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Force v Crusaders - Live
Western Force 16 Crusaders 14
80 The 'Saders get their last chance to clinch the win when they are awarded the put-in at a scrum just outside their 22. They attack with their backs and the Force are penalised at a ruck close to the halfway line. Willie Heinz plays quickly and after the Crusaders set up a couple of phases the Force win a crucial turnover! Mick Snowden boots the ball into touch after the hooter goes and the Force have sealed a memorable win against all odds. It was set up by their fine start and despite the Crusaders' fightback, they hung on and deserve the victory!
79 The Force are awarded a penalty, 10 metres inside their half, when Crockett is pinned for illegal scrummaging.
78 Corey Flynn charges down the touchline like a wing in full flight! He takes a big hit from Pat Delitt and knocks on!
76 Junior Rasolea does well with a grubber kick, inside the Crusaders' 22, but Dagg does well and deals with it like a boundary fielder in a cricket match!
74 The Force are under pressure inside their 22 but gain a reprieve when Crockett is pinned for going off his feet at a ruck.
72 The 'Saders attack from a scrum but lose possession when the ball rols into touch after a pass from Fruean to Marshall goes awry.
69 The Force get a chance to extend their lead when Wyatt Crockett enters a ruck from the side. Hayward takes a shot at goal from about 45 metres out but his effort is just short of the target!
67 The Crusaders have dominated most of this half. They are constantly hammering away at the Force's line in their quest to take the lead!
64 Hodgson takes the ball into contact but is knocked back in his stride by a huge hit from Jordan Taufua.
62 Dagg goes on an attacking run and offloads to Sam Whitelock, who makes little progress as Mafi tackles him into touch!
60 The Force are trying to get back into the game but their efforts come to nothing when Toby Lynn knocks on a pass from Matt Hodgson just outside the 'Saders' 22!
58 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, BLEYENDAAL! 16-14. Bleyendaal adds another penalty after the Force's front row is penalised for a scrum infringement!
57 The Crusaders are running rampant and after taking the ball through 11 phases Luke Romano picks up and goes and burrows his way over the try-line! The referee consults the TMO, who once again denies the big man a try! The video ref rules that it's inconclusive whether the ball was grounded over the line.
55 The Crusaders take the ball through several phases until Guildford takes a gap and gets a pass away to Dagg, who is stopped just short of the line by another big hit from Stubbs!
51 Fruean takes on the Force defence and makes some ground before trying to offload to Dagg. The full-back overruns the pass and knocks on!
49 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, BLEYENDAAL! 16-11. Bleyendaal narrows the gap after Matt Hodgson is pinned for not releasing a tackled player.
47 Zac Guildford is on as a replacement for Adam Whitelock and he wastes little time to get involved. He first sets off on an attacking run from inside his 22 before putting a grubber kick through for Marshall to chase!
44 The Force are on the attack at a scrum on the Crusaders' five-metre line. The visitors show their dominance and absolutely annihilate the hosts at the set-piece. It results in the Crusaders receiving a penalty after the Force pack disintegrate under the pressure!
40 Sam Norton-Knight gets the second half started with a teasing kick which hangs in the air for an eternity! Sam Wykes does well for the hosts when he manages to gather the restart!
Western Force 16 Crusaders 8
40 The Crusaders take the ball through several phases and are soon inside the Force's 22. The ball goes out to Dagg, who is nailed by a monster hit from Ed Stubbs! The ball goes backwards but Alby Mathewson gathers and puts it into touch! That's the end of the first forty minutes and what an entertaining half it's been! The Force were fast out of the starting blocks and have done well to contain the tournament's most's successful team, who have certainly fought back strongly!
39 The Crusaders put huge pressure on the Force at a scrum but Wyatt Crockett is penalised for illegal scrummaging.
37 The Crusaders are gaining control and take the ball through several phases. Romano pics up and goes, close to the try-line, and burrows his way over the try-line! Referee Jonathan Kaplan disallows the try, however, after the TMO rules that a pass from Dagg to Adam Whitelock, in the build-up, was forward!
34 The Crusaders win vital ground when Fruean and Dagg combine to put Tom Marshall into space dwon the right wing! He breaks a couple of tackles but is eventually brought to ground by Hayward.
31 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 16-8. Haywards succeeds with another three-pointer after Jordan Taufua is pinned for illegal play at a ruck.
28 The Force waste a golden opportunity to add to their lead when Alby Mathewson holds Romano back by his jersey, when the hosts attack deep inside the Crusaders 22.
25 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 13-8. Hayward extends his side lead after the Crusaders infringe at a ruck.
21 TRY, CRUSADERS, ROMANO! 10-8. Luke Romano rounds off after Fruean and Adam Whitelock does brilliantly when they launch an attack from just inside their own half before Whitelock offloads, to the big lock, close to the try-line!
18 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, BLEYENDAAL! 10-3. Tyler Bleyendaal puts his side's first points on the board after the Force are penalised for a ruck infringement.
16 Fruean goes on another run and this time he does serious damage to the hosts! He wins about thirty metres and bumps off Kyle Godwin and Alfie Mafi in the process!
14 The Crusaders try to get back into the match and Robbie Fruean goes on the attack. He throws a pass to Adam Whitelock, who knocks on!
12 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 10-0. Jayden Hayward extends the hosts' lead after Shane Christie is penalised for a ruck infringement.
9 Dagg goes on the attack form outside his 22 and beats three defenders. He gains twenty metres and throws an inside pass to Luke Whitelock who knocks on.
7 Israel Dagg puts his side under pressure when he kicks the ball directly into touch from outside his 22!
4 CONVERSION, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 7-0. Jayden Hayward adds the extras to extand the home side's lead!
3 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, NORTON-KNIGHT! 5-0. The Force take the ball through 13 phases and are soon inside the Force's 22! The ball comes out to Sam Norton-Knight, who takes it to the line and gets in under the posts!
Kick-off Tyler Bleyendaal gets the match underway! His kick is deep and Richard Brown takes it straight into contact.
Team news Crusaders boss Todd Blackadder has made four changes to his run-on side. Corey Flynn returns to the number two jersey moving Ben Funnell to the bench. Dominic Bird comes in for Sam Whitelock in the second row while Shane Christie earns his first appearance for the Crusaders in the number seven jersey. Israel Dagg returns to full-back, moving Tom Marshall to the wing and Zac Guildford onto the bench.
Team news Sam Norton-Knight starts at 10 for the hosts while Dan Carter again misses out for the Crusaders, this time through injury. Tyler Bleyendaal is the man directing them while Shane Christie starts at flank.
Welcome Hello and welcome from Perth for the third game of this entertaining Super Rugby day. The Force host the Crusaders for this one in what should be a good game. Can the Force upset the seven-time champs?
Updates to appear here at 19:30 local (12:30 BST, 11:30 GMT)
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