Force fall short to Fiji
The Western Force have fallen short in a tight game against the Fijian Drua at UWA Sports Park in the last round of the home and away games finishing 33-28.
The Force was quick to open the scoring with Rod Davies bursting straight through Drua’s defence to put the ball down over the try line only minutes into the match.
Captain Ian Prior kept in fashion with his consistent good kicking form adding extra points with a conversion.
Centre Rodney Iona further extended the lead by a well set up pass from Prior crashing down over the try line just under the posts.
Prior made no mistake in finishing off what he started to give the Force a 14 point lead.
The Force kept the pressure on Fiji throughout the first half, keeping them away from the try line until Levani Kurumudu burst through for a try, followed up by a conversion which narrowed the lead to 14-7 at halftime.
Andrew Deegan kicked off the second half and it wasn’t long till Jack McGregor found the space to burst through the line, but it was the Fijian Drua who put the first points on the board scoring for the half with a try from Aporosa Tabulawaki.
With the score now tied, Fiji found their feet and it wasn’t long until Enele Malele handed the Drua the lead followed by a successful conversion.
But the Force kept up the fight and continued to push forward with their attack which saw Davies run-away with a try set up by Jack McGregor.
The try being Davies’ second for the match and has had an impressive seven tries throughout the season making him one of the top try scorers.
Prior lands another tough conversion from near the left touchline to tie up the scores once more, 21-21.
A quick reply from Fiji and Apisalome Vota touched down for a try to keep the Drua in the lead by five points before Alivereti Veitokani followed it up with a try and a successful conversion by Apisalome Waqatabu.
But a determined Force saw to it that they finish the game with a bonus point, as Andrew Deegan snuck the ball over the line for what could result in a crucial try in determining the team’s position on the ladder.
Deegan, an overall stand out in today’s game followed up his try with a successful conversion keeping Fiji’s to a narrow five-point win.