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Waratahs v Force - Live
Waratahs 23 Western Force 19
80 The Waratahs win 23-19. It wasn't pretty but the hosts won't care about that. Thanks for following.
78 What is McKibbin thinking? The 'Tahs win a crucial turnover 20 out from their own line and he kicks the ball out on the full. Here come the Force then but you wonder if they have enough to get over.
76 Errors, errors, errors. Four minutes for the Force to snatch victory but they need to go 55 metres, cutting out silly mistakes which have plagued both sides here in Sydney for this Easter Sunday game.
74 They don't get it as again errors cost them at the crucial time. The Force are not done here too and get a penalty on halfway for the 'Tahs holding on. They kick towards the corner, it's eighteen out.
72 Nothing comes of that passage though for the hosts as they are sent back to halfway, having to start again. Here is the dangerous Ashley-Cooper pumping his legs up to the 22. A try should seal victory.
69 Force ball once more but they have about 45 metres to travel if they are to get over the whitewash. They won't get over like that though as Godwin is smashed by Ashley-Cooper and the 'Tahs can counter!
66 McKibbin has just missed a long-range attempt at goal so it remains at 23-19 as Sam Norton-Knight emerges for the final fourteen minutes. The former Waratah you might remember. Back to haunt them?
64 And they don't even need to do that much to turnover possession as McKibbin is penalised for sealing off at a ruck. So it's the Force again with a line-out 20 metres out. What can they create from here?
63 The Waratahs need some ball right now in order to stop this points onslaught and fortunately for them it comes on halfway. McKibbin looks to Mitchell on the inside ball but the Force are alive to that.
60 EBERSOHN PENALTY! 23-19! That is ten unanswered points landed by the Western Force.
59 Phase after phase as the Waratahs' tackle count rises by the second. Walsh is looking closely at the breakdown and eventually loses his patience with the hosts and penalises them for not rolling away.
57 The Force are definitely on top right now and have an attacking scrum 20 out in centre-field.
55 EBERSOHN CONVERSION! 23-16! Great kick so the lead is now down to seven points.
54 MAFI TRY! 23-14! Big score. They went back and forth and it was their main threat who crashed over!
53 Nothing comes of it initially but they have another penalty soon after which once again goes to the corner. Mathewson barks the orders before Pat Dellit runs hard and straight in midfield. Chance here.
51 So there is a lot for the Force to do from here if they are to come back and win this one. Horne has given them an opportunity though as he offends so the Perth men go for the corner. Line-out coming.
48 McKibbin misses the conversion.
47 ASHLEY-COOPER TRY! 23-9! Here come the Waratahs now and they are over on the left wing after great work from Folau. It's the man playing in his 100th Super Rugby game who scores it. A special moment.
45 Now a chance for the Western Force to hit right back as prop Robinson looks to have been penalised. Ebersohn calls for the kicking tee as he lines one up close to the touchline. He has pushed it wide.
43 MCKIBBIN PENALTY! 18-9! Captain Hodgson is penalised at a breakdown and this could be another three points for McKibbin from wide out...he makes no mistake so it's six kicks from six attempts from him.
41 Welcome back as we get the second-half underway.
Waratahs 15 Western Force 9
40 Half-time at Allianz Stadium with the 'Tahs 15-9 up in a try-less 40 minutes. Hopefully things will improve in an attacking sense as the teams run into the changing rooms to their respective coaches.
38 Patient rugby from the Waratahs 35 metres out but unfortunately for centurion Ashley-Cooper, Walsh spots that he lost the ball when going into contact. Net result, a Force scrum as time ticks on.
36 EBERSOHN PENALTY! 15-9! Hooper is adjudged to have been held on the ground but he got up and carried on. That was a close call but the replay showed he was in fact tackled and needed to release the ball.
33 MCKIBBIN PENALTY! 15-6! The Western Force go off their feet so it is another penalty going against them that McKibbin can convert. The scrum-half makes no mistake so the lead is up to nine points.
30 Hodgson broke the line then up to the 22 but unfortunately for the Force, Stanley couldn't hold the offload. Half an hour gone then in Sydney with no tries but it's finely balanced on Easter Sunday.
29 MCKIBBIN PENALTY! 12-6! Ebersohn is the man penalised at the breakdown for hands in a ruck so up steps the Waratahs scrum-half for three points that would double their lead. He is successful off the tee.
26 Polota-Nau is off by the way after his earlier collision so we wait to see if he returns. For now though the 'Tahs have possession in their own 22 with a scrum coming up. Time to play for territory.
23 MCKIBBIN PENALTY! 9-6! The 'Tahs lead for the first time today.
22 The Waratahs are on the attack and looking good as Folau makes inroads into the Force 22. Can they make this count with a man advantage? They go left to Mitchell who flicks it out to Ashley-Cooper but he can't hold the pass. It's OK though as Walsh was playing a penalty advantage to the Waratahs.
20 MA'AFU YELLOW! The Force prop goes to the sin-bin for a high tackle on replacement Polota-Nau.
19 MCKIBBIN PENALTY! 6-6! Hands in a ruck from the Force about 30 metres out sees McKibbin level matters.
17 A reprieve for the Waratahs though as from that scrum Ebersohn overcooks his touch finder so we will come back for a line-out on halfway. No tries scored as of yet at Allianz Stadium. We live in hope.
14 Waratahs scrum bang on halfway with plenty of room either side for their backline to use. The question is whether they spread the play or go for the territorial route. Ashley-Cooper crashes it up first but the man playing in his 100th Super Rugby game is held up in contact so the ball is turned over.
11 MCKIBBIN PENALTY! 3-6! Good strike from distance.
10 Lovely running from Rasolea as he has a go from his own 22, selling a dummy before being dragged into touch on halfway. Unfortunately his run is undone by Hodgson offending so it's a chance for the 'Tahs.
6 EBERSOHN PENALTY! 0-6! A gift for the Force as referee Steve Walsh blows the 'Tahs for offside.
7 Good ball for the 'Tahs now on halfway but they aren't really making ground and eventually the hosts concede a penalty for offside after a turnover. More territory coming up for the Western Force then.
3 EBERSOHN PENALTY! 0-3! Simple enough for the South African.
4 The Force have definitely started the better and power on into the 22 with their forward runners. An early test here then for the 'Tahs who eventually offend. It looks like Michael Hooper was pinged.
2 Plenty of kicking early on which leads to Tessmann succeeding with his first line-out throw close to his own ten-metre. They drive it to halfway before Alby Mathewson boxes...it's marked by the Waratahs.
Kick-off Here we go in the sunshine as Sias Ebersohn kicks off.
Team news Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika has named an unchanged side but Tatafu Polota-Nau returns and will take a spot on the bench. Meanwhile, Force captain Matt Hodgson is back in one of four changes to the side. Back-row Ben McCalman, hooker Heath Tessmann and wing Junior Rasolea all come into the line-up.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Sunday's Super Rugby fixture from Allianz Stadium in Sydney where the Waratahs host the Western Force in an Australian derby. Eleventh meets twelfth here as the Waratahs, who beat the Blues last week, take on a Force side that comes into the game having been edged by the Cheetahs.
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