• Force spoil Pocock’s party

    The Western Force defeated the Brumbies 31-21 in their first pre-season fixture at the McGillivray Oval on Friday.

    The early season hit-out saw the return to action of Wallabies flank David Pocock and although he managed to grab a try for the visitors, the Brumbies were second best on the day.

    Pocock, who captained the Force during his six seasons in Perth, was making his return after a long-term absence from a career-threatening knee injury.

    The Force ran in three first-half tries, before two further efforts after the break from Wilhelm Steenkamp and new signing Mitch Scott sealed the victory.

    The Brumbies will get their Super Rugby campaign underway with a home match against the Reds on 13 February, while the Force face a trip to the defending champions Waratahs two days later.

    Force – Tries: Luke Morahan, Chris Alcock, Marcel Brache, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Mitch Scott. Conversions: Sias Ebersohn, Zack Holmes (2).
    Brumbies – Tries: David Pocock, Christian Leali'ifano, Sean Doyle. Conversions: Rod Iona (2), Nic White.

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