Western Drive go down in brutal reduction to Super Rugby Pacific juggernaut Blues

Western Force gave the Super Rugby Pacific juggernaut Blues a huge fright in a 22-18 reduction at HBF Park on Friday night time.

The All Blacks-laden, ladder-foremost Blues survived an awesome 26 phases on their line after the closing siren to escape with victory and consider their unbeaten profitable streak to 9 games.

There was plenty of battle in the Drive underdog who performed some of their ideal rugby of the season in a battling 2nd-fifty percent that held the Blues pointless.

The losing reward level served the Force strengthen their eighth closing qualifying spot.

The Force shed the run of horror starts off that handed big leads to the Brumbies, Rebels and Waratahs and proved also significant to claw back again in their last a few video games.

They have been coming back again from a week off soon after becoming unable to discipline a aspect strike by COVID and with restricted training.

They received out to an eight-position guide right after 8 minutes with a Bayley Kuenzle penalty and a Manasa Mataele consider.

At the time the Blues uncovered their momentum they have been relentless, fast possession at the ruck enable them make simple metres.

They rolled ahead in waves.

Their forwards laid a strong system for the backs and they ran in 3 attempts ahead of the break from Sam Darry, Akira Ioane and AJ Lam. Beauden Barrett included two conversions and a penalty.

But in an astonishing next-fifty percent turnaround the Drive scored two attempts from Jeremy Thrush and Bo Abra that experienced the Blues hanging on.

The Blues had been successful at the breakdown, their defence was stable and they have been swift to counter-assault off Drive mistakes and inadequate kicks.

When Power prop Santiago Medrano acquired an early 2nd-fifty percent yellow card it seemed inescapable that the Blues would maintain racking up the factors.

Rather it extra further struggle to the Pressure and they held the Blues scoreless for 40 minutes

* The Chiefs held on for a 27-25 victory about the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium.

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