Brumbies’ loss hands Bulls home semi
- 13 Jul 2013
The Brumbies missed out on a chance to secure an automatic semi-final spot after their 21-15 defeat to the Force in Perth.
Jake White's men therefore finish third on the combined log and will host the sixth-placed Cheetahs in the play-off qualifiers next weekend.
It was a scoreless opening quarter in Perth, but the Force broke the deadlock when Matt Hodgson powered over the line from a quick penalty tap. Ben McCalman's converted try gave the Force a 14-3 advantage at the break.
Junior Rasolea crossed for the hosts' third try, which came from Nick Cummins' impressive linebreak from the halfway line.
Tevita Kuridrani responded for the Brumbies two minutes later as he hit a good angle off Matt Toomua from close range. When Scott Fardy crashed over with 15 minutes to go, the Force were suddenly only six points in front, but they did enough to hold on for the upset win.
Force – Tries: Matt Hodgson, Ben McCalman, Junior Rasolea. Conversions: Jayden Hayward (3).
Brumbies – Tries: Tevita Kuridrani, Scott Fardy. Conversion: Christian Lealiifano. Penalty: Lealiifano.
Force – 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Junior Rasolea, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Matt Hodgson (c), 5 Hugh McMeniman, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 James Hilterbrand, 1 Pek Cowan.
Subs: 16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Salesi Ma'afu, 18 Toby Lynn, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Brett Sheehan, 21 Sam Norton-Knight, 22 Sam Christie.
Brumbies – 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Ben Mowen (c), 7 Colby Faingaa, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Subs: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Fotu Auelua, 19 George Smith, 20 Robbie Coleman, 21 Andrew Smith, 22 Mark Swanepoel.
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