Brumbies thump Force for Super Rugby win

A dominant first half has set up an emphatic 42-14 victory for the Brumbies in their Super Rugby AU clash with Western Force in Canberra.

NIC WHITE.
NIC WHITE. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

The Brumbies have bounced back in style with a thumping 42-14 victory over the Western Force in their Super Rugby AU clash in Canberra.

Stinging after suffering their first loss of the season against the Queensland Reds in their last home game, the Brumbies were almost unstoppable in the Friday night match at GIO Stadium, scoring six tries.

They set up the win with a dominant first half, rushing to a 28-0 halftime lead with centre Len Ikitau collecting two of their four first-half tries.

Halfback Nic White said his team were intent on playing "positive rugby" after their two-point loss to the Reds.

"It's never fun going into a bye week after a loss and we stewed on that for two weeks as we waited to get out and throw it around," the Test No.9 told Stan Sports.

"I was really proud of the way the boys wanted to play the game - we played some good rugby."

With 67 per cent of possession and a stunning 85 per cent of territory in the opening 40 minutes, the Brumbies starved the visitors of ball.

The Force did themselves no favours with a 9-0 first-half penalty count, while they had to replace injured five-eighth Jake McIntyre in the eighth minute, with veteran Jono Lance stepping in.

Despite the scoreline the Perth team deserved praise for their defensive efforts in the first half given their lack of ball.

They twice stopped likely Folau Fainga'a tries, although the Brumbies hooker looked to have got the ball across the line on the second effort despite the TMO ruling no try.

Their defensive wall cracked however when ex-Brumbies centre Tevita Kuridrani was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock-on, which came after a spate of penalties.

Ikitau reaped the reward of some slick passing to score both his tries while their opponents were a man down.

The margin could have been greater but for diminutive Force fullback Jack McGregor pulling off a flying tackle that knocked No.8 Pete Samu into touch over the tryline, saving what had looked a certain five-pointer.

Force skipper Brynard Stander said his team couldn't afford to give up such a lead against the reigning champions.

"The first 20 minutes we didn't touch the ball - obviously too many mistakes on our end, too many penalties, and we allowed the Brumbies to keep pressure on us," Stander said.

The Force regrouped to post their first points in the second half, with Kuridrani offloading to fellow centre Henry Taefu to score in the 53rd minute.

That seemed to spark the Canberra players and reserve rake Lachlan Lonergan burrowed across four minutes later.

The teams went toe to toe as they emptied their bench, and the Force collected a second through Ian Prior, taking advantage of a yellow card to prop Harry Lloyd after repeated Brumbies infringements.

But the home side had the final say with winger Andy Muirhead crossing for his second try to cap the win.