The Western Force recorded a club-record winning streak thanks to a sensational late Jayden Hayward try that sunk the Reds 32-29 in a Vodacom Super Rugby thriller on Saturday in Brisbane. New Zealand-born fullback Hayward beat three defenders in a dramatic 79th minute try after 16 pressure filled phases to produce the eighth and final lead change at Suncorp Stadium. The Perth side proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the match managing to score three tries to two and soldiered on to protect their status whenever the home outfit appeared to be regaining momentum.
The triumph over the Reds for the Force marks as their first in the franchise’s nine-season history they have won four straight and it places them fourth on the table. The visitors took control of the first half after their intensity saw them taking a comfortable 12-0 lead thanks to Sias Ebersohn’s four penalty goals. But it was only a matter of time before the Queensland side responded vigorously, taking the match to a 17-17 half time scoreline.
A try from Luke Morahan granted the Force an early lead in the second period, but Mike Harris’s boot seemed to be sealing the meeting for the Reds as they skipped to a four point lead heading into the final stages of the match. No one saw it coming but in the dying minutes of the match Hayward fought back and stole the match for the Force, causing an upset in Brisbane.