Force is strong with O'Connor as rampant Reds run riot

By Rob Lancaster 21 August 2020 5
Force is strong with O'Connor as rampant Reds run riot

The Reds moved to the top of the Super Rugby AU table thanks to a 57-5 thrashing of the winless Western Force on Friday.

James O'Connor scored a try and kicked 17 points in an influential performance from fly-half, while Filipo Daugunu and Tate McDermott both touched down twice in the rout.

The rampant Reds scored eight tries in total to record their biggest victory over the struggling Force, surpassing the 50-10 triumph they managed during the 2010 season.

Daugunu crossed twice in the opening half but the Reds cut loose after the break, producing a points spree after Andrew Ready finally got their opponents on the scoreboard with a 43rd-minute try.

Fraser McReight's 55th-minute score was quickly followed by McDermott's brace, with O'Connor, Bryce Hegarty and Tuaina Tualima piling on the misery in the closing stages of the one-sided contest.

The emphatic bonus-point victory moves Brad Thorn's side above the Brumbies in the standings. The two teams will meet in the final round of fixtures.

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