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    Blues out-muscle Force in arm-wrestle

    2016-05-21 13:31

    Cape Town - The Western Force came back in the second half, but in the end they fell just short as they were edged 17-13 by the Blues in a Super Rugby clash in Perth on Saturday.

    The Blues had surged to a 17-3 lead at half time through tries from Jerome Kaino and Tevita Li and at that stage looked set to make it a big victory. 

    But the Force were gritty in the second half and a try from Matt Hodgson helped them score 10 unanswered points as they got right back into the match. 

    It made for a blockbuster finish as the Force, 17-13 down, looked for the winner after being camped in Blues territory. 

    But errors plagued the attacking intent of both sides in the second half, and in the end it was a scrappy victory for the men from Auckland. 

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    Scorers:

    Force (3)

    Try: Matt Hodgson

    Conversion: Ben Tapuai

    Penalties: Ian Prior, Tapuai

    Blues (17)

    Tries: Jerome Kaino, Tevita Li

    Conversions: Ihaia West (2)

    Penalty: West

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