Force aim to make history this weekend

· Super Rugby - AU
by Rugby WA Media

The Western Force will be looking for their first win over the Brumbies since 2013, when the two teams meet in Saturday’s clash at Leichhardt Oval in New South Wales.

Historically, the Brumbies have been the Force’s toughest opponents at Super Rugby level with the Perth-based club winning four out of the previous 18 encounters between 2006 and 2017.

When the Force made its debut in the then-Super 14 tournament in 2006, the Brumbies were their first opponents, posting a 25-10 victory in front of more than 30,000 fans in Perth. Force legend and current Head of Rugby Matt Hodgson was in the match XV on the day.

The Brumbies also won 24-15 in Perth in 2010 and, with the tournament expanded to 15 teams the year after, the Force won 27-19 in Canberra with the return match in Perth ending in a 13-all draw.

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The Brumbies were again victorious in both matches in 2012, whilst in 2013 they shared the spoils: the Brumbies won 41-7 at home, their biggest-ever victory over the WA side, but the Force took the honours 21-15 in Perth.

The 21-15 win featured current Force captain Ian Prior, who at the time was with the Brumbies, and prop Pek Cowan who has recently returned to the Force for the 2020 Super Rugby AU campaign.

Since the 2014 season, the Brumbies have gained a firm upper hand, winning all seven matches between them to 2017, when the Force were excluded from Super Rugby. Their last meeting before this weekend’s rekindled rivalry was in Canberra in March 2017, a match won 25-17 by the Brumbies.

The Force take on the ACT Brumbies this Saturday night at Leichhardt Oval from 5:15pm (AWST), live on Fox Sports and Kayo.


Western Force vs Brumbies 2006 – 2017


P W L D PF PA TF TA

18 4 13 1 308 450 35 58



10 March 2017: Brumbies 25 Western Force 17 in Canberra

16 July 2016: Brumbies 24 Western Force 10 in Canberra

11 March 2016: Western Force 14 Brumbies 31 in Perth

5 June 2015: Western Force 20 Brumbies 33 in Perth

6 March 2015: Brumbies 27 Western Force 15 in Canberra

11 July 2014: Brumbies 47 Western Force 25 in Canberra

1 March 2014: Western Force 14 Brumbies 27 in Perth

13 July 2013: Western Force 21 Brumbies 15 in Perth

27 April 2013: Brumbies 41 Western Force 7 in Canberra

30 June 2012: Western Force 17 Brumbies 28 in Perth

24 Feb 2012: Brumbies 19 Western Force 17 in Canberra

21 May 2011 Western Force 13 Brumbies 13 in Perth

17 April 2011: Brumbies 19 Western Force 27 in Canberra

12 Feb 2010: Western Force 15 Brumbies 24 in Perth

28 Feb 2009: Brumbies 16 Western Force 25 in Canberra

16 May 2008: Western Force 29 Brumbies 22 in Perth

20 April 2007: Brumbies 14 Western Force 12 in Canberra

10 Feb 2006: Western Force 10 Brumbies 25 in Perth

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