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Chiefs v Force - Live
Chiefs 22 Western Force 21
80 The Chiefs are on the attack at a line-out and when the set-piece goes to ground Kerr-Barlow boots the ball into touch! The hosts secure the win and in the end that's all that matters. It was closer than expected but credit to the Force who delivered a gutsy performance. The men from Perth came back hard in the second half and can consider themselves somewhat unlucky not to have won this match.
78 Kerr-Barlow is penalised for entering a ruck from the side. Ebersohn opts to take a shot at goal from about 55 metres out but his effort is well short of the cross-bar! About 10 metres short, in fact.
75 Alby Mathewson intercepts a pass from Kerr-Barlow and tries to set off on a run. He makes little progress as Masaga soon tackles him into touch!
73 Messam makes a dart for the line but loses possession when he tries to dot down!
72 YELLOW CARD, WESTERN FORCE, LONGBOTTOM! Kieran Longbottom will spend the rest of the match in the sin bin after he is given his marching ordrs for continuously collapsing the scrums.
71 The Force are under severe pressure in several re-set scrums! The referee eventually warns them that if they continue to do that he will have to take drastic steps.
68 The Force's front row is penalised for collapsing a scrum on their five-metre line, on their own throw-in. The Chiefs want to have a go and opt to take another scrum.
66 Asaeli Tikoirotuma sets off on a run, inside the Force's 22, and beats a couple of defenders. He is tackled by Hayward but gets a pass away to Save Tokula who knocks on with the try-line at his mercy!
64 Cruden puts Masaga in the clear down the touchline! He's inside the Chiefs' 22 and it takes a combined challenge from Hayward and Jacobs to bundle him into touch!
62 CONVERSION, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 22-21. Hayward adds the extras to narrow the gap to one point! Game on!
61 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, DELLIT! 22-19. Nick Cummins makes a devastating run which takes him into the Chiefs' 22! He is brought to ground by Hika Elliot but the Force set up a couple of extra phases before Ebersohn throws a long pass to Dellit who gets in for his second try!
58 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 22-14. Hayward succeeds with another place-kick after Afeaki is penalised for straying offside.
55 The Force attack on the edge of the Chiefs' 22 but Hayward knocks on a fairly simple pass from Ebersohn at the critical moment!
52 The Chiefs show great patience as they take the ball through several phases from just inside their half. They are soon on the edge of the Force's 22 until Tawera Kerr-Barlow throws a shocking forward pass which gives the visitors a reprieve.
49 The Force are on the attack close to the Chiefs' try-line. McCalman and Tessman carry well but they eventually turn over possession when Matt Hodgson holds onto the ball on the ground.
46 Liam Messam plays the ball on the ground at a ruck and Sias Ebersohn kicks for touch. He puts the ball out deep inside the Chiefs' 22 but the Force make little use of this opportunity when Heath Tessmann is blown up for a crooked throw-in!
44 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 22-11. Cruden makes the Force pay for Cowan's indiscretion when lands another three-pointer!
43 The Force try to launch an attack from a scrum but concede a penalty after Pek Cowan drops his bind at a scrum.
40 Cruden gets underway for the second 40! His kick is collected by Dellit who goes to ground after a tackle from Liam Messam.
Chiefs 19 Western Force 11
40 The Force are under the cosh, just outside their 22, but Dellit sets up a ruck and when the hooter sounds Brett Sheehan hoofs the ball into touch. The Chiefs were rocked by that early try from the visitors but they have gradually gained control of proceedings. It's still an even contest although the Chiefs had more attacking chances. The Force need to cut down at their mistakes at the breakdown if they want to be successful in this match.
38 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 19-11. Cruden restores the hosts' eight-point lead after the Force are pinned for being offside.
36 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 16-11. Hayward adds another three-pointer after Aki goes off his feet at a ruck.
33 Bundee Aki makes a break, from deep inside his half, and is eventually brought to ground just inside the Force's 22. He tries to offload to Cane but the ball goes forward and the visitors get out of jail!
