Force celebrate NRC debut with a win
The Western Force have secured a hard-fought win against Brisbane City in their debut National Rugby Championship match at Norths Rugby Club finishing with an 18 point lead.
The Force played with tremendous strength and determination in attack which saw them conclude the match with a final score of 29-47.
Rod ‘Rocket’ Davies was the first to put points on the board after receiving a clever cut out pass from fullback Jack McGregor giving the Force an early lead.
Though Brisbane City wasted little time replying with a try of their own as former Australian Sevens forward Con Foley raced over the line set up by a pass by Wallaby Quade Cooper allowing City to take the lead.
Former All Black Jeremy Thrush took advantage of his experience and strength to score his first NRC try from the end of a rolling maul and skipper Ian Prior’s successful conversion saw the Force regain the lead once more.
It wasn’t long after when Brisbane’s outside back Jaye Thompson burst over the line with a try of his own to tie the score 12-12.
City’s Patrick Morrey reclaimed the lead for his team with a try shortly after.
It was quick thinking Jack McGregor who was responsible for putting the Force back in the lead, followed up by another successful conversion by Prior.
The Force took advantage of Brisbane being one man down after winger Emori Waqavulagi was yellow carded for a deliberate knock-down with an unstoppable Cameron Orr crashing over the line to extend the lead further finishing half-time at 17-26.
Davies backed up his great first half performance opening the scoring for the second half with his second try in the match in the left corner.
Despite the growing lead, Brisbane had not given up yet when Cooper crossed over the line to score his first NRC try and narrow the lead to just nine points.
A change-up in the Force’s scrum structure led by experienced prop Kieran Longbottom saw the Force gain more confidence in their game plan resulting in several unstoppable rolling mauls with reserve hooker Feleti Kaitu’u reaping the benefits scoring his first try of the evening.
Brisbane was quick to reply with Jayden Mgamanu ending up with a try after a cleverly played sequence by City.
Finding themselves once more with only 14 players after City’s Moli Sooaemalelagi was given a yellow card, Brisbane’s defences couldn’t hold off a determined Force attack with Kaitu’u taking full advantage to earn himself his second try finishing the game 29-47.
The Western Force will now take on the NSW Country Eagles at UWA Sports Park in Perth with kick-off at 13:00 AWST.
Western Force – 47
Tries: Davies 2, Thrush, McGregor, Orr, Kaitu’u 2
Conversions: Prior 6
Brisbane City – 29
Tries: Foley, Thompson-Te Muunu, Morrey, Cooper, Ngamanu
Conversions: Cooper 2