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Western Force vs Stormers, score & review

Western Force vs Stormers, score & review

Western Force 16 – Stormers 32

During the week John Mitchell said

“Last year we got our pants pulled down in the middle stages of the competition, so it is important we keep our focus on what we have got to improve on”

That Fremantle doctor must be a-whistling around John’s kiwi fruits right right now, as by reports (thanks for the abbreviated highlights Sky) the Force were out-muscled and outrun by a Stormers outfit who scored four tries to the home team’s two.

The Force’s home record is a shocker; winning three, losing nine and drawing one over their three season history. Is the hard drinking quokkas that lead the Perth team astray when at home? How do you beat the Blues in Auckland and then do this?

From the highlights, Cameron Shepherd seems to be back to his temperamental worst. Giteau, brilliant in attack is leaving holes in defence, and the back row, so dominant in past games, must have been back on the turps again before warm up.

Mitchell is right to worry, real contenders can’t keep losing home games.

The scorers:

For the Force:
Mitchell, Cross
Pens: Giteau 2

For the Stormers:
Chavhanga 2, De Villiers, Moller
Cons: Grant 3
Pens: Grant 2

Western Force: 15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Scott Staniforth, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Scott Daruda, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Chris O’Young, 8 Richard Brown, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fava, 5 Nathan Sharpe (c), 4 Tom Hockings, 3 AJ Whalley, 2 Tai Mcisaac, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Troy Takiari, 18 Sam Wykes, 19 Tamaiti Horua, 20 James Stannard, 21 Lachlan MacKay, 22 Nick Cummins

Stormers: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Gcobani Bobo, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Sireli Naqelevuki, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Luke Watson, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Ross Skeate, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 JD Moller.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Brock Harris, 18 Adriaan Fondse,19 Robbie Diack, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Tony Brown, 22 Gio Aplon.

Referee: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Geoff Acton (Australia)
Television match official: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)
Assessor: Brendan McCormick (Australia)

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