Force snatch victory at the death


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This was a live score update – report to follow.







How bad were the Force last week ? It was without doubt their worst performance all year. Conversely the Bulls looked very good and arguably put in their best performance of the year.

Friday April 4
Venue :Subiaco Oval, Perth
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees : Lyndon Bray (New Zealand), Matt Goddard (Australia)
TV Match Official : Geoff Acton (Australia)
Reviewer/Perf. Auditor : Wayne Erickson
Head-to-Head: Played 2, Force 1, Bulls 1
In Perth: Played 1, Bulls 1, Force 0
Last season: Round 3, February 16 2007: Force 30-27 Bulls at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria


0.00 We are waiting for the kick off.


7.00: Nathan Sharpe gave away a penalty so Bulls kicker Derick Hougaard had a shot at the posts but missed.


14.00: The Force had a chance to put themselves on the scoreboard so Cameron Shepherd took the kick instead of Giteau and slotted the penalty to put the Force in the lead.


18.00: The Bulls showed how dangerous they can be when Bryan Habana broke free and ran for the line. He was tackled and the Bulls set the ball up and got the ball back out to Habana who scored in the corner. 


19.00: Derick Hougaard converted the try.


22.00: The Force lose a player for 10 minutes as Scott Fava is sent to the bin.


35.00: Cameron Shepherd had a shot at goal for a penalty but the ball went to the right.


39.00: As the first half comes to a close Bryan Habana gets the ball from Wanneburg in broken play and Habana flies down the wing to score his second try.


40.00: Derick Hougaard slots the conversion.


The half time Score is Force  3 Bulls 14


42.00: The Force got the start they wanted when Matt Giteau scored a try for the Force.


43.00: Cameron Shepherd converted the try.


59.00: Cameron Shepherd had a chance to close the gap  with a penalty but missed from relatibely in front of the posts.


74.00: Deon Stegmann is sent to the bin.


76.00: The Bulls play a clever game keeping the ball as far away from the tryline as possible keeping the Force away from scoring opportunities.


78.00: The Force used the numbers and Ryan Cross was on the wing to score the try with a minute to go.


79.00: Cameron Shepherd misses the conversion.


80.00: The siren goes, Giteau kicks the ball out and the Force win.


The full time Score is Force  15 Bulls 14


Report to follow.





Tries – Matt Giteau, Ryan Cross

Pen -Cameron Shepherd

Con – Cameron Shepherd

Cards –  Scott Fava (yellow)



Tries – Bryan Habana (2)

Pen –

Con – Derick Hougaard (2)

Cards – Deon Stegmann




1. Pek Cowan,2. Tai McIsaac,3. AJ Whalley,4. Tom Hockings,5. Nathan Sharpe (c),6. Scott Fava,7. David Pocock,8. Richard Brown,9. Chris O’Young,10. Matt Giteau (vc),11. Drew Mitchell,12. Lachlan MacKay,13. Ryan Cross,14. Scott Staniforth,15. Cameron Shepherd

Reserves:16. Luke Holmes,17. Troy Takiari,18. Sam Wykes,19. Tamaiti Horua,20. James Stannard,21. Josh Tatupu,22. Nick Cummins.


Zane Kirchner; Akona Ndungane, JP Nel, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana; Derick Hougaard, Fourie du Preez (c); Pierre Spies, Wikus van Heerden, Pedrie Wannenburg, Danie Rossouw, Bakkies Botha, Rayno Gerber, Derick Ku’n, Gurthr’ Steenkamp

Replacements: Bandise Maku, Werner Kruger, Jaco Engels, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Heini Adams, Morn’ Steyn, Deon Stegmann.

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