The Western Force have defeated the Reds 32-29 in a shocking upset victory in Queensland last night. Thanks to a late try by Jason Hayward the Force have recorded the longest winning streak in club history.
The Force played well at the breakdown to secure a 12-0 lead during the first half which came off four penalty goals scored by Sias Ebersohn.
The Reds broke onto the scoreboard with Ben Tapuai and James Slipper both scoring in the first half. Ben McCalman answered to these only four minutes after Slipper had scored the Reds second.
The teams went to half time 17-17. After the half the Reds scored their share of penalty goals with Mike Harris taking over Quade Coopers role and scoring four penalty goals in 20 minutes. This looked as if it would close out the game but the Force would not back down. Ebersohn scored a drop goal in the 69th minute after a lineout, which put the Force within reach if they were able to score a try.
Force fans prayers were answered in the 79th minute when Jason Hayward took on three defenders after 16 phases to produce the eight lead change of the game. The Force would hold this 32-29 lead, with Reds Fly-half and former Western Force member Quade Cooper missing a drop goal opportunity in the 80th minute and ending one of the better games of the season in favour of the Force.
It is not all good news for the Force however, with Junior Rasolea a major casualty with a suspected broken wrist. Lock, Sam Wykes also limped off before the teams went to half time.
The Force's dominant form has continued. They limited turnovers, handling errors, won scrums and had more total phases and metres run by quite a large amount.
This season has been a coming out for the Force, who have won a club-record four games in a row. Many people believe the Force have the potential to become the strongest team in the Australian conference, and there is no doubt in my mind that they can and will.
This weeks game against the Waratahs will put them to the test and a win will put them in good position to possibly be the conference leaders.
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Written by Luke Worthington - Western Force Page Editor - @lwtrey5