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Super 14: Western Force edges Lions 18-16 in low-scoring second half

Super 14: Western Force edges Lions 18-16 in low-scoring second half

The Western Force edged the Lions 18-16 in their Super 14 match on Friday after only three points were scored in the second half.
The Lions attacked during the final minute at Ellis Park but turned over possession inside the Force quarter.
In the eighth minute of the second half, Lions scrumhalf Jano Vermaak went clear when his kick ahead bounced back to him off a Force player. But the referee ruled the kick had bounced off a Lions player and awarded the Lions a scrum for a Force knock-on.
Soon after that, Cameron Shepherd was successful with a 50-meter penalty goal to put the Force 18-16 ahead with 25 minutes to go.
In the first half, Shepherd was the first to score a try. The Wallaby three-quarter made full use of an overlap set up by Wallaby flyhalf Matt Giteau from a quick tap and ran 40 meters unchallenged with the Lions' defenses left stranded.
Lions' flyhalf Louis Strydom had kept the home team in the match with three penalty goals, but Force No. 8 Tamaiti Horua barged over in the left-hand corner _ also from a neat pass from Giteau _ in the 24th minute for an unconverted try.
The Lions scrapped well thoughout the half and were rewarded when center Doppies le Grange charged down an attempted clearance by Force scrumhalf James Stannard. Le Grange picked the ball up and passed it outside to his center partner Jaco van Schalkwyk who scored under the posts.
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Scores:
Western Force 18 (Cameron Shepherd, Tamaiti Horua tries; Matt Giteau conversion; Giteau, Shepherd penalties) def. Lions 16 (Jaco van Schalkwyk try; Louis Strydom conversion; Strydom 3 penalties).
HT: 15-16.


Updated : 2021-06-19 21:27 GMT+08:00