Force cruise to victory over Apia in the wet

by RUGBY.com.au

The Western Force have notched up another victory in World Series Rugby by downing Apia 33-5 on a rainy night in Perth.

The slippery conditions made life tough for both teams but the Force used the power of their scrum and some sharp passing to tally up five tries at nib Stadium.

The Force opened up the scoring when Brynand Stander capitalised on a dominant scrum on the Apia line by picking the ball up and barging over.

Former Samoa under 20s star Henry Stowers was out to prove his worth ahead of the World Cup and he got a big tick when he crossed for his first try soon after, again off the back of scrum dominance.

The visitors from Apia showed plenty of spirit but struggled to hold onto the ball due to the greasy handling, and it allowed the Force to turn the screws.

Playing the ball down in the Apia half, Stowers grabbed a second and the Force led 19-0 at the break.

The visitors were showing plenty of trademark Samoan physicality in defence but the Force kept their heads, and after another period of sustained attack, veteran flanker Chris Alcock crossed after an hour to extend the lead to 26-0. 

Apia finally got on the scoreboard late in the second half when they took a quick tap and it lead to a popular try.

Chris Heiberg's barnstorming try a few minutes later was even more popular, however, when the big prop ran in the Force's fifth try.

It sealed a solid win in the wet and snapped a run of two defeats for the Force, after going down to the Rebels and the Crusaders.

“We showed a lot of improvement through the forwards and we got bashed around a bit, but we finished the game pretty strong," coach Tim Sampson said.

Force skipper Ian Prior said team redeemed an off night against the Rebels, where they "didn't play in the right areas".

"Today we played in the right areas, we showed discipline and worked hard behind the scenes to fix that.

“It was a physical match. We were playing against an Islander team that pride themselves on physicality.”

RESULT

Force 33

Apia 5