Waratahs and Force draw




This was a live match report.


The Western Force have been the revelation of the competition so far, with two wins from three matches on their road trip and both their defeats being by a single point.


The most disappointing aspect from their point would have been the loss, through an 80th minute Andr’ Pretorius penalty, at home against the Lions last week.


The Waratahs got off to a fairly good start scoring two penalties in the first ten minutes. In the 20th minute Morgan Turinui broke through two tackles (one was Ryan Cross) to score the first try of the night for the Waratahs.


The Force struck straight back spreading the ball wide to Drew Mitchell who scored the Force’s first try of the match. Cameron Shepherd missed the conversion.


The Waratahs were caught offside and Cameron Shepherd took the penalty almost in front of the posts which brought the Force to within 5.


Cameron Shepherd had another shot at goal but hit the uprights. Lote Tuqiri counter-attacked the Force defence held strong.


In the last few seconds before half time the Force were again awarded a penalty and Cameron Shepherd slotted a penalty for the Force.


Half time score was Waratahs 13 – Force 11 and the last 11 times that the Waratahs have led at half time they have won.


At the start of the second half, Matt Giteau playing at number 10 made a break through the Waratahs line to score his first try of the match.


Cameron Shepherd’s boot continued to be a little shaky as he missed the conversion again.


Peter Hewat then missed two penalties with one of them hitting the top of the uprights.


The Force continued to apply pressure on the Waratahs line and 4 Rudi Vedelago of the Force got over the line (or did he?) as the ref went upstairs. The ball was not visible so a scrum was called.


Sam Norton-Knight has replaced Morgan Turinui on the wing for the Waratahs and Staniforth has come off for the Force.


The Waratahs drew level in the 64th minute with a penalty from Peter Hewat.


With 5 minutes to go both teams are battling it out and no-one is prepared to give an inch.


With 10 seconds to go the Waratahs were given a penalty and Sam Norton-Knight took the ball and ran with it but the ball went out. The siren sounds and that’s it – its a draw.


Match report to follow.


Full time score Waratahs 16 Force 16




Waratahs –
Penalty – Peter Hewat (3).
Tries – Morgan Turinui
Conversion – Peter Hewat.

Force –
Try – Drew Mitchell,Matt Giteau
Penalty – Cameron Shepherd (2),



Waratahs: 15 Peter Hewat, 14 Morgan Turinui, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Daniel Halangahu, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Josh Valentine, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Will Caldwell, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Alastair Baxter, 2 Adam Freier (c), 1 Benn Robinson
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Aaron Broughton-Rouse, 18 Ben Hand, 19 David Lyons, 20 Brett Sheehan, 21 Sam Norton-Knight, 22 Sam Harris

Western Force: 15 Drew Mitchell, 14 Scott Staniforth, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Junior Pelesasa, 11 Cameron Shepherd, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Matt Henjak, 8 Scott Fava, 7 Richard Brown, 6 David Pusey, 5 Nathan Sharpe (c), 4 Rudi Vedelago, 3 Troy Takiari, 2 Brendan Cannon, 1 Gareth Hardy
Replacements: 16 Tai McIsaac, 17 Angus Scott, 18 Luke Doherty, 19 David Pocock, 20 Chris O’Young, 21 James Hilgendorf, 22 Haig Sare

Referee: Paul Marks (Australia)
Touch judges: George Ayoub (Australia), James Scholtens (Australia)
Television match official: Geoff Acton (Australia)
Assessor: Ian Scotney (Australia)

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