LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Super Rugby

Thumb_waratahs-logo-80x50 Waratahs

43

Thumb_western-force-logo-80x50 Force

21
Kick-off local time : Thu, 23 January 2014 - 16h05
Kick-off : Sun, 23 February 2014 - 07h05
Venue : Sydney
Referee : Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Match status : Result
  Waratahs Force
Tries Israel Folau (1min), Israel Folau (23min), Alofa Alofa (40min), Kane Douglas (57min), Israel Folau (66min), and Kurtley Beale (71min) Nick Cummins (35min)
Penalties Bernard Foley (16min) Zack Holmes (10min), Zack Holmes (26min), and Zack Holmes (52min)
Conversions Bernard Foley (24min), Bernard Foley (40min), Bernard Foley (58min), Bernard Foley (67min), and Bernard Foley (72min) Zack Holmes (64min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

80

One last feeble attempt by the Force, but the Waratahs easily push them into touch as the hooter for FULL-TIME goes. That's it here from Sydney. Not a good game. Some good moments, but too many penalties and an enormous error count will be the features best remembered from this game. Join us again next week when we bring you Round Three of the Super Rugby season - LIVE right here on rugby365.com!

79

Foley eventually clears his lines after the Tahs bashed it a couple of times inside their 22

78

Force set up a maul, but it is collapsed and the Tahs win the scrum feed

77

Another penalty against the Tahs and the referee seems to be losing his patience - talking to the captains now

76

Another penalty to the Force - they tap quickly, but the referee brings them back - this time they set up a line-out inside the Tahs 22

75

Waratahs taking it through the phases, but concede a penalty near halfway ... more bad to go with the very little good in this game

73

Force looking for a consolation score, but concedes a penalty inside the Tahs 22

72

Bernard Foley adds the CONVERSION - 43-21

71

TRY - Kurtley Beale runs into a huge hole, vreated by Matt Carraro, a set-piece move woked off the back of a line-out ... looked all too easy!

70

Paddy Ryan puts the ball down cold 10m out from the line - that's been a recurring theme, some good undone by plenty of bad - there's a long delay as Brynard Stander is taken off the field on a mobile stretcher after getting his head on the wrong side of a tackle - he is moving his arms and is awake, but they are not taking any chance

69

Waratahs now full of running - the Force are spent

67

Bernard Foley adds the CONVERSION and the lead jumps out to 36-21

66

TRY - Waratahs attack and again turn over the ball near the Force 22, it is kicked upfield and the Tahs counter. Matt Carraro finds plenty of space and off-koafs to Israel Folau, who completes his hat-trick

64

Zack Holmes adds the CONVERSION and somehow the Force have worked their way back into the game - 21-29

63

TRY - Kyle Godwin gets the five-pointer, but this goes back to an intervention from Nick Cummins inside his 22, an intercept and kick ahead, hard sprinting and the Tahs unable to deal with the bouncing ball - Cummins giving the final pass

62

Zack Holmes struggl;es to clear his lines - Tahs have a line-out feed on the Force 22

61

Waratahs again running hard at the Force, but just inside the 22 Phipps is tackled into touch

60

The Force looking to work their way back into the game, but a handling error near halfway brings that attempt to and end - that about sums up their day, some good, plenty of bad ... VERY BAD!

58

Bernard Foley adds the CONVERSION and the Tahs now lead 29-14

57

TRY - Kane Douglas hovering out on the wing and gleefully accepts the scoring pass

56

Eventually the game restarts with a line-out and the Tahs now running hard at the Force

54

Another scrum reset - that's twice now the same scrum has been reset and it has taken up all of two minutes in which nothing has happened

52

Zack Holmes, from right in front, slots the PENALTY and narrows the gap to 14-22

51

Penalty against the Waratahs for offside - surely the referee will card another player soon - some of this is just cynical

50

Waratahs forced to carry the ball over their own goalline - scrum reset, surprise, surprise

48

Force bash for a few phases and then knock it on about just on 5 metres out from the line

47

Another penalty at the tackle - this time against the Tahs - there's going to be more cards in this game if something doesn't change soon

45

Another penalty, this time to the Tahs, at the tackle - this is just crazy

44

Force set up another line-out, but it becomes a collapsed maul and the scrum feed goes to the Tahs

43

YELLOW CARD - Paddy Ryan sent to the bin for repeated infringements at the breakdown

42

Another penalty and now the referee speaking to the Tahs - Force set up another line-out

41

Zack Holmes gets us underway in the second half - Waratahs penalised straight away - Force set up a line-out

40

TRY - Another penalty to the Waratahs, this time for offside and this time Bernard Foley aims at the posts. He hits the upright and as the Force players go to sleep Alofa Alofa chases hard to collect and score the five-pointer. Foley adds the CONVERSION and the Waratahs take a 22-11 lead into the HALF-TIME break. It has not been an inspiring half, but good end to the first 40 for the Tahs. See you in 10 minutes.

