Force stuns Waratahs with narrow victory
The injury-hit Western Force have pulled off the biggest upset of the Super Rugby season after defeating the Waratahs 21-20 in a scrappy encounter at Allianz Stadium.
Despite dominating territory and possession in the opening stanza, the visitors trailed by a point at the interval but reclaimed the lead through a Dave Harvey penalty on 53 minutes.
Daniel Halangahu answered with consecutive penalty goals before Force winger Samu Wara scored the match winner 14 minutes from time.
The hosts had a chance to steal victory after the siren but a trademark turnover from Force skipper David Pocock sealed his side's first victory of the campaign.
Force debutant Harvey scored 16 points, including a try, a conversion and three penalties, while Adam Ashley-Cooper and Tom Kingston were the try scorers for the home side.
The Highlanders continued their perfect start to the season with a 19-17 victory over the Hurricanes in Wellington.
As has been the case in previous encounters between these two teams it was an arm wrestle from the start and not unsurprisingly was decided by the boot rather than a feast of tries, although both Colin Slade and Cory Jane managed five-pointers.
In the end it was Chris Noake's 74th minute penalty goal that proved to be the difference in the see-saw match that had the Hurricanes leading 14-13 at the break, despite being 0-13 down at one point.
Riaan Viljoen scored the decisive try and Patrick Lambie kicked three conversions and two penalties as the Sharks fought back from 17-0 down to beat the defending Super 15 champions Reds 27-22 in Durban.
Viljoen crossed with 20 minutes remaining in a match where the sides shared six tries, the kicking of Lambie proving decisive.