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  • Super Rugby
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  • 12th Apr 2014
  • KO 10:40
  • Ground: Okara Park, Whangarei

Force v Waratahs - Live

Last updated: 12th April 2014  

Full Time Force 28-16 Waratahs

80 The Tahs mount one last attack to try get a losing bonus point but knock it on as they make a break! That's the end of the match! What a game! The Force have done it again!

79 And the Force do it again! Incredible work at the breakdown and the Force stop the Tahs attack again as they get a penalty! The frustration shows as the ref gives the Force 10m extra as the Tahs chirp him.

77 The Tahs spill it on attack again! That sums up their night! The crowd is being extremely vocal as they cheer on their team who look like they'll bag their fifth win on the trot!

Penalty76 PENALTY, FORCE, EBERSOHN, 28-16. Sias makes no mistake as he extends the lead!

75 And the Force win a penalty in front! That's surely the nail in the coffin unless the Tahs can score two converted tries in 4 minutes!

73 The Force win a penalty at scrum time and that's a huge psychological blow with just 7 min to go! Ebersohn finds a good touch.

70 The Force do it again! Huge attack from the Tahs and the Force man up, make the hits and eventually that man Hodgeson gets stuck in and wins a penalty!

Conversion66 CONVERSION, FOLEY, 25-16. Great strike from the corner to reduce the deficit to 9!

TRY65 TRY! TAHS, BEALE, 25-14. Hang on! We not done yet! Great attack from the Tahs and for once the Force's defense is only slightly lazy. They attack the blindside well and Beale finds some space and runs straight over the last line of defense!

Conversion61 CONVERSION, EBERSOHN, 25-9. This one sneaks over from Sias. I cannot believe that the Force are now 16 points ahead!

TRY60 TRY! FORCE, CUMMINS, 23-9. The Honey Badger has done it again!!! He pounces on a loose pass after a relentless Tahs attack. He gets caught right by the try line, he isn''t held and gets back on his feet to go over in the corner! Incredible scenes!

55 This Force defense is EPIC. Huge heart shown with some incredible tackles close to the line being put in! Eventually the Tahs knock on and the Froce will have a chance to get out of their 22m.

53 The Tahs on attack again and Hodgeson yet again makes a steal right on his line! It pops up for Matthewson but he's taken back over the line and the Tahs have a 5m scrum.

51 Ebersohn's kick is well wide!

TRY50 TRY! FORCE, CUMMINS, 18-9. Cummins having a dreamy night as he's gets his second!

49 The Tahs on attack again and they spill the ball again! The Tahs aren't looking as energetic as they did in the first half!

47 The slow motion replay shows that their was some obstruction and so the Force get away with that one one and get a penalty instead!

46 Clearly not as Crawford goes straight through and scores under the poles! TMO is checking for obstruction during the move which lead to the try.

45 The ball gets stuck at the bottom of a ruck in the Force's possession and the ref has awarded the Tahs a scrum. Great attacking opportunity for the Tahs. Can the Force keep up their defensive efforts from last half?

43 Tahs have got off to a clumsy start this half with another knock on. Very sloppy from the visitors.

41 The Tahs get us underway for the second half! Beale gets on the counter attack after receiving a clearance kick from the Force buts knocks it on. First scrum to the Force.

Half Time40 Force 13 - 9 Waratahs

40 This Force side keeps on surprising us! The Tahs are playing well and look incredible dangerous with their massive pack and skilled and quick backline. The Force have been heroic on defense and have taken their opportunities to somehow find themselves in front. The Force are playing as a team with belief and it's incredible to watch. This match has been fast paced and physical. Can't wait for the second half!

40 PENALTY, FORCE, EBERSOHN, 13-9. Crucial penalty there for Sias!

39 And the Force have won a penalty just before half time! Hooper has been penalized. Sias Ebersohn will have a shot to give his side a 4 point lead heading into the break!

37 Adam Ashley-Cooper ran an incredible line off the line out and goes straight through! He finds support and they keep it alive! Hodgeson makes a superhuman effort and wins the Force a penalty! Captain courageous he is!

35 The Tahs once again look so dangerous on attack and throw everything at the Force. The home side shows huge guts in their defense and eventually win a penalty! Great teamwork and discipline from the Force.

32 The Force come close but have been penalized for holding on! Great work from the Tahs to get out of trouble!

30 Potgieter knocks on off the restart and the Force will have an attacking opportunity!

Penalty29 PENALTY, TAHS, FOLEY, 10-9. Foley reduces the gap to 1 point!

28 Tahs win a penalty straight out in front and Foley should easily put this one through to reduce the gap.

Conversion27 CONVERSION, EBERSOHN, 10-6. Sias converts to give his side a 4 point lead.