39

Penalty to the Tahs, but Bernard Foley kicked it out behind the goal-line - SHOCKER

38

Waratahs looking t hit back, but a kock-on giofts the ball to the Force. Dellit steps into touch still inside his own 22

36

Zack Holmes can't add the extras - 11-15

35

TRY - The maul goes close before collapsing, then a few bashes by the forwards, before Nick Cummins barges over from close range

34

Adam Ashley-Cooper penalised at a tackle inside the Tahs 22 - Force set up a line-out

32

Another scrum - this time a penalty to the Force - SIMPLY SHOCKING

31

Free kick at the scrum - not a single scrum has been completed the first time, which is par for the course with Aussie teams

30

Another turnover won by the Force, but near the Tahs 22 there is a hand in the way - scrum feed going to the Force

29

Force win a turnover inside their 22, but then Cummins knocks it on - poor skills both ways

28

Waratahs work their way towards the Force 22 and quickly gets another penalty - it is a poor game, stop-start and little real structure

26

Zack Holmes, from right in ftont, slots the PENALTY and the gap narrows to 6-15

25

Force looking to bounce back straight away and work their way into the Tahs 22, where they get a penalty at the breakdown

24

Bernard Foley adds the CONVERSION and the Waratahs lead 15-3

23

TRY - It didn't take long for the Tahs to get the five-point, Israel Folau put into space and over by a great pass from Palu

22

Alofa Alofa shows some great skills, but the ball had gone into touch before he collected it - no try

21

Waratahs have a three-man overlap, but a poor pass and then a knock-on brings that move to an end inside the Force 22

19

Waratahs cough up the ball in the tackle, but win a turnover at the breakdown - skills on both sides not very high

18

Lots of poor kicking on both side -it all ends with a 22 restart by the Force

16

Bernard Foley, from 23m out, slots the PENALTY and the Tahs lead 8-3

15

Waratahs steal the line-out, but just outside the Force 22 the Waratahs get a penalty - offside this time

14

They set up a line-out, but the short throw brings them no reward and now a penalty going to the Force - scrums and breakdown a real mess

13

Penalty at the breakdown going to the Tahs - penalty count mounting at an alarming rate

12

Surprise, surprise ... scrum is reset again - what is it with these Aussie teams? That becomes a penalty to the Tahs

10

Zack Holmes, from 25m out, slots the PENALTY and the Force are on the board - 3-5

9

Another penalty to the Force - illegal play at the maul

8

Penalty to the Force for interference with the scrumhalf behind the ruck - Force sets up a line-out inside Tahs 22

7

Waratahs knock on in midfield - too many forwards cluttering that area

6

Zack Holmes, from about 40m out, pushes his penalty attempt past the right upright

5

Folau takes a high ball, but is penalised when he holds on - no support to protect him

4

No surprise, but the scrum is a mess when Australian teams are involved - already the ref is warning the props

2

Bernard Foley hooks his conversion attempt past the left upright - 5-0

1

TRY - Israel Folau is over, great hands and a strong charge on the right wing by Alofa Alofa - best possible start for the Waratahs

0

Foley gets us underway in Perth!

-2

Teams ready to take to the field

-3

It is great weather for rugby, seems the crowd is at the beach ... or somewhere else. Certainly not at the stadium

-5

All eyes will be on Kurtley Beale's Waratahs return today. Michael Cheika has moved the playmaker into the centres this season

-8

Not the biggest crowd ... hardly over 10,000 - if that much

-10

Waratahs need to be more consistent this year if they hope to be contenders and not just be also-rans again!

-15

The Waratahs' only Saffer, Jacques Potgieter, is on the bench!

-20

A very heavy South African presence in the Western Force team - Wilhelm Steenkamp, Brynard Stander and Sias Ebersohn

-30

Welcome to Sydney where we are getting ready for our final LIVE match of the weekend - the Super Rugby showdown between the Waratahs and the Western Force!
Waratahs
Players
15 Israel Folau
14 Alofa Alofa
13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
12 Kurtley Beale
11 Rob Horne
10 Bernard Foley
9 Nick Phipps
8 Wycliff Palu
7 Michael Hooper
6 Stephen Hoiles
5 Jacques Potgieter
4 Kane Douglas
3 Sekope Kepu
2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
1 Benn Robinson

Substitutes
22 Taqele . Naiyaravoro
21 Brendan McKibbin
20 Pat McCutcheon
19 Mitchell Chapman
18 Will Skelton
17 Jeremy Tilse
16 Tola Latu
Force
Players
15 Jayden Hayward
14 Dane Haylett-Petty
13 Junior Rasolea
12 Chris Tuatara-Morrison
11 Nick Cummins
10 Zack Holmes
9 Ian Prior
8 Ben McCalman
7 Matt Hodgson
6 Brynard Stander
5 Wilhelm Steenkamp
4 Sam Wykes
3 Kieran Longbottom
2 Nathan Charles
1 Pek Cowan

Substitutes
25 Sias Ebersohn
23 Luke Burton
22 Justin Turner
21 Alby Mathewson
20 Chris Alcock
19 Adam Coleman
18 Ollie Hoskins
17 Tetera Faulkner
16 Heath Tessmann