30 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 16-8. Jayden Hayward narrows the gap to eight points after Sam Cane is pinned for playing the ball on the ground.
27 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 16-5. Cruden adds another three-pointer after the visitors infringe at a ruck again! That's the seventh penalty that's been awarded against the Force in this game already, while the Chiefs are yet to concede one!
25 Cummins takes the ball into contact but the Force are penalised when Kyle Godwin goes off his feet at a ruck. Cruden puts the ball into touch on the edge of the Force's 22-metre line.
22 The Force attack out wide and Dellit does well to put McCalman in the clear! He sets off down the touchline but is called back when he puts a foot into touch.
20 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 13-5. Cruden puts his side further ahead after the Force's forwards are penalised at a ruck.
18 The Chiefs have slowly gained the upperhand in this game. They're showing great continuity by taking the ball through several phases and are soon just outside the Force's 22.
16 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 10-5. Cruden adds the extras from up against the touchline to extend the home side's lead!
15 TRY, CHIEFS, MASAGA! 8-5. Lelia Masaga scores in the right-hand corner after great work from Brodie Retallick, who shows his great skill with a well-timed pass which puts the speedster into a gap!
13 Ben McCalman picks up and goes off the back of a scrum but the Force are soon penalised when Toby Lynn goes off his feet at a ruck.
10 The Force launch an attack midway between the halfway line and the Chiefs' 22 but they make little headway as Ebersohn is pinned for a forward pass to Jacobs.
7 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 3-5. Aaron Cruden gets the Chiefs' first points, from the kicking tee, after Kieran Longbottom is penalised for a ruck infringement.
6 Matt Vant Leven and Tawera Kerr-Barlow combine off the back off a scrum and the Chiefs set up several phases and they are soon camped inside the Chiefs' 22.
3 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, DELLIT! 0-5. The Force open the scoring in bizarre fashion. After winning a turnover, just outside the Chiefs' 22, Matt Hodgson throws a loose pass onto the ground, Ben Jacobs and Pat Dellit both boot it ahead before Dellit beats Aaron Cruden in a dive onto the ball behind the Chiefs' try-line!
Kick-off Sias Ebersohn gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Save Tokula who goes to ground just outside his 22.
Team news There's a late change in the Chiefs starting XV. Gareth Anscombe has withdrawn through injury and his place has been taken by Aaron Cruden.
Team news Scrum-half Brett Sheehan has been named in the Western Force's starting XV for the first time this season. Sheehan comes in for Alby Mathewson who is on the bench. The only other change to the Force starting run-on side sees Jayden Hayward return to full-back, where he has started on three occasions this season.
Team news A spate of injuries has prompted the Chiefs to make major changes to their back-line for this clash. With Tim Nanai-Williams (groin) injury, Charlie Ngatai (hamstring), Andrew Horrell (ankle) sprain and Richard Kahui (shoulder) all missing due to injury, coach Dave Rennie has been forced into a substantial reshuffle. That means yet another midfield combination as former New Zealand Sevens player Save Tokula will start in the number 13 jersey in his sixth game for the Chiefs. Scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow also gets his first start since breaking his jaw and will team up with Gareth Anscombe, who moves from full-back to fly-half. Robbie Robinson comes in for his first start of the season at full-back, having recovered from a persistent groin injury. Patrick Osborne will start on the wing while two players who have started every game this year, Aaron Cruden and Asaeli Tikoirotuma move to the bench. Prop Ben Afeaki makes his long awaited return from injury and is joined in an all-changed front row by Hika Elliot and Toby Smith.
Welcome Good day and welcome to Pukekohe for this Super Rugby hit out between our hosts, the Chiefs, and the Western Force. The Chiefs are on a high after beating the Rebels last week while the Force were somewhat unlucky to draw their last fixture against the Rebels. Don't go away! We'll return soon with team news.
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