TRY26 TRY! FORCE, CUMMINS, 8-6. The Honey Badger has intercepted it as the Tahs go wide to score! The crowd cheers him on as the badger runs in like a warrior returning from battle to the roar of his home village! Incredible stuff!

25 The Force lose the line out and the Tahs attack again! They are throwing everything at the Force and should surely score!

23 Great work from the Force who turned it around win a penalty! Ebersohn puts in a great clearance kick and the home side breathe a sigh of relief.

22 Will Skelton makes huge ground as it takes several people to bring him down! The Tahs are clsoe to the line and looking dangerous! Foley has a go and comes close! Force have been penalized and the ref has a chat and give a warning to Hodgeson and the Force. Tahs set up a line out.

21 Good yardage from the kick but its out to the left. 22m restart for the Force.

20 The Tahs look extremely good on attack with lots of pace and aggression by the ball carriers. They have a scrum now just inside the Force's half. They've been awarded a penalty and Beale will have another shot!

Penalty16 PENALTY, FORCE, EBERSOHN, 3-6. Great start for Sias!

15 Force now have a penalty straight in front and Ebersohn should easily be able to convert this into points.

12 Kyle Godwin chucks a long speculator out wide but its called forward. Tahs defense has been brutal! Especially Jacques Potgieter who has been putting in some huge hits!

Penalty10 PENALTY, TAHS, BEALE, 0-6. Beale is on form as he makes it 2 from 2!

9 The Force have been pinged for being offside after Mike Hooper made a half break. Beale will have another shot from a similar distance.

Penalty8 PENALTY, TAHS, BEALE, 0-3. Great kick from Beale to get the first points on the board!

7 The Tahs now have a penalty well within kicking range and Beale will have a shot from about 45m out. Hodgeson must be kicking himself!

6 The force win the first penalty right in front of the posts! Hodgeson gives the Tahs hooker a shove and the penalty has been reversed! That's three points lost to the visitors!

5 The ball pops up for the Force! Godwin kicks deep into the Tahs half and finds some space! The Tahs clear but don't find much distance.

4 The Tahs have come away with it as Horne finds space on the wing! He's eventually taken into touch. Tahs get the ball off the line out! They are on attack now!

3 Beale coughs it up during a simple back line move and Force will have the put in. Conditions look great for running rugby tonight!

2 Great work by the Tahs as the Force's first attack is brought to an end as the Tahs pack keeps the ball up at a maul and wins a scrum.

1 Sias Ebersohn gets us underway! Phipps collects and puts it into touch!

Force news: The Force return home on the back of four successive victories looking for an improved performance against a Waratahs line-up that claimed the two sides' opening match of the season, 43-21, in Sydney. Brache, who has come off the bench in two matches for the Force this season, retains the outside centre role after replacing the injured Solomoni Rasolea - who fractured his wrist - during the Force's 32-29 win over the Queensland Reds last weekend. Brache's inclusion is the only change to the Western Force starting line-up, while Chris Tuatara-Morrison is in line to make his Super Rugby debut after being named on the Western Australian reserves list. Western Force head coach Michael Foley says his side is looking forward to the challenge of taking on one of the competition's front-runners.

Waratahs news: Fully recovered from being sidelined for two weeks with a throat injury, Folau makes his comeback as part of a new-look back three, with coach Michael Cheika selecting Rob Horne and Cam Crawford on the wings. Crawford gets his first shot in the top grade in 2014, courtesy of a broken foot to left wing speedster Peter Betham. Eight tries in seven games last season gave Crawford the best tries-to-games ratio in Super Rugby but off-season surgery on his left shoulder stalled his charge. Horne's second chance in number 14 comes due a knee injury to Alofa Alofa. After making his season debut on the wing against the Sharks, Horne's high shot on Francios Steyn in the Sharks match saw him suspended for one week. But impressed by Horne's commitment, Cheika has rushed the 25-year-old back into the starting line up. The game is Horne's first start of the 2014 season, his sixth year with the Tahs. With Super Rugby's leading try-scorer for 2014 Folau back in at full-back, his stand-in for the last two weeks -Kurtley Beale - returns to inside centre, re-establishing the partnership with Adam Ashley-Cooper. The halves combination remains the same, with Nick Phipps and Bernard Foley continuing the partnership they have enjoyed since Round 1. The forward pack's dominate display in the victory over the Stormers has meant coach Cheika has left the pack unchanged.

Welcome to nib Stadium in Perth for tonight's Super Rugby clash featuring the Force and the Waratahs! Both teams have had good starts to the season with the Force being one of the surprise packages. Both teams will look to maintain their strong campaigns tonight and we should be in for a big game!

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