The Chiefs have won nine of their 11 previous Super Rugby games against the Western Force (L2), including their last three on the bounce; although, both of their defeats against them came when playing away from home on the day.
The Western Force have won their last two Super Rugby games at home and will be looking for a third consecutive home win for the first time since winning five home games on the bounce from March to May in 2014.
- Chiefs have won six of their last seven Super Rugby away games against Australian opposition (L1), including a come-from-behind win against the NSW Waratahs in their last such fixture (51-14, March 2020).
- No team has conceded fewer turnovers within the opening 10 minutes of game time in Super Rugby in 2021 than either the Western Force (11) or the Chiefs (11).
- Damian McKenzie has scored two tries, made two try assists, six clean breaks, and seven offloads across his last two Super Rugby games against the Western Force.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Western Australia.
3.00: Both teams looking to play with width in the opening stages in Perth.
5.00: NO TRY! Damian McKenzie’s offload puts Anton Lienert-Brown away for the score, but a knock-on at the breakdown by Brad Weber rules out the try. 0-0
6.00: TRY! You cannot stop that man McKenzie. The Chiefs push the Western Force off their ball, go quickly to McKenzie on the right, and the playmaker puts Alex Nankivell away. 0-5
7.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie converts. 0-7
10.00: The Chiefs’ pack has the upper hand in the early stages, the Western Force’s pack is struggling.
12.00: A free-kick and a penalty on consecutive scrums for the Chiefs.
14.00: Aidan Ross hits Jake McIntyre late, the flyhalf stays down for a while before standing up, and calling for the tee.
15.00: MISS! McIntyre misses from in front. 0-7
17.00: McKenzie kicks his penalty over the dead-ball line, scrum back at the mark (Force: 10m)
19.00: Oh, dear! The Chiefs obliterate the Force in the scrum.
20.00: The Force get away with one after a bit of truck and trailer by the Chiefs.
21.00: Jordan Olowofela is isolated giving McKenzie a chance to set up another maul.
23.00: Chase Tiatia cannot hold onto the ball, which means the Force lives to fight another day.
26.00: A scuffle breaks out after another Chiefs move ends with a knock-on.
29.00: Weber is charged down by Tomas Cubelli, but the Chiefs win the penalty at the breakdown for holding.
33.00: The Force finally win a scrum penalty. McIntyre kicks a lovely touch finder to the Chiefs’ corner.
35.00: YELLOW CARD! Kyle Godwin is held up over the line, but the referee brandishes a card to Anton Lienert-Brown for totting up. 0-7
36.00: TRY! The referee awards a penalty try for collapsing the maul. 7-7
36.00: YELLOW CARD! Luke Jacobson goes to the bin for collapsing. 7-7
39.00: The Chiefs earn a penalty after a decent driving maul, McKenzie calls for the tee.
40.00: PENALTY! The kick is good. 7-10
The halftime score was Western Force 7 Chiefs 10
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Perth.
44.00: MISS! McKenzie misses a penalty. 7-10
47.00: Godwin breaks into the Chiefs’ 22, he is isolated but his team wins the penalty. They kick to the corner.
49.00: The Force makes a mess of that lineout – oh, dear!
53.00: YELLOW CARD! Olowofela is sent to the bin for a deliberate knock down on his try line. 7-10
55.00: TRY! Nathan Harris flops over the line after a driving maul. 7-15
56.00: MISS! McKenzie pulls his kick wide. 7-15
57.00: TRY! Jonah Lowe gets another for the visitors after a sublime counter-attack. 7-20
59.00: MISS! McKenzie pulls another kick past the post. 7-20
62.00: Another scrum penalty goes the way of the Force, but they miss touch – can you believe it?
65.00: Huge chance for the Force here, they go to their maul, but the Chiefs repel the attack. Another penalty means another lineout.
66.00: RED CARD! Jacobson gets his second yellow card, he is gone for the game. 7-20
68.00: The Force goes again, but cannot find a way over the chalk, they do get another penalty from a good scrum. Here we go!
69.00: TRY! Richard Kahui, against his old team, takes a long skip-pass on the wing, and coasts in for the score. 12-20
70.00: CONVERSION! Domingo Miotti adds the extras. 14-20
73.00: It’s all Force in Perth, the visitors are reeling.
77.00: The Chiefs clear after another scrum looked to crumble. The home team looks good for an upset, but time is running out.
79.00: Miotti kicks the penalty to the corner for one last attack.
81.00: TRY! Sensational! Miotti scores to give his team a chance at history. 19-20
83.00: MISS! Miotti pushes his kick wide. NO! What a game!
The final score is Western Force 19 (7) Chiefs 20 (10)
Tries – Penalty try, Kahui, Miotti
Con – Miotti
Cards – Olowofela (Yellow, 53′)
Tries – Nankivell, Harris, Lowe
Pen – McKenzie
Con – McKenzie
Cards – Lienert-Brown (Yellow, 35′), Jacobson (Yellow, 36′; 2nd Yellow, 66′: Red)
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way
TMO: Brett Cronan
15 Rob Kearney, 14 Richard Kahui, 13 Kyle Godwin (captain), 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Jordan Olowofela, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Brynard Stander, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Tim Anstee, 5 Fergus Lee-Warner, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Feleti Kaitu’u, 1 Tom Robertson
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Angus Warner, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Ollie Callan, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Jake Strachan
Chiefs: 15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Jonah Lowe, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (captain), 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Pita Gus Sowakula, 5 Tupou Vaa’i, 4 Josh Lord, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross
Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Ollie Norris, 18 Joe Apikotoa, 19 Zane Kapeli, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Xavier Roe, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Bailyn Sullivan