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    Posted by Peter Richards June 6, 2013 - 189 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #perth  #Western Force 

    Ok - lets get the moaning out of the way first. What on earth was the WF doing withdrawing 5 front line players before the game and shipping in scratch replacements from Sydney? The Lions were probably the best team that any of the opposition could have expected to play in a lifetime of professional sport but many were denied the chance to play by a strange whim of their coach who thought it best to save them for their domestic competition where they currently languish in 13th position.


    Consider this - the Lions are a huge brand and a big draw - currently bringing with them a travelling support of some 40,000 with them to their venue in Australia. They have a huge collective spending power and will pack every stadium that their team performs in - effectively bank-rolling  the Australian Rugby Union who are enjoying their own recession. So why, oh why did they let one of their less successful franchises put out a much weakened team to play against some of the best players in the world? What if the Wallabies turned up in Cardiff in October and the WRU decided to put out a team from Newport Gwent Dragons - just imagine the reaction. Come on guys just show us a bit of respect - please.


    Anyway - thats the rant for the day. A plucky Western Australia narrowly avoided defeat by 17 points to 69 only avoiding a bigger losing margin by some determined penalty donations punished bith the unerring boot of Leigh Halfpenny. Great performances were turned in by BOD and Jamie Heaslip and England's favourite Samoan, Tuilagi, did ok. The game was marred in equal measure by a possible tour ending injury to Ciam Healy whilst a perculiar 'citing for biting' to the same player was made after the game - presumably whilst the doctor applied the plaster of Paris. Perth, that second home to numerous South Africans was generous in it's applause to a rampant Lions performance and a depleted Western Force did their level best to contain them with two defiant scores of their own.


    Next up Queensland Reds - so come on you lot - let's have a full team this time