Arab Times

Force demolish Tonga

All Blacks prop Moody cops 2-match ban


PERTH, Australia, May 13, (AFP): The Western Force beat Tonga 47-17 in their World Series Rugby match in Perth on Sunday.

Controvers­ially kicked out of the Super Rugby competitio­n last year but revived by Australian mining magnate Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest for a series of exhibition matches that he hopes will be a precursor to a new Indo-Pacific championsh­ip, the Force dominated the match.

Having beaten Fiji 21-14 in the first match of the series last weekend, the Force came up against a Tongan side about which little was known prior to the match.

It was essentiall­y a second-string Tonga side and it was no match for the Force, with injuries and a couple of yellow cards not helping the cause of the visitors.

The home team ran in six tries, and also earned a penalty try, while the Tongans were only able to cross twice.

The Force started brightly, running in three tries in the first 20 minutes through Rod Davies, Andrew Deegan and Marcel Brache, who finished with a brace.

All Blacks prop Joe Moody was Sunday banned for two weeks for a blow to the head of NSW Waratahs midfielder Kurtley Beale, leaving him free to play in next month’s Test series against France.

Moody’s penalty was lightened because of his immediate guilty plea when he appeared before a foul play review committee.

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