Force overpower the Tigers
The Western Force has come away with a thrilling 23-point win over the South China Tigers in the first game of Global Rapid Rugby’s Asia Showcase Series at HBF Park.
The Tigers were the first to put points on the board after Glyn Hughes slotted in a penalty goal, but the Force answered back quickly as Leon Power slid over for the first try of the match.
Skipper Ian Prior started his night off well with a successful conversion, which then saw him end the night with a perfect conversion rate.
The greatest play of the night came shortly after when the big Fijian, Masivesi Dakuwaqa, landed the Force’s first ever power try. Cleverly set up by a fast-paced charging Brynard Stander.
In a fast, high-scoring first half, South China’s Glyn Hughes stood out as he raced ahead of the Force to put down his own try and convert it moments after.
While the score was neck-and-neck, the Tigers took back the lead by one point after being awarded a penalty try in the corner.
Once again, it was Andrew Deegan to the rescue as he kept the Tigers in check with a fast-running, opportunistic try right through the middle of the goal posts.
A determined front rower, Kieran Longbottom, ensured the Force claimed a comfortable lead breaking through for another try.
South China replied back soon after with a try by Alexander Post, but an unsuccessful conversion slowed down a potential catch-up and closed out an adrenaline-fuelled first half.
The second half was the Force’s game as they dominated the field and kept the Tigers scoreless.
Despite losing two players and consequently playing with only fourteen for twenty minutes of the game, the Force kept their composure and focused on a strong defence and attack.
A clever play-maker, Andrew Deegan, set up Jack McGregor for the first try of the second half, followed by a penalty goal by AJ Alatimu and another try by Issak Fines ending the game 45-22.