Force take 10s title, Sharks third

The Force beat the Brumbies 7-0 in the Cup final of the World Club 10s in Mauritius on Sunday, while the Sharks had to settle for bronze.

The Brumbies lost to the Blues in the inaugural edition in Singapore two years ago and finished second best again as winger Brad Lacey’s second-half try – converted by Player of the Tournament Michael Ruru – was enough for the Force to edge a tightly fought contest at Anjalay Stadium.

Koteka was one of five contracted Super Rugby players in the Force squad, while the Brumbies boasted 15, including seven of the side that played in Singapore under Stephen Larkham.

The Force crushed the Italian All Stars 29-0 in the semi-finals, while the Brumbies came from behind to beat the Sharks 7-5 following a try by the outstanding Aidan Toua and a decisive Robbie Coleman conversion.

The Sharks finished third after beating the Italian All Stars 26-7, while the star-studded Africa Pacific Dragons – beaten 12-7 by the Force in the quarters – finished fifth by routing Toulon 43-0.

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