Force yet to concede a try
February 15, 2014
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The Western Force completed their Super Rugby preparations with a 29-6 win over the Argentine Pampas XV at NIB Stadium. The victory follows from last weeks 69-3 result over Samoa A, with the Force winning both matches without conceding a try.
Force captain Matt Hodgson said it was great to hold both sides try-less ahead of their opening Super Rugby fixture against the NSW Warathas in Sydney on Sunday, 23 February.
"We stepped up a lot in defence last year and it's something we've continued to work on," he said. "We've got goals around that and we definitely want to continue to improve and force the opposition to work extremely hard for any points they get.
"We came through the [pre-season] games without any injuries, just a few bumps and bruises, and with everyone on deck for next week, I'm sure it'll be difficult to pick the 23 that go out there [against the Waratahs]."
In a solid team performance, fullback and new recruit Luke Morahan showed a deft touch throughout the match, finishing the match with three try assists and crossing for one of his own in the third quarter. Winger Nick Cummins was twice the benefactor of Morahan's work, crossing for two tries in the second and third periods.
While the Pampas XV had the early running of possession after the Pampas side spent their first six minutes in attack, it was the Force that hit the scoreboard first when Nathan Charles backed up on the inside to touch down under the posts with the Force's first taste of possession.
Up 7-3 at the quarter-time break, the Force added a further two tries before half time when a Morahan around-the-corner pass found a flying Cummins, with McCalman scoring on the back of a dominant scrum near the try line to take a 17-6 lead at the break.
The Force added a final two tries in the third quarter when Kyle Godwin's quick hands sent Morahan across the line before the pair combined to send Cummins over for the final try of the night.
The Pampas XV scored through two penalties to fly-half Patricio Fernandez.
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