The Force were the surprise package of last season and they indicated they would respect few reputations in 2015 either as they shackled the much vaunted Waratahs backline and secured a bonus point with four tries.

With Waratahs number eight Wycliff Palu in the sin-bin, flanker Chris Alcock got the ball over the line after a catch-and-drive five minutes before the break and fellow backrow forward Angus Cottrell barged over from close range straight after halftime.

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Winger Rob Horne finally scored the Waratahs' first try of the season to cut the deficit to 15-8 after 55 minutes but Luke Morahan extended the Force lead on the break after a turnover 11 minutes later.

Replacement Force prop Francois van Wyk secured the bonus point after running back an ill-judged chip kick from Kurtley Beale eight minutes from time and Horne's second try was only going to be a consolation.

Van Wyk came on as a replacement for Wallaby Pek Cowan, who was taken off the pitch in a neck and head brace after a scrum collapsed in the 24th minute.

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