Force were lucky to win: Cross


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The Force return to Perth knowing that they are having their best season and one of their players Ryan Cross had admitted that they have been helped along with a little bif of luck.

The Western Force are in the Super 14 top four after beating the Highlanders 36-28 in Queenstown on Saturday and Ryan Cross has admitted that they may have been lucky to pick up the win.

The match this week was much the same as last week and they strangled Kiwi opposition in the final 20 minutes, scoring 16 unanswered points to record a fourth away win in an increasingly impressive season.

They might have been lucky in some aspects but they were unlucky when referee Mark Lawrence denied Scott Staniforth (pictured) what looked to be a legitimate try.

Cross says that the Highlanders who have still yet to win a match this year had tested the Force to the limit.

“In the second half they really threw it around, put us on the back foot and played some good footy,” matchwinner Cross told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Thankfully we got it back together, got a few lucky bounces.

“We beat the Blues last week so we were pretty confident coming into this game, but we knew how desperate the Highlanders would be.

“We got away with it, and it was pretty lucky in the end.”

Had the Force been awarded Staniforth’s try they would have picked up a bonus point after Tom Hockings, Richard Brown & Ryan Cross all scored tries.

“If anything, I think we made it pretty tough for ourselves. The Highlanders have come out and they have just been an unlucky side throughout the whole season,” Giteau said.

“It was a tough game. We did not play too well but we’re still very happy to get the win.

“Those (refereeing decisions) aside we did not play well enough, or as well we would have liked to.”

“We are building momentum, and we have got a lot of home games now so we are really happy,” Giteau said.

The Force head home now to play the Stormers, Bulls and Waratahs at home in Perth.   

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