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  • Johansson, Cipriani, Mitchell,
    Penalty goals: Gerrard, Huxley (2),
    Conversions: Cipriani (3),
30 - 29

Western Force

  • Pocock, Cummins, Mafi, Stanley,
    Penalty goals: Harvey,
    Conversions: Harvey (3),

Rebels v Force - Live

Last updated: 23rd March 2012  

Full Timefull-time Rebels 30 Western Force 29

80 The Force take the ball through 18 phases but they make little headway and are soon penalised after infringing at a ruck inside their 22. Gerrard puts the ball into touch and the referee blows the final whistle. The home side are relieved and ecstatic as it is their first win of this year's competition. It could easily have gone to the visitors who showed great character to fight back after trailing 21-0 at one stage during the first half.

78 Huxley puts in a clearance kick inside his 22 and is tackled late by Mafi. The touch judge has his flag out and has a word with the referee who awards a penalty to the Rebels.

76 Hilgendorf races towards the Force tryline with no one in front of him but the referee calls him back after Chamberlain knocked a ball on at a lineout.

Penalty73 PENALTY, REBELS, GERRARD! 30-29. Mark Gerrard succeds with the penalty from a difficult angle after Pocock is pinned for not releasing a tackled player.

68 The Rebels are trying hard to regain the lead and are soon on the edge of the Force's 22 after taking the ball through 12 phases. However they lose possession at a critical moment when Hugh Pyle is penalised for holding on to the ball on the ground.

Conversion64 CONVERSION, WESTERN FORCE, HARVEY! 27-29. Harvey adds the extras and the visitors take the lead for the first time in the clash.

TRY63 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, CUMMINS! 27-27. Nick Cummins bursts through the Rebels defence after running onto a pass from the lineout on the 22 metre line and dots down next to the posts.

62 Tom Chamberlain is penalised after he enters a maul from the side. Stannard puts the ball into touch on the edge of the Rebels' 22.

60 Huxley misses with a difficult penalty attempt from close to the touchline after the Force infringe at a ruck.

Penalty56 PENALTY, REBELS, HUXLEY! 27-22. Huxley scores the home side's first points of the half after Kieran Longbottom is penalised for not rolling away after making a tackle.

52 The Force do well to put pressure on the Rebels at a scrum and Pocock soon wins a valuable turnover.

Penalty49 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, HARVEY! 24-22. Harvey adds the extras after Mark Gerrard is penalised for being offside.

47 The Rebels have replaced hooker Adam Freier with Ged Robinson.

Conversion45 CONVERSION, WESTERN FORCE, HARVEY! 24-19. David Harvey narrows the gap to five points with the easy place kick.

TRY44 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, MAFI! 24-17. Alfi Mafi goes on a run outside the Rebels' 22 and beats three defenders before scoring under the posts!

43 The Force are on the attack close to the Rebels' 22 but Winston Stanley's pass to Nick Cummins is a poor one, which rolls into touch.

40 James Stannard gets the second half started. Gareth Delve gathers and the ball is soon set up for James Hilgendorf to put in a clearance kick.

Half TimeHalf-time Rebels 24 Western Force 12

40 The Force are awarded a penalty just outside their 22 and James Stannard brings proceedings to a close when he puts the ball into the stands. It's certainly been an interesting half. The Rebels deserve their lead after their early dominance but the Force have fought back well in the latter stages of the half. We'll be back in 10 minutes with the second half.

39 Huxley has another shot at goal but his effort his the upright! this after Kieran Longbottom is initially pinned for illegal scrummaging just inside the Rebels' half but the referee adds another 10 yards to the penalty when Nathan Charles questions his decision.

35 Harvey does well when he puts in a clearance kick from just insidehis half which rolls out inside the Rebels' 22.

TRY33 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, STANLEY! 24-12. Winston Stanley scores from close range after latching onto a long pass from Brett Sheehan.

Penalty30 PENALTY, REBELS, HUXLEY