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Force v Waratahs - Live
FORCE 13-28 WARATAHS
80 Ball is ruled as lost forward, fingertips stuff for Betham but the Tahs get the win. Good win for the visitors despite so many players missing with the Wallabies and through injury. Force left to rue their decision about resting all their players for the Lions in midweek based on that result as they remain rooted to the bottom of the Australian Conference.
80 Force still full of running but no advantage, come back for the penalty against Carter for offside. Sheehan goes quick, Alcock looping but Cottrell's foot is on the touchline. Short lineout works for Holmes as the Tahs keep looking for that try. Up to ten phases, ball loose out the back but Volavola picks up. Still going the Tahs, the replacements full of running and on the 18th phase Betham tries to go for the corner but loses the ball into touch! Great effort but just short at the end... or is he? Upstairs to the TMO!
77 Lineout ruled not straight by Holmes, scrum to the Force in their own 22. Chip over the top from Ebersohn taken by Betham who scurries back. Big tackle on Carter from Rasolea who loses the ball in contact, scrum to the Force.
75 Kingston bundled into touch - ruled out by his head - so Force have the lineout exactly on the halfway line. Steal at the lineout as Foley steps his way forward. Hodgson offside so the Tahs kick into the corner, still a chance to get that bonus point try.
PENALTY, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 13-28: McKibbin off the field so Foley takes the shot at goal from straight in front with no trouble whatsoever. Comfortable lead for the Tahs with time running out.
71 Good work from Ryan in the tackle forces the turnover on Ma'afu - Tahs with the scrum just inside their own half. Mitchell takes a big tackle from Ebersohn, but Betham goes straight through! Skipping past defenders into the Force 22, penalty advantage but the Tahs want that bonus point. Back for the penalty for not releasing.
69 Lucas replacing McKibbin as the Tahs try to clear out of their own 22 but keep having the Force run back their way. Rasolea that time with the carry but the ball is out - the Tahs pouncing but then knocking on themselves. Scrum Force.
PENALTY, WARATAHS, MCKIBBIN! 13-25: Safely over by the scrum-half as the Waratahs create a 12-point lead.
65 Restart safely taken by Hayward who finds touch near halfway. Loose lineout taken by Foley who bursts up to the 22. Force off their feet at the breakdown and McKibbin will have a shot.
TRY, FORCE, GODWIN! 13-22: Nice change of angle from the Tahs - wide pass left to Mitchell who finds Betham who is bundled into touch. Force go quick and it pays off, Ebersohn dummying and going through the gap to find Godwin who speeds towards the corner! Force back in it!
61 Poor execution from the Force - the ball coming down off the top to nobody at the lineout as McKibbin hacks on into touch. New lineout well taken as Rasolea comes in on his wing to make ground up to halfway. Alcock through a tackle and finds Cottrell who knocks on. Scrum Tahs.
59 Force try to set up the maul but it's going nowhere, working the ball through the hands instead. Wide to Rasolea who chips over the top to put the Tahs under pressure, the ball bouncing into touch five metres out.
57 Force scrum there five metres out but Hodgson knocks on going to pick up the ball at the base. Greasy ball and the Tahs now have the put-in, Betham in at flanker to add the extra weight. Back to Mitchell who clears long into touch.
YELLOW CARD, WARATAHS, HOLLOWAY! Betham under pressure scampering back to secure the loose ball, Godwin chipping over the top. Hodgson made the turnover but McKibbin disrupted the pass and the ball goes into touch. Tahs lineout but the ball falls to Longbottom. Pass knocked down by Holloway who goes to the bin!
52 Tahs turnover the lineout, losing the ball forward so the Force will get the scrum. Blindside sneak by Mathewson but his kick over the top goes too far, so we'll come back for a Tahs scrum.
49 Force trying to get the scrum going near halfway but the slippery surface isn't helping their cause. Tough pass well taken by Hayward with a slip catch but he was all on his own, the Tahs pouncing to win the penalty as Foley forces the turnover. Tahs lineout on their own 10-metre line.
47 McKibbin looping with Gilbert as the Tahs look for a gap, Carter finding a little space near the left touchline but the centre is in touch. Wykes takes the lineout for the Force and the Tahs are offside trying to apply the pressure. Ebersohn clears to the 10-metre line.
45 Skelton penalised for lying on the wrong side as Ebersohn kicks to the edge of the 22. Force lineout is stolen by Holloway and then Tessmann is pinged for not releasing. Foley kicks up to halfway and the Tahs will have a lineout 40 metres out.
42 Safe lineout for the Tahs and Foley enters into a kicking competition with Hayward, the Tahs coming out on top as Ebersohn's nudge rolls too far. 22 dropout to the Tahs, high kick in reply from Godwin and Hayward makes the hit on Foley. Tahs running from deep, Betham with a short burst as Foley kicks long to Ebersohn. Fielded by Crawford and he finds touch near halfway.
