And this week the Force gave a fright to the Chiefs at home in Pukekohe, with a good comeback in the second half for the visitors the score at full time was 22-21 to the home team. Stupid errors and a dogged determination to keep going for scrum resets in the last 15 minutes - for over 8 minutes! - saw the Chiefs with their lowest home score against the Force so far. One word to sum up the match: disappointing. Although it seems the Force have become the bogey team for a lot of sides, a performance like that in the finals by the Chiefs at home would see them eliminated by almost any other side. If they want to get that far they're certainly going to have to step up all aspects of their game, only the scrum seemed to be working well tonight.
EDIT: Reds put on a strong first half display with four tries before the break and held on in the second half to thrash the Sharks 32-17. Probably the best half I've seen the Reds play so far this year, with my personal highlight being Quade Cooper annihilating Keegan Daniel in a tackle
. The Sharks really had no idea what hit them and just looked lost for the first 40.
Hurricanes managed to recover from last week's embarrassing ass-kicking by the Bulls to win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. 12 all at the break, the Hurricanes scored four tries to three over the home team, nice job especially considering they're without Conrad Smith this week!