Force finish Super Rugby pre-season unbeaten

The Western Force finished their preparations for the 2015 Super Rugby season with a 38-19 victory over the Asia Pacific Dragons at McGillivray Oval on Saturday.

The home side led at every stage, leading 26-7 at half-time through four tries to Luke Morahan, Chris Alcock, Marcel Brache and Pek Cowan.

In what was an end-to-end, physical encounter the visitors clawed their way back in the second term, before the home side closed out the match with two tries in the final 20 minutes to run out 19-point victors.

Western Force Head Coach Michael Foley said that he was pleased with the result, “I thought we played some really good rugby up front,”

“Again a lot of the systems we’ve been working on were evident. There was a real break in momentum in the middle of the game, the opposition got a little momentum and they did quite well in the breakdown. I thought we were a little bit untidy in that area but it was good to see the guys come on and finish off strongly.

“There were things in that game that we could still control that maybe we didn’t do well enough and I think the breakdown stands out for me as one. We were scrappy in that area and we allowed them to create messy ball for us.

“As I’ve said over the past couple of weeks, there’s some things that will get better and better. We’ve got to persevere; the fact that we don’t get all the fruits of our labour initially, we shouldn’t go away from it because we need to know that we can get out there and score more tries and one of the positive things of the last two weeks is we have done that.”

The Western Force will next take to the field in their opening Super Rugby match against the NSW Waratahs in Sydney on Sunday, 15 February.

Final Score Western Force 38 (26) Asia Pacific Dragons 19 (7)

Scorers

Western Force
Tries : Dane Haylett-Petty, Kyle Godwin, Luke Morahan, Pek Cowan, Robbie Abel, Zack Holmes
Pen :
Con : Sias Ebersohn 4
Drop :
Cards: Steve Mafi (32nd min yellow)

Asia Pacific Dragons
Tries : Peter Samu, Michael Little, Aki Seuli
Pen :
Con : Michael Little , James Faiva
Drop :
Cards : Taniela Koroi (56th minute yellow)

Match Official
Referee:
Angus Gardner

Attendance : 2,600

Teams

Western Force
1. Pek Cowan, 2. Nathan Charles, 3. Tetera Faulkner, 4. Sam Wykes, 5. Steve Mafi, 6. Angus Cottrell, 7. Matt Hodgson (c), 8. Ben McCalman, 9. Alby Mathewson, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 11. Marcel Brache, 12. Junior Rasolea, 13. Kyle Godwin, 14. Luke Morahan, 15. Dane Haylett-Petty.

Replacements : Robbie Abel, Joe Savage, Chris Heiberg, Rory Walton, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Richard Hardwick, Kane Koteka, Ross Haylett-Petty, Ryan Louwrens, Luke Burton, Patrick Dellit, Ammon Matuauto, Mitchell Scott, Brad Lacey, Albert Nikoro.

Asia Pacific Dragons

1. Solomona Sakalai, 2. Mahonri Schwalger (c), 3. Taniela Koroi, 4. Michael Stolberg, 5. Gerard Tuloti-Mariner, 6. Peter Samu, 7. Tony Lamborn, 8. Matt Vaai, 9. Kurt Davis, 10. James Faiva, 11. Afa Fa’atau, 12. Karl Ropati, 13. Rico Gear, 14. Shannon Chase, 15. Daley Harper.

Replacements : Seilala Lam, Sam Aiono, Aki Seiuli, Onosai Auva’a, Michael Lea, Junior Poluleuligaga, James Faiva, Tu Umaga Marshall, Fa’autu Tuaimalo, Willy Walker, Michael Little, Apua Stewart, Chris Setu, Tala Moli.

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