Force shock Chiefs in thriller
Angus Cotterell (Gallo Images)
Perth - Western Force have pulled off a major upset to defeat the Chiefs 18-15 (halftime 8-9) in their Super Rugby match at Perth Oval on Saturday.
Two tries from captain Matt Hodgson laid the platform for the Western Force as they upset the defending champions Chiefs to end their 100 percent Super Rugby record this season.
Hodgson scored his first after 13 minutes as the Force stormed over the Chiefs' defence from a lineout, and again six minutes into the second half with a pick-up from close range.
The Chiefs, who had won their three previous games this season, were unable to convert late pressure into a score and had to rely on the boots of Aaron Cruden and Gareth Ainscombe for their points, all coming from penalties.
Sias Ebersohn kicked two penalties and a conversion as Western Force won for a third successive game.
Tries: Matt Hodgson (45,12)
Penalties: Sias Ebersohn (57,25)
Cons: Sias Ebersohn (46)
Penalties: Aaron Cruden (61,39,31,17), Gareth Anscombe (43)
15. Jayden Hayward, 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Junior Rasolea, 12. Kyle Godwin, 11. Nick Cummins, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 9. Alby Mathewson, 8. Angus Cottrell, 7. Matthew Hodgson (captain), 6. Hugh McMeniman, 5. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4. Sam Wykes, 3. Kieran Longbottom, 2. Nathan Charles, 1. Pekahou Cowan
Substitutes: 16. Heath Tessmann, 17. Tetera Faulkner, 18. Oli Hoskins, 19. Adam Coleman, 20. Brynard Stander, 21. Ian Prior, 22. Zack Holmes, 23. Marcel Brache
15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Mils Muliaina, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Substitutes: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Kane Thompson, 20 Tanerau Latimer, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown