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Brumbies dig deep
Tries from Mogg and Coleman seal victory
The Brumbies held on to open up the new Super Rugby season with a 19-17 win over the Western Force in Canberra.
It was hardly a classic encounter with both sides guilty of kicking too much possession away, particularly in the first half.
However tries after the break from Jesse Mogg and Robbie Coleman were enough to see the home side to victory.
James Stannard scored all the points for the Force, who have yet to win an opening fixture.
Unsurprisingly the only points in the opening period came via the boot with Stannard landing four penalties to Nic White's three to give the Force a 12-9 advantage.
Such was the frustration of the fans that they began to boo every time the ball was kicked out of hand.
The opening 15 minutes of the second half were a different matter, though, with a flurry of tries.
Mogg was first to cross, just two minutes after the break, with White releasing him from a scrum five metres out.
Highly-rated full-back Coleman then extended the home side's lead as he crossed out wide following Christian Lealiifano's initial break and some good recycling work.
The Force responded well and although the Brumbies desperately tried to defend their line, Stannard finally found his way through to cut the deficit to two.
Despite an extended spell of pressure and territory, though, the visitors couldn't add to their tally.
White and Matt Toomua both missed chances to make them pay. However it didn't matter as the Brumbies were able to hold on.Super 15. Click here to bet.
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Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com