Live updates: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman - Force v Highlanders from HBF Park, Perth

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Force 15 Highlanders 25

Highlanders 25 (Gregoryx2, Nareki, Johnstone tries, Hunt 1con, 1pen) bt
Western Force 15 (Cubelli, Wagner tries, Miotti pen) HT 20-10

Fulltime - The game is over and that's 2 from 2 for the Highlanders and they sit second on the ladder with three games to play this weekend.

79mins - Try Force: Angus Wagner - Wagner crashes over close to the line after great leadup work from Kahui. HIG 25-15

78mins - Turnover Highlanders, but it's a lineout on the 22 for the Force as the kick goes out on the full.

77mins - Lineout 10m for the Force as time ticks down.

74mins - The Highlanders over the line through Kazuki Himeno but it's ruled a double movement. 

71mins - Plenty of possession for the Force but their handling is letting them down. Another forced fuble as Nareki hammers Olowofela in a ball and all tackle.

65mins - Force blow a a promising movement with a knock-on....scrum Higlanders midway halfway and 22. 

60mins - Try Highlanders: Scott Gregory - Off the back of the maul Smith flings a wide pass out to Hunt who goes inside to Gregory and he scores his second. HIG 25-10

56mins - Yellow card against the Force. Prop Greg Holmes to spend 10 in the bin for a high shot. Lineout 5m for the Highlanders.

54mins - The Force hot on attack through Koteka and he should have given the pass inside but took the tackle and turns the ball over 5m out. 

52mins - The Highlanders resist and win a  turnover.

51mins - Another penalty coming up.... bit of a bust-up between a couple of the players.

50mins - The opt for the 5m lineout.

49mins - Penalty for the Force in front of the sticks.

48mins - The Force with a chamce here - lineout midway halfway and 22.

44mins - 5m lineout for the Highlanders - a try here could open up the match.

Second-half - Back underway in Perth.

Halftime - Highlanders 20 Force 10

39mins - Try Force - Tomas Cubelli: Outstanding try. Short ball from Cubelli to Olowofela and he steps one then fires the ball back inside to the halfback who scores the Force's first try. HIG 20-10

36mins - Try Highlanders - Scott Gregory: Aaron Smith all class. The No.9 with a  short pass off the back of a rolling maul to his second-five and he crashes over to score. HIG 20-3

32mins - Penalty goal Highanders - They get that three points right back as Hunt lands from in front. HIG 15-3

29mins - Penalty goal Force - Miotti drills that one right down the middle. HIG 12-3

27mins - Penalty for the Force off the back of a big scrum. Chance for points for the homeside.

24mins - Try Highlanders: Ayden Johnstone - The big fella crashes over off the back of the rolling maul and that's the try the Highlanders deserved with all that pressure. HIG 12-0

23mins - Lineout 5m for the Highlanders.

22mins - McIntyre off the park - replaced by Miotti.

21mins - The Highlanders dominating territory but can't land that killer blow. Stoppage in play with one of the Force players laying prone on the ground - Jake McIntyre knocked out after a head clash on contact.

18mins - The Force defence is holding up to a stern test from the Highlanders. Richard Kahui making some big tackles.

15mins - Lineout for the Highlanders 10m out after a penalty for a high shot.

12mins - Try Highlanders - Jona Nareki : Smith pounces off the back of the lineout and finds a flying Nareki on the inside and he runs away to score. HIG 7-0

10mins - The Highlanders with ball in the red zone for the first time. Lineout 10m.

5mins - Force dominating the early stages but as of yet the Highlanders haven't cracked.

Kick-off - Underway in Perth


Hello folks and welcome to our live updates of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman clash between the Highlanders and the Force.

Key forward Shanon Frizell will reclaim his starting spot on the side of the scrum for the Highlanders.

The All Blacks flanker was stood down by the side for their opening win against the Reds on Friday due to allegations of assault on a woman at a Dunedin bar earlier this month.

Last week, Highlanders chief executive Roger Clark stressed that Frizell wasn't being punished by the team and they were merely removing the distraction while police conducted their investigations.

The 27-year-old 13-test international will don the No.6 jersey as one of just three changes to last week's starting XV, with Bryn Evans rotating in to start at lock in place of Josh Dickson and Hugh Renton shifting to the back of the scrum, with Kazuki Himeno joining the bench.

The team will also be bolstered by the return of fullback Josh Ioane, who takes a place on the bench on his return from injury.

TAB odds: Highlanders $1.25, Force $3.65

Highlanders: 1-Ayden Johnstone, 2-Ash Dixon (cc), 3-Siate Tokolahi, 4-Pari Pari Parkinson, 5-Bryn Evans, 6-Shannon Frizell, 7-Billy Harmon, 8-Hugh Renton, 9-Aaron Smith (cc), 10-Mitch Hunt, 11-Jona Nareki, 12-Scott Gregory, 13-Michael Collins, 14-Patelesio Tomkinson, 15-Sam Gilbert

Reserves: 16-Liam Coltman, 17-Ethan De Groot, 18-Josh Hohneck, 19-Josh Dickson, 20-Kazuki Himeno, 21-Kayne Hammington, 22-Josh Ioane, 23-Ngatugnane Punivai

Force: 1-Tom Robertson, 2-Feleti Kaitu'u, 3-Santiago Medrano, 4-Jeremy Thrush, 5-Sitaleki Timani, 6-Fergus Lee-Warner, 7-Kane Koteka, 8-Tim Ainstee, 9-Tomas Cubelli, 10-Jake McIntyre, 11-Jordan Olowofela, 12-Henry Taefu, 13-Kyle Godwin, 14-Richard Kahui, 15-Rob Kearney

Reserves: 16-Andrew Ready, 17-Angus Wagner, 18-Greg Holmes, 19-Ryan McCauley, 20-Brynard Stander, 21-Ian Prior, 22-Domingo Miotti, 23-Jake Strachan