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Western Force beat Highlanders in Dunedin

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Article Published: Friday 14 March 2014|

The Highlanders will go into the match with the goal of ending a five match losing streak to the Western Force and picking up their second win of the season.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Highlanders kick off and we are underway.

1.00: The Highlanders make a strong start putting the Force under some pressure but they withstand it and win a penalty.

2.00: Sias Ebersohn kicks for touch and sets up the line out. The Forcewin the line out and drive the ball into the Highlanders 22.

3.00: The Force continue to bang away at the Highlanders defence and then they manage to stretch the home side and Nathan Charles scores. TRY!

4.00: Sias Ebersohn takes the conversion kick and nails it. The Force lead.

6.00: The Highlanders work the ball up to the Force's 22m line and win a penalty.

7.00: Lima Sopoaga takes the penalty kick and misses. The Highlanders get the ball back and attack in the Force's 22.

8.00: The Highlanders then win a penalty in front of the posts. They will kick for posts.

9.00: Sopoaga slots the penalty and the Highlanders are on the board.

11.00: Richard Buckman makes a break down the wing and makes half the field for the Highlanders but gets caught. As the Highlanders support comes they win a penalty and kick for touch.

13.00: The Highlanders win the line out and then another penalty for offside. They kick for touch and the line out again.

14.00: Again the Highlanders win the line out. They drive for the line but the maul disintegrates so they run for the line. The Highlanders go over but there are bodies everywhere. The Highlanders get another penalty for offside. They will kick for posts.

15.00: Sopaga slots the penalty and the Highlanders trail by a point.

18.00: Another penalty for the Highlanders. This one is on the half way line. Sopoaga takes the kick and slots it. The Highlanders lead for the first time.

21.00: Both sides looking like they want to run with the ball. There is a lot of running from both sides but no one is really taking control.

25.00: The Highlanders are attacking with the ball in their half and they send a long ball down the wing and Sias Ebersohn jumps high and intercepts and races away to score the Force's second TRY.

26.00: Ebersohn adds the conversion and the Force lead again.

27.00: The Highlanders pick up a loose Force ball and run it into the Force's 22. They win a penalty in front of the posts for not rolling away and choose the scrum.

30.00: The Highlanders win the scrum, Aaron Smith chips the ball through and Shaun Treeby chases and gets the ball and scores. TRY!

32.00: Sopoaga slots the conversion and the Highlanders lead again.

36.00: The Force have the ball on attack in the Highlanders half. They work the ball into the Highlanders 22 after several phases but the Highlanders push them back. The ball goes dead so we will have a scrum.

38.00: The Force continue to attack in the Highlanders 22 and then Ben McCalman goes in low and powers over the line and scores under the posts. TRY!

39.00: Sias Ebersohn slots the conversion and the Force lead again.

The siren goes for half time. It is half time.

The half time score was Highlanders 16 Force 21

40.01:The Force kick off and the second half is underway.

42.00: The Force almost gets the perfect start as they stretch the Highlanders and Nick Cummins has an open tryline in front but he slips and falls. We go back for a knock on.

43.00: The Force win the scrum and McCalman goes over the line again but is held up. The Force win a penalty for offside so they will kick for posts.

44.00: Ebersohn slots the penalty.

47.00: The Highlanders win a penalty from the scrum so Sopoaga kciks for touch. He sets up the line out on the Force's 22 but it is not straight so the Force have a scrum.

48.00: The Force win the scrum but the Force lose it forward.

51.00: The Force win a scrum in their 22 and they kick it straight into touch. Elliot Dixon and hooker Ged Robinson come on for the Highlanders. The Highlanders win the line out but the Force turn the ball over and they attack the Highlanders.

53.00: The Force get the ball up to the Highlanders 22m line and then there is a knock on. Jarrad Hoeata gets some help from the medics so we have a break.

55.00: The Force turn the ball over after tackle from Nick Cummins and Junior Rasolea races for the line and scores the BONUS point TRY!

57.00: Sias Ebersohn slots the conversion from the touchline.

59.00: The Highlanders look to fight back and work the ball to the Force's tryline. Kane Hames comes close but is stopped short. The Highlanders recycle and  Malakai Fekitoa goes over for the home side's second TRY.

61.00: Sopoaga takes the conversion but misses.

65.00:The Highlanders are trying just about every thing they can. They have gone to the bench even bringing on Fumiaki Tanaka for Aaron Smith.

66.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. They choose to kick for posts.

68.00: Lima Sopoaga takes the penalty shot and nails it. The Highlanders are now one score behind.

71.00: The Highlanders have stepped up somewhat and the Force are having to do all of the defending.

72.00: The Highlanders go through phase after phase on attack. Fekitoa almost gets through but is stopped short. Ben McCalman has been sent to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle. Another Force player has also been card so they have 13 players.

73.00: The Highlanders have a 5m scrum with two extra players.

74.00: Somehow with two extra players the Highlanders lose the ball and the Force grab it and kick it upfield.

75.00: The Highlanders continue to attack with an extra man in the Force's 22.

76.00: The Highlanders win a penalty so they kick for the corner. They win the line out and drive over the line. We have to go to the TMO to check as there were players everywhere on the ball. Held up. No try.

77.00: As the Highlanders were going forward they have a 5m scrum.

78.00: The Highlanders win the scrum and run the ball. They get to the posts but get stopped. They go wide again and this time Hayden Parker goes over and scores. TRY!

79.00: Parker will also have to kick for posts to level the scores. He misses.

That's it. The Force win.

The full time score is Highlanders 29 (16) Force 31 (21)


Tries - S.Treeby,  M.Fekitoa, H.Parker
Pen - L.Sopoaga 4
Con - L.Sopoaga
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - N.Charles, S.Ebersohn, B.McCalman, J.Rasolea
Pen - S.Ebersohn
Con - S.Ebersohn 4
Drop -
Cards -B.McCalman (72nd min yellow) A.Coleman (72nd min Yellow)

Match Officials
: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 2:Ben O'Keefe
TMO : Vinny Munro



1 Kane Hames , 2 Liam Coltman , 3 Chris King , 4 Jarrad Hoeata , 5 Joe Wheeler , 6 John Hardie , 7 Shane Christie , 8 Nasi Manu (co captain) , 9 Aaron Smith , 10 Lima Sopoaga , 11 Kurt Baker , 12 Shaun Treeby , 13 Malakai Fekitoa , 14 Richard Buckman , 15 Ben Smith (co captain)

Replacements : 16 Ged Robinson , 17 Matias Diaz , 18 Craig Millar , 19 Josh Bekhuis , 20 Elliot Dixon , 21 Fumiaki Tanaka , 22 Hayden Parker , 23 Phil Burleigh

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan,2. Nathan Charles,3. Kieran Longbottom,4. Sam Wykes ,5. Wilhelm Steenkamp ,6. Angus Cottrell,7. Matt Hodgson (c),8. Ben McCalman,9. Alby Mathewson,10. Sias Ebersohn,11. Nick Cummins ,12. Kyle Godwin,13. Junior Rasolea,14. Luke Morahan ,15. Jayden Hayward

Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann,17. Tetera Faulkner ,18. Ollie Hoskins,19. Adam Coleman,20. Brynard Stander,21. Ian Prior,22. Zack Holmes ,23. Marcel Brache

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