The Force were dominant in completing a 25-13 bonus point win against the Waratahs in Sydney in Sunday’s Super Rugby encounter. Sias Ebersohn slotted a 50-metre penalty as the visitors took an early lead but Bernard Foley hit back for the hosts with a three-pointer of his own. The Waratahs were down to 14 men when Wycliff Palu was yellow carded.
A huge break from Alby Mathewson right up the middle saw the Perth franchise move close to the line before Palu illegally knocked the ball down to stop the attack. The away side would get their try courtesy of Chris Alcock after a catch and drive that silenced the home crowd. There was no conversion but Angus Cottrell made up for that after a period of sustained pressure saw the Force score again as Cottrell spotted a gap and went straight through.
Ebersohn added the two points to make it 15-3. Mathewson was next to see yellow for coming through the ruck illegally. The Tahs would finally score after a tap by Nick Phipps and sharp hands from Foley and Israel Folau gave Rob Horne enough room to beat his man and score. However the five-pointer came from Luke Morahan.
Folau lost possession and Mathewson thumps it long. The Force won the chase and it was 20-8. It was all over when Francois Van Wyk crossed the line after Kurtley Beale tried a risky chip and Van Wyk intercepted to go over and secure the bonus point for the visitors. Although there was a late second try by Horne converted by Foley it was too little too late as the Force left Sydney with a full house of points.