Brumbies in cruise control

The Brumbies bashed the Force 25-10 at Viking Park on Friday to go top of the APC log.

With Jeremy Paul out of the Wallabies’ end-of-year tour, close attention was paid to the performance of Brendan Cannon. While the Force No 2 was marginally outplayed on the night, he came through the game unscathed.

“You know what you’re getting with Brendan at Test level, and we’re certainly happy he got 80 minutes,” said Wallaby coach John Connolly. “I think this tournament is important for us because a number of spots are still up in the air, particularly around the half back and hooker positions.”

Julian Huxley gave the Brumbies a 3-0 lead, before exciting new wing Francis Fainifo beat three defenders to score his side’s first try. Hooker James McCormack then went over in the corner to make it 15-3 at half-time.

Fainifo scored again three minutes into the second half, before a try fom winger Brett Stapleton gave the Force something to celebrate.