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Brumbies settle for a draw

21st May 2011 12:44

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Brumbies try-scorer: Henry Speight

The Western Force and Brumbies battled it out to a lame 13-13 draw in Perth on Saturday, with both sides scoring one try apiece.

East met west, but this game headed only one way: south!

The Force got the better of the Brumbies last time out, but failed to make it a double over their Aussie rivals this season after both sides ended the match with two points for sharing the spoils.

Force centre James O'Connor had a chance to win the match at full-time, but his 52m penalty attempt fell short, allowing the Brumbies to counter from their own line.

However, the Force managed to turn over possession and launched a last-gasp attack only to give away a silly penalty. The Brumbies, with nothing to lose, decided a draw is better than a loss and Matt Giteau hoofed the ball into touch to break a four-game losing streak.

It's the first time in Super Rugby history that the scores were level at half-time (10-10) as well as after the final whistle.

The Brumbies started the match with a roar and hiss, and were celebrating a try after just four minutes of the match played thanks to a superb score by wing Henry Speight.

Giteau converted and the visitors were seven points in front.

The Force replied through hard-working lock Sam Wykes, who dotted down in the corner with no defenders in sight. O'Connor slotted the touchline conversion to level the scores.

Giteau and O'Connor added another penalty between them and at 10-10, the game was anyone's for the taking heading into the break.

The Force had more chances to score in the second half, and O'Connor will rue making a mess of a simple grounding over the try-line which would later prove to be extremely costly.

Instead, O'Connor banged over his second penalty of the match in the 70th minute - this, after two missed earlier attempts. The game looked to be in the bag for the Force until Giteau stepped up to level the scores once more.

And that's how it stayed...

The scorers:

For Force:
Try: Wykes
Con: O'Connor
Pens: O'Connor 2

For Brumbies:
Try: Speight
Con: Giteau
Pens: Giteau 2

Western Force: 15 Patrick Dellit, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Rory Sidey, 12 James O'Connor, 11 David Smith, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 David Pocock, 6 Matt Hodgson, 5 Nathan Sharpe (c), 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Matt Dunning, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Tom Hockings, 19 Jono Jenkins, 20 James Stannard, 21 Gene Fairbanks, 22 Alfie Mafi.

Brumbies: 15 Patrick McCabe, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tyrone Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Josh Valentine, 8 Julian Salvi, 7 Colby Faingaa, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Jono Owen.
Replacements: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Peter Kimlin, 19 Michael Hooper, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Andrew Smith.

Referee: Ian Smith (Australia)

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