Western Force stun defending champions

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iol spt mar22 Western Force Getty Images Two tries from captain Matt Hodgson laid the platform for the Western Force as they upset defending champions Waikato Chiefs. Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images

Two tries from captain Matt Hodgson laid the platform for the Western Force as they upset defending champions Waikato Chiefs 18-15 in Perth on Saturday to end their 100 percent Super Rugby record this season.

Hodgson scored his first after 13 minutes as the Force stormed over the Chiefs' defence from a lineout, and again six minutes into the second half with a pick-up from close range.

The Chiefs, who had won their three previous games this season, were unable to convert late pressure into a score and had to rely on the boots of Aaron Cruden and Gareth Ainscombe for their points, all coming from penalties.

Sias Ebersohn kicked two penalties and a conversion as Western Force won for a third successive game. – Reuters


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