Force make Super Rugby history against Reds

The Western Force made Super Rugby history when they beat the Reds in Brisbane 29-32 to secure their first ever fourth victory in a row.

The Reds and the Force were level on 17 points each at half time and the Reds scored 12 second half points which edged them into the lead before the Force scored a late try by Jayden Hayward which won them the contest.

The Force outscored their hosts the Reds by three tries to two.

Fullback Hayward beat three tackles, including efforts by Wallaby halves Quade
Cooper and Will Genia, to score next to the goalposts in the 79th minute to
wrest back the lead in a see-sawing contest.

It was the much-improved Force’s fourth straight win and propelled the Perth-based
side to second spot behind the ACT Brumbies in the Australian conference ahead
of the NSW Waratahs match in South Africa later Saturday.

The Force outscored the Reds three tries to two and slugged it out with the
2011 Super Rugby champions in a fluctuating second half where the lead changed
six times.

Force began well with a 12-0 lead off the boot of South African fly-half Sias
Ebersohn before the Reds hit the front with converted tries from Ben Tapuai
and James Slipper.

Number eight Ben McCalman retrieved the lead for Force with a close-range try
only for Cooper to level the scores at 17-17 at halftime with a penalty.

Mike Harris looked as though as he would kick the Reds to victory with four
penalties as Force scored through ex-Red Luke Morahan and an Ebersohn drop goal.

But Force had the last word with Hayward breaking through three tackles to
score the clinching try which he converted and then they saw off a drop goal
attempt by Cooper after the full-time siren.

“The belief is there by scoring right at the end,” Force skipper
Matt Hodgson said.

“In previous years we would have gone into our shell, but the belief is
there this year.

“We are playing as a fifteen combination between backs and forwards and
people are stepping up this year, we have a whole group that is playing football.”

It was a shattering defeat for the Reds, who slumped to 3-4 this season and
only have the Melbourne Rebels below them in the Australian conference standings.

“They brought a lot of pressure on to our breakdown and we weren’t good
enough with our tackling,” Reds skipper James Horwill said.

“We were committing too many numbers at the breakdown which didn’t allow
us to attack with numbers.”

It was the Western Force’s second consecutive win in Brisbane and follows successive
victories this season against the Rebels, Highlanders and the Chiefs.

The Force will be at home next weekend against the Waratahs, while the Reds
face the Brumbies in Brisbane.

Next week the Force host the Waratahs who will be on their way back from South Africa while the Reds host the Brumbies.

Final Score Reds 29 (17) W.Force 32 (17)

Scorers

Reds
Tries – B. Tapuai, J.Slipper
Pen – Q.Cooper, M.Harris 4
Con – Q.Cooper 2
Drop –
Cards –

W.Force
Tries – B.McCalman, L.Morahan, J.Hayward
Pen – S.Ebersohn 4
Con – J.Hayward
Drop – S.Ebersohn
Cards – A.Cottrell (23rd min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee
: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 1: James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2: Ian Smith
TMO: Steve Leszczynski

Teams

Reds

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