Force skipper Kyle Godwin is gracious in defeat.
“The Highlanders were a classy outfit tonight,” Godwin tells Stan Sport.
“We just weren’t clinical enough – too many penalties, too many mistakes. Against these Kiwi sides, you’re going to get punished for it. We weren’t good enough but hopefully we can be better next week against the Hurricanes.”
And Highlanders co-captain Ash Dixon isn’t thrilled either.
“Stoked with the outcome but I thought we were a bit soft there at the end,” Dixon said.
“I thought we had the bonus point wrapped up. Really frustrating when we had it in the bag. It’s disappointing to finish like that.”