Blues hold out against Force
Perth: The Blues bounced back, after being thumped 43-5 by the Lions last week, with a shaky 17-13 win over a spirited Force side in Perth on Saturday.
The visitors outscored their hosts with two tries, from Jerome Kaino and Tevita Li, to a solo Force effort from captain Matt Hodgson. The home side, however, came out firing in the opening minutes and at one stage were enjoying 87 percent of the possesion, with a few promising attacks hinting at a rare win for the Force over the threetime champions. The Force will be lamenting their failure to convert a 65 percent firsthalf possession and territory advantage into points, this, despite playing against 14-men on two occasions in the match, after Charlie The win means a lot for Tana Umaga’s troops in terms of the New Zealand Conference table standings, and it will certainly boost morale for the Auckland outfit. Michael Foley’s men did find gaps with ease in a rather lacklustre Blues defence, but could not add any tries in the first 40, with only a solo Ian Prior penalty to show for at half-time.