LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Super Rugby

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Kick-off local time : Sat, 05 April 2014 - 18h40
Kick-off : Sat, 05 April 2014 - 10h40
Venue : Brisbane
Referee : Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
Match status : Result
  Reds Force
Tries Ben Tapuai (26min) and James Slipper (34min) Ben McCalman (37min) and Jayden Hayward (78min)
Penalties Mike Harris (54min), Mike Harris (64min), Mike Harris (70min), and Mike Harris (75min) Sias Ebersohn (1min), Sias Ebersohn (15min), Sias Ebersohn (17min), and Sias Ebersohn (21min)
Conversions Jayden Hayward (78min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
DGs Sias Ebersohn (68min)
Commentary
Minute Commentary

81

We head over to South Africa later for three games in the Republic, Starting in Bloemfontein where the Cheetahs host the Chiefs - we will see you then!

80

Last roll of the dice for the Reds who have a scrum after the hooter in the Force's half - the Reds build up play until Cooper goes for a drop goal to snatch a draw... but it is wide! Force win a thriller!

78

Force just outside the Reds 22 as time ticks down - can the Reds hold on? TRY! Hayward spots the smallest of gaps in the line and goes through, he still has two to beat and manages to slip past both of them and score under the posts! the CONVERSION is good from Hayward

77

Reds searching for more territory now as the Force run it from half way - they are looking for a try now - the Force are starting to compile the phases

74

The Reds earn another PENALTY through an error from the Force, Mike Harris steps up to make it a four point game with six minutes left.

72

Reds looking to stay in the Force's territory now as Genia returns a kick to half way - they don't want to give Ebersohn any more chance to kick at goal

70

PENALTY - Reds strike back to get the lead back through Mike Harris with 10 minutes to go

68

DG - Ebersohn skuffs a terrible drop goal but its manages to scrape over and the Force snatch the lead back

66

A bad clash in the air as Placid takes out Hayward in the air but he has come off far worse as he is rolling around in pain - the referee has gone upstairs to check for foul play, the ref is happy that is not a card but still penalises the Reds as Placid walks off the field to be subbed

64

Reds have a chance to strike back straight away as they earn a penalty in a tough, but kickable position. the PENALTY kick is good from Harris

61

TRY - After some patient build up the Reds defense was too tight to the ruck leaving a massive hole out wide - Jonah Placid shoots out of the line and the ex-Red Luke Morahan is over the line untouched. Hatward takes over the kicking duty from Ebersohn but he can't add the extras

60

Play is broken now and the ball is swung wide to Nick Cummins who runs down the line until he puts in a chip, the follow up pressure forces the Reds to dot down behind there own line for and 80 metre turn around, Force scrum 5 metres out

58

Ball is being kicked around from both teams, Genia looks for touch but it is short and now the Force run it in, they are awarded a penalty in a kickable position and Ebersohn lines up but he misses another one

54

Reds are running hard now opening up their play and giving the ball some air, its causing the Force to suffer under the quicker pressure, Reds are given a penalty and Mike Harris lines up the PENALTY kick as Cooper has hurt his leg

50

Force choose the penalty to take a slender three point lead through Ebersohn's boot but it hits the post and the Reds have a chance to counter through Horwill but the Force captain Hodgson is able to affect a penalty at the break down

48

The Force scrum is steady as Ebersohn bash the ball up, 30 metres out now as the Reds consolidate their lines, Morahan beats a tackle with a spin and now the Force are closer with a penalty advantage

45

Reds are throwing themselves on the Blue wall of defense, smashing the ball up but it does cause the ball to loose as Cooper tries to find a gap - its Force scrum deep in their own 22

44

Force are having a go at attacking but it goes no where and Beau Robinson is able to win a penalty on the ground - the Reds look for territory to set up an attacking lineout

43

Cooper tries and audacious offload but its left his team under pressure as the Force push for the Reds line, the Reds are able to maintain possession and kick the ball down field only for Ebersohn to be bundled into touch

41

We are back underway as Ebersohn kicks deep

39

There is time left for a Reds lineout before half time, it's secured and the Reds go for a run inside their own half, they are awarded a penalty in a tough position and Cooper will attempt to tie up the game at HALF TIME. The PENALTY is well struck and over!

