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Western Force stun defending champions

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.

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. Credit: Getty Images

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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