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Force beat Reds for landmark win

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Fullback Jayden Hayward scored a try two minutes from time to give Western Force a 32-29 victory over the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on Saturday and a fourth successive win for the first time in Super Rugby.

Hayward smashed through three tackles to touch down and converted his own score to allow the resurgent Perth-based team to edge a see-saw contest and move into the playoff positions in the standings.

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 05: Jayden Hayward of the Force scores the winning the try during the round eight Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Force at Suncorp Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Four Sias Ebersohn penalties gave the visitors a 12-0 lead after 20 minutes but the Reds hit back with converted tries from centre Ben Tapuai and prop James Slipper while flanker Angus Cottrell was in the sin-bin for a shoulder charge.

Force captain Ben McCalman and former Reds winger Luke Morahan touched down either side of the break but the Reds stayed in the game through the kicking of Mike Harris and Quade Cooper, who missed a drop goal at the death that would have tied up the contest. – Reuters

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