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full-time Brumbies 19 Western Force 17
80 The Force are camped deep inside the Brumbies' half but at the vital moment they commit a handling error! The Brumbies are awarded a scrum and Toomua soon puts it into touch. The referee brings proceedings to a close and the home side's players start their celebrations. It wasn't always pretty and the result could have gone either way.
76 The Brumbies show a willingness to run the ball and are soon deep inside the Force's 22! However, they soon commit a handling error and the Force try to counter-attack!
73 The Brumbies get another penalty after the Force are blown up for diving in at a ruck. White has an ambitious attempt but his shot sails wide of the upright.
70 The Brumbies get a penalty when the Force go off their feet at a ruck. Toomua replaces White as the goal-kicker but his attempt strikes the upright and the Force gain a reprieve!
68 White does well when he puts in a box kick which rolls into touch just outside the Force's 22. Stephen Moore is replaced by Anthony Hegerty.
66 The Brumbies do well to regain possession at the next break-dwon with a fine display of counter-rucking.
65 The Force get a chance to attack when they are awarded a scrum inside the Brumbies' 22 after Mowen knocks on.
60 Force flyer Napolioni Nalaga is stopped close to the tryline by a fine tackle from Coleman. Nalaga is bundled into touch but the Brumbies are blow up for being offside. From the resulting kick Stannard's attempt strikes the upright!
55 TRY, W FORCE, STANNARD! 19-17. Stannard goes over untouched after the Brumbies' defensive line eventually cracks. The fly-half misses with the conversion attempt.
54 The Force are trying to strike back! They are soon on the edge of the Brumbies' tryline but the hosts defend resiliently.
51 TRY, BRUMBIES, COLEMAN! 19-12. Robbie Coleman rounds off a great move in the left-hand corner after latching onto a long pass from Toomua. Christian.Lealifano does well in the build-up when he tears the Force's defence to shreds with a devestating line break. White misses with the conversion from the touchline.
48 White goes on a break close to the halfway mark. The ball is recycled and comes out to Mowen who kicks ahead. The Force gather the ball but committ a handling error in the process.
45 TRY, BRUMBIES, MOGG! 14-12. Jesse Mogg gets in for game's first try after running onto a pass from White off the base of the scrum on the Force's five-metre line. White misses with the conversion kick!
43 White puts Ben Mowen into space inside the Force's 22! The Brumbies skipper is stopped metres from the line by Sheehan.
40 The Brumbies get the second half started! The Force are soon on the attack but at a critical stage concede a turnover inside the Brumbies' half.
Half-time Brumbies 9 Western Force 12
40 Mogg goes on the run down the touchline inside the Force's half but he puts a foot in touch and at the resulting scrum the Force hooker Nathan Charles is blown up for nor throwing in straight. The resulting scrum collapses and referee Bryce Lawrence blows his whistle to signal the end of the half. It's been an even contest with both sides still feeling each other out. Very little enterprising play and let's hope the second half is more entertaining.
37 Nic Cummins does well when he takes a high ball from Toomua despite being under great pressure from Jesse Mogg.
36 PENALTY, W FORCE, KIMLIN! 9-12. Stannard puts his side into the lead after Peter Kimlin gets pinned for going off his feet at a ruck.
31 White gets an opportunity to strike back with another penalty for the Brumbies but his effort goes wide of the upright.
29 PENALTY, W FORCE, STANNARD! 9-9. Stannard adds the extras after Toomua is penalised for not releasing a tackled player on the ground.
27 The Force win a penalty just outside their 22 when the Brumbies are blown up for obstructive running.
25 White gets the ball from the base of the scrum under tremendous pressure from Brett Sheehan on the edge of his 22. He puts it directly into touch.
23 Matt Toomua puts the Brumbies on the front-foot with a beautifully weighted tactical kick which rolls out about five mtres from the Force's tryline.
20 This time it's White's turn to miss with a penalty attempt after The Force infringe at a ruck.
18 James Stannard has a shot at goal from about 40 metres out after the Brumbies' back-line are pinned for being offside. However, Stannard's shot is well short of the target.
15 The Force do well to string some phases together and are soon on the edge of the Brumbies' 22 until they commit a handling error in an attempt to cross the advantage line.
12 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, WHITE! 9-6. Nic White adds another three-pointer after Pocock is blown up for being off-side.
9 PENALTY, W FORCE, STANNARD! 6-6. Stannard adds another three points from a difficult angle to draw his side level.
6 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, WHITE! 6-3. White lands a monster kick from close to the halfway line after the Force infringe at another ruck!
4 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, WHITE! 3-3. Scrum-half Nic White equalises after the visitors are pinned for holding onto the ball at a ruck.
2 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, STANNARD! 3-0. James Stannard gets the opening points after the Brumbies are penalised at a breakdown.
Kick-off James Stannard gets us started! David Pocock does well at kick off to win a turnover and the ball goes wide to the Force backs!
Team News The Force will take to the field without their regular full-back Cameron Shepherd who has been ruled out through injury. Shepherd is struggling with a leg strain and his spot in the starting XV has been taken by Alfie Mafi, with former scrum-half James Stannard named at fly-half following the pre-season departure of Willie Ripia. Former skipper Nathan Sharpe has recovered from his calf complaint and will partner Toby Lynn in the second row, with regular lock Sam Wykes (hamstring) ruled out. The side will be captained by Wallaby stalwart David Pocock. Fijian international Napolioni Nalaga will make his Force debut, as will Lynn, prop Salesi Ma'afu and outside centre Winston Stanley. Hooker Elvis Taione, lock Phoenix Battye, flanker Angus Cottrell, flyhalf Ben Seymour and outside back Sam Wara will also make their debuts if they are required off the bench.
Team News The Brumbies have a new coach in former Springbok boss Jake White and he has made numerous changes since his arrival. For this clash White has included six debutants. Lock Leon Power, a recruit from New Zealand provincial side Bay of Plenty, will make first Super Rugby appearance in the starting XV along with winger Jesse Mogg. Fellow rookies Ruaidhri Murphy, Scott Fardy, Zack Holmes and Joe Tomane are on the bench. Wallabies front rowers Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander have recovered from injury in time for Friday's match but the Brumbies remain without Australia centre Pat McCabe, who is close to making his return from a shoulder surgery. Robbie Coleman starts at full-back after playing in the centres last season. Fijian-born speedster Henry Speight is on the wing while Nic White will play half-back and Matt Toomua, a 2009 Wallabies Spring tourist, is the fly-half. Christian Lealiifano partners the hard-running Andrew Smith in the midfield.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Canberra for this Super Rugby opener between the hosts the Brumbies and the Western Force. Both teams have plenty to prove after poor campaigns in 2011 so expect an entertaining match.
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