40 Foley sends it high to being the second half, the Waratahs no doubt searching to secure the try bonus point as soon as possible.
FORCE 8-22 WARATAHS
40 Good counter-drive from the Tahs but Crawford goes outside, just about time for one more maul for the Force who go for the corner again. Not straight... the Tahs rejoice and that is half-time. Force enjoying all the possession and territory at the end but the visitors far more clinical - three chances and three tries up the other end in an entertaining first-half in Perth.
38 Problems at the base in these wet conditions as Holloway struggles to maintain possession, knocked on by Mathewson trying to pounce on the loose ball. Tahs get another scrum in their 22, pinned back now for some time as the scrum is reset. Good work from the Force at the breakdown to make the turnover and the Tahs are offside. No advantage, Force in the middle of the field and they opt for the corner.
36 Force get another go at the maul but Skelton is a huge physical presence and has splintered that maul all on his own, winning the Tahs a scrum. Good work from the young lock.
35 Early engagement from the Tahs so the Force win the penalty, opting for the lineout once again. Taken by Walton but the ball is lost forward and the Tahs clear through Foley, but not making many metres as they remain within their 22.
33 Nice base for the Force from the rolling maul, Cowan at the back with the ball looking for his second try but the route to the line was congested. Replay shows the ball has been held up by Skelton so the Force will have a five metre scrum, good defence from the Tahs.
31 Tahs clear away but Hayward runs it back well for the Force, going through the gap and making yards as the Force get back to that Tahs 22. Into the 12th phase and the Force win the penalty - tough decision for Cowan who opts to go for the lineout in the corner.
29 Alcock with a big hit in defence and the Force turn the ball over. Box kick has the Tahs scrambling as Foley kicks away but only as far as Rasolea who runs it back to the Tahs 22.
27 Force need a response and they start building phases of possession inside the Tahs half - just lacking the speed out wide that we've seen from the Tahs so far. Loose pass from Tessmann and the Tahs pick it up, back on the attack as Foley clears long. Hayward responds, Betham tries to find the corner before Hayward kicks into touch.
TRY, WARATAHS, KINGSTON! 8-22: Good work from Kingston to not lose possession despite getting hit by various knees and elbows as he went to ground. Placing the ball on the line - that's the Tahs third try in this half and they hit back.
23 Turned over by the Waratahs just outside the Force 22 - Skelton carrying up as the visitors try to hit back. Smart play from Mitchell makes the space for Kingston who dives for the right corner, is that a try? Upstairs to the TMO.
TRY, FORCE, COWAN! 8-17: Force pressing well but lose the ball in contact just five metres out from the line. Enjoying more territory so far but unable to convert it. Scrum is reset, great shove from the Force who win the ball and that's a try! Captain Cowan the man pouncing after McMeniman was held up short.
PENALTY, WARATAHS, MCKIBBIN! 3-17: Cottrell offside in defence and McKibbing will go for a shot at goal from about 44 metres out. Over it goes! In great nick with the boot early on is the Tahs scrum-half.
16 Penalty from Hayward falls wide to the right so the Tahs continue to lead by 11 points. Ugly dropout from Foley but it causes problems and the ball goes forward off Cottrell - Tahs scrum on halfway.
14 Force scrum 40 metres out - free kick and Cottrell carries up. Penalty to the Force against Carter at the breakdown and Hayward will go for the sticks.
12 Poor pass from McKibbin puts Mitchell under pressure and the Force win the ball back in the Tahs 22, Wykes hitting the ball up. Big shot in defence spills the ball and the Tahs can clear long.
TRY, WARATAHS, CRAWFORD! 3-14: Beautiful lineout move from the Tahs, Foley on the loop putting Mitchell in space who draws the man and releases Crawford into the right corner. Great try from the visitors! Conversion swung in by McKibbin.
8 Foley clears long for the Tahs after the restart. Ebersohn tries to respond with a kick on a tight angle but it goes straight out - Tahs lineout back on the 10-metre line.
TRY, WARATAHS, ATKINS! 3-7: Try on debut! Always an inevitable score and Atkins burrows over on the left-hand side. Great series of phases from the Waratahs who have started well. McKibbin converts.
5 Mitchell playing at full-back tonight for the Tahs runs the ball into the Force half. Good phase of possession for the visitors who reach the 22, Bethan and Foley carrying well as the Force struggle to hold them back.
PENALTY, FORCE, HAYWARD! 3-0: Scoring start for the hosts after the Tahs infringe at the breakdown, Hayward knocking over the penalty from straight in front.
Kick off Waratahs pushed back into their own half but Foley finds touch up near half-way. Force lineout 40 metres out.
A clear day in Perth as Sias Ebersohn starts proceedings. It's live!
Welcome Hello and welcome to Perth as the Western Force conclude a busy week by hosting the Waratahs in an Australian Conference battle.
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