There was no winning return to Super Rugby for Western Force as they were beaten 23-14 by the Waratahs at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.
The Perth-based franchise were axed from Super Rugby three years ago, but returned for Super Rugby AU - a new domestic competition arranged due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was all going so well for the Force as they scored 14 points without reply in the first half, Byron Ralston claiming the opening try and Ian Prior on target with three penalties.
The Waratahs roared back after a slow start, Gus Bell striking a blow to the Force by touching down on the stroke of half-time and Tom Staniforth crossing after the break.
Will Harrison booted 13 points as Rob Penney's side secured a first victory in their second match.