Can­berra Vik­ings plun­der points from hap­less Force

The West Australian - - SPORT - Nick Tay­lor

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.”

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