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Full Time Blues 28 Hurricanes 6
80 Baden Kerr gets a chance to knock the final nail in the 'Canes' coffin, after another infringement at a ruck by the visitors. The replacement pivot fails with his spot kick and the 'Canes try one final attack. It comes to nothing though as Andre Taylor knocks on a pass from Smith. The final whistle goes and that's the end of the match! It was an entertaining affair and the hosts are deserved winners as they dominated in most facets of play!
77 Luatua throws a loose pass, close to the touchline, and Julian Savea intercepts and runs 55 metres before dotting down under the Blues' posts! His effort is ruled out, however, as the TMO rules that Luatua had a foot in touch when throwing his pass!
76 Jackson Willison launches a bomb close to the halfway mark and Ranger does well when he manages to knock it back on the Blues' side! This guy can't do anything wrong!
73 The Hurrcanes are hammering away at the Blues' try-line but are met by a wall of defenders! They eventually lose possession when Ranger wins a valuable turnover for the hosts!
70 The 'Canes attack close to the Blues' try-line and Chris Smylie makes a dash for the line! He loses the ball in the process and Ranger hoofs the ball upfield!
67 Noakes gets a chance to knock over his first penalty, after the 'Canes are pinned for a ruck infringement. His effort is just wide of the mark, however!
65 Julian breaks through a couple of defenders but is brought to ground, inside the Blues' 22, by a text-book tackle from Piutau!
63 The 'Canes launch an attack inside the Blues' 22 and Julian Savea offloads to Reynold Lee-Lo, who goes over the line but is held up by Luatua!
61 CONVERSION, BLUES, NOAKES! 28-6. Noakes adds another two-pointer to extend his side's lead!
60 TRY, BLUES, MCCARTNEY! 26-6. The Blues forwards go on the attack close to the 'Canes' try-line with pick ups and goes. Peter Saili and Ali Williams are both stopped just short of the line and when Tom McCartney spots an opening he burrows his way over the try-line!
58 Francis Saili puts a grubber kick through and Putau gives chase! Hedives on the ball behind the 'Canes' try-line but after consultation with the TMO, the referee rules that he did not ground the ball properly!
56 The Blues are camped inside the 'Canes' 22 and take the ball through several phases with their forwards. They're looking for an opening here!
52 It's the Blues who are in control at the moment and Aride Savea tries to break the shackles when picks up and goes, at a scrum. He makes little progress, however as Peter Saili knocks him back in the tackle!
49 The blues launch a scintillating counter-attack, and Ranger, Piutau and Francis Saili are all prominent! They gain about forty metres but lose possession when Halai knocks on!
47 CONVERSION, BLUES, NOAKES! 21-6. Noakes makes no mistake from the kicking tee and the hosts are putting daylight between them and their opponents now!
46 TRY, BLUES, PARSONS! 19-6. The Blues attack deep inside the 'Canes' 22 and Noakes throws a perfectly-weighted inside pass to the on-rushing James Parsons, who crashes over in the corner!
42 Rene Ranger finds the ball in space but can't make good use of this attacking opportunity as Conrad Smith is quick to close down his space and tackles him into touch!
40 Chris Noakes gets the second half underway! His kick is deep and Brad Shields collects and immediately sets up a ruck inside his 22.
Full time Kings 22 Force 10
80 The Force are camped close to the Kings' try-line and after several stad-offs Heath Tessmann knocks on. The referee blows the final whistle to give the debutants a historical win! The hosts certainly deserve this win as they dominated proceedings after the break and managed to prevent the Force from scoring any points during this period. The visitors tried gallantly but in the end they will rue the chances they had, especially the penalties, which were in goal-kicking range which they opted to kick for touch.
78 The Force are trying desperately to get something from this game but they are running out of chances. The visitors try to attack from a scrum inside the Kings' 22 but the homesid's defence holds firm.
75 Christie puts the ball out close to the Sharks' try-line after Sykes is pinned for not rolling away at a ruck.
73 The Force are awarded a penalty after Steven Sykes executes a late tackle on Will Tupou. Sam Christie puts the ball into touch close to the hosts' 22 but yet again the Force lose possession at a line-out.
71 PENALTY, KINGS, CATRAKILS! 22-10. Catrakilis adds another three points after the Force infringe at a scrum again.
66 PENALTY, KINGS, CATRAKILS! 19-10. The Kings extend lead after the Force's front-row are pinned for illegal scrummaging.
63 The Force attack inside the Kings' 22 but make little headway until Sam Wykes eventually knocks on. shaun Venter Kicks the ball upfield an Petersen gives chase. He puts pressure on Nic Cummins whose kick slices off his boot into touch. Advantage Kings!
60 TRY, KINGS, PETERSEN! 16-10. Sergeal Petersen gathers a pass from Du Preez and hands off before diving over in the corner!
57 The Force are awarded a penqalty when Cornell du Preez collapses a maul. The visitors opt to kick for touch but the plan backfires when Steven Sykes poaches the resulting line-out.
55 YELLOW CARD, FORCE, MCMENIMAN! The force will play the next 10 minutes with 14 men after Hugh McMeniman is sent off for a high tackle on Ronnie Cooke.
53 PENALTY, KINGS, CATRAKILIS! 11-10. Catrakilis regains the lead for his team after Angus Cottrell is pinned for a ruck infringement.
50 SP Marais gathers a kick from Mafi just outside his 22 and tries to put histeam onto the the front foot with a kick of his own. Howver, his effort slices off his boot and sails directly into touch.
47 Godwin takes the ball up but knocks on after a big hit from Catrakilis.
45 PENALTY, KINGS, CATRAKILIS! 8-10. Catrakilis adds the extras from the kicking tee after Tetera Faulkner goes off his feet at a ruck.
