Western Force 12 Chiefs 20
Fox sports reported the demise of the Western Force in the week following their massacre of the Queensland Reds. The Force put in a good performance but the Chiefs are a very strong side and one of the favourites for this years title.
The Force were within striking distance of the Chiefs in Perth, but the hosts never really threatened the New Zealanders' line as they fell to a 20-12 defeat. The Force, to their credit, did manage to limit the visitors' star-studded backline to just two tries thanks to some excellent scrambling defence. Coach Richard Graham praised his side's “outstanding” forwards but admitted his backline hadn't offered anything in attack. Outside centre Nick Cummins made a couple of half-breaks but lacking a genuine strike weapon, the Force repeatedly ended up on the back foot when shifting the ball wide. The victory was the fifth on the trot for the Chiefs, moving them to the top of the New Zealand conference ahead of their South African tour. The Force will be boosted by the return of Cameron Shepherd for the visit of the Waratahs, with the injury-prone outside back one player capable of providing an attacking edge….More at 'Home sweet home for Rebels, Reds'
As Foxsports say, the Force lack any real strength and flair in their backs. That's not to say that the boys they have do not work hard, but more recognised names are required. If they don't arrive it could mean the imminent departure of some of the Wallabies that they have on board. There is already talk of the Melbourne Rebels chasing David Pocock with their big bags full of money.
By Max Power