Physical Prowess sees Force prevail

Sun, Apr 16, 2023, 9:05 AM
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by Western Force Media

Perfect conditions at UWA Sports Park saw the Force secure their first Super W win on home soil, defeating the Fijiana Drua 23–10.

With even spread across the park early on set piece was the Force's forte.

Experience was exemplified in the home sides 22, with Michaela Leonard precisely executing her set piece. Ashlee Knight was a line-out machine that continued to enlist pressure, forcing it forward several phases.

Leah Miles continues to use her small frame to her advantage, sneaking through gaps and getting her body in a great position to turn it over at the breakdown.

Prowess and pace was expected by the Drua offloading down the field 10 minutes in, with fullback Lavenia Tinai sealing it over the line (0-5) for the first try of the match.

Moments later a high hit from Drua's Nunia Uluilakeba on Captain Trilleen Pomare saw her binned with a yellow. The Force capitalised, gaining momentum on the drive.

Miles was busy early on, in everything during the first 15. Connecting with Matatu teammate Mataele she went on to score Force's first try of the afternoon.

Drua down to 14 women, were caught on the back foot, a quick tap and go for the Force meters from the try line pushed the play wide. Wigley connected with prizefighter Martha Mataele, securing her try domination for another round (10-5).

Drua were quick to retaliate, as Lavenia Tinai flew over the left wing for their second (10-10).

Playing havoc for the Drua, a double yellow for Nunia Uluilakeb minutes after she re-entered the field soon after upgrading it to a Red.

In overtime, Kashiwagi held her ground, constantly putting her body on the line, performing a try-saving tackle.

Rd8 Match Report Super W

All tied up at half-time, Drua with one woman down the Force maintained possession, controlling the pace upon their return.

It was a neck and neck, in the second act, with penalties riddled throughout the Drua's plays. As the home side edges through at scrum time, right in front of the posts, Ledington slots her first through for three (13-10).

A patient approach from the Force creates space out wide, allowing Kendra Fell to link up with robust lock, Libya Teepa, driving over for her first of the season (20-10).

Undisciplined in the contest, the Drua are awarded another yellow, seeing Keleni Marawa side-lined for 10. Again, lending the Force a huge advantage, playing against 13 women with 20 to go.

The Force looked dominant in the final five, leveraging off Drua's front-row kryptonite, Leah Miles, Trilleen Pomare and Martha Mataele all having match-winning performances.

With two wins in the bank, the Force will want to maintain their momentum heading into the doubleheader next Saturday at HBF Park when they take on the Brumbies.

Scorers

Force Tries: Miles, Matele, Teepa Conversion: Ledington Penalties: Ledington (2)

Drua Tries: Tinai (2)

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