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Perth-based Super Rugby franchise the Western Force host South Africa’s Lions in Perth this weekend where they will be aiming for a seventh straight win over the South African side.

The Force have played the Lions 8 times in Super Rugby and the Force have won 6 matches, drawn one and lost one. The Force’s only loss to the Lions was in 2007 at home in Perth.

The Lions have, however, won their last two fixtures in Australia and a third would be their best sequence in Super Rugby.

MattHodgson leads the Force out at nib Stadium. Ross Haylett-Petty is the only player to start all seven games for the Aussies this season.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

BEEP! BEEP! We are off and running in Perth.

2.00: The Lions go wide early on but are shut down. They win a penalty and Elton Jantjies kicks to touch.

4.00: The Lions set up a maul but it is stopped with ease. Faf de Klerk puts in a poor box kick and the Force clear.

5.00: The South Africans have had the Lions’ share of the possession and territory. The Force give away another penalty and the Lions opt for another touch finder.

7.00: TRY Lionel Mapoe! The Lions set up a driving maul and after four phases, De Klerk sends the ball wide to his left, Jantjies collects, runs across the gain-line and puts Mapoe away.

8.00: Jantjies can’t miss from under the sticks and the visitors have the early lead.

10.00: Pek Cowan is pinged for collapsing. It’s all Lions in Perth.

12.00: The Lions go several phases but Mapoe loses the ball in the contact and the Western Force counter-attack.

13.00: The Force are camped inside the Lions’ 22. After 12 phases of pick-and-goes, they are awarded a penalty under the poles, nine metres out.

14.00: PENALTY Ian Prior. the scrumhalf puts his side on the scoreboard. 

16.00: The Force attack again, but they give up another penalty, inside the 22 and the Lions clear.

17.00: Isi Naisarani knocks on with his team on the attack. The Force have weathered the early pressure for Johan Ackermann’s team and have started to settle. Scrum to the visitors in their half.

18.00: Pek Cowan is penalised for collapsing, the second time in the game and the Lions clear. It will be another lineout drive.

20.00: The Lions attack the wide channel but the ball is lost by Sylvian Mahuza into touch. Both teams losing their momentum with silly penalties and poor handling.

23.00: The Force have another multi-phase play that has gone seven-plus phases. Referee Mike Fraser calls for the Lions to release but they do not and concede a penalty. Prior calls for the tee and will kick at goal from 25 metres out and in front of the posts.

25.00: PENALTY Ian Prior! The scrummy reduces the gap to one point.

27.00: Faf de Klerk feeds a scrum near the halfway but the Force wins the penalty after pushing the opposition backwards. Great leg drive by the tight-five.

29.00: The Force turn the ball over, Jantjies clears but, the Force, keep the ball in play and charge back down the field. Again, the ball is lost and the hosts are penalised, releasing the pressure on the South Africans.

31.00: Alex Newsome is penalised for a high tackle and – you guessed it – the Lions will kick to touch. Ackermann’s side, rarely, opts for the three-pointer.

33.00: The Force shut-down the lineout drive and Tatafu Polota-Nau, for the second time, wins the turnover and the Force clear.

36.00: TRY Courtnall Skosan! Beautiful handling from the Lions. The visitors take the ball to the gain line Ruan Ackermann passes on the swivel and Mapoe sends the winger away down the sideline to score.

37.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies curls the ball in from the corner. The Lions have some breathing space, just before halftime.

38.00: The Force wins a penalty on the Lions 10, about 12 metres from touch. Prior calls for the tee.

39.00: PENALTY Ian Prior! It’s good and the scrumhalf reduces the deficit to five.

40.00: The hooter sounds and the ball is kicked into touch.

Halftime score was Western Force 9 Lions 14

Some interesting stats: The Force have missed 15 tackles to eight and, have not won a scrum and lost two of five lineouts. Not great.The Lions have also had 59 percent possession and conceded two fewer penalties.

Lions’ coach Johan Ackermann: “We need to make better use of our opportunities and stick to our structure.”

The teams are back out in Perth and Ian Prior restarts the second half.

41.00: GREAT WORK! The Force kick the ball into the Lions’ 22 and Andries Coetzee is held up. Scrum to the hosts on the 5.

42.00: It needs another reset. There’s been quite a few tonight.

43.00: Warren Whiteley is penalised for lying all over the ball. Tetera Faulkner is lucky he is not sent off for a shoulder charge cleanout at the ruck; he’s hurt his shoulder. Prior will take a shot at goal.

44.00: PENALTY Prior! It’s good; the fourth from the No 9 and the deficit is two.

46.00: Skosan nearly collects and up-and-under but loses the ball forward. The Force will have the put-in to the scrum.

47.00: James Verity-Amm loses the Jantjies’ ‘bomb’ forward and Brynard Stander is offside when he gathers, Jantjies wants to kick to touch but after consulting his skipper, they decide to have a shot at goal.

48.00: PENALTY Jantjies! The lead is back to five.

49.00: BIG COLLISION! Marcel Brache runs straight into Courtnall Skosan and drops to the floor. He will not be back.

50.00: Skosan is hit high by Tatafu Polota-Nau, then Ben Daley, hits him high and Pek Cowan stands all over his back: ouch!

51.00: It’s only a penalty; Lions – you guessed it, again – kick to touch.

52.00: Malcolm Marx is on; he;s the only forward to score a try in six consecutive Super Rugby matches. He will surely be a Springbok. Similar to Bismarck du Plessis.

54,00: James Verity-Amm knocks on with the try-line beckoning; he punches the ground in frustration. The Lions, then, win a scrum penalty inside their 22. Jantjies, from near the sideline, kicks the ball 60 metres. Wow!

57.00: The game has slowed with all the replacements. The Lions keep losing their momentum with silly errors and, the Force, keep giving away penalties in good field position. Not great this.

59.00: Jonno Lance has injected some speed to the Force’s backline and is hitting the gain-line and making metres.

62.00: More substitutions food onto the field. The Force come again but are repelled by the visitors.

64.00: Ben Daley wins a penalty at the ruck. Prior wants to have a shot at goal.

66.00: PENALTY Ian Prior! It’s good! The scrummy adds another three points to his team’s account. The Lions’ lead is cut to two points with the game winding down.

68.00: The Lions, under pressure, win an important penalty at the breakdown. It’s Cowan who is penalised, again. Jantjies’ kick is not out but Curtis Rona loses the ball forward after Peter Grant started a counter-attack from deep.

70.00: The Lions get pinged for obstruction. The hosts clear and they come again. The next try wins.

73.00: Lots of kicking for territory now taking place. Eventually, the ball goes out and the home team get a lineout.

76.00: The Force are hanging on in Perth.

78.00: Penalty to the hosts. One last throw of the dice. But, the Lions turn it over and are attacking inside the home team’s 22.

80.00: The Lions opt for a scrum after winning another penalty. They are searching for the bonus-point.

81.00: TRY Elton Jantjies! Big scrum from the Lions and the Bok standoff takes the ball left and ghosts through the defenders to earn the Lions a bonus-point win in Australia. That’s their sixth straight win.

82.00: Jantjies adds the conversion and that’s that. Game over!

Fulltime

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The score after 80 minutes is Western Force 15 (9) Lions 24 (14)

Scorers

Western Force
Tries –
Pen – Prior (5)
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Lions
Tries – Mapoe, Skosan, Jantjies
Pen – Jantjies
Con – Jantjies (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Ref 2: Amy Perrett
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore

Teams

Western Force

15 Marcel Brache, 14 James Verity-Amm, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Luke Burton, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Ross Haylett-Petty, 4 Lewis Carmichael, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Pek Cowan.

Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Onehunga Havilli, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Mitch Short, 22 Jono Lance, 23 Peter Grant.

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.

Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Anthony Volmink

 

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