Newsome makes an impact for Western Force

HIT YOUR STRIDE: Alex Newsome put in an impressive display for Western Force in Brisbane on the weekend.
HIT YOUR STRIDE: Alex Newsome put in an impressive display for Western Force in Brisbane on the weekend.

Glen Innes export Alex Newsome continued to impress for his new Super Rugby franchise.

Newsome, 21, made a telling contribution for the Western Force at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens on the weekend. The utility back was strong for a Force line-up that was only one of two Australian sides to reach the quarter-finals of the inaugural tournament.

Newsome delivered the final pass for both of the Western Australian side's tries in their opening 14-10 loss to the Bulls on Saturday.

The first was a well-timed and executed flick pass back inside to number eight Ross Haylett-Petty as the Bulls cover defence came across to halt his run to the line.

Western Force then went down to the Hurricanes 17-12, but finished Pool D in second spot courtesy of a hard-fought 7-5 defeat of Toulon. That booked the side a spot in the quarter-finals and a re-match against the Bulls, who finished top of Pool C. Newsome scored a try which put the Force 12-0 ahead at half-time, crossing untouched after a great backline move.

But the South African combination staged a second-half fightback.

The Bulls opened their account three minutes into the second-half and scored twice again to snatch a semi-final berth from the Force's grasp.

The Chiefs downed the Bulls in the semi-final and went on to lift the trophy courtesy of a 12-5 final defeat of the Crusaders.