Super Rugby Trans-Tasman: Chiefs edge Western Force in final play thriller

The Chiefs have escaped Perth with a thrilling Super Rugby Trans-Tasman win over the Western Force.

Despite being reduced to 14 men after Luke Jacobson's 76th-minute red card, the Chiefs survived a late push from the Force to make it a 5-0 clean sweep for Kiwi sides this weekend.

First-five Domingo Miotti's added-on time conversion attempt slid wide of the post, moments after the one-test Puma captalised on a horror mistake from Chiefs prop Joe Apikotoa, who knocked on in front of his goal line. 

But Miotti's agonising miss gave the Chiefs a 20-19 win in front of a near packed-house at HBF Park in Western Australia.

Former Chiefs and All Blacks back Richard Kahui scored a 69th minute try to bring his side back into the game after they trailed 20-7 before Jacobson's got marched for a clinical breakdown offence.

Jacobson had earlier been yellow carded, as had Anton Lienert-Brown, but a 13-0 run, including two tries in three minutes, looked to have secured victory for the Super Rugby Aotearoa finalists.

Nathan Harris crashed over off the back of a set-piece lineout drive, before Pita Gus Sowakula fed winger Jonah Lowe looked to have set up a comfortable final quarter for the New Zealand franchise.

But coach Clayton McMillan will be disappointed that fundamental handling errors, and poor discipline invited the Force back into the contest and the Chiefs were lucky to escape with the victory.

Damian McKenzie was unusually wayward with the boot, nailing just two from five attempts from the tee, while the Chiefs were also hammered by referee Damon Murphy at set-piece despite looking to have the superior scrum and lineout.

Chiefs 20 (Nankivell, Harris, Lowe tries, McKenzie con, pen) bt 
Force 19 (Penalty try, Kahui, Miotti tries, Miotti con) HT: 10-7