Saffas shine for Force

The Western Force won both of their warm-up games against the Pampas XV and Samoa A in Perth on Friday.


New South African Force recruit Brynard Stander scored two tries, with Chris Tuatara-Morrison, Patrick Dellit, Ed Stubbs, Richard Hardwick, Luke Burton, and Ryan Louwrens also getting over the line. Ex-Cheetahs flyhalf Sias Ebersohn added four conversions.

Former SA U20 star Dillyn Leyds came on in the second half and had a few runs for his new side.

Force A (vs Samoa A) – 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Chris Tuatara-Morrison, 12 Luke Burton, 11 Ed Stubbs, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Brynard Stander, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Rory Walton, 5 Phoenix Battye, 4 Hugh McMeniman, 3 Salesi Manu, 2 Heath Tessmann (c), 1 Pek Cowan.
Subs: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Chris Heiberg, 19 Bruce Smith-Wright, 20 Corey Thomas, 21 Richard Hardwick, 22 Kane Koteka, 23 Ryan Louwrens, 24 Dillyn Leyds, 25 Brad Lacey, 26 Dylan Sage, 27 Dane Haylett-Petty.


Nathan Charles scored the first try against the Argentinian side, with Wallabies winger Nick Cummins following shortly after. Ben McCalman then scored off the back of a maul to make it 17-6 at half-time.

Luke Morahan, who was recruited from the Reds for the 2014 season, scored following a great assist from one of the standout players from 2013, Kyle Godwin.

Cummins then grabbed a second try to round off a positive performance.

Force (vs Pampas XV) – 15 Luke Morahan, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Junior Rasolea, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (c), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Kieran 2 Longbottom/Ollie Hoskins, 1 Tetera Faulkner.

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