The Hurricanes have won their last 10 Super Rugby games against the Western Force, their longest winning streak against a single team in the history of the competition.
The Western Force won their most recent Super Rugby match (48-28 v Moana Pasifika – 24 May 2022), snapping a seven-match losing run in the competition; they will be aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since April 2021.
- The Hurricanes have won six of their last seven Super Rugby matches (L1), including each of their last three; the last time they enjoyed a longer winning run was a four-match span from April to May in 2021.
- The Perth side has lost their last eight Super Rugby matches in succession at HBF Park; the last time they went on a longer losing streak at home was a 10-match span from May 2015 to July 2016.
- The Kiwis have won two of their last three Super Rugby matches in Australia (L1), including a 22-18 victory in their most recent such fixture (14 May 2022 v Waratahs).
- The Wellington men will be aiming for consecutive wins in Australia for the first time since 2017.
- The Hurricanes have made 834 metres per game, the most by any team in the competition and one of only two to have logged 800+ in this category (Chiefs – 820 per game).
- The Hurricanes have made 84 line breaks, the most of any team in the competition and 22 more than the Force (62).
- The Force have made 23 lineout steals, the most by any team in the competition and 13 more than the Canes (10).
Players to watch
- Only Queensland Reds’ Harry Wilson (169) has made more carries than the Western Force’ Fergus Lee-Warner (141) and Hurricanes’ Jordie Barrett (141).
- Jordie Barrett has made 28 offloads, nine more than any other player in the competition and 13 more than the Western Force’s best Fergus Lee-Warner (15).
- Captain fantastic Ian Prior plays his 100th Super Rugby match for the Force.
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1.00: PEEEP! We are underway at HBF Park in Perth.
5.00: The Force wins a scrum penalty. Ian Prior calls for the tee.
7.00: PENALTY! Prior opens the scoring. 3-0
8.00: YELLOW CARD! Jeremy Thrush will spend 10 minutes on the naughty step for interrupting Perenara’s pass. 3-0
10.00: The Force wins an important turnover and clears their lines.
13.00: A 10-phase attack ends with a penalty to the hosts. TJ Perenara gets a talking to from the ref because he questioned an offside in the build-up to the intercept.
15.00: POST! Prior hits the post from almost in front; that is shocking. 3-0
17.00: Tim Anstee is brought down short of the line. The Hurricanes strayed offside giving Prior another shot at goal from in front.
18.00: PENALTY! No problems this time for the skipper. 6-0
21.00: TRY! Josh Moorby weaves his way through the traffic before darting over the whitewash from close range. Moorby cut inside Jake Strachan, Brad Lacey, and Manasa Mataele before slipping through Prior and Fergus Lee-Warner to score. Stunning dancing moves by the fullback. 6-5
23.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good from Aidan Morgan. 6-7
24.00: Lacey gets back to save a certain try, but the Hurricanes have the scrum feed.
26.00: A poor pass by Salesi Rayasi sails into touch. Wes Goosen would have walked over untouched.
27.00: Morgan sucks in two defenders before fending off Bryon Ralston and Manasa Mataele before offloading to Moorby for his second. 6-12
28.00: MISS! The kick is well wide. 6-12
31.00: It’s all Canes at the moment. The Force is struggling.
34.00: TRY! Brayden Iose skips down the touchline after collecting Salesi Rayasi’s offload. Rayasi straightened and sucked in two defenders before getting his offload to the number eight to gallop away. 6-17
36.00: MISS! The conversion is wide. 6-17
38.00: The Western Force has an attacking lineout inside the 22. The driving maul goes nowhere before Prior is told to use the ball.
39.00: TRY! An eight-phase attack ends with Santiago Medrano bashing his way over the whitewash. 11-17
41.00: CONVERSION! Prior cuts the gap to four on the stroke of halftime. 13-17
The halftime score was Western Force 13 Hurricanes 17
41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway down under.
41.00: YELLOW CARD! Salesi Rayasi is off for a deliberate knockdown. 13-17
42.00: No advantage after Asafo Aumua brings down the maul. Prior goes for the attacking lineout instead of the easy points.
44.00: The Force loses the ball forward during another disaster of a maul – nobody does it like the Brumbies, Bulls or Springboks.
45.00: Hurricanes collapse the scrum on their own feed – Not sure about that call, but Tim Sampson’s side won’t care.
45.00: TRY! Andrew Ready flops over the line after a perfect driving maul. A scuffle breaks out afterwards but does not look serious. 18-17
47.00: CONVERSION! Prior converts but the Hurricanes will get a penalty for a shove after the try by Fergus Lee-Warner rammed Du’Plessis Kirifi in the back with his shoulders. The ref says it’s his second hit with the shoulder. 20-17
50.00: It’s end-to-end as both teams counter-attack from deep.
53.00: Mistakes keep killing a lot of the Force’s counters. The Canes are being forced to kick a lot of possession away.
57.00: A 14-phase attack ends with a scrum for the visitors.
58.00: TRY! Perenara goes wide to Moorby, who throws a long, floated cut-out pass to Salesi Rayasi. Rayasi, alone on the touchline, snatched the ball out of the air and burned Kyle Godwin to the comer flag. 20-22
60.00: MISS! Morgan cannot convert from wide. 20-22
62.00: NO TRY! Ardie Savea knocks on Jamie Booth’s inside pass into the hands of Moorby. 20-22
65.00: The Hurricanes look to be finishing the stronger, they look fitter.
69.00: The Force’s pack wins an important scrum penalty to clear the danger.
70.00: Oh dear, Feleti Kaitu’u throws another wayward lineout.
73.00: The hosts have an attacking lineout in a good position to launch an attack.
74.00: TRY! The Force hit the lead after more sustained pressure broke the Hurricanes’ resolve. The Force went through the phases, using decoys and runners on the angle before the Kiwis ran out of defenders, and Ralston dived over for the go-ahead score. 25-22
76.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 27-22
78.00: The Canes have an attacking scrum in the centrefield of the Force’s 22.
79.00: The hosts win a crucial scrum penalty; they just might do this.
81.00: Reesjan Pasitoa does not kick the penalty into touch, but the Force’s forwards hold up an attacker to claim a rare win at home and against Kiwi opposition.
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The final score is Force 27 (13) Hurricanes 22 (17)
Tries – Medrano, Ready, Ralston
Pen – Prior (2)
Con – Prior (2), McDonald
Cards – Thrush (Yellow, 8′)
Tries – Moorby (2), Iose, Rayasi
Con – Morgan
Cards – Rayasi (Yellow, 41′)
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Kaminski
TMO: Kyle Burnett
Western Force: 15 Jake Strachan, 14 Brad Lacey, 13 Bryon Ralston, 12 Richard Kahui, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Reesjan Pasitoa, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Jackson Pugh, 7 Tim Anstee, 6 Fergus Lee-Warner, 5 Jeremy Thrush, 4 Ryan McCauley, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Feleti Kaitu’u, 17 Angus Wagner, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 William Sankey, 20 Jack Winchester, 21 Michael McDonald, 22 Jake McIntyre, 23 Kyle Godwin.
Hurricanes: 15 Josh Moorby, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Bailyn Sullivan, 12 Billy Proctor, 11 Salesi Rayasi, 10 Aidan Morgan, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Brayden Iose, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Caleb Delany, 5 Justin Sangster, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Pouri Rateke-Stones.
Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Xavier Numia, 18 Tevita Mafileo, 19 Blake Gibson, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Teihorangi Walden.