Force unite to topple World XV
In what only could be defined as a speculator performance, the first Global Rapid Rugby game kicked off with a bang as the Force beat the World XV by 10 points.
The opportunist Andrew Deegan starred in the match showing class kicking to lead his team to a 26-16 win.
The World XV tried to start the game with a flash, with a sneaky trick play to chip it over to their win failing to get the ball in the air.
It was the World XV’s Micheal Oakman-Hunt who was the first to dart over finding the gap of a brilliant inside pass from Leonardo Senatore giving the visitors the first try of the match.
Not standing on ceremony the forward pack from the Western Force looked to hit back, working hard to create space for fullback Jack McGregor touching down under the posts.
Captain Ian Prior got off to a brilliant start with the tee, nailing his first conversion of the season, tying the match up at seven apiece.
Taking advantage of the new rules fly-half Andrew Deegan kicked the first 10/22 of the game giving the Force a line-out only five metres from the try line.
Creeping closer to half-time the World XV took advantage of the new Rapid Rugby rules as inside centre Inga Finau blasted through to beat Brynard Stander over the line giving his team the games first power try.
The Western Force headed to the sheds only down by four points to finish up an exhilarating first half.
Starting the second half it was non-other than the ‘Honey Badger’ Nick Cummins running on to show his comeback talent in the showcase series.
But a determined Deegan was eager to shine with a brilliant charge down try putting the Force up by three points and bringing the crowd to their feet.
Almost hitting back, Jaimie Spowart, catches a brilliant cross kick to charge the full length of the field only to be stopped by a bone cruncher from Brad Lacey which saw Nick Cummins drop the crafty offload to cap-off some impressive defence from the Force.
It was a blockbuster finish to an incredible match including a very close try by the ‘Honey Badger’.
But the Force had control of the game with AJ Alatimu kicking the ball out to finish the match, giving the force their first Showcase Series win 26-16.
Western Force Head Coach Tim Sampson was happy with his team’s performance, outlining their eagerness to kick-off the first match of the season.