Force

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Sadly this is the biggest mismatch of the tournament. The Crusaders are at the top of the table and the Force are at the bottom with two points from finishing within 7 points on two occasions.


The Highlanders and Stormers should have lost to the Force but they didnt because the Force sadly lack the skills to finish of teams. If the Force were to beat the Crusaders today it would be the biggest upset in Super 14 rugby for years.


Almost Live match summary


Referee: Marius Jonker (SA)


Conditions – Good


Time: 0.00
2.00
The Crusaders set up the try but the bounce is bad and we have a scrum
6.20
The Force defend well and the pressure makes the Crusaders make mistakes
7.00
The Force attack from the lineout Cameron Shepherd gets the ball and scores the try !!!
He converts
Force 7 Crusaders 0
This will be interesting to see how long the lead lasts
10.00
Oh. since I said that the Crusaders attack and shift the ball to the left
Tuiali’i dives over for the try
Carter misses the conversion
Force 7 Crusaders 5
13.00
Wow! What a game this is turing out to be
Scott Staniforth makes a break and Brock James gets the try !!!
Shepherd converts
Force 14 Crusaders 5
18.00
Both teams are attacking and defending well
20.00
The Force get a penalty from a Crusaders scrum
The go for the lineout.
After 20 minutes the Force lead by 9 points !
22.00
The Force are awarded another penalty and they go for posts
Shepherd gets it
Force 17 Crusaders 5
24.00
The Crusaders give away a penalty at the restart
26.00
Crusaders are not taking this well, I think they were expecting an easy game.
28.00
Crusaders attack and get a penalty
Carter lines up and gets it
Force 17 Crusaders 8
29.00
Shepherd restarts and the ball goes out on the full
31.00
The ref gives a warning to a Force player for a shoulder charge (wrong call cos the player had his arms out)
A penalty is awarded to the Crusaders but Carter misses
Force 17 Crusaders 8
33.00
There are signs that the Crusaders are starting to click into gear (no pun intended on Rico Gear)
37.00
The Force are awarded a penalty and Shepherd takes it
He gets it !
Force 20 Crusaders 8
38.00
The Crusaders are bashing away but getting nowehere
40.00
The Hooter goes and the Force lead the Crusaders 20-8 at half time


40.01
At half time Force coach John Mitchell said wait for the Crusaders backlash
43.00
The Force are awarded a penalty 
Shepherd misses it
Force 20 Crusaders 8
47.00
The Force seem to be getting a lot of injuries slowing the game down
50.00
The Crusaders attack but the Force are there and defend well
McCaw looks tired and his eye is bleeding
51.00
The Force give away a penalty and Carter kicks for the lineout
52.00
The Force give away another penalty, The Crusaders go for the line out
They mess it up but are given a penalty again
Another lineout
53.00
The get the driving maul going – over the line – we go upstairs – looks held up at first
No try for the Crusaders this time
5m scrum blue ball
54.00
There is a mad scramble and the Force kick it out behind the line
5m scrum – red ball
They go wide – Force defend
The Crusaders are called back for penalty in front of the posts
56.00
Carter goes for goal – he gets it
The first points of the half  
Force 20 Crusaders 11
60.00
The Crusaders attack but the Force keep pushing them out
30231 crowd figure tonight
63.00
The Force turn the ball over and Henjak kicks the ball out & it bounces off a red player
The lineout is good and the Force attack, Fava gets flung to the ground
Henjak comes off and Chris O’Young comes on
MC caw is in the blood bin
65.00
The Force are awarded a penalty for Hamilton offside
Shepherd gets the penalty
Force 23 Crusaders 11
66.00
The Crusaders will now have to score twice
The Crusaders are on the attack in a big way
Ooh. A Force player has been yellow carded
69.00
Crusaders Attack and MacDonald scores the try
Carter misses the conversion!
Force 23 Crusaders 16
72.00
The Force go for the drop goal and miss
74.00
Crusaders kick the ball up and Gear collects
He scores the try but the ref goes upstairs
Force 23 Crusaders 21
Carter converts
Force 23 Crusaders 23
76.00
The Force (still down to 14) are in the Crusaders half
Haig Sare scores a try for the Force !
We go upstairs to check
No try !
Lineout
78.00
The Force are back to 15
79.40
The Force score again – ohh they are called back
80.00
The whistle goes its a draw !!!


Final score Force 23 Crusaders 23


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Scorers


Force


Tries
Shepherd
James

Conversions
Shepherd

Penalties
Sheperd 2

Drop goals



Crusaders


Tries
Tuiali’i
MacDonald
Gear

Conversions

Penalties
Carter 2

Drop goals


Teams


Western Force:


15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Haig Sare, 13 Josh Graham, 12 Scott Staniforth, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Scott Daruda, 9 Matt Henjak, 8 Scott Fava, 7 Matt Hodgson, 6 David Pusey, 5 Nathan Sharpe (c), 4 Pat O’Connor, 3 Angus Scott, 2 Tai McIsaac, 1 Gareth Hardy.


Reserves: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 David Te Moana, 18 Luke Doherty, 19 Tim Davidson, 20 Chris O’Young, 21 Brock James, 22 Tajhon Mailata.


Crusaders:


15 Leon MacDonald, 14 Rico Gear, 13 Caleb Ralph, 12 Aaron Mauger, 11 Scott Hamilton, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Andrew Ellis, 8 Mose Tuiali’i, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Reuben Thorne, 5 Kevin O’Neill, 4 Ross Filipo, 3 Campbell Johnstone, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.


Reserves: 16 Tone Kopelani, 17 Greg Somerville, 18 Johnny Leo’o, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Kevin Senio, 21 Stephen Brett, 22 Casey Laulala.

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