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    Force Fail to Fire

    The Western Force dropped their first game on the road tonight in a rather lackluster performance against a resurgent Chiefs.

    Repeated basic handling errors, missed tackles and poor kicking let the Force down whilst the Chiefs maintained their composure and eventually walked away with a 4 try bonus point victory.

    Lelia Masaga, Brendon Leonard and Richard Kahui all collected first half tries to give the home team a 21-6 advantage at the break, before Messam’s five-pointer after 82 minutes sealed the bonus point.

    In a nightmare start to the match for the Emirates Western Force, some feeble left side defence saw explosive Chiefs winger Lelia Masaga slip three tackles and power his way to the tryline to put the home side on the board with just 45 seconds of the match expired.

    Assisted by a strong breeze in the opening half, the WA side couldn’t seize the advantage, with handling and defensive errors offering the Chiefs plenty of opportunities in attacking territory.

    But the Chiefs themselves were having trouble holding the ball, which gave the away team an opportunity to work their way into the contest.

    Stephen Donald had missed a penalty goal in the sixth minute before Matt Giteau made no mistake with his first attempt of the night, pushing the ball through the uprights two minutes later to register first points for the visitors.

    Cameron Shepherd closed the gap further four minutes later when he converted a booming penalty attempt from beyond the halfway line to make the score 7-6 inside 12 minutes.

    The stop-start contest continued for twenty minutes before Messam sparked the Chiefs to their second try.

    Messam’s break was followed by a mid-field bust by Stephen Donald who drew the fullback Drew Mitchell and put Leonard away on the inside for the try.

    After Shepherd missed a second penalty attempt from beyond 50 metres in the 35th minute, the home team capitalized immediately when Kahui broke away for the third try and to set up a 15-point advantage.

    Trailing 21-6 at the break, the visitors needed to strike first in the second half and did, albeit 16 minutes into the period when Tamaiti Horua pounced on a loose ball from a Josh Valentine roost to race 20 metres for an opportunistic five-pointer.

    Giteau converted and the gap was reduced to eight at 21-13, but a penalty against Force centre Ryan Cross for a dangerous tackle gave Stephen Donald a chance to nudge his team further ahead.

    Donald added the three points from 47 metres out and at 24-13 with a quarter of the match to play the match remained in the balance.

    Coach John Mitchell rang the changes to inject some fresh legs in search of a spark for his side, but it was the Chiefs who found one as their skipper eventually crashed over after the full-time hooter to celebrate his team’s first victory of the season.

