The infringement, which resulted in Mortlock getting a yellow card a retaliatory punch, produced a consolation penalty try for the visitors when referee Pro Legoete adjudged that prop Greg Somerville would have scored were it not for an early tackle on him by Cheetahs fullback Riaan Viljoen.
BRUMBIES 13, FORCE 13
REUTERS, PERTH, AUSTRALIA
Wallabies skipper Rocky Elsom made his return after six months out injured as the ACT Brumbies and the Western Force shared the scraps with a tie in a contest between Australia’s stragglers on Saturday.
Brumbies winger Henry Speight and Force lock Sam Wykes scored tries in the first 15 minutes and thereafter the match was a kicking contest between Wallabies James O’Connor and Matt Giteau, which neither could edge.
Both kicked two penalties and a conversion, before Brumbies flyhalf Giteau brought the error-filled contest to an end with a kick to touch that had boos ringing around the ground.