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Brumbies edge out Force

02nd February 2013 11:54

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Clyde Rathbone

Clyde Rathbone: Scored on his return from retirement

The Brumbies claimed a narrow 20-18 win over the Western Force in their Super Rugby warm-up game in Darwin on Saturday.

The Canberra-based team raced into a 17-3 lead.through tries by Matt Toomua and Clyde Rathbone but the Force struck back Ben McCalman scored a five-pointer which meant his side trailed 20-10 after Christian Leallifano added a penalty to two earlier conversions.

Aftr the break, Junior Rasolea scored a try for the Force and Brumbies loosehead prop Ruaidhri Murphy was sin-binned early in the second half for a professional foul.

Brumbies coach Jake White admitted that it was tough match but said he wanted to give all 30 of his players game-time.

"I think they started really well and the second group showed a lot of character in the way they finished the game off," he told reporters.

He said was pleased for Rathbone, who is returning to action after three years in premature retirement.

"What I am happy about is that psychologically now, he will be happy that he has got through 40 minutes of rugby and didn't look out of part," White said.

Force boss Michael Foley believes the result showed that they improved from last year when they finished second last on the Super Rugby table.

"I think the longer the game went, I felt the more we found our combination and the more we settled into a bit of a rhythm," he explained.

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Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Crusaders1651
3Sharks1650
4Brumbies1645
5Chiefs1644
6Highlanders1642
7Hurricanes1641
8Western Force1640
9Bulls1638
10Blues1637
11Stormers1632
12Lions1631
13Reds1628
14Cheetahs1624
15Melbourne Rebels1621
Australian Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Brumbies1645
3Western Force1640
4Reds1628
5Melbourne Rebels1621
New Zealand Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Crusaders1651
2Chiefs1644
3Highlanders1642
4Hurricanes1641
5Blues1637
South African Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Sharks1650
2Bulls1638
3Stormers1632
4Lions1631
5Cheetahs1624