The final Super Rugby match this weekend is in Perth where the Western Force host the current champion Hurricanes.
The Force have played the Hurricanes 10 times in Super Rugby since 2006 and the Force have won one match.
That one Force victory was in 2007 and since then the Hurricanes have won 8 matches in a row against the Hurricanes regardless of where the match was played.
The Hurricanes have won nine of the 10 games between these sides, including the last eight in a row by an average margin of 17.5 points.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: BEEP! BEEP! Beauden Barrett gets the final game of the weekend underway – he needs eight points for a Super Rugby haul of 1,000. He returns Michael Ruru’s clearance and his tackled into touch.
2.00: TRY Ngani Laumape! Jordie Barrett releases the centre after a break in midfield. That was too easy.
4.00: Beauden Barrett makes no mistake with the touchline conversion.
6.00: The Hurricanes are awarded a scrum penalty near their 10. Beauden Barrett kicks the ball into touch, between the Force’s 10 and 22.
7.00: The Force win a penalty and kick to touch, but the ball is miraculously kept in by Jordie Barrett, who gathers and reverse flicks the ball into the field of play. The Canes counter-attack, are stopped inside their 22, and clear; they’ve come to play.
10.00: The Western Force attack from a lineout, but they lose the ball as they enter the opposition’s 22; held up, is the referee’s call.
12.00: The home team is awarded a penalty at the breakdown after the Hurricanes go off their feet. Earlier, Beauden Barrett was smashed in midfield.
14.00: The force wins another penalty, inside the Canes’ 22. Matt Hodgson takes it quickly but is hit hard in the tackle. The Force recycle but lose the ball forward.
16.00: The home team are going through the phases and are camped inside the Hurricanes’ 22. They are bashing up through the middle, then going wide.
17.00: The attack last 16 phases before they are held up over the try-line. It will be a 5-metre scrum to the Aussies. They have to score, or morale could hit rock bottom. We are going upstairs to check for dangerous play. Nothing doing says the TMO. Scrum.
18.00: BULLDOZED! The Hurricanes pack dismantles the Force. Isi Naisarani tried to pick up at the base, but his pack just kept going backwards. Marone!
20.00: The Force’s pack goes backwards again. Somehow, they recover and have a lineout on the Hurricanes’ 5. They set up a driving maul… and lose the ball – held up, again. Deja vu in Perth.
23.00: The Force are all over the Hurricanes, but cannot cross the try-line.
24.00: They lose the ball forward, again, but are awarded a penalty. After a big team-talk, Matt Hodgson opts for touch. They simply have to score. They have spent 4 minutes 18 seconds inside the Hurricanes’ 22, to 14 seconds of the opposition, and trail.
25.00: OH DEAR! They are penalised for not releasing at the breakdown.
27.00: Money on the Hurricanes scoring next. Adam Coleman destroys the ruck and earns his side a penalty.
31.00: It’s all Force at the moment, and has been for 20 minutes. They can’t seem to break the Canes’ resistance or resolve. Another lineout drive is halted in its tracks.
32.00: Scrum to the Hurricanes.
33.00: They go through some phases and win a penalty. Beauden Barrett puts the ball out on the 22.
36.00: The Hurricanes set up a driving maul, Beauden Barrett is involved in a double wraparound move, which is stopped. After eight phases they are awarded a penalty. They opt for touch.
38.00: TRY Loni Uhila! The big man barges over the whitewash after some sustained pressure.
39.00: The conversion is just wide. But, that is a killer blow.
40.00: The Hurricanes smash the Force’s scrum, but Jeffery Toomaga-Allen is penalised. He asks the referee: “Me?”. It looked a poor call. The ball is kicked over the dead-ball line and that is half-time. Poor from Peter Grant.
The half-time score was Force 0 Hurricanes 12
41.00: We are back underway in Perth. The telling statistic of the first half, other than the 12-0 difference, is the time inside the 22s. The Force spent 6 minutes and four seconds to the Canes’ 2 minutes and 14 seconds.
43.00: The Force go wide and are almost over, except, Beauden Barrett smashes James Verity-Amm into touch.
45.00: TRY Dane Haylett-Petty! The fullback gathers a bouncing ball inside the Hurricanes’ 22, despite all the opposition players fighting for the high ball, and dots down.
46.00: Peter Grant adds the two points.
47.00: The Force needed that try, it seemed as if they would never cross the whitewash. Ricky Riccitelli leaves the field after a crunching tackle. although, it’s being referred to the TMO. Richie Arnold survives the TMO’s call. It was fair.
50.00: The Force get their own back at scrum time, destroying a Hurricanes’ scrum. They are inside their 22 but lose the next scrum. The visitors are slapping each other and whooping. Beauden Barrett goes for touch, deep inside the opposition’s 22.
52.00: It’s a terrible throw from Leni Apisai, but the Canes get another go. We are checking for a grounding for a try. Beauden Barrett does not get to the bouncing ball; 22 drop-out.
54.00: TRY Leni Apisai! The substitute barges over from close range. The Hurricanes are going mental as they celebrate.
55.00: The conversion is missed.
58.00: The referee calls over the two skippers and calls for calm after a touchline brawl. It’s getting heated out there.
59.00: Peter Grant bursts through two tacklers and looks to have scored. Jordie Barrett came across, made the tackle, which on inspection, looks like it might have been successful. The TMO will need to make a call.
60.00: NO TRY! What a tackle from the younger Barrett! That’s insane. The Force will get a 5-metre scrum, though.
61.00: The scrum is reset and moved nearer the sideline, as the pitch is breaking up. The Force have to come away with nothing less than seven.
63.00: They win another penalty. Decision time. Take the three now, or regret it if you don’t score. Another brawl breaks out. It’s still Force with possession on the Canes’ 5.
65.00: Once again, the home team botch an almost certain try. But, that was some excellent defence by the visitors. Isi Naisarani went close but was halted on the try-line. The Force, going for a pick-and-go, fumble the ball and the Hurricanes survive.
68.00: TRY Vince Aso! The centre collects TJ Perenara’s wonderful grubber-kick and runs in to seal the game and the bonus-point.
68.00: YELLOW CARD! Dane Haylett-Petty is sent to the bin for foul play on Perenara. It was a late hit, but not that bad. TMO madness!
69.00: The conversion is not good.
70.00: TRY TJ Perenara! It’s a catastrophic implosion here in Perth. The scrumhalf chased his own kick. there is no fullback as Haylett-Petty is off, James Verity-Amm covers, collects and passes the ball inside to no-one. Perenara gathers the loose ball and is in.
71.00: Barrett misses another conversion, but this game is over.
72.00: TRY Ngani Laumape! It’s number two for the inside centre. That was way too easy. The Force’s spirit has been broken.
73.00: Barrett slots the conversion this time.
77.00: YELLOW CARD! Ngani Laumape is off.
79.00: TRY Richard Hardwick! The Force are over for their second try, but it’s not even consolation.
80.00: The kick is missed and that is the ball game.
The final score after 80 minutes is Force 7 (0) Hurricanes 34 (12)
Tries – D. Haylett-Petty, Hardwick
Con – Grant
Cards – D. Haylett-Petty (68th minute)
Tries – Laumape (2), Uhila, Apisai, Aso, Perenara,
Con – B. Barrett (2)
Cards – Laumape (Yellow, 77th minute)
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 1: Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 James Verity-Amm, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Francois van Wyk.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Mitchell Short, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Marcel Brache.
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara (captain), 8 Brad Shields, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Sam Lousi, 3 Ben May, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Loni Uhila.
Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Nehe Milner-Skudder.