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Chiefs too strong for the Force

Saturday March 26, 2016 by  

The Western Force have disappointingly gone down to the Chiefs 53-10 at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton this evening.

After a tight first half with the Force heading into the sheds just two points down, the Chiefs came out and scored 41 unanswered points in the second half. The loss in Hamilton now leaves the Force 0-2 in New Zealand with the team heading to Dunedin next week to take on last year’s champions the Highlanders.

Western Force captain Matt Hodgson was bitterly disappointed with the performance and says the team needs to play 80 minutes of rugby. Read more

Queensland Reds draw with Blues

Saturday March 19, 2016 by  

The Queensland Reds have rediscovered direct, running Rugby but failed to close out the game in a 25-25 draw against Auckland’s Blues at Suncorp Stadium.

After averaging just a try a game in their first three Super Rugby outings, the Reds scored three pearlers only to be denied at the death by a desperate comeback from the Aucklanders.

Queensland should be proud of its effort for 79 minutes, combining scrambling defence with hard, straight running lines to hold the whip hand over the Blues. Read more

Rebels claim bonus point victory over Sunwolves

Saturday March 19, 2016 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have claimed a bonus-point victory, and the Ganbatte Trophy, with a 35-9 win over the Sunwolves at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday.

Second-half tries from Ben Meehan, Tom English and acting captain Sean McMahon, complemented by solid defence, set up the Rebels third win of the season to remain second in the Australian Conference.

In wet, slippy and cold conditions, the hosts struck first when fly-half Tusi Pisi opened the scoring after two minutes with a penalty from 40 metres out. Read more

Waratahs go down in epic Highlanders fight back

Friday March 18, 2016 by  

The NSW Waratahs have gone down 30 points to 26 against the Highlanders in tonight’s round four Super Rugby match at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

The Waratahs fought back from 30 points down to score four unanswered tries, with replacement, Jed Holloway scoring a stunning hat-trick in what was his first Super Rugby points.

The Waratahs struggled to execute their plays in the first half of the game before a phenomenal final 20 minutes saw them almost do the unthinkable and snatch the victory. Read more

Force overpowered by Hurricanes

Friday March 18, 2016 by  

The Western Force have gone down to the Hurricanes 41-6 at Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North tonight.

The Force were in the contest for the first 50-minutes of the game trailing 10-6 before the floodgates opened, missed opportunities came back to bite the Western Australians as the Hurricanes ran in five second half tries.

Force skipper Matt Hodgson said the side’s inability to capitalise on opportunities against a quality Hurricanes outfit was their undoing. Read more

Young Aussie Sevens side take third in Vancouver

Monday March 14, 2016 by  

A largely inexperienced Australian Men’s Sevens squad has finished the inaugural HSBC Canada Sevens in a highly creditable third place.

Coming into the tournament with seven players in its squad with five World Series caps or less, Australia defeated Scotland (24-17) in the Cup Quarter-Finals before losing to New Zealand in the Semis (28-19). However, Australia roused themselves to stun current world champions Fiji in the 3rd Place Play Off (19-12).

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “We had to show unbelievable character in that last game [against Fiji]. I’m not too sure how we stayed in the contest but you either have that level of courage, or you don’t, and we had it in spades. Read more

Aussies qualify for Vancouver Cup Quarter Finals

Sunday March 13, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has safely qualified for the last eight at the inaugural HSBC Canada Sevens after topping Pool B in Vancouver.

Andy Friend’s side clinically disposed of Russia (43-5) first up but fell at the death to tournament hosts Canada (14-12). Needing to win by a 12-point margin or more, Australia were in scintillating form to destroy the previously unbeaten Wales (49-14).

By qualifying as top seeds, the Aussies booked a Cup Quarter-Final date with Scotland at the sold out BC Stadium tomorrow morning (AEDT). Read more

Disciplined Rebels hang on to claim victory

Saturday March 12, 2016 by  

The Melbourne Rebels celebrated their return home with a hard fought 25-23 victory over the Queensland Reds at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

After opening their Asteron Life Super Rugby season with back-to-back games on the road, the Rebels bravely defended their line in the dying minutes to hold off the fast-finishing Reds and claim a second victory of the season.

Outside centre Sione Tuipulotu made history by becoming the first Melbourne born and bred player to play for the Rebels after the late withdrawal of Tamati Ellison. Read more

Brumbies grind out win in the West

Friday March 11, 2016 by  

The Brumbies started the match with strong field position. Two minutes in Christian Lealiifano slotted a penalty goal from 30 metres out to give the visitors a three-nil lead.

The Brumbies almost had the first try of the match in the fifth minute, Joe Tomane came within a whisker of the first try before being pulled down short of the line. After some strong phase play just metres out, the brumbies dropped a golden chance centimetres from the line.

The Force held on bravely, camped deep in their own end for the opening eight minutes before getting their first taste of the ball. Within ten minutes Scott Fardy required treatment for a bloodied head. Read more

Aussie Sevens fall at final hurdle to Fiji

Monday March 7, 2016 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has fallen agonisingly short of winning the Las Vegas Sevens after losing to world series leaders Fiji.

Australia saw off South Africa (14-12) in a bruising Cup Semi-Final before Fiji staged a second-half fightback to take all 22 Sevens World Series points on offer (21-15) in another memorable Final.

After finishing runners-up in Sydney last month, Australia’s Cup Final appearance in the USA was the first back-to-back tournament deciders it has reached since May 2010. Read more