It was a walk in the park for the Lions as they brushed the Western Force aside 69-17 at the Subiaco Oval. The first half opened in a cagey manner, with the Lions only 10-3 up after half an hour after Johnny Sexton opened the try-scoring by waltzing through a huge gap in the defence. In the final ten minutes of the first half, however, the Lions turned up the intensity and Brian O’Driscoll and Tom Croft both crossed after superb build-up work.
The second half picked up where the first left off, with Jamie Heaslip and Mako Vunipola crossing either side of a Richard Brown try for the Force. A nice pass from Conor Murray sent Tommy Bowe over, before Lachlan McCaffery grabbed another consolation try for the Force after Sexton missed his tackle. Tuilagi and O’Driscoll combined beautifully for the fourth-time Lion to scamper in under the posts, and then Owen Farrell made an instant impact off the bench with a good solo try. Replacement Geoff Parling crashed over to round off the scoring, with Halfpenny converting to make it 10/10 for him on the night. Final score: Lions 69 – 17 Western Force.
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