Force fly to finish first
The Western Force has won the Global Rapid Rugby Pacific Showcase Series in glorious style in front of a crowd of nearly 13,000 delighted fans.
Travelling undefeated throughout the series, the Force overpowered a strong Fijian Latui side to win by 21-points scoring seven tries to three.
The game started well for the home side scoring the first try within the first 10 minutes from a cleverly delivered pass from Andrew Deegan to Rocket Rod Davies.
In one of the most physical games of Rapid Rugby so far, the Fijian’s brought a game-plan which saw them capitalise on Force mistakes and were on the scoreboard after winning a penalty and taking the kick from point-blank range.
The Force continued to produce fast-paced running rugby to keep the Fijian’s under pressure finding breaks to send Johan Bardoul and Andrew Deegan over the try line.
Staring down a 16 point deficit Fijian Latui hit back with two tries of their own to reduce the margin to just four-points just before half time.
In typical Force fashion, the home team didn’t settle for taking a narrow lead into the break and chanced their arm for a bigger prize as the hooter sounded. With the try line in sight, Henry Taefu crashed over, making the most of a brilliant cut-out-pass from Issak Fines.
Fijian Latui started the second half strong with the only Power Try of the match just moments from kick-off, however, the Force regained control of when Brynard Stander showed why his teammates call him “The Bull” brushing off two big tackles to find the try line.
That was the start of another three try run by the Force, with UWA Rugby Club’s Rory O’Sullivan getting in on the action to score his first Western Force five-pointer.
Just as they did to close out the first half, the Force found something special to finish the game. With the final hooter sounding and the Pacific Showcase Series in their keeping, Clay Uyen ensured there was one more memorable moment to enjoy when he skilfully intercepted a long Fijian cut-out pass and sprinted home to put an exclamation mark on the win.