The Western Force have defeated the Canberra Vikings 41-3 at UWA Sports Park in Perth on Saturday afternoon to win the National Rugby Championship for 2019.
$600,000.00 thousand dollars was raised for the 2019 Telethon Appeal thanks to the Minderoo Foundation, which focuses on sick and disadvantaged kids in the West with the six tries scored in the match.
It was a see-sawing battle of a first half with neither team willing to give an inch in defence, leaving the score at 7-3 at the break in favour of the home team.
The second half saw the Western Force open up the throttle and the Vikings were unable to hold back the tide, leaving the Western Australians to score five second half tries. Andrew Deegan added four conversions and one penalty to secure the victory in front of home fans.
Western Force lock Fergus Lee-Warner won the 2019 Phil Waugh Medal for being the best player on ground in the NRC Grand Final as voted by a panel of three members.
Rugby Australia General Manager High Performance Ben Whitaker said: “On behalf of Rugby Australia and the Australian Rugby community I’d like to congratulate the Western Force on their 2019 campaign with their victory today.
“Both sides should be proud of the season that they put together and we have seen some players really put their hands up for higher honours as we head into the 2020 Rugby season.
“The NRC standard continues to grow year on year, and we saw some fantastic and varied styles of Rugby across the 2019 season.
“On behalf of Rugby Australia I would also like to acknowledge and thank the Minderoo Foundation and Andrew Forrest for their generous donation to the 2019 Telethon Appeal of $600,000.00.
“The Telethon Appeal helps sick and disadvantaged children in Western Australia and it’s great the NRC can be part of such a great cause.”