FORCE HOLD ONTO UNBEATEN RAPID RUGBY RECORD
After what has been an immensely successful season of Global Rapid Rugby, the Western Force have maintained their unbeaten record in 2019 with a thumping 74-10 victory over the touring Malaysia Valke side, making it their largest-ever win in Global Rapid Rugby history.
With Andrew Forrest announcing earlier in the day the expansion of Global Rapid Rugby into 2020, there was much to look forward to at HBF Park with more exciting pre-match entertainment that included the winner of Australia’s ‘Voice’ competition, Sam Perry and another startling fireworks display, setting up for what would be a high scoring affair.
Both sides were explosive out of the blocks early on, making their presence felt physically with some huge hits.
Force Fullback Jack McGregor copped the brunt of the Valke’s physicality after conceding a bruising hit inside the first three minutes.
The Valke took front foot ascendancy early in the game, starving the Force of possession and claiming some valuable territory early on.
The Force didn’t take long after to adapt to the Valke’s style and bring back their infamous quick-thinking style on the field leaving the Malaysian side empty-handed after some savage Force defence.
Lethal half-back Issak Fines waved his magic wand to score the first try of the game for the Force after pouncing on a simple mistake from the Valke and using a chip and chase to cross the white chalk.
The Western Force slowly started to take a grip on the game, engulfing the Valke defence with some blistering attack that would eventually overwhelm the Valke.
The game well and truly swung in favour of the Force after a rare power try from outside centre Nick Jooste. After a season blighted with injury, Nick Jooste combined with winger Rod Davies carved up the Valke defence to put Jack McGregor into space, who would then go on to set up Nick Jooste for his first power try in Force colours.
Despite already contributing heavily with the ball in hand, Issak Fines punished the Valke yet again with his second try of the game as he swooped on another knock-on off the back of a messy scrum to diagnose himself with white line fever.
Looking to head into the sheds at half-time in a positive manner, the Force decided to flex their muscles with a Herculean like rolling maul to set Heath Tessman up for a sizzling try, giving themselves a healthy lead at the half-time break, while the Valke knew full well they needed a giant response in the second half to stay in touch with the unforgiving home side.
The Force rained hell on the Valke in the second term, scoring another six tries along with a second power try through Andrew Deegan who took the high ground with ball in hand, showing an acute awareness to find space and leading a venomous Force backline that cut through the Valke defence like a hot knife through butter.
While the Valke added respectability to the scoreline with two tries in the second half, it didn’t overshadow the unbelievable performance from the Western Force who swallowed up the Malaysia Valke to claim another win in 2019.
Nick Jooste, Andrew Deegan.
Fines (2), Tessmann, McGregor (2), Lee-Warner, Lloyd, Miller.
Deegan (7), Prior (1).