It was most properly the upset of the year so far when the Western Force came back at the Reds and took the win in Perth on Friday.
Not just did they beat the Reds who has not loss a game yet before this weekend in Super Rugby AU but they qualified for the semi-finals with this win as well.
One must also take into account that the Reds started the game well and the home side where 14 points behind at some stage in the first half.
Jordan Olowofela ended up with a hat-trick of tries for the home side which help them take the table-topping Reds down for the first time this season.
The results means that the Force will end third on the table which qualify them for the playoffs against the Brumbies.
With minutes on the clock the Reds got Paisami over for their first try of the match.
The Force hot back immediately with an intercept try from Olowofela.
The Reds responded with a try by Tupou. With the Reds on the front foot and breaking the Force defence the Force saw Pulu going to the bin.
This gave the Reds their third try through Petaia after they opted for a scrum from the penalty.
With the Force 14 points behind the Reds, the Force was next to score when Kaitu’u picked up the ball at the back of a ruck to get over the line for the home side second try.
This made the lead for the Reds only 21-15 going into the break.
The Reds started the second half as the Force did the first, seeing one of their players send to the bin. This time it was Petaia who was send off for a dangerous tackle.
This gave the home side the opportunity to break the Reds line through Pulu which saw Olowofela getting another.
This made it a one point game. O’Conner kicked a penalty and with with a O’Connor penalty 15 minutes to go the Force saw Thrush going to the bin which gave O’Connor another penalty which he kicked over.
The Force took the lead with Olowofela hat-trick try which gave the Force a three point lead.
The Reds had a last change with a penalty but opted to go for a scrum. The Force managed to hold up an attempted maul which gave them a scrum and the option to hold on to the ball and kick it out for the win
Western Force: Tries – Jordan Olowofela (3), Feleti Kaitu’u. Conversions – Domingo Miotti (2). Penalties – Domingo Miotti (2).
Reds: Tries – Hunter Paisami, Taniela Tupou, Jordan Petaia. Conversions – James O’Connor (3). Penalties – James O’Connor (2).
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