Kings just miss out in 11-try thriller

The Western Force were able to just see off a potent Kings side to win 46-41 in a thriller at nib Stadium on Sunday.

It was a scintillating match of rugby that saw to end-to-end tries being scored with 11 being dotted down. No one could have predicted how the fixture would end after each team snatched the lead from the other.

The Southern Kings produced possibly one of their finest attacking performances of the season after running the ball beautifully throughout with the home side hanging in the game through some strong forwards play. Malcolm Jaer was sensational in the clash after picking up a hat trick after making sure he was in the right place at the right time.

With their win the Western Force now jump to second in an under-performing Australian Conference with nine points, behind the Brumbies on 16. While the Kings pick up a losing-bonus point after being within seven points of the Force.

It was a quiet first ten minutes after nether side could get on the score sheet but the Western Force would be first the side to draw blood after Jono Lance scored a penalty, a try and a conversion in succession to get his side an early 10-0 lead.

The home side looked in control of the game till the Kings turned up the pressure and after attacking in the Force half for ten minutes they finally made it over through Justin Forwood after a line out drive with Lionel Cronje converting.

The Western Force would go into the second half with the psychological and points advantage after they finally strung together a cohesive movement and spread the ball wide for the young winger Alex Newsome to score with Lance missing the two points.

The Kings came back with a vengeance after the second half as they claimed two quick tries. First Yaw Penxe showed some electric pace to burn past the Force defence after Conje made a line break off the kick-off and passed it wide to the young winger to run in before Schreuder made a fantastic break who offloaded to Jaer to dive over.