Ill-disciplined Force fall to Highlanders


The Western Drive have been made to pay dearly for his or her sick self-discipline throughout a 25-15 Tremendous Rugby Trans-Tasman loss to the Highlanders in Perth.

The Drive trailed 20-3 after 36 minutes of Friday evening’s match earlier than launching a courageous comeback that nearly noticed them cut back the margin to a few factors.

Down by ten factors early within the second half, the Drive got here near scoring on three events – just for penalties to convey them undone every time with the road in sight.

A Sixtieth-minute yellow card to order prop Greg Holmes – and a Highlanders attempt a minute later – killed off the Drive’s victory hopes in entrance of 13,587 followers at HBF Park, guaranteeing Australian groups stay with no win after seven matches in opposition to Kiwi sides.

The penalty depend learn 9-3 in opposition to the Drive at halftime and 12-6 late within the match earlier than the Highlanders dedicated some ill-disciplined acts within the dying minutes for the ultimate depend to learn 12-9.

“First half, we let ourselves down a good bit. It was a 9-3 penalty depend at halftime,” Drive coach Tim Sampson mentioned.

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“We let the opposition off the hook too usually there. There have been too many errors and penalties. It’s exhausting to get right into a recreation whenever you’re turning ball over so often.”

The Drive suffered a blow earlier than the sport when former All Blacks lock Jeremy Thrush turned a late withdrawal.

And flyhalf Jake McIntyre lasted simply 22 minutes earlier than being knocked unconscious in a sickening conflict of heads with Highlanders winger Patelesio Tomkinson.

Winger Jona Nareki scored the opener within the twelfth minute when the Highlanders pulled off a easy line-out transfer and scrumhalf Aaron Smith broke by means of Feleti Kaitu’u’s sort out to offer the help.

The Drive have been introduced undone on the line-out once more within the twenty third minute when the Highlanders threw it quick and fashioned a rolling maul for prop Ayden Johnstone to barge over.

Alarm bells have been ringing within the thirty sixth minute when a rolling maul congested the Drive defence earlier than the ball was offloaded to inside centre Scott Gregory to the touch down.

However the residence facet hit again on halftime with their very own piece of magic from a lineout. Winger Jordan Olowofela made a pointy 20-metre break earlier than dishing off to centre Henry Taefu.

Taefu’s cross was knocked down however scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli swooped on the unfastened ball and shook off a sort out in a dash to the road.

Domingo Miotti’s conversion made it 20-10 at halftime, and the Drive dominated lengthy intervals early within the second half, just for premature penalties to convey them undone on three events near the road.

Holmes’ yellow card for a excessive sort out that was swiftly adopted by a second attempt to Gregory prolonged the margin to fifteen factors, however the Highlanders have been denied a bonus level when Drive substitute Angus Wagner scored within the 79th minute.



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