Brumbies Late Show Seals Victory
The Plus500 claimed their first victory of the 2017 Super Rugby season beating the Western Force 25-17 in a thriller at GIO Stadium. Robbie Abel’s 80th minute try was the icing on the cake for the Brumbies, sealing the win and giving their 8,600 fans plenty to cheer about.
The Force pushed the home side for the full 80 minutes in a physical encounter between the two Australian teams, but the Brumbies’ hunger for their first win proved too much for the visitors in the end.
Henry Speight kicked off proceedings for the home team, barging over from close range in the 14th minute to score his second try in three games and give his team a five-point lead.
The Brumbies’ defense was solid as a wall early in the game, seeing out numerous attacking opportunities by the Force who looked threatening with the ball.
Stephen Larkam’s forwards meant business as they dominated the scrums, pushing the visitors forward pack back more than 10 meters at times and earning several penalties.
The Force did well to prevent Ben Alexander from crossing the line after a huge run but were unable to hold the home side out for long as fly half Wharenui Hawera dived over for the Brumbies’ second on the very next play, registering his first Super Rugby try.
A late score from Heath Tessman off the back of penalty gave the away team their first points of the night, which was then successfully converted to reduce to margin to just three at the break.
The Force picked up where they left off after the resumption, throwing a long ball to Chance Peni to put the winger over in the corner in the 43rd minute taking the lead off the home team.
Both teams then slotted a penalty kick each to take the score to 13-17 to the Force with ten minutes left on the clock.
A brain snap by Ross Haylett-Petty earnt the visiting lock a yellow card, which provided the Brumbies’ with the chance they needed to record their first victory and it only took the home team two minutes to capitalize on having an extra man as Kyle Godwin ran through a gap to give the Brumbies’ back the lead.
Haylett-Petty’s yellow card proved even more costly seven minutes later as Robbie Abel crossed off the back of a rolling maul to seal the win for the Brumbies.
Plus500 Brumbies 25 (T: H. Speight, W. Hawera, K. Godwin, R. Abel, C: W. Hawera, P: W. Hawera) Force 17 (T: H. Tessman, C. Peni, C: J. Lance (2), P: J. Lance)
- Ben ALEXANDER (17. Nic MAYHEW 49’)
- Josh MANN-REA( 16. Robbie ABEL 78’)
- Allan ALAALATOA (18. Leslie LEAULUA’IALI’I MAKIN 62’)
- Rory ARNOLD (19. Blake ENEVER 62’)
- Sam CARTER
- Ben HYNE
- Chris ALCOCK (20. Tom STANIFORTH 51’)
- Jordan SMILER
- Joe POWELL
- Wharenui HAWERA
- James DARGAVILLE (23. Andrew SMITH 68’)
- Kyle GODWIN
- Tevita KURIDRANI
- Henry SPEIGHT
- Aidan TOUA
Unused Replacement: 22. De Wet ROOS
By Jack Howard