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Force hold out for win over champs
Sapa - AFP
March 22, 2014

Rejuvenated Force continued their giant-killing run by stunning defending champions the Chiefs in their Super Rugby clash in Perth on Saturday.

The long-time cellar dwellers ran in the only two tries of the match and then held firm in a pulsating finish to win 18-15.

It was the Force's third win in succession, for the first time since 2007 and only the second time in their history, and it was just their second victory in eight clashes with the powerful Chiefs.

They ended the Chiefs' unbeaten run this season and it was the first time the New Zealanders had been held tryless on Australian soil in Super Rugby since 2001.

The Force, beaten badly by the Waratahs and Brumbies in their first two games of the season, moved to fifth on the table with the upset.

Sustained pressure from the Force led to an uncharacteristic 15 handling errors from the Chiefs, to the home team's five.

It was a well-deserved win for the Force, who not only scored the only two tries, but also twice crossed unsuccessfully.

Force skipper Matt Hodgson was the hero, scoring both tries, his first brace in 102 games of Super Rugby.

He was also held up over the line on another occasion, while Nick Cummins dived over in the corner, but his left foot stepped into touch as he lunged at the line.

In contrast, the Chiefs never got their game going and the couple of times they threatened the Force defence held firm.

It was almost fitting that the Chiefs' last two forward surges ended with ball-handling errors, a pair of knock-ons.

The visitors had a final chance when they regained possession just as the final hooter sounded, but again lost the ball forward.

Hodgson said the Force always believed they could turn around their slow start to the season and had set themselves to deny the Chiefs their running game.

"There is great belief in this group, we knew we could do it," he said.

"Now we are putting it on the board, which is great."

Chiefs captain Aaron Cruden said his team lacked the necessary desire.

"They grow an arm and a leg here at this stadium," he said.

"They deserved the win, they wanted it more than us."

SCORERS:
Western Force - Tries: Matt Hodgson (2). Conversions: Sias Ebersohn. Penalties: Ebersohn (2).
Chiefs - Penalties: Aaron Cruden (5).

MATCH CENTRE
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Absa Under 19 Competition
Friday, October 03 2014
12:45 - Leopards U19 vs Golden Lions U19
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Currie Cup First Division
13:30 - Down Touch Griffons vs SWD Eagles
North West Stadium, Welkom
Absa Under 21 Competition
14:15 - Leopards U21 vs Golden Lions U21
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Under 19 Competition
15:00 - Sharks U19 vs Blue Bulls U19
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
Absa Under 21 Competition
15:00 - EP Kings U21 vs Limpopo BB U21
Framesby High School, PE
Absa Currie Cup First Division
16:00 - Leopards vs Valke
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Under 21 Competition
16:45 - Sharks U21 vs Blue Bulls U21
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - Cell C Sharks vs Xerox Golden Lions
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
19:10 - Steval Pumas vs Vodacom Blue Bulls
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Absa Under 19 Competition
Saturday, October 04 2014
00:00 - Boland U19 vs Limpopo BB U19
Boland Stadium, Wellington

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