Force take sting out of the Rays
After a shaky opening to the match, the Western Force put on a monster score as they dominated the set piece to beat the Sydney Rays by 48 points.
It was the Sydney Rays that drew first blood in the match catching the Force by surprise with fullback Tim Clements bagging a quick five-pointer in the corner.
Trying to defend against a punishing Sydney attack the Western Force gave away a number of early penalties including losing fullback Jack McGregor to a yellow card due to a deliberate knockdown.
Sydney Rays opted to take the points extending their lead to eight points with a penalty kick from fly-half Will Harrison.
But the Force was determined not to lose the game and turned in on in their forward pack scoring a try off a brilliant rolling maul by hooker Heath Tessman.
Scoring in quick succession the Western Force earnt a penalty try again off a punishing maul drive.
The Force decided to even the man count forcing a number of penalties out of Sydney that led to a yellow card sending Prop Matt Sandell to the bench.
The dynamic Western Force backline showed off some brilliant skills just before halftime leading to a brilliant try for Jack McGregor as he put the ball down off a kick and chase that gave his team a 21-8 lead as they ran into the sheds.
Coming straight out of the half the Force backline shone again with Rod Davies carving up the Rays defence distributing to McGregor with a beautiful flick pass pushing the score to 28 – 8 as McGregor scored his second.
Not standing on ceremony the Western Force forwards decided to get in on the action showing power in the scrum that allowed number eight Brynard Stander to fall over the try line.
Western Force continued to dominate possession disallowing any chance for the Rays to get back into the game.
Yet again the Force used the rolling maul to crash over into the goal area as Tessman bagged his second for the afternoon. Scrum-half Ian Prior’s flawless kicking pushed the score to 42-8.
Western Force coach Tim Sampson unloaded his bench with 25 minutes still on the clock displaying a great amount of depth in the Force squad.
As the Force continue to wear down the Sydney Rays defence Skipper Ian Prior took advantage of the space dashing down the blind side to score off a little grubber kick.
After the Rays secured possession and sent the ball down to their side of the field the Force took the opportunity to show off their skill in the counter-attack driving back up to their own try line to finish off with a great try from replacement scrum-half Isaak Fines.
Finally, the Rays were able to come back and score, showing off a clever switch play to send over number eight Jack Dempsey.
The Western Force showed persistence as the game entered the closing stages with Rodney Iona scoring yet another cheeky try to extend the score to 63-15.
As the final siren sounded the Western Force looked like they were going to extend their mountainous lead unfortuniently knocking the ball on to end the hit-out.
The team celebrated with their fans on the hill closing a brilliant weekend for West Australian Sport.