Canberra Vikings plunder points from hapless Force
Western Force were handed a lesson in work rate and efficiency as they slumped to a 29-19 National Rugby Championship loss at the hands of the Canberra Vikings in the ACT yesterday.
The Force went into half-time with a two-point lead and overwhelming possession and territory courtesy of quality work by their forwards.
But an hour into the game, as they pressed to extend the lead, they were outclassed in the scrum twice on the Vikings’ line as the hosts went to work.
The Vikings went on to score two tries to add to their first-half pair, while the Force were held scoreless after running in three five-pointers before the break.
The Force, who slipped from second to fourth on the ladder, cannot afford such a shift in momentum when they take on leaders Queensland Country on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
“There were three or four, back-to-back, crucial errors and the contact area is a big one for us,” Force coach Tim Sampson said. “To have been ahead at 60 minutes was a great effort, but we’ve got to kick on.”