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Force attack goes west as Lions roar

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/04/2017 Chris Pike

The Force delivered yet another brave effort as their Super Rugby future remains clouded but it wasn't enough to stop the Lions prevailing 24-15 at nib Stadium. The Johannesburg side hit Perth on Saturday night on a five-game winning streak, having lost just once this season, but the hosts refused to give up. There were encouraging signs during last week's tight loss to the Chiefs, but the Force were unable to put points on the board in front of just 7351 fans - a crowd just over half that of last week. The Lions scored two tries in the first half from outside centre Lionel Mapoe and winger Courtnall Skosan before capping the win with a third from Elton Jantjies after the fulltime siren. All of the Force's points came from the boot of five-eighth Ian Prior. The signs were ominous early when the Lions opened the scoring in the seventh minute. Some terrific lead-up play saw Mapoe score and Jantjies convert. Despite missing a raft of stars including Dane Haylett-Petty and Ben McCalman, the Force scored two penalties to trail by one before Skosan's 36th-minute try. Two more penalties either side of the break had them two down before the Lions took a 17-12 lead through the boot of Jantjues. The Force continued to battle hard and again got within two in the 66th minute, but couldn't convert anything in attack. The visitors next face Melbourne while the Force hit the road against the Sharks in Durban and Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

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