Force vs Tonga: Five things we learned

by Sam Phillips

The Force were too good for Tonga on Sunday afternoon, cruising to a comfortable win.

Here's what we learned from the 47-17 result.

1. Indigenous response nice touch

Rugby fans are used to seeing New Zealand and each of the Pacific nations perform a war dance pre game but it was a nice touch to see an Indigenous dance in response.

While it's unlikely the Wallabies will respond to the All Blacks in similar style, it's something more teams should look at in fixtures such as these.

2. Deegan dominant

Andrew Deegan has talent to burn at flyhalf. Photo: Getty ImagesForce flyhalf Andrew Deegan was again the star on Sunday, carving the Tongans up whenever he had his hands on clean ball.

The Force pack clearly had the upper hand and that always makes a world of difference but the Randwick product appears looks like one to watch.

3. Enthusiasm remains

The crowd that gathered at nib Stadium was certainly a respectable one but it certainly wasn't the sellout that charged through the gates for the Force's opener.


The Sea Of Blue rolled out the Force chants as the match winded down in the final 20 and lapped up the half time entertainment, too.

4. Scrum law appears solid

One of the easiest fixes to the current state of Super Rugby would be to turn the clock off when the two teams settle down for a scrum.

World Series Rugby features a modification of the current law - with the referee awarding a free kick if one minute elapses before a successful scrum - and it certainly helps the flow of the game.

Why not go the next step and turn the clock off altogether?

5. Stronger test awaits

Force fans now must wait three weeks to watch their side again, when the Rebels come to town.

Melbourne's Wallabies will be taking on Ireland on June 9 but that's when the rest of the squad will make the trip west.

The Force have shown signs but how they'll measure up against a Super Rugby side - albeit without their Wallabies - will make for particularly intriguing viewing.