Saturday, 31 March 2012 18:27
PERTH: The Western Force capitalised on the faltering Queensland Reds to notch an emphatic 45-19 win in their Super 15 rugby clash on Saturday.
The defending champions were never in the contest, as the Force dominated the early stages to ensure the Reds could not build back any confidence after their thrashing in Pretoria.
The Force ran in two first-half tries and three penalties to lead 21-5 at half time. From there the result was never in doubt, the Reds dropping their third game in a row for the first time since 2009.
The home team were on the board within moments of the start through a David Harvey penalty and alarm bells must have been ringing for the Reds when James Stannard crossed in the corner in the eighth minute.
Harvey missed the conversion, but added two more penalties in the 16th and 18th minutes for a 14-0 lead.
With the Force pressing, veteran ...