37

Force finally have an attacking opportunity with Cotterall back on the field but the Reds are holding fast, Force edging closer until quick hands give Ben McCalman a TRY. The conversion by Sias Ebersohn is pushed wide

34

Reds get half a metre out through Rod Davies but once again the the defense is stretched and Cooper swings it wide, he finds James Slipper with a three man overlap but he is not having it as he sells a dummy against his front row counter part, Pek Cowan to go over for the TRY. Cooper kicks over a tough CONVERSION

33

Froce now have a defensive line out to contend with, they secure the ball and try running it out for a bit until Hayward clears for touch - Reds still using the yellow card advantage in attacking as they have about three minutes left of Cotterall being off

31

Reds put pressure on the scrum as well as the scrum-half and they snaffle possession as Cooper makes a bust down field, they have numbers out to the right so Lucus decides on a grubber but Rod Davies cant gather

29

Reds have a scrum inside their own half but its seven on eight, the opportunity is wasted as Ben Tapuai knocks on the ball after a Cooper offload - Force scrum now in a similar position

26

Reds decide now to go for a lineout with the man advantage, the Reds pushing now to find the gap, Slipper throws a dummy and he is a metre out, eventually the defense is sucked in so Cooper swings it wide to Ben Tapuai who has a massive gap and goes over un-touched for the TRY. Cooper kicks the CONVERSION

26

Reds decide now to go for a lineout with the man advantage, the Reds pushing now to find the gap, Slipper throws a dummy and he is a metre out, eventually the defense is sucked in so Cooper swings it wide to Ben Tapuai who has a massive gap and goes over un-touched for the TRY

23

Reds building up some phase play now as they inch their way into Forces' half. Cottrell puts in a big hit for the Force, but the ruck penalty is given to the Reds who can finally try and get some points on the board - the referee has gone upstairs to look at a string of foul play and he decides that the big Cottrell tackle is deemed to be a shoulder charge. YELLOW CARD for Cottrell

21

Like clockwork the Reds offer up another kickable penalty for the force and Ebersohn steps up for another PENALTY kick

19

Reds are securing the ball off the kick off but they cant keep the possession as the Force turn over the ball at the ruck, another Force penalty and this time they can clear the pressure and set a line out deep in Reds territory

17

Pek Cowan has a good run after busting a tackle, the Force are now deep in Reds territory as they look to take advantage of broken field play - the referee is playing advantage and it's another gift three points for the Force. Ebersohn has another easy PENALTY kick

15

Reds defense holds out for over 16 phases but they are penalised eventually for being offsides and the Force deserve their shot at goal. Ebersohn slots the PENALTY kick

12

Some aerial ping-pong comes good for the Force who make a net gain as Ben Lucus kicks the ball out just inside the Reds half - the Force attacking now through the centre but they are not going anywhere

10

The Force are setting up for their first shot at goal as Ebersohn slots the PENALTY

8

The scrums are a good contest between the two teams as Mathewson clears the ball onto the 22 - Reds take the ball at the back and attack into the Force's 22, the ball is hacked back towards the Reds half as the Force earn a penalty from some great pressure

6

Cooper puts in a brilliant little grubber that goes almost sideways to the wings, its picked and the Reds continue to push - another great break from Ben Tapuai down the line sees him out it on the boot for Rod Davies who is able to gather but as he rolls for the line Luke Morahan is able to dislodge the ball and its knocked on over the line

4

Ben Tapuai is clean through after a well placed pass from Cooper, he is unable to get past the last man and the ball ends up getting knocked on by a force player, the Reds scrum is solid but the Force are awarded a penalty and they can clear their lines

2

Reds have an early penalty near the centre of the field after a high tackle from a Froce player, Cooper sets up a long distance penalty and it's short

0

We are underway at the Suncorp stadium as Cooper kicks off

-5

Weather is looking good in Brisbane and that will make both teams happy as they look to run the ball - there is not too much wind to speak of, should making kicking for posts easier for both Ebersohn and Cooper

-10

The Reds play-makers in Cooper and Genia have really started firing in the last few games and will be looking to take the ball to the line against the Force. Reds have also been hit by many injuries but hopefully that doesn't make it any less of a spectacle

-20

Welcome to Brisbane where the only derby of the weekend is an Australian one where the Reds take on the traveling Force. The Reds were able to pip the Stormers last weekend while the Force had a bye, the visitors will be hoping to continue on their good run of form before the bye and look to shake off the rust straight away
Reds
Players
15 Mike Harris
14 Rod Davies
13 Samu Kerevi
12 Ben Tapuai
11 Lachie Turner
10 Ben Lucas
9 Scott Gale
8 Jake Schatz
7 Beau Robinson
6 Curtis Browning
5 James Horwill
4 Rob Simmons
3 Greg Holmes
2 James Hanson
1 James Slipper

Substitutes
24 Chris Kuridrani
23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi
22 Sam Johnson
21 Liam Gill
20 Dave McDuling
19 Sef Faagase
18 Albert Anae
17 Ben Daley
16 Saia Fainga'a
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