Super Rugby

Reds beat Force on the Gold Coast




The Western Force have played the Queensland Reds 18 times in Super Rugby since 2006, the Force have won nine matches and lost nine times.

The Force’s nine wins give them a record of winning 50% of their matches against the Reds regardless of venue.

  • The Force have won seven of their last 11 Super Rugby games against the Reds (D1, L3); although, they were defeated 31-24 when they met in Round 3 of Super Rugby AU.
  • The Reds are winless in their last 10 away games in Super Rugby (D1, L9), including a 45-12 defeat in their last such fixture (v Waratahs) – their biggest defeat on the road in over two years.
  • The Force have won 7.6 scrums per game on their own feed in Super Rugby AU, the most of any team; indeed, only the Reds (97.8%) have a higher scrum success rate for the campaign than the Force (90.5%).
  • The Reds have scored four tries on possession beginning with a scrum win in Super Rugby AU, twice as many as any other team in the competition.
  • Reds’ duo Fraser McReight (13) and Liam Wright (8) have won more turnovers in SuperRugby AU than any other players, while Wright (7) has also stolen the most lineouts of any player.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway on the Gold Coast at Cbus Super Stadium.

2.00: We had a late change for the Force at stand-off. Jono Lance was chosen to start, but he has not fully recovered from last week’s knee injury. Jack McGregor comes off the bench to take Lance’s place.

4.00: So far, so good for both teams’ hookers, who have found their jumpers with their first lineouts of the evening.

7.00: After several reset scrums, the Western Force win a penalty. Jack McGregor clears to near the Queensland 22. Andrew Ready’s lineout throwing will be crucial for the Force.

8.00: The Force win another penalty, this time at the ruck. They will have an attacking lineout inside the Reds’ 22.

10.00: Pekahou Cowan is driven back by two defenders; the Force is going backwards. After nine phases, Richard Kahui tries a grubber, but the Reds win possession and dot down.

11.00: Tim Sampson’s men win the ball back but after another blunt attack, Taniela Tupou does his best Michael Hooper impression and wins the penalty at the breakdown.

13.00: A big kick by James O’Connor gives his team an attacking 5m lineout.

14.00: NO TRY! The big man Taniela Tupou crashes over but TMO Brett Cronan saw a knock-on in the build-up and the score is chalked off. 0-0

15.00: The Reds had a penalty-advantage, so kick to the corner.

16.00: TRY! Filipo Daugunu runs on the inside shoulder of O’Connor, takes the stand-off’s deft pass and runs in untouched for his 10th Super Rugby try. 0-5

17.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor adds the extras. 0-7

19.00: Western Force are on the attack inside the Reds’ 22, they have some good front-foot ball but cannot find that final pass. Josh Flook, the Aussie schoolboy captain, is off with what looks like a serious injury. He is in some pain.

20.00: Brad Lacey gets pinged for crawling after the tackle, but that is a poor call from referee Jordan Way.

24.00: Brandon Paenga-Amosa loses his first lineout of the night. Considering it’s come in the 24th-minute is something of a win for the Reds.

26.00: Another Reds player is down; they seem to be dropping like flies.

28.00: Every time Queensland enter the Force’s half, they look dangerous; however, they are also struggling to hang onto the ball. Hamish Stewart is down now. He leaves the field holding his hip. Bryce Hegarty is on for Stewart, moving to outside centre.

30.00: TRY! Daugunu has a double, walking over in the corner after  Bryce Hegarty and O’Connor combined in the wide channel with some good offloading and support running. 0-12

31.00: MISS! O’Connor misses from the lefthand touchline. 0-12

34.00: The Force look generating, easy on the eye, but have no cut-and-thrust. The attack is blunt and the forwards are struggling at the breakdown.

36.00: Another attacking lineout to Queensland inside the Force’s 22 after the Perth side concede a breakdown penalty.

37.00: A knock-on by the Reds – who had a penalty-advantage – leads to a chance from in front of the posts.

38.00: PENALTY! O’Connor, who becomes the first player to score a 100 SR points for three different clubs, increases the lead to three-scores. 0-15

40.00: OH, DEAR! Tupou runs through Jack McGregor’s weak tackle and goes 30 metres before knocking on with the try-line at his mercy. He seemed to slip trying to dive over. 0-15

The halftime score was Western Force 0 Queensland Reds 15

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway on Queensland’s Gold Coast where the Force already look spent.

43.00: TRY! The Force come out firing after the interval and get a try after a powerful driving maul. Ready claims the try. 5-15

44.00: MISS! Prior pulls his kick wide. 5-15

46.00: The Reds have possession inside the Force’s 22 and look dangerous.

48.00: NO TRY! Fraser McReight gets a try chalked off for a double movement. 5-15

50.00: The Reds are loving the inside pass and off-the-shoulder offloads despite many of them go astray.

52.00: Queensland wins another scrum-penalty and will kick to the corner.

53.00: YELLOW CARD! Kieran Longbottom is off after multiple infringements by the Force. Another penalty to the Reds. They’ll surely take a scrum. 5-15

55.00: TRY! McReight gets his score this time. It came from a culmination of pressure. O’Connor’s sublime offload in the tackle sent the flanker over the line. 5-20

57.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor slots the wide kick. 5-22

59.00: TRY! McDermott scores after a blindside break from about 10 metres out. Game over. 5-27

60.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 5-29

63.00: TRY! McDermott has his second! It’s a cracker. The halfback takes the quick-tap and ghosts 40-odd metres through the Force. He sold a dummy and beat five defenders before diving over for the try. 5-34

65.00: CONVERSION! Another easy two points. 5-36

68.00; The Reds are loving life at the moment and look like scoring all the time.

70.00: TRY! O’Connor gets in on the act after a wonderful team try that saw Daugunu, Tupou and McRieght combine for the try. 5-41

71.00: CONVERSION! The flyhalf converts his try. 5-43

73.00: McDermott almost gets a hat-trick after another sublime attack from the Reds.

73.00: TRY! Hegarty gets a try after selling Harry Wilson an audacious dummy. 5-48

74.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor brings up the half-century. 5-50

77.00: A turnover almost sees the Reds get another score, but a knock-on kills the chance.

80.00: The Force try keep the Reds at bay, but the bodies are running out.

82.00: TRY! Tuaina Taii Tualima gets an eighth of the night. 5-55

83.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good – game over! 5-57


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The final score is Western Force 5 (0) Reds 57 (15)


Western Force
Tries – Ready
Pen –
Con –
Drop –
Cards – Longbottom (Yellow, 53′)

Tries – Daugunu (2), McReight, McDermott (2), O’Connor, Hegarty, Tualima
Pen – O’Connor
Con – O’Connor (7)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 1: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Damon Murphy
TMO: Brett Cronan



15 Jake Strachan, 14 Byron Ralston, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Richard Kahui, 11 Brad Lacey, 10 Jack McGregor, 9 Ian Prior (captain), 8 Brynard Stander, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Fergus Lee-Warner, 5 Ollie Atkins, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 Pekahou Cowan

Replacements: 16 Heath Tessman, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Tom Sheminant, 19 Johan Bardoul, 20 Ollie Callan, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Jono Lance, 23 Henry Taefu

Queensland Reds

15 Jock Campbell, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Josh Flook, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Liam Wright (captain), 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Jack Straker

Replacements: 16 Josh Nasser, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Tuaina Taii Tualima, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Jack Hardy

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