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|Home team||Away Team|
|22 - 16||
Full time Hurricanes 22 Western Force 16
80 The Force attack from deep inside their half as they go in search of victory. They are soon inside the 'Canes half but Alfie Mafie knocks on after taking a big hit from Alapati Leiua! That brings proceedings to a close as the referee blows his whistle soon afterwards to end the match. The 'Canes will take the win but will be somewhat concerned as they went off the boil after the break. The Force showed improvement in the second half but in the end that was not enough as the hosts clung on to secure the win.
79 The Hurricanes take the ball through several phases, inside the Force's 22, but Motu Matu'u loses possession and Rory Walton boots the ball into touch.
76 The Force try to run the ball from a scrum inside their half nut TJ Perenara does brilliantly when he tackles Brown as he tries to pick up at the base of the set-piece! The Force are once again on the back-foot!
73 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 22-16. Hayward succeeds with the spot-kick - after Broadhurst's indiscretion - to narrow the gap to six points.
72 YELLOW CARD, HURRICANES, BROADHURST! James Broadhurst receives his marching orders after he plays the ball on the ground just outside his 22.
70 The 'Canes go in search of their bonus point for scoring four tries and take the ball through several phases deep inside the Force's 22. They lose possession, however, when Karl Lowe holds onto the ball on the ground.
67 The Force go on the attack inside the 'Canes' 22 but lose possession when Richard Brown holds onto to the ball on the ground.
65 Andre Taylor goes on an attacking run but is penalised when he holds onto the ball on the ground.
63 Barrett gets a chance to extend the home side's lead, after Mathewson infringes at a ruck. His effort is just wide of the uprights, however.
60 CONVERSION, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 22-13. Hayward narrows the gap when he lands the easy spot-kick!
59 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, MATHEWSON! 22-11. Alby Mathewson scores a great individual try when he catches the 'Canes' defence napping at a line-out and beats five players before scoring under the posts!
57 The Force launch a drive from inside the 'Canes' 22 but lose possession when Heath Tessman is isolated and the referee awards the put-in to the hosts at the resulting scrum.
55 The Force launch another attack but can't seem to breach the Hurricanes' defensive lines. The visitors' attacks are predictable and the 'Canes have little problem in dealing with the raids into their half.
52 The Force are trying desperately to strike back and go on the attack inside the 'Canes' 22! It all comes to nothing though when Pat Dellit knocks on a pass from Toby Lynn.
51 CONVERSION, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 22-6. Barrett adds the extras which extends his side's lead!
49 TRY, HURRICANES, PISI! 20-6. Tusi Pisi rounds off an excellent team try which starts midway between the Force's 22 and the halfway mark. Jeremy Thrush, Conrad Smith and Tim Bateman are all prominent in the build-up until Pisi spots a gap in the Force's defence and gets over the whitewash!
48 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 15-6. Jayden Hayward adds the three-pointer from the kicking tee after Brad Shields is pinned for being offside.
46 The Force take the ball through several phases and win about 40 metres. Heath Tessman takes the ball into contact and goes to ground inside the 'Canes' 22.
42 Barrett holds onto the ball on the deck and is penalised by the referee. Norton-Knight puts the ball into touch close to the halfway mark.
40 Barret gets the second half underway and Junior Rasolea gathers. He sets off on a run but is brought to ground just outside his 22.
Half time Hurricanes 15 Western Force 3
40 The Force take the ball through 10 phases, deep inside the 'Canes' 22, but run into a wall of yellow defenders! Matt Hodgson is eventually blown up for holding onto the ball on the ground and Barrett puts the ball into touch. That's the final act of the half and the sides head into the sheds. It's been an entertaining half and the hosts deserve their lead as they've been dominant for large periods. The Force will have to up the ante in the second half if they want to be triumphant in this match.
38 The 'Canes launch an attack from a line-out and set up a couple of phases in midfield. Chris Smylie tries to take it wide but knocks on at a ruck! Scrum feed to the Force.
35 The 'Canes get a chance to extend their lead when the Force infringe at a ruck. Barret's effort is from about 45 metres and goes agonisingly close! The shot hits the cross-bar and bounces back infield where Sam Wykes gathers!
32 The 'Canes front-row put pressure on their counterparts at a scrum and manage to swing the set-piece through 90 degrees. The Force had the initial put-in but lose initiative when they lose possession at the next scrum put-in.
29 TRY, HURRICANES, SHIELDS! 15-3. Brad Shields rounds off in the left-hand corner after great work from Alapati Leiua. The wing runs close to sixty metres, from inside his own half, before offloading to his team-mate who barges over from close quarters!
