Force hold off Highlanders
Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
Cape Town - The Force have beaten the Highlanders in their bottom of the table Super Rugby clash in Perth on Saturday.
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In a largely forgettable match, the Force won 19-18 after leading 10-6 at half-time.
The Force scored the only try of the match through flyhalf Sias Ebersohn, while fullback Jayden Hayward was on target with the conversion as well as four penalties.
The Highlanders replied with four penalties by replacement flyhalf Colin Slade and two from Hayden Parker.
The Force picked up four points for their victory, but stayed bottom of the Australian Conference
and 14th in the Overall standings
The Highlanders picked up a point for losing by seven or fewer points, but remained rooted to last place in both the New Zealand Conference
and Overall log
In next weekend's Round 16
action, the Force will enjoy a bye, while the Highlanders welcome the Blues to Dunedin on Saturday, June 1 at 09:35.Teams:
15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Matt Hodgson (captain), 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pek Cowan
Substitutes: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Rory Walton, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Brett Sheehan, 21 Junior Rasolea, 22 Sam Norton-KnightHighlanders:
15. Ben Smith, 14. Jason Emery, 13. Tamati Ellison, 12. Ma'a Nonu, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Hayden Parker, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Mose Tuiali`i, 7. John Hardie, 6. TJ Ioane, 5. Josh Bekhuis, 4. Brad Thorn (captain), 3. Ma'afu Fia, 2. Liam Coltman, 1. Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16. Andrew Hore, 17. Bronson Murray, 18. Joe Wheeler, 19. Elliot Dixon, 20. Fumiaki Tanaka, 21. Colin Slade, 22. Maritino Nemani