Reds vs Western Force – Super Rugby 2017 – Game 12

The Reds hosted the Western Force in a replay of the second game of this season in which the Force came out victors at nib Stadium in Perth. The Force have won the past two encounters against the Reds and were looking to make it 3 on the trot at the Suncorp Stadium.

The Reds started sharply when Quade Cooper threw a good dummy and then found Duncan Paia’aua who powered over in the corner. Cooper’s conversion flew wide and Peter Grant notched 2 penalties the Force were in the lead.

The then took comand with Ross Haylett Petty managing to burrow over after a pick and go from short range and suddenly they were strong favourites.

The Reds got a reply after Nick Frisby made a great break. He then found Quade Cooper who played a pass back on the inside to Lukhan Lealaiauloto-Tui who ran in untouched.

The game was like a pendulum though and it was the Force who pushed themselves ahead again! Michael Ruru threw a dummy and flopped over the line but spilt the ball in the process however it was deemed that Frisby had kick the ball scynically out of Ruru’s hands on the floor; he was shown yellow and the Force awarded a penalty try.

The Reds managed the yellow card period well and even got a try. Stephen Moore the beneficery of a strong maul as he peeled off and crashed over.

Moore then got another try from another maul yet this time, he stayed bound and crashed over supported by his teammates.

The Force had lost the lad but unsurprisingly, followed the format of the game and took it back. Billy Meakes with some nice handling in midfield set Curtis Rona free. The centre burst through one challenge and found Marcel Brache with a nice over the top pass allowing the American to run in.

The Reds looked to be out of it already and they were struck a crucial blow when Eto Nabuli was sent to the bin for a third high tackle. The men from the west used the man advantage straight away and Tatafu Polota Nau who exploited it and scored from another maul. That score confirmed that the Reds had been well and truly beaten.

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