28 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 10-3. Jayden Hayward gets the first points from the kicking tee after the referee rules that the visitors did not get enough advantage from the initial penalty which Mathewson took quickly.
27 The Force are awarded a penalty and Alby Mathewson plays quickly. He offloads to Matt Hodgson, who goes to ground and then Tetera Faulkner goes close but, after consultation with the TMO, referee Nick Briant rules that his effort was just short of the line!
24 The Force attack, just outside the 'Canes' 22 but Winston Stanley throws a wayward pass which puts his team under pressure. Sam Norton-Knight tries to gather the loose ball but knocks on.
21 CONVERSION, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 10-0. Barrett adds the two-pointer to extend the hosts' lead!
20 TRY, HURRICANES, TOOMAGA-ALLEN! 8-0. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen runs onto a pass from Chris Smylie, and spins through two tackles before burrowing his way over the try-line!
18 The game comes alive with an entertaining period of action! Tusi Pisi launches a bomb which Hayward gathers, he sets off on a counter-attacking run, which goes awry when he throws a poor pass to which Pat Dellit can't hold on to and Barrett then kicks the ball ahead a couple of times until he knocks on inches away from the Force's try-line!
15 Julian Savea puts through a beautifully-weighted grubber kick for Alapati Leiua to chase! The right wing gets in behind the Force's flat-lying defence but knocks on with the try-line beckoning!
12 PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 3-0. Beauden Barrett gets the game's first points after the Force's back-line are penalised for being offside.
10 The Hurricanes go on the attack from a line-out inside the Force's 22 but lose possession when Richard Brown wins a crucial turnover after Ben Franks takes the ball into contact!
7 The Force launch a drive from a line-out deep inside the 'Canes' 22 but they make little headway as the home side's forwards do well to collapse the maul and are then awarded the put-in at a scrum.
4 Jayden Hayward gets a chance to open the scoring from the kicking tee after Faifili Levave is pinned for holding onto the ball on the deck. The Force full-back's effort is off target, however and the hosts gain a reprieve!
2 Norton-Knight puts the visitors on the attack when he stabs a grubber kick through which rolls into touch just outside the Hurricanes' 22.
Kick-off Sam Norton-Knight gets the game started! His kick is gathered by Brad Shields, who takes it into contact just outside his 22.
Team news Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has made four changes to his side for this clash. Jack Lam will make his first start at openside flanker, following an ACL reconstruction last year. He comes in for Ardie Savea. theo ther changes in the pack sees Jeremy Thrush returning at lock after recovering from his lower ankle sprain and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen comes in at tighthead. TJ Perenara also gets a bit of a break with Chris Smylie given the nod to start at scrum-half. Dane Coles was named in the original starting line-up at hooker but was a late withdrawal, with a fractured eye socket, which means Motu Matu'u regains his starting berth.
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Updates to appear here at 19:20 local (08:20 BST, 07:20 GMT)
|Friday 18th April|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Leicester|
|Saturday 19th April|
|15:00||Bath vs Worcester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:15||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 20th April|
|14:00||Northampton vs London Irish|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|Saturday 3rd May|
|15:00||Bath vs Northampton|
|15:00||Saracens vs Worcester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|Saturday 10th May|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|15:15||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Northampton vs Wasps|
|15:15||Worcester vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Harlequins vs Bath|
|15:15||London Irish vs Sale|
|Sunday 13th April|
|London Irish 40 - 12 Newcastle|
|Saracens 28 - 24 Northampton|
|Saturday 12th April|
|Gloucester 17 - 18 Bath|
|Worcester 33 - 38 Exeter|
|Leicester 27 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 11th April|
|Sale Sharks 12 - 27 Harlequins|
|Sunday 30th March|
|Newcastle 12 - 17 Worcester|
|Saturday 29th March|
|Northampton 16 - 22 Leicester|
|Wasps 20 - 32 Saracens|
|Exeter 13 - 14 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 23 - 9 London Irish|
|Friday 28th March|
|Bath 11 - 12 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 23rd March|
|Leicester 45 - 15 Exeter|
|Saturday 22nd March|
|London Irish 23 - 44 Bath|
|Saracens 39 - 17 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 40 - 33 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 19 - 6 Northampton|
|Friday 21st March|
|Worcester 11 - 13 Wasps|
|Sunday 2nd March|
|Newcastle 18 - 41 Leicester|
|Saturday 1st March|
|Northampton 39 - 13 Gloucester|
|Exeter 18 - 0 London Irish|
|Harlequins 21 - 20 Worcester|
|Wasps 17 - 21 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 28th February|
|Bath 10 - 23 Saracens|
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