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Force v Reds - Live
FORCE 11-11 REDS
80 Into overtime - scrum initially reset. Reds turn the ball over but Genia is all on his own and bundled into touch, and that is that! No separating these two in the end, solid defence from both sides limiting the number of attacking opportunities - Reds miss out on the chance to go top of the table.
79 Maul from the Reds makes five to ten metres, but the ball goes nowhere and the Force have a scrum just as the hooter sounds. Scrum to be played before full time.
78 Final minutes as the scrum is reset again - both sides kicking looking for an error. Sheehan grubbers the ball into touch near the Reds 22.
75 Time running out with both sides level in Perth - Force with the scrum nearly halfway.
71 TRY! REDS! FEAUAI-SAUTIA! 11-11: Countless pressure finally tells for the Reds as replacement Chris Feauai-Sautia rumbles over, TMO checking the grounding before confirmation. Cooper misses the crucial conversion.
70 Genia sniping as the Reds attack from seven metres out. Trapped ball and the Reds have a five metre scrum.
69 Brilliant combination between Ioane, Cooper and Genia leaves the Reds just short of the Force line. Gill drives and is held up.
67 Quick lineout for the Reds, loose pass from Cooper slows down the momentum. Lofted pass from Cooper to Ioane, whose grubber kick bounces into touch off Dellit.
65 Ioane slices through a gap, but knocks on looking to offload. Force with a pressure scrum near their own line.
64 Wykes down for the Force as the Reds win another penalty near the 22. Genia goes into the corner.
62 Magical kick from Genia pins the Force back again. Lineout on their own five metre line - Sheehan with the clearance up to the 10 metre line.
60 PENALTY! REDS! COOPER! 11-6: Reds continue to struggle to find the gaps, but they have a penalty. Cooper going for the posts and he gets it.
57 Low kick from Genia puts the Reds into the Force 22.
54 Stolen lineout by the Force five metres from their own line relieves the pressure momentarily. Reds desperate for a score - no space though to attack and again the Force turn it over. Godwin countering but doesn't pass, Reds with the ball back. Breathless stuff.
51 TRY! FORCE! MCCALMAN! 11-3: Great defence for the hosts rewarded by a break from Cummins, pass to McCalman who hits the line! Top try.
48 Cooper's penalty kick falls short but Norton-Knight's clearance bounces off a Force player's back into touch. Reds lineout on the edge of the 22.
45 Ioane with another burst down the left, the Reds looking for the lead. Simmons offloads to Gill, inside ball finding space. Wide pass to Faingaa, Tessmann comes through offside and the Reds have a penalty.
42 Messy breakdown, Faingaa in trouble and Ebersohn clears. Force with a chance to add more points but Ebersohn's kick goes wide.
41 Ebersohn starts the second half - instant penalty to the Reds after good work from Ioane down the touchline. Reds lineout in the Force half.
FORCE 6-3 REDS
40 Reds lineout five metres out - rolling maul taken by Horwill. Schatz at the base as the hooter goes, Alcock looked to come in from the side but the Force hold out and that's half-time. Low scoring here in Perth, 6-3 the score as the Force lead.
38 Reds back on the attack before the interval, five metres out from the Force's line. Forwards rumbling on Genia is smashed. Ioane left short, then Faingaa. Penalty advantage with a minute left. Reds go to the corner.
36 Reds attacking but the Force again have turned the ball over, Alcock the hero there as Godwin pumps it long.
34 Dellit's kick is blocked and Ioane counters, dancing his way infield as the Reds threaten. Cooper threads it through and Godwin is forced to carry the ball over his line - five metre scrum to the Reds.
32 PENALTY! REDS! COOPER! 6-3: First points for the Reds and Cooper despite the boos ringing around the nib Stadium.
31 Super burst from Ioane through three tacklers as the Reds toil in the Force half - winning the penalty.
28 Not straight at the lineout so the Reds have the scrum - sharper attack but Lance knocks on down the left touchline in the tackle. Frustrating half for the 2011 champions.
26 Force scrum but the Reds engage early, Ebersohn's kick goes long and Cooper responds with a good touchfinder. Force lineout on halfway.
23 PENALTY! FORCE! EBERSOHN! 6-0: Reds again go offside, Ioane this time penalised and Ebersohn will kick into the corner. Excellent field position for the Force five metres out, driving maul comes up just short as Alcock goes close. Wide pass but the Reds again are offside, Ebersohn chips over.
20 PENALTY! FORCE! 3-0: Force back on the attack and have the penalty advantage, Ebersohn going for the posts. First points of the match and the Force lead.
19 Stoppage in play as Wykes is treated, Genia clearing from the scrum.
17 High kick superbly taken by Cummins as the Force reach the Reds 22 - Tessmann burrowing short of the line. Penalty against the Reds for not rolling away, Force go for the lineout.
15 Reds attack again this time from halfway, patient attack from the visitors but Shipperley is thumped back and the Force win the penalty, Heath Tessmann getting the praise.
13 Genia and Cooper pulling the strings as Schatz hits a hole, box kick from Genia dropping into the Force 22.
12 Long lineout taken by Sykes as the Force attack, long kick going too far from Ebersohn and the Reds will drop out.
11 Scrappy ball at the base and Schatz is pinged for holding on after struggling to clear it up, good drive from the Force.
10 Force set up a maul to clear but the Reds do well to disrupt it, winning the scrum five metres out.
9 Stolen lineout by the Reds who go wide to the left, Ioane looking like he's finished in the corner. Checked by the TMO... the grounding looks ok but Ioane's foot is judged to be in touch. Force lineout five metres out.
8 Options either side for the Reds as the scrum takes it's time - Tapuai carries well but Cooper is then bundled into touch by Ebersohn.
6 Deep attack from the Reds, chip kick from Cooper nearly gathered by Ioane and Norton-Knight knocks on as he tries to secure the ball. Reds scrum in the Force half around 35 metres out.
4 Shipperley threatens with a run in space on the right, but is thumped into touch by Cummins. Open start, no breakthroughs yet.
2 The Force survive some early pressure from the Reds and now attack in the opposition half - no way through so far. The kick through comes to Cooper who clears long.
Kick-off Quade Cooper gets us started as the Reds look for revenge for their loss at Suncorp earlier this season.
Weather A dry night in Perth meaning good handling conditions for both sides.
Team news Anae, who made his Super Rugby debut against the Hurricanes in 2011, is one of two changes made to the Reds front-row with Greg Holmes coming in at tighthead prop and James Slipper moving to the bench. The third change made to the starting line-up sees flyer Dom Shipperley come in for the injured Rod Davies.
Team news Nick Cummins and Ben Jacobs both start for the Force, with Wallaby scrum-half Brett Sheehan taking a spot on the bench. Sias Ebersohn returns at fly-half, while Sam Norton-Knight moves to full-back. The Force pack has also been reshaped with front-rower Kieran Longbottom replacing Salesi Ma'afu at tighthead prop, while Chris Alcock earns his fourth starting cap of the season at openside flanker.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the nib stadium in Perth for this Super Rugby derby between the Western Force and the Reds. These sides are experiencing contrasting fortunes with the Reds being amongst the frontrunners in the standings while the Force are occupying a spot close to the bottom of the table. The Force did, however, beat the Reds 19-12 in the corresponding fixture earlier this season. We'll be back shortly with team news!
Updates to appear here at 17:25 local (10:25 BST, 09:25 GMT)
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