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Force take time to overpower Lions

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Force 17 Lions 11

Takers ... the Force's Nathan Sharpe beats surrounding Lions to the ball.

Takers ... the Force's Nathan Sharpe beats surrounding Lions to the ball. Photo: AFP

Two second-half tries have secured the Western Force a scrappy 17-11 Super Rugby victory over the Lions at Perth’s nib Stadium to avoid an embarrassing loss to the bottom-placed South African team.

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The Lions scored the opening try of the game in the fourth minute through winger Michael Killian and led 8-3 at halftime, but the Force lifted after the break to seal only their third win of the season.

Rory Sidey breaks clear of Deon van Rensburg.

Rory Sidey breaks clear of Deon van Rensburg. Photo: AFP

The home side’s possession dominance led to tries from David Pocock and Napolioni Nalaga and the hard-fought victory over a side coached by ex-Force mentor John Mitchell.

The Force returned after two losses in South Africa last week to lose to the Melbourne Rebels by a point, and things looked shaky in the first half against the Lions, who have only won win for the season.

It was the last game of the Lions’ Australasian tour after loses to the Chiefs, Blues and Reds before arriving in Perth.Each team lost a player in the first half with Lions inside centre Jaco Taute hurting a shoulder in the 29th minute and Force halfback Brett Sheehan leaving the field five minutes later with an abdominal injury.

Michael Killian scores for the Lions.

Michael Killian scores for the Lions. Photo: AFP

Aside from a Killian’s early five-pointer, which came on the back of sustained phase play and a nice offload from fullback Andries Coetzee, there was little to inspire the 10,434 fans in the opening half.

The Force turned the tide in the second half, with skipper Pocock crossing in the 56th minute when he virtually carried four Lions defenders over the tryline.Then in the 70th minute, Nalaga beat three defenders himself to dot down and put the Force in control.

The Lions now return home to play the Sharks in Johannesburg next Sunday while the Force have the bye ahead of the break for the June international games.The Force’s next game will be on Saturday June 30 against the Brumbies at home.

WESTERN FORCE 17 (Napolioni Nalaga, David Pocock tries Ben Seymour 2 cons pen) bt LIONS 11 (Michael Killian try Ruan Combrinck, Elton Jantjies pens) at nib Stadium. Referee: Garratt Williamson. Crowd: 10,434.

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Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
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RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
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RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
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ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
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IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
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