumbies to register their third fiver-pointer – Robbie Coleman making the most of his first appearance with the club since the final round of the 2013 season to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
At 21-0 after as many minutes, the UC Brumbies were in charge. Sam Carter, David Pocock and Ben Mowen led for the forwards, while Pat McCabe, Kurindrani and Jesse Mogg led by example out wide.
When Mogg was sent for 10 after venturing into the side of the ruck and lifting, the Force looked likely to score against a depleted UC Brumbies outfit. But the UC Brumbies resisted, managing to keep the Force out.
White hit a penalty on the stroke of halftime and the UC Brumbies hit the sheds 24-0 up.
The Force started the second half with far more gusto, pinning the UC Brumbies in their own half for the first eight minutes and more importantly, kept them pointless.
On occasions through the first 15 of the second stanza it looked like the UC Brumbies might break the line, particularly through Speight and Carter. But the Force managed to rally and they kept the UC Brumbies scoreless.
A scrum infringement let the UC Brumbies edge ahead in the second half and White’s penalty moved the lead to 27-0.
Two late tries to the Force evened the score-line, with the UC Brumbies eventually taking the Perth locals 27-14.
UC Brumbies 27 (Scott Fardy, Jesse Mogg, Robbie Coleman tires; Nic White cons 3, pens 2) bt Force 14 .
1. Ben Alexander
2. Stephen Moore
3. Scott Sio
4. Scott Sio
5. Sam Carter
6. Ben Mowen ©
7. David Pocock
8. Jarrad Butler
9. Nic White
10. Matt Toomua
11. Robbie Coleman
12. Pat McCabe
13. Andrew Smith
14. Henry Speight
15. Jesse Mogg
16. Siliva Siliva
17. Ruan Smith
18. Ruaidhri Murphy
19. Leon Power
20. Lachlan McCaffrey
21. Conrad Hoffmann
22. Andrew Smith
23. Lionel Conrad