42 Kyle Godwin takes the ball into contact but is held up by several defenders. The maul becomes static and the Kings can put the ball in at the resulting scrum.
40 Sam Christie gets the game underway again. David Bulbring gathers but is tackled in the air by Alfie Mafi. The referee awards apenalty to the Kings which Catrakilis putsout midway between the halfway mark and the Force's 22.
Half-Time Kings 5 Force 10
40 From a line-out inside the Kings half, Nathan Charles is pinned for a crooked feed. That's the final act of the half and the sides head into the sheds. As the scorline suggests, it's been an evenly contested match and the result is still up for grabs. It will be interesting to see how the Kings fare without their captain who will play no further part in this match due to a throat injury.
38 Andries Strauss takes a half gap and offloads to Petersen who knocks on.
36 The Kings are showing great enterprise on the attack. Engelbrecht has just come onto the field but is already making an impact with some powerful carries.
34 Catrakilis puts his side on the attack with a clearance kick which sails into touch deep inside the Force's 22.
32 The Force suffer a setback when Watson is forced off the field through injury. He is replaced by Jacques Engelbrecht.
29 TRY, FORCE, MAFI! 5-10. Alfie Mafi runs onto a perfectly-timed pass from Winston Stanley before dotting down in the left-hand corner!
27 The Kings attack deep inside the Force's half until Alfie Mafi gets an interception and sets off downfield. Only an excellent cross-cover tackle by SP Marais prevents what could easily have been another try to the visitors.
24 TRY, FORCE, COWAN! 5-5. The Force take the ball through eight phases before Cowan picks up close to the try-line and barges over from close quarters!
21 The Force launch a drive from a line-out close to the Kings' try-line. Referee Lourens van der Merwe asks them to use the ball when the maul goes static but after ignoring the official's call the Force get the drive going again and sore what they think is a try. Van der Merwe disallows the effort, however.
18 Ronnie Cook runs onto a pass from Catrakilis and straightens the line. He's through a half gap but goes to ground after an ankle tap from Alby Mathewson.
15 TRY, KINGS, PETERSEN! 5-0. Sergeal Petersen benefits from Alfie Mafi's indecision in dealing with a Catrakilis grubber kick and gathers the ball before going over for the biggest swan dive ever on a rugby field!
13 Catrakilis takes a shot at goal, from close to the halfway mark, after the Force are pinned for a ruck infringement. His effort has the distance but not the direction.
10 Watson takes the ball into contact, He does well when he bumps off Matt Hodgson and then spins out of a tackle by Ben McCalman.
8 Kyle Godwin steps up to take the first shot at goal after Kevin Buys is penalised for a high tackle. Godwin's effort is just wide of the uprights, however.
5 The Force are dominating in the possesion stakes. They attack the gainline with vigour but are met by a wall of defenders.
3 Western Force prop Pek Cowan is penalised at the first scrum and Catrakilispu
Kick-off And we're off! Demetri Catrakilis gets us underway with a deep hanging kick which Hugh McMeniman collects. He is tackled by Luke Watson just outside his 22.
Team news The Western Force will welcome captain Matt Hodgson, winger Nick Cummins and off-season recruit Hugh McMeniman into their starting XV for this match. Hodgson replaces Chris Alcock, who will start as one of five forwards on the Western Australian bench. McMeniman will pack down in the second row alongside Sam Wykes and Cummins comes in for Pat Dellit who sustained facial fractures and an ankle injury in last weekend's loss to the Rebels.
Team news Back-rower Luke Watson will lead an all-South African Kings starting XV in this clash. Watson, centre Andries Strauss and hooker Bandise Maku are the only Springboks in the side. Former Western Province fly-half Demetri Catrakilis starts in the number 10 jersey while 19-year-old Sergeal Petersen who is fresh out of high school starts on the wing.
Updates to appear here at 18:55 local (17:55 GMT)
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|20:00||Sale Sharks vs London Irish|
|Saturday 21st December|
|15:00||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Saracens vs Leicester|
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|TBC||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th December|
|15:00||Northampton vs Bath|
|15:00||Worcester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Sale Sharks|
|Friday 3rd January|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 4th January|
|15:00||London Irish vs Worcester|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|Sunday 5th January|
|15:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 7th February|
|19:45||Worcester vs Leicester|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 8th February|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|Sunday 9th February|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|Friday 14th February|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Saracens|
|Saturday 15th February|
|15:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Worcester|
|15:00||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 1st December|
|Newcastle 9 - 35 Harlequins|
|Saturday 30th November|
|Bath 21 - 16 Exeter|
|Worcester 10 - 33 Northampton|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Wasps|
|Saracens 24 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 29th November|
|Gloucester 17 - 22 Leicester|
|Sunday 24th November|
|Wasps 5 - 28 Bath|
|Saturday 23rd November|
|Northampton 18 - 0 Newcastle|
|Harlequins 27 - 19 Gloucester|
|Exeter 9 - 16 Saracens|
|Leicester 20 - 11 London Irish|
|Friday 22nd November|
|Sale Sharks 26 - 10 Worcester|
|Sunday 3rd November|
|Saracens 40 - 3 Newcastle|
|London Irish 14 - 19 Northampton|
|Saturday 2nd November|
|Leicester 16 - 23 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 30 - 32 Wasps|
|Friday 1st November|
|Sale Sharks 16 - 18 Exeter|
|Worcester 6 - 21 Bath|
|Sunday 27th October|
|Newcastle 13 - 11 London Irish|
|Wasps 22 - 12 Leicester|
|Saturday 26th October|
|Northampton 41 - 20 Saracens|
|Exeter 40 - 6 Worcester|
|Harlequins 24 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 25th October|
|Bath 15 - 13 Gloucester|
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