Super Rugby Pacific highlights: Western Force beat Hurricanes to keep play-off hopes alive

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 Credit: PA Images
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Western Force claimed a priceless 27-22 win over the Hurricanes in Perth on Saturday in a result that keeps alive their Super Rugby Pacific hopes.

On an emotional day for the hosts as senior players Jeremy Thrush, Richard Kahui and Greg Holmes are nearing retirement, it was a special triumph.

A try brace from Josh Moorby put the Hurricanes 12-6 ahead after 27 minutes, with Ian Prior kicking two penalties in response for Western Force.

Brayden Iose’s five-pointer extended that lead to 11 points before a try on the stroke of half-time from Force prop Santiago Medrano made it 17-13.

Andrew Ready’s try five minutes after the resumption moved the Force 20-17 in front, but the Hurricanes hit back soon after through Salesi Rayasi.

The tension was mounting in Perth and unsurprisingly the scoreboard reflected that as the fixture wore on. That was until the 74th minute when centre Byron Ralston went over for a try, converted by Michael McDonald, that put the Force back into the lead, which they held on to in the closing stages for a vital win.

The Force will now hope their Australian neighbours the Rebels do them a favour against the Highlanders in Sunday’s final regular-season match.

Video credit: Super Rugby Pacific

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