The Road Safety Western Force are still without a win after two matches at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, going down to the Hurricanes 19-12 in a hard fought contest at Suncorp Stadium.
The Hurricanes shot out of the blocks earning numerous penalties to put the Force on the back foot and looked to be in for a certain try only to be denied by a spectacular try-saving tackle from James Verity-Amm.
After defending multiple attacking sequences to keep the Hurricanes at bay the Force eventually were able to work their way into the contest by stringing some phases together and venture in the Wellington side’s 22.
With the Hurricanes defenders scrambling Michael Ruru spotted a two man overlap on the left wing and flung the ball out wide to find Kane Koteka who did the rest charging down the sideline before going over in the corner to put the Force ahead 5-0.
In the shadow’s of halftime the Hurricanes went searching for an equaliser marching almost 70-metres to the line only for Michael Ruru make the Force’s second heroic try-saving tackle of the half to keep the Force ahead 5-0 at the break.
With the sweltering heat testing both sides the Force came out hot early in the second half controlling possession and territory before a spectacular solo chip-and-chase effort from Curtis Rona saw the rugby league convert score the Force’s second of the contest. Lance converted to extend the lead to 12-0.
The Hurricanes struck back almost immediately drawing and passing before Brad Shields sent Matt Proctor in under the posts. The successful conversion closed the margin to just five points.
Following a scrum won against the feed the Hurricanes crossed for their second to level the scores thanks to a powerful run from Joseph Apikotoa.
The with time ticking down the Force looked to take a risk in order to find a winning score but it came at a cost with Cory Jane snagging an intercept to seal a 19-12 win for the Hurricanes.