The Western Force have been made to pay dearly for a woeful first half in a 44-14 Super Rugby Pacific loss to the Hurricanes at Perth's HBF Park. 

The New Zealand side shot out to a 22-0 lead by halftime in Friday night's match, and they were able to overcome a Force fightback to secure the bonus-point win.

The Force's starting XV featured a total of six club debutants, led by Wallabies halves duo Nic White and Ben Donaldson.

But star Wallabies lock Izack Rodda missed the match after injuring his quad at training on Wednesday.

The Force were their own worst enemies in a one-sided first half in front of 7855 fans.

By the 20-minute mark, the Force were already on the wrong end of a 5-1 penalty count, with a number of handling errors also proving to be their downfall.

Winger Harry Potter was handed a yellow card in the third minute for accidentally taking out Ruben Love while the Hurricanes fullback was airborne.

The Wellington-based Hurricanes scored the opening try of the match six minutes later when Jordie Barrett's precise kick was caught by winger Josh Moorby, who shook off Max Burey to touch down in the corner.

A bullocking run from Love in the 21st minute set up Hurricanes debutant Jordi Viljoen for his team's second.

Alarm bells were ringing in the 37th minute when Hurricanes lock Caleb Delany was able to pick up the ball from a ruck and cross over untouched.

The Hurricanes also displayed determination in defence, holding the Force up multiple times after the half-time siren despite outside centre Billy Proctor being yellow carded. 

The Force had 15 missed tackles in the first half, compared to the Hurricanes' two.

But Simon Cron's men came out with renewed vigour in the second half in an attempt to reel in the deficit.

A powerful run from Potter with two defenders hanging off him eventually resulted in a White try in the 45th minute.

Force winger Chase Tiatia then pulled off a try-saving ankle tap to deny Josh Moorby as he was weaving his way to the line.

Force prop Marley Pearce was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle in which he clashed heads with Barrett, with the Hurricanes scoring via Asafo Aumua a short time later.

Pearce suffered a broken nose in the incident.


Despite the numerical disadvantage, the Force kept pushing, and were rewarded when they swung it wide for Tiatia to zoom over to make it 29-14 in the 57th minute.

It would prove to be the Force's last joy of the match, with the Hurricanes running in their fifth and sixth tries to secure the bonus-point victory.

The Force's line-out fell to bits in the latter part of the match, with a host of other unforced errors allowing the Hurricanes to finish with six tries. 

"Early on we got a yellow card and we panicked a bit," Cron said.

"Second half I thought the boys started really well, got to within 14 points, we were getting across the gain line.

"But as you saw in our last 20 minutes, we've got to be stronger when we roll on those boys at set-piece time. We gave away a lot in the last 20."



Western Force: 15 Max Burey, 14 Harry Potter, 13 Sam Spink, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Chase Tiatia, 10 Ben Donaldson, 9 Nic White, 8 Will Harris, 7 Carlo Tizzano, 6 Michael Wells, 5 Lopeti Faifua, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Tom Horton, 1 Marley Pearce

Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Charlie Hancock, 18 Tiaan Taukipulu, 19 Titi Nofoagatotoa, 20 Tim Anstee, 21 Ollie Callan, 22 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 23 George Poolman

Hurricanes: 15 Ruben Love, 14 Josh Moorby, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Kini Naholo, 10 Brett Cameron, 9 Jordi Viljoen, 8 Peter Lakai, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Devan Flanders, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 Caleb Delany, 3 Pasilio Tosi, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Xavier Numea.

Replacements: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Justin Sangster, 20 Brayden Iose, 21 Cam Roigard, 22 Riley Higgins, 23 Salesi Rayasi

Referee: Damon Murphy

Assistant Referees: Graham Cooper, Jordan Kaminski