    As it happened (with thanks to Jargan83 for commentary live form
    3:35pm Kick Off
    3:36pm Chiefs Try 2nd minute, Masanga the scorer
    3:37pm Replay shows that Guts was shoved out of an attempted tackle by a chiefs player
    3:39pm Conversion sucessful by Donald
    3:39pm Penalty Cheifs, after a knock on by the Chiefs goes unnoticed
    3:40pm Donald to have a shot on goal
    3:41pm Penalty goes wide
    3:42pm 10 metre line Chiefs territory, Gits to have a shot
    3:42pm Lineout Force throw
    3:42pm Penalty Force, Chiefs offside
    3:43pm Penalty Succesfull
    3:44pm 9th minute Chiefs lead 10-3
    3:45pm Knock on Force
    3:45pm Lineout down on Chiefs 22
    3:45pm Penalty Force, Force player tackled in the air
    3:46pm Clearing kick, penalty Force, not joing correctly
    3:46pm Shepard to have a shot from just beyond half way
    3:47pm PEnalty Sucessful, Chiefs lead 7-6 sorry, disregard earlier score
    3:48pm crum, Force feed on Force 22
    3:49pm Free Kick Force from Pocock turnover
    3:49pm Knock on Drew Mitchell
    3:51pm Chiefs making ground from the scrum, Forward pass throw by Chiefs 9
    3:51pm Scrum Force, Free Kick Force
    3:52pm Drew makes 30 metres, then knocks on again
    3:52pm Lineout Force on Force 22
    3:52pm Scrum Chiefs on half way
    3:53pm 18th minute Chiefs still lead 7-6
    3:55pm Lineout goes against the throw , couple of ordinary kicks, Forcw have a crack down th wing, Chiefs counter
    3:56pm Penalty Chiefs, Linout on Force 22, throw not straight, Scrum Force
    3:57pm Penalty Force from the scrum
    3:57pm Valentine clearing Kick, Anesi Knocks on with a Force plaer not even within cooee of him
    3:58pm Cheifs turn it over, clearing kick then Drew knocks on AGAIN!!!
    3:58pm Gits goes for touch, Lineout just outside the Chiefs 22
    3:59pm Chiefs inside the 22
    3:59pm Free Kick Cheifs
    4:00pm Chiefs scrum inside FORCE 22, ABOUT 15 FROM THE Force line
    4:00pm Cmon boys hold em out
    4:00pm This game brought to you by JB O'Reillys, well thats the wireless internet i'm using
    4:01pm Great scrum by Force turns it over
    4:02pm Free kick Chiefs at the resulting Force scrum
    4:05pm Force on attack in the Chiefs 22
    4:05pm Turnover, Chiefs counter, knock on then the Chiefs bloke tried to pickit up in an offside position, ref doesnt notice pays only the knock on
    4:07pm Clearing Kickfrom the scrum sits up nicely, Sivivatu forced to kickfor touch, lineout Force on 10 metre line, turned over, Chiefs back in Posession
    4:08pm Some shocking missed tackles by the Force laeds to the 2nd Chiefs TRY, Brendan Leonard the scorer
    4:09pm Chiefs lead 14-6 33rd minute
    4:09pm Conversion successful by Donald
    4:09pm Mitchell missed the First tackle
    4:11pm PENALTY FORCE: High Tackle
    4:11pm Shep kicks out on the Full, Lineout back in Force territory, turned over,Force in possestion
    4:12pm Penalty unsuccessfull
    4:12pm Shepard to have a shot from his own half
    4:13pm Knock on Force from restart
    4:14pm Chiefs throw it wide, ref misses a forward pass, Chiefs shred through some very ordinary Force Defense
    4:15pm Conversion Succesful, Chiefs lead Force 21-6
    4:15pm Knock on Chiefs, Force scrum 45 out fro their own line
    4:16pm Knock by Giteau, 39 mins gone, 14 missed tacles by Force and 19 handling errors
    4:17pm Force win Scrum against the feed, have a crack, knock on by Cummins and thats half time
    4:18pm Chiefs 21 lead Force 6 and I'm off to the bar
    4:22pm 60 % territory to the Cheifs and 55% possession
    4:27pm 2nd Half kicked off
    4:27pm Try Scorers are Masaga, Kahui and Leonard
    4:28pm Force have it early Chiefs 22, free kick to the Force
    4:29pm Turnover but Chiefs player tackled straight into touch
    4:30pm Lineout won by Force, they now have it inside the 22, Knock on by Force 12 after he goes through a hole in the line
    4:31pm Valentine off Blood Bin
    4:32pm Masaga with a chip and chase that nearly leads to a try, Cummins beat him to the ball to ground it in goal, Force to re-start
    4:33pm Chiefs linebreak, pinned in own half then penalty
    4:34pm Chip over the top not a line break sorry
    4:34pm Gits to kick for th line from Force 5 metre line
    4:35pm Free Kick Chiefs on Force 22
    4:35pm Sharpe wins Lineout, clearing kicks goes straight up, knocked on by Chiefs palyer that caught it
    4:36pm Forward pass not noticed by Ref again
    4:36pm Penalty Force
    4:37pm Lineout Force 10 metre line, Chiefs territory
    4:37pm won by Force, Horua didnt take it cleanly
    4:38pm Gits puts it high, Chiefs knock on
    4:38pm I reckon about 30 metres out for the scrum
    4:39pm Turnover Chiefs, then Knock on Chiefs, Force scrum
    4:40pm 51st minute, no change to the score
    4:40pm Hockings off, Pusey on
    4:42pm 3rd scrum attmept here
    4:42pm and a free kick to the Chiefs
    4:42pm called against Pek Cowan for not engaging
    4:43pm Drew makes a break after a chiefs ship
    4:43pm slow ball lets the CHiefs get set
    4:44pm nice pass from Gits to Cross, chip behind the defenders, Sivivatu picks up and Chiefs run it, Masaga knocks on before Drew got him
    4:45pm Scrum Force, 5 metres in their own half
    4:46pm High ball dropped, Horua picks it up and runs about 30 metres to score
    4:46pm TRY FORCE, Horua the Scorer
    4:47pm Gits Conversion successful
    4:48pm 57th minute, Force trail 21-13
    4:48pm Penalty against Cummins for takining player out in the air, while competing for the ball
    4:49pm sorry Cross i think it was, one of those boys needs a haircut
    4:50pm Chiefs clearing kick charged down, lineout on the 22
    4:50pm Penalty successful
    4:51pm Lineout on Force 10 metre line
    4:52pm Gits kicks, Chiefs run it back through 15, almost slices between the Force defenders, Chiefs knock on
    4:52pm Valentine back on
    4:54pm Lovley little kick by Drew, clearing kick from Chiefs, 5 metres out from their line
    4:55pm Lineout throw too long. Chiefs have it on Force to metre line so thery made 20 metres there
    4:55pm Turnover, Force put it through the hands, JO'C chips just a bit long
    4:56pm Kick doesnt go out, Mitchell breaks first tackle, Gits runs it, offloads to Cowan then knock on
    4:57pm Scrum on Chiefs 22
    4:58pm Gits finds the line inside CHiefs 22, after Force scrum smashed Chiefs scrum, CHiefs got it away though
    5:00pm Cumins calls the mark inside Force 22, bit of push and shove
    5:00pm Masaga breaks another 2 tackles like a hot knife through butter
    5:01pm Gits clearing kick only puts the line out 5 from 22
    5:02pm 68th minute, Chiefs still lead 24 - 13
    5:02pm Chiefs building now, not anymore free kick Force
    5:02pm Shepard finds the line on Chiefs 10 metre line
    5:03pm Drew lets the kick bounce and has to go back another 10 metres to get it
    5:04pm Drew makes a nice run, trips over, Force spin it wide, CHiefs knock on somehow
    5:05pm Drew knocks on again about 5 metres out
    5:05pm Free kick Force
    5:06pm Penalty Cheifs from resulting scrum
    5:07pm 40 metres from the line
    5:07pm Chiefs throw
    5:07pm Chiefs win it
    5:07pm Force have it!
    5:07pm Lineout 5 from Halfway
    5:08pm 73 minutes gone, 24-13 still
    5:08pm Giteau chips then pinged for taking player out who tried to catch it
    5:09pm Chiefs on attack, knock on inside Force 22
    5:10pm Haig Sare hits a gap after a nice ball from Gits, turned over CHiefs have it on10 metre line
    5:11pm Cameron Shepard knocks on
    5:11pm Free Kick Force
    5:12pm 77th minute Force trail by 11
    5:13pm Force put it through the hands untill Sare was tackled into touch
    5:13pm Lineout just inside Force half
    5:14pm Penalty Chiefs, after I thought they had scored
    5:15pm Chiefs lineout on Force 5 metre line
    5:15pm Ref blows whistle, Penalty Chiefs, Joining from the side, didnt see the Yellow number
    5:16pm Chiefs pushing for a bonus point
    5:17pm Chip ove rhte top, marked in the in goal by Drew
    5:18pm Chiefs cross the line, Ref goes upstairs
    5:18pm Force run it, turned over, Penalty to the Chiefs
    5:18pm Replay shows held up
    5:19pm Try awarded, WTF?
    5:19pm Try scored by Chiefs 19
    5:20pm Conversion successfull
    5:20pm Conversion to come
    5:20pm FULL TIME Chiefs def Western Force 31-13
    5:25pm It looked fairly held up here on TV, and I have only had 1 pint
    5:26pm just waiting to see it the stats get put up again
    5:28pm apparently not
    5:29pm Western Force were very ordinary tonight, if we play like that next week the Crusaders wil run riot

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    Yeah it was only their second game on the road too?

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    so many turnovers, I almost couldn't keep up

    But was fun none the less, a pleasure to inform all those stuck at the office
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    Good work on the call jargs... did you type all that in while watching the match? ....

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    Indeed I did, only had time for 2 pints
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    5:18pm Replay shows held up
    5:19pm Try awarded, WTF?


    thats what i thought too.. about the same time i went outside to water the lawn and cool down from the RAGE!...

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    how many bets the 3rd umpire was a kiwi..?

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    I think the title should have stopped after two words

    FORCE FAIL seems pretty fitting to me. Where is my teacher with her big F stamp when I need it!

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    Zero missed tackles?! Whaaat?

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    counter must have gone all the way through and hit 0 again
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    2nd page Robyn..they havent moved the 24 missed tackles against the players names yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by travelling_gerry View Post
    2nd page Robyn..they havent moved the 24 missed tackles against the players names yet.
    Ahh... I see now.

    I don't BELIEVE they missed as many tackles as us. How is that possible!? Why couldn't we take advantage of those 24 missed tackles like they did? We just completely went missing. No player played well, there were all on another planet. That's two games this season we've not turned up at all... Not a good record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robyn <3 View Post
    Ahh... I see now.

    I don't BELIEVE they missed as many tackles as us. How is that possible!? Why couldn't we take advantage of those 24 missed tackles like they did?
    Because we had a major case of the fumbles. Junior knocked on at one stage just as he was running through a hole (inside the Chiefs 22) in the Chiefs line
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