Blues suffer back-to-back losses


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The Force are thought to be by many Australia’s best team and that includes Blues coach David Nucifora. The loss to the Crusaders last week will probably not be too much of a blow to them because they led the Crusaders for most of the match and in the end they only lost by 5 points.


Saturday March 15
– North Harbour
Referee: Craig Joubert (SA)
Ref’s Asst. : Christie du Preez (SA), Paul Honiss (NZ)
TMO: Ben Skeen (NZ)
Assessor: Alan Riley (NZ)
Head-to-Head: Played 2, Blues 2, Force 0
In Albany: Played 1, Blues 1, Force 0
Last season: Round 14, May 4 2007: Blues 33-6 Force at Subiaco Oval, Perth


Match Detail


The Force suffered a bit a blow in that David Pocock was ruled out of the match.  


0.00 We are waiting for the kick off.


10.00: The Blues were the first to score. Tony Woodcock used his size and power to batter through the Force defence from 5m out.


11.00: Nick Evans kicked the conversion.


14.00: Scott Staniforth breaks free and looks dangerous but is caught.


17.00: It’s a fast paced game as both teams look to run it at pace.


21.00: The Blues give a penalty away so Matt Giteau takes a shot at goal but misses from almost in front of the posts.


24.00: Cameron Shepherd slices through the Blues defence to score the Force’s first try. Evans goes down injured.


25.00: Matt Giteau slots the conversion. Evans gets back up.


32.00:The Blues lose Nick Evans after his knock earlier with Nick Williams.


33.00: The game slows down almost immediately after Evans goes off.


35.00: The Blues are awarded a penalty so Ben Atiga takes it. It’s good.


37.00: The Blues break from the half way line and Anthony Tuitavake darts away at pace.


38.00: Ben Atiga slots the conversion.


40.05: The siren goes – It’s half time.


The half time Score is Blues 17 Force 7


The second half is underway.


43.00: The Blues are awarded a penalty but Atiga pushes it wide.


45.00: Isaia Toeava makes a run for it – he is caught it and catches the Force accidentally offside.


47.00: John Afoa (prop) makes a break through the line looks to be running away with but the defence comes up and his pass goes out.


48.00: Cameron Shepherd gets pinged for a late tackle – he also gets a warning from the ref who acknowledges that there was nothing malicious.


51.00:The Blues are putting pressure on the Force now and the Force are responding with errors like their kicking for territory.


58.00:The Force are awarded a penalty and Matt Giteau kicks it over from the corner flag as the crowd very unsportingly shout “boos”.  


63.00: The Force gets some quick ball and run it with confidence. Giteau fires out a great pass and Richard Brown scores for the Force.


64.00: Matt Giteau converts the try to level the scores.


66.00: The Force are awarded a penalty from a fair way out but in front of the posts. Matt Giteau slots it to put the Force in front.


69.00: The Force pile on the pressure now sensing a win and Tamaiti Horua comes up with a try for the Force.


71.00: Matt Giteau slots the conversion to put the Force ten points in front.


The Force are now in the hunt for the bonus point try.  


76.00: The Blues try to advance into Force territory but Giteau gets the ball and fires it downfield so that the Blues would have to run the length of the field to score.


77.00: The Force are playing this cleverly – they are using up the clock as much as possible.


78.00: The Blues are desperate to score and end on a high (and pick up a losing bonus point), they run the ball up to the line but the Force defence holds strong.


80.00: The siren goes. The Force have won.


The Full time score is Blues 17 Force 27






Tries – Tony Woodcock, Anthony Tuitavake
Pen – Ben Atiga.

Con – Nick Evans



Tries – Cameron Shepherd,Richard Brown, Tamaiti Horua
Pen – Matt Giteau  (2)

Con – Matt Giteau (3)



1 Tony Woodcock , 2 Keven Mealamu ,3 John Afoa, 4 Anthony Boric , 5 Troy Flavell ‘, , 6 Jerome Kaino ,7 Justin Collins, 8 Nick Williams , 9 Danny Lee , 10 Nick Evans ,11 Joe Rokocoko ,12 Benson Stanley, 13 Isaia Toeava ,14 Anthony Tuitavake ,15 Ben Atiga
Reserves: 16. Tom McCartney , 17. Nick White , 18. Kurtis Haiu , 19. Onosa’,i Tololima-Auva’,a , 20. Taniela Moa , 21. Rudi Wulf , 22. George Pisi


Western Force:
Cameron Shepherd, Scott Staniforth, Ryan Cross, Lachlan MacKay, Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau, James Stannard, Richard Brown, David Pocock, Scott Fava, Nathan Sharpe (capt), Tom Hockings, AJ Whalley, Tai McIsaac, Troy Takiari.
Reserves: Luke Holmes, Pek Cowan, Sam Wykes, Tamaiti Horua, Chris O’Young, Scott Daruda, Nick Cummins.


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