RD 2: Force 26 def. Reds 19 NIB STADIUM | MARCH 2, 2017 | KICK-OFF: 8:30PM AEST

ROUND 2 - AWAY

St.George Queensland Reds v Western Force

The St.George Queensland Reds have lost 26-19 to the Western Force in Round 2 of Vodafone Super Rugby in Perth on Thursday night.

“We’re bitterly disappointed with our performance. It wasn’t good enough. We knew what they were going to do and to their credit, they executed it well and we got caught playing too much Rugby in our half. Mistakes turned into pressure, which turned into points. How we respond from that performance is key. Our actions will speak louder than words.” -Head coach Nick stiles
The St.George Queensland Reds and Western Force pack go head to head at nib Stadium.

LIVE BLOG

First-Half

Follow us here for LIVE updates during the game, kick-off at 8:30pm AEST.

2 min | Penalty to the Force in the early moments sets Chance Peni up for a try. 0-5 to the Force.

3 min | Lance misses the conversion score remains 5-nil to the Force.

18 min | TRY! Nabuli is over 5-all.

19 min | Cooper misses the conversion from the sideline, score remains 5-all.

20 min | Nabuli is over for his second! 10-5 kick to come.

21 min | Cooper slots the conversion from in front of the posts, Reds take a 12-5 lead.

34 min | Matt Phillip scores for the Force, 12-10, kick-to come.

35 min | Conversion is good, scores level at 12-all.

HT | Half-time in Perth and the scores are locked at 12-all.

First Half Attack Stats

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Second-Half

45 min | SUBS: Fa'agase on for Slipper, Tui on for Korczyk.

49 min | TRY! Nabuli is over for his third of the night! 17-12, kick to come.

50 min | Cooper slots the conversion, Reds lead 19-12. SUB: Tupou on for Talakai. #FORvRED

STAT | Nabuli becomes only the second Reds player to score a hat-trick in Super Rugby, Rod Davies being the first.

Nabuli after his efforts on the paddock.

53 min | Reds penalised at the scrum, Prior to take a shot at the posts.

55 min | Prior slots the penalty and narrows the gap to 19-15.

63 min | Reds penalised at the scrum, Prior to have a shot at the posts.

64 min | Prior misses the penalty, score remains 19-15.

65 min | Perese is on for Kuridrani, making his Super Rugby and Queensland debut.

66 min | Ready on for Moore at hooker.

66 min | Reds penalised for a high tackle, Prior to have a shot.

66 min | Prior slots the conversion to narrow the gap to 1-point, 19-18, Reds just ahead.

67 min | Fa'agase dealt a yellow-card, Reds reduced to 14 men.

69 min | Rona is over for the Force to put them ahead 23-19, kick to come.

70 min | Conversion is missed, score remains 23-19.

70 min | SUB: Rodda on for Kane Douglas.

75 min | Prior slots a penalty, 26-19, Force ahead.

FT | Full-time in Perth and Force claim a 26-19 win.

Izaia Perese, Queensland Representative #1309

Izaia Perese is gifted his Queensland Representative Number of 1309, Cap, Tie and Pin.

Hear from Izaia Perese in the Changerooms after his Queensland and Super Rugby debut.

ST.GEORGE QUEENSLAND REDS

STARTING XV

1. James Slipper (C) - Bond University

2. Stephen Moore - University of Queensland

3. Sam Talakai - Brothers

4. Rob Simmons - Sunnybank

5. Kane Douglas - Norths

6. Adam Korczyk - University of Queensland

7. George Smith

8. Scott Higginbotham - Wests

9. Nick Frisby - GPS

10. Quade Cooper - Souths

11. Eto Nabuli - GPS

12. Duncan Paia'aua - Norths

13. Samu Kerevi - Souths

14. Chris Kuridrani - GPS

15. Karmichael Hunt - Norths

RESERVES

16. Andrew Ready - Easts

17. Sef Fa'agase - University of Queensland

18. Taniela Tupou - Brothers

19. Izack Rodda - Easts

20. Hendrik Tui - Norths

21. James Tuttle - GPS

22. Jake McIntyre - Sunnybank

23. Izaia Perese - Easts (potential Queensland/Super Rugby debut)

WESTERN FORCE

STARTING XV

1. Ben Daley

2. Heath Tessman (C)

3. Jermaine Ainsley

4. Matt Philip

5. Adam Coleman

6. Ross Haylett-Petty

7. Kane Koteka

8. Brynard Stander

9. Ryan Louwrens

10. Jono Lance

11. Chance Peni

12. Billy Meakes

13. Curtis Rona

14. Luke Morahan

15. Dane Haylett-Petty

RESERVES

16. Tatafu Polota-Nau

17. Pek Cowan

18. Tetera Faulkner

19. Richard Hardwick

20. Isi Naisarani

21. Michael Ruru

22. Ian Prior

23. Alex Newsome

Round 3 - Reds v Crusaders

The St.George Queensland Reds take on the Crusaders back on home turf on March 11 for their Ladies Round blockbuster. Following their away clash against the Force, the Reds will be looking to recreate their Round 1 victory in front of their home crowd.

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