Force outshine ladder leaders
The Western Force have proved themselves too strong for Queensland Country handing the reigning champions their first loss for the season to bring home a two-point win at Bond University Rugby Field.
Bouncing back from last week’s loss, the Force showed sheer determination, talent and strength, but it was captain Ian Prior’s perfect conversion accuracy that won the game 42-40.
Rod “Rocket” Davies opened the scoring after Jack McGregor set up an excellent opportunity for the winger to break through for a try 9mins into the game.
Country was quick to reply sending Jordan Petala through the line break before Duncan Paia’aua touched down for a try. An unsuccessful conversion from Hamish Stewart saw the Force keep hold of a narrow two-point lead.
The Force played to their strengths building several phases and keeping a strong structure to their side to extend the lead with Andrew Deegan brilliantly setting up Marcel Brache for his first of the match.
The USA superstar was an unstoppable force flying over the goal line to crash down for another try only minutes after his first. Prior added extra points to give the Force a comfortable lead 30mins into the first half.
But Queensland Country didn’t back down replying with a try of their own from Tate McDermott and another from Jock Campbell just before the half time whistle narrowing the lead to 21-19.
With both teams hungry for a victory, the pressure on the field intensified in a crucial second half before Country’s Sunia Finefeuiaki took the lead with a try for his team.
The Force didn’t sit still and it wasn’t long before Masivesi Dakuwaqa ran through Queensland’s defence after a great lead up from Rodney Iona to re-claim the lead up by two points.
Country attempted to get ahead with Tony Hunt scoring a try to take back the lead before Davies took it right back for his second try of the match off a long pass from Andrew Deegan.
Despite a strong Queensland Country side sending Tom Kibble over for a try that could have won the game with only 8mins left to go on the clock, a single-minded Force ensured they brought home a win with Jack McGregor levelling the score with a try.
But it was captain Ian Prior who shun the brightest of all on the Gold Coast nailing yet another conversion to give the team the win finishing 42-40.
The Western Force bring home the win to play against the Sydney Rays at UWA Sports Park, Sunday September 30 with kick off at 3pm AWST.