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Force thrash Lions

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 26 Apr 2009 at 07:00
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Western Force continued their late-season charge up the table with a thumping 55-14 bonus-point Super 14 win over the hapless Lions at Subiaco Oval on Friday night.

The AAP reports that even the confirmation of winger Drew Mitchell’s departure to the Waratahs couldn’t dampen the spirit of the Force, who ran in eight tries to post their biggest even win and highest score, eclipsing the 45 posted against the Cheetahs in 2007.

Fit-again winger Cameron Shepherd scored a brace while Mitchell, Matt Giteau, James O’Connor and replacement prop AJ Whalley also got in on the act on a night where the sublime Force dominated every facet of the match.

The Force were also awarded two penalty tries.

The win lifts the Force to within one point of the top four, although that gap will widen by the completion of round 11.

To compound the Lions’ woes, last week’s hat-trick hero Henno Mentz was forced off late in the first half with an ankle injury, while the Force will monitor Sam Wykes after the lock injured his troublesome shoulder.

A sickening headclash between Force team-mates Gareth Hardy and Richard Stanford after the final siren stopped the game for several minutes but the pair managed to walk off.

The Force now embark on a testing two-game trip to South Africa, where they will take on the Bulls and Stormers before rounding out the season at home against the Highlanders.

It took just 58 seconds for the Force to start the demolition, with Mitchell breaking through the Lions’ brittle defence to notch the opening try of the night.

Giteau found a gap in between prop Lawrence Sephaka and flanker Ernst Joubert to cross over in the 19th minute, and things went from bad to worse for the Lions when skipper Joubert was handed a yellow card for taking down a try-bound Scott Staniforth.

The penalty try and Giteau’s conversion made it 21-0 in the 25th minute but the visitors hit back three minutes before half-time when fullback Earl Rose slipped through a napping Force defence and released winger Jannie Boshoff for an easy five-pointer.

But the Force posted their four-try bonus point on the stroke of half-time, with Cameron Shepherd crossing over courtesy of breaking runs from Giteau and Wykes to give the home side a commanding 29-7 lead.

The Lions were reduced to 14 men for the second time in the match when substitute back Shandre Frolick failed to roll away from the breakdown and two minutes later Shepherd capitalised with his sixth try of the season following a neat weave from No.8 Tamaiti Horua.

Shepherd was denied a hat-trick in the 58th minute by television match official George Ayoub but it mattered little, with a mesmerising interplay between O’Connor, Mitchell and Shepherd sending O’Connor over in the 62nd minute.

A try to AJ Whalley and another penalty try — against Todd Clever for bringing down O’Connor — capped off the perfect night, with Rose’s try in the 71st minute nothing more than a consolation as the Lions vented their frustrations late in the contest.

WESTERN FORCE 55 (1 penalty try) (Cameron Shepherd 2, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, James O’Connor, AJ Whalley tries Giteau 6 cons pen)

LIONS 14 (Jannie Boshoff, Earl Rose tries Andre Pretorius 2 cons)


  • The Force really seem to be falling apart.

    First Giteau let it be known he was done.
    Gerrard is leaving to go to Japan
    They are moving stadiums
    Mitchell now says he is leaving for LESS money

    These guys are a SPENT Force I’m afraid.

    WALLABIES speedster Drew Mitchell has revealed he knocked back a more lucrative offer from the Western Force in order to link with the Waratahs for next year’s Super 14 season.

    Although Mitchell is yet to sign a contract, the 25-year-old will join the Waratahs in 2010 on a two-year deal.

    Mitchell denied money was a factor in his decision, saying he chose to join the Waratahs to be closer to his family and also to boost his chances of Wallabies selection before the 2011 World Cup.

    He also said the impending departure of Matt Giteau from the Force convinced him it was time to move on.

    “It’s not about money because I haven’t taken the largest offer,” Mitchell said. “For me money’s not everything. I came over here and was expecting a mountain [through a third-party sponsorship deal with Firepower] and through no fault of the Western Force it didn’t come through.

    “From that you realise money isn’t everything, and other things weigh into the decision probably more so than financially.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.04.09 07:09:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : I am one happy camper that I went with my brain and not my heart this week-end or my LMS might have come to a shuddering halt. Like all sport in Perth, starts with a huge hurrah but then the govt. steps out and good bye, the same thing apparently happened with Basket ball, introduced a league and started a pro team and within a couple of years it was gone!! Not enough people to sustain it and its not like they have kids pouring out of there schools wanting to play “union ” as they call it over there. Most of the guys want to play Aussie rules

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.04.09 08:37:47 by Whindy Reply
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  • gerrard plays for the brumbies, ksa 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.04.09 08:45:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : 😆

    I was thing of Shepherd. 😳

    LOT’S on my mind.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.04.09 09:27:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : developments?

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.04.09 12:11:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    Yeah a hiccup that needs to be ironed out.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.04.09 12:19:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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