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Force v Highlanders - Live
Full time Western Force 19 Highlanders 18
80 There's a mad scramble for the ball at a scrum but the force eventually gather and when it comes out Kyle Godwin boots it into the crowd! The final whistle goes and the Force have claimed only their third win of the season! It was a frantic end and either side could have won it but in the end the hosts are victorious! The Highlanders' woeful run continues but they can their hold their heads high as they certainly made a great spectacle of this game.
80 The Highlanders are back on the attack inside the Force's 22! Nemani tries to make up for his earlier error and carries strongly! Nonu and Tuiali'i also carry well but Slade knocks on when he tries to throw a long pass!
79 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 19-18. Hayward dusts himself off and puts his side back in front, after Tino Nemani plays him in the air after he launched an up-and-under!
77 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE! 16-18. Slade makes up for his earlier miss when he lands a spot-kick from about 51 metres out!
75 Slade gets a chance to put his side in front for the first time, after the Force are pinned for knocking the ball down deliberately at a scrum. His kick is a poor one and is well wide of the uprights!
73 Hodgson takes the ball into contact and is brought to ground by Tamati Ellison. Hodgson is soon pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground.
72 Slade launches a cross-kick over the head of Pat Dellit. The wing can only watch as the ball tolls into touch about 10 metres from his touchline.
70 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE! 16-15. Slade gets his side to within a point of the lead, after Lynn infringes at a ruck.
69 Nonu runs onto a pass from Slade and cuts back inside! He had Ben Smith on his outside, who would have scored in the corner if Nonu opted to pass!
67 The Highlanders takes a quick throw-in and Hosea explodes into action! He does well to make it into the Force's 22 but knocks on when is brought to ground by Godwin!
65 Tuiali'i is stopped short of the force line again and Chad Alcock does brilliantly to win a crucial turnover at the ensuing ruck!
63 Nonu makes a crack for the line but is held up by two defenders! He hits the base of the upright and after checking with his TMO, referee Andrew Lees rules that no try has been scored.
YELLOW CARD, WESTERN FORCE, MATHEWSON! Alby Mathewson is sent to the sin bin after playing the replacement scrum-half, Fumiaki Tanaka, at a ruck in front of the Force's try-line.
61 Mose Tuiali'i sets off on a run down the left-hand touchline and sells two defenders an outrageous dummy! He makes a dash for the try-line but is stopped just short by Hayward!
PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 16-12. Hayward slots another spot-kick after Thorn is penalised for taking a lifter out at a line-out. Could prove to be a costly mistake from the All Blacks legend.
57 Hayward beats three defenders and stabs a kick through! The ball is gathered inside his 22 by Ben Smith, who is brought to ground by Heath Tessmann.
54 The Force get another chance to extend their lead, after brad Thorn is blown up for a ruck infringement. This time, however, Hayward's kick sail just past the posts!
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE! 13-12. We're back to a one-point ball-game after Slade lands another penalty! This after Lynn plays the ball on the ground.
PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 13-9. Hayward restores his side's four-point lead after Tuiali'i is pinned for obstruction.
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE! 10-9. Colin Slade is on for Parker and immediately makes an impact when he lands a three-pointer, after Mathewson strays offside at a ruck.
44 Ben Smith spots a gap behind the Force's back-line and puts in a kick which rolls into touch on the edge of the Force's 22.
42 Ben Smith gathers the ball inside his 22 and sets off on a mazy run which sees him beating five defenders! He eventually offloads to Coltman who is tackled just outside the Force's 22.
40 Hayden Parker gets the second half underway with a deep, hanging kick. Toby Lynn tries to gather but knocks it directly into touch.
Western Force 10 Highlanders 6
40 Hayward gets a chance to add another three-pointer to the Force's lead lead! His effort sails just past the uprights, however! It's the last act of the half and the two sides head inside to the sheds. Both sides have shown a willingness to run the ball which has made it an entertaining spectacle. The Force have, however, had the better of the exchanges and deserve their lead. Will they be able to hang on to it though. Join us in 10 minutes time to find out.
37 Kyle Godwin makes a break and beats Nonu and Aaron Smith with ease! He runs for about 45 metres before Ben Smith brings him to ground inside the Highlanders' 22!
35 Chad Alcock takes the ball into contact but is soon penalised when he fails to release the ball while lying on the ground.
33 The Force try to attack with a maul, close to the visitors' try-line, but are blown up when Toby Lynn goes offside accidentally. Scrum to the Highlanders.
30 The Highlanders set up up a couple of phases with their forwards but are soon penalised when Ma'afu Fia holds onto the ball on the ground. Ebersohn kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the edge of the visitors' 22.
28 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER! 10-6. Parker adds another penalty to narrow the gap to four points again.
25 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 10-3. Hayward extends his side's lead after Aaron Smith is pinned for deliberately knocking the ball into touch.
21 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER! 7-3. Parker succeeds with a place-kick after the home side is penalised for being offside.
18 CONVERSION, WESTERN FORCE, HAYWARD! 7-0. Jayden Hayward holds his nerve and adds the extras from up against the touchline!
17 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, EBERSOHN! 5-0. Sias Ebersohn runs onto a pass from Mathewson and dives in at the left-hand corner to get the game's opening points! This after Jayden Hayward was stopped just short of the line after tearing through a hole in the visitors' defence.
15 The Highlanders try to attack from a line-out but Liam Coltman's throw-in can't find his jumpers and the ball is pounced on by Alby Mathewson at the back of the set-piece.
12 Ben Smith beats a couple of defenders and the visitors are on the attack inside the Force's 22. They lose momentum, however, when Mose Tuiali'i knocks on.
9 The Highlanders attack inside the Force's 22 but lose possession when Hayden Parker holds onto the ball on the ground.
6 After taking the ball through 23 phases, Matt Hodgson loses the ball after taking a big hit from Brad Thorn. Ma'a Nonu manages to rip the ball from Hodgson's grasp as the Force skipper goes to ground.
3 The Force attack from a line-out and show great continuity to take the ball through 13 phases.
Kick off Sias Ebersohn Gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Aaron Smith who boots the ball upfield.
Team news The Western Force have once again named an unchanged line-up. The Force will run out the identical side that faced the Sharks in Perth last week, making it the third consecutive match that the Force has retained the same 22 players within their match day squad.
Team news Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has made seven changes to his starting XV for this match. In the forwards, a new front row will take the field with Tony Woodcock, Liam Coltman and Ma'afu Fia joining the runo-n side. This means that regular skipper and hooker Andrew Hore drops down to the replacements bench. Josh Bekhuis returns from a shoulder injury and will join Brad Thorn in the second row. TJ Ioane will start on the blindside with Joe Wheeler moving to the replacements. Amongst the backs, fly-half Hayden Parker will start with Colin Slade moving to the reserves. Ma'a Nonu makes his return to the team after a knee injury, replacing Shaun Treeby who suffered a head knock last weekend. The final back-line change is Jason Emery who comes in for Tino Nemani - who moves to the reserves and is bracketed with Trent Renata. Thorn will captain the side.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the nib Stadium in Perth for this Super Rugby encounter between two of the tournament's basement dwellers, the Western Force and the Highlanders. We'll be back soon with team news.
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