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Brumbies start by edging out the Force

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Article Published: Friday 24 February 2012

Jake White's Brumbies started their 2012 Super Rugby campaign by edging the Force 19-17 at Canberra Stadium on Friday.

Brumbies winger Jesse Mogg scored a try on his debut which interrupted a prolonged goalkicking duel in the match.

Flyhalf James Stannard kicked four penalties for the Perth-based Force and scrumhalf Nic White kicked three for the Brumbies as all of the points in a stagnant first half came from goalkicks.

Mogg, who was one of six players making their debuts for a new-look Brumbies team, broke that train of scoring with the first try of the match in the 44th minute.

Two more tries followed in the next 11 minutes - one to Brumbies fullback Robbie Coleman and another to Stannard who scored all of his team's points - to put a little life into the match

At the same time the goalkicking of both sides faltered.

After kicking his first three in a row, White missed five in succession in the second half while Stannard, after landing four from five in the first half, missed two in the second.

Matt Toomua also missed a long-range attempt after halftime.

Controversial World Cup referee Bryce Lawrence of New Zealand ensured both teams had plenty of goalkicking opportunities, handing out 13 penalties in the first half and more than 25 in the match.

Lawrence faced hostility from some South African fans over his control of the World Cup quarterfinal between the Springboks and Wallabies, won 11-8 by Australia, and he will not referee in South Africa this season in case resentment lingers.

Friday's match ensured World Cup-winning former Springboks coach Jake White made a winning start to his new tenure as Brumbies coach and provided a similar fillip to the Brumbies' new captain, former Waratahs back rower Ben Mowen.

Mogg, who was an under-20 rugby league representative for the Brisbane Broncos, showed a sharp finishing sense to run in the first try of the season in the Australian conference.

The Brumbies took a scrum from a penalty close to the goalline and Mogg hit the backline at pace two spots off the set piece to scythe through the defence.

Coleman scored only two minutes later as the Brumbies again looked dangerous when they chanced their arm.

Christian Lealiifano began the move with a short break, Mowen kept the play alive and Toomua threw the long pass that found Coleman in space.

Stannard hit back for the Force who placed the Brumbies under heavy pressure when they were able to retain possession.

After a progression of 10 phases, the Force had a ruck on the Brumbies' line and quick hands on the left hand side created an overlap for Stannard, who couldn't convert his own try.

Stannard had the chance five minutes later to give his team the lead with a penalty but his seventh attempt of the night hit the upright.

The Force lost seven matches last season by margins of less than six points and took little consolation from a further bonus point loss.

Final Score Brumbies 19 (9) Force 17 (12)


Tries - J Mogg, R. Coleman
Pen - N White 3
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - J Stannard
Pen - J Stannard 4
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Referee: Bryce Lawrence
AR1: Andrew Lees
AR2 : James Leckie
TMO : Matt Goddard



1. Ben Alexander,2. Stephen Moore,3. Dan Palmer,4. Leon Power,5. Sam Carter,6. Peter Kimlin,7. Ita Vaea,8. Ben Mowen (c),9. Nic White,10. Matt Toomua,11. Jesse Mogg,12. Christian Lealiifano,13. Andrew Smith,14. Henry Speight,15. Robbie Coleman

Replacements:16. Anthony Hegarty,17. Ruaidhri Murphy,18. Scott Fardy ,19. Michael Hooper ,20. Ian Prior,21. Zack Holmes,22. Joe Tomane

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan,2. Nathan Charles,3. Salesi Ma'afu,4. Toby Lynn,5. Nathan Sharpe,6. Matt Hodgson,7. David Pocock (Captain),8. Ben McCalman,9. Brett Sheehan,10. James Stannard,11. Napolioni Nalaga,12. Rory Sidey,13. Winston Stanley,14. Nick Cummins,15. Alfie Mafi

Reserves:16. Elvis Taione,17. Kieran Longbottom,18. Phoenix Battye,19. Angus Cottrell,20. Justin Turner,21. Ben Seymour,22. Sam Wara

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