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Blues beat the Force in Auckland

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Article Published: Saturday 7 July 2012|

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The last time the Blues and the Force played each other was in Perth last year, where the sides drew 22 all.

Match details

We are waiting for the kick-off.
 
0.00: Michael Hobbs gets proceedings under way as he kicks off for the Blues.
 
1.00: The Blues are penalised inside opposition territory for infringing at the breakdown. The Force kick for touch.
 
2.00: The Blues are penalised at scrum time on half way. The visitors kick for touch to set up a 22m lineout.
 
3.00: The Blues concede their third penalty in as many minutes. This time they are penalised for playing the ball on the ground and Ben Seymour will line up a kick at goal from 40m out.
 
4.00: Seymour's kick sails over, handing the Force an early lead.
 
6.00: The Force are penalised at the breakdown inside their own territory. Lachie Munro will line up a kick at goal from 40m out.
 
8.00: Munro slots the kick, levelling the scores in Auckland.
 
9.00: The Blues are unable to hold onto the high ball inside their own 22 and the Force will feed a scrum just 20m from the line.
 
12.00: The visitors gain momentum as they work through phases inside opposition territory. Seymour puts through a grubber into space but the Blues are able to gather and Charles Piutua makes a solid break up the touchline to get the Blues inside the opposition 22.
 
15.00: A stray pass by Piutau sees Munro unable to gather and the Force will feed a scrum 30m from the Blues' line.
 
17.00: The Force are camped inside Blues territory as they string together phases and work their way inside the opposition 22. The Blues' defence stands firm, however, dragging the visitors into touch.
 
19.00: The Blues are penalised for offside on half way. The visitors kick for touch.
 
20.00: The Force set up a strong rolling maul as they drive towards the line. They get within 5m of the try line but the Blues are awarded a short-arm penalty and they opt to feed a defensive scrum.
 
21.00: The Blues are penalised at scrum time and Seymour will line up a kick at goal from 25m out.
 
22.00: Seymour slots the kick and the Force regain the lead.
 
24.00: The Force are penalised for offside inside their own half. Munro will line up a kick at goal from 45m out.
 
26.00: Munro's kick is short.
 
27.00: The Blues gain momentum as they generate quick ball and string together phases inside opposition territory. They get within 5m of the line but the Force defence stands firm.
 
28.00: Ma'a Nonu is able to get over the line but the TMO rules that the footage is inconclusive and the try is not awarded.
 
29.00: Following a period of sustained pressure, Steven Luatua is able to dot down for the Blues' first try of the evening.
 
30.00: Munro adds the extras with a successful conversion.
 
32.00: The Force look to reciprocate immediately as they get within 5m of the line. The home team affect a steal, however, and Weepu clears to relieve the pressure.
 
35.00: The Force are awarded a scrum after an error following a marked clearance by Hobbs. The visitors will feed a scrum just 20m from the line.
 
36.00: The Blues are penalised at the breakdown inside their own 22. Seymour will line up a kick at goal from 10m out, directly in front of the uprights.
 
37.00: Seymour slots the kick, reducing the deficit.
 
39.00: The Blues begin to string together phases inside opposition territory. They get within 5m of the line but Nathan Charles is able to gather a loose ball for the Force and prevent a try.
 
40.00: The visitors are penalised for a spear tackle inside their own half. Hobbs kicks for the corner instead of having a kick at goal.
 
41.00: The Blues set up a strong rolling maul and the Force are penalised for collapsing this. Munro will line up a kick at goal for the home side.
 
42.00: Munro slots the kick.
 
The half time score was Blues 13 Force 9.
 
40.00: Seymour gets the second half under way as he kicks off for the visitors.
 
42.00: The Blues gain momentum early on as they work through phases and generate quick ball inside the opposition 22. The Force are able to affect a turnover just 10m from their own line, however, and kick for touch to get out of jail.
 
47.00: The Force gain momentum after a strong break by Will Tupou sees the visitors get within 5m of the line. The ball is wedged at the bottom of the ruck, however, and the referee awards the home team a defensive scrum. Weepu clears.
 
51.00: The Blues have a throw-in at an attacking lineout but the Force win against the throw and look to run the ball from inside their own 22.
 
53.00: The Blues are camped inside the opposition 22. They work through phases before Charles Piutau finds a gap in the corner and dots down for the home side's second try.
 
54.00: Munro adds the extras with a successful conversion.
 
56.00: Ma'a Nonu is able to get over the line after a strong passage of play for the Blues. He scores his 100th Super Rugby try.
 
58.00: Munro slots the conversion.
 
60.00: The Blues string together phases inside opposition territory once more. The home side are penalised for holding on, however, and Seymour clears.
 
62.00: The Blues are awarded a scrum feed, following a skew through on half way by the Force.
 
65.00: The Force look to gain momentum off the back of a scrum inside opposition territory. They work through several phases as they get within 5m of the line.
 
66.00: The Blues are penalised for a dangerous tackle and the visitors opt to kick for the corner.
 
68.00: The Blues work through phases inside the Force's 22. However, Francis Saili is unable to gather a pass just 5m from the line and the Blues miss out on a scoring opportunity.
 
70.00: The Force feed a defensive scrum just 5m from their own line but the Blues are able to gather a loose ball after the set piece and Luke Braid dots down for the home side's fourth try.
 
71.00: Munro is unable to convert the try.
 
73.00: The Blues concede a penalty for holding on inside their own half. The Force opt to take it quickly.
 
75.00: The Blues are awarded a penalty inside their own 22, after the Force infringed at the breakdown. They kick for touch.
 
78.00: The home team look to run the ball from half way. They gain valuable metres as they generate quick ball. The Force are penalised at the breakdown and Orene Ai'i kicks for touch.
 
80.00: The Force affect a turnover directly in front of the line. Nick Cummins breaks to get the visitors up onto half way but the Blues are awarded a penalty and opt to take it quickly. Ma'a Nonu knocks on and the game comes to an end.
 
The final score is Blues 32 Force 9.

Scorers

Blues
Tries - S. Luatua, C. Piutau, M. Nonu, L. Braid
Pen - L. Munro 2
Con - L. Munro 3
Drop -
Cards -

Force
Tries -
Pen - B. Seymour 3
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Referee:
Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2: Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
TMO: Ben Skeen

Teams

Blues

1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Keven Mealamu, 3. Tevita Mailau, 4. Liaki Moli, 5. Andrew Van der Heijden, 6. Steven Luatua, 7. Daniel Braid, 8. Luke Braid, 9. Piri Weepu, 10. Michael Hobbs, 11. Rene Ranger, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 13. Francis Saili, 14. Lachie Munro, 15. Charles Piutau.

Replacements: 16. Tom McCartney, 17. Angus Ta’avao, 18. Chris Lowrey, 19. Peter Saili, 20. Alby Mathewson, 21. Orene Ai'i, 22. Hadleigh Parkes.

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan, 2. Nathan Charles, 3. Salesi Manu, 4. Toby Lynn, 5. Ollie Atkins, 6. Richard Brown, 7. Angus Cottrell, 8. Lachlan McCaffery, 9. Brett Sheehan (c), 10. Ben Seymour, 11. Napolioni Nalaga, 12. Winston Stanley, 13. Will Tupou, 14. Nick Cummins, 15. Alfie Mafi.

Reserves: 16. Ben Whittaker, 17. Ruan Smith, 18. T. Faulkner, 19. Anare Koliavu, 20. Josh Holmes, 21. Kyle Godwin, 22. Patrick Dellit

 
 
 
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