Blues hold out against Force

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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.

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