Force falls flat against Lions in Australia

SOUTH Africa’s Lions survived a major scare from the endangered Western Force in their Super Rugby clash in Perth on Saturday evening to notch their sixth straight win.

The Lions went into the match with an imposing record of seven wins and just one loss this season and were short-priced favourites against the struggling Force, but the game was in the balance until the dying minutes.

The visitors ran in the only three tries of the match and eventually prevailed 24-15.

However, the match was still in the balance heading into the final minute, with the Lions adding their final try following a scrum after the final hooter.

Lions captain Warren Whiteley said it was a hard-fought win.

“Credit to the Force, they played extremely well and defended like trojans,” he said.

“Elton stepped up and got us that bonus point and that could be crucial.”

Force skipper Matt Hodgson said his side left everything on the field.

“We just weren’t clinical enough around the breakdown and in the set pieces,” he said.

It wasn’t a match of brilliant individual highlights and the visitors set up their win with two first-half tries.

In the 36th minute the Lions opened up a 14-6 lead when some crisp and speedy passing ended with Courtnall Skosan racing down the sideline for their second try.

Result: Force 15. Pens: Prior 5, Lions 24, Tries: Mapoe, Skosan, Jantjies. Cons: Jantjies 3, Pens: Jantjies. n WORLD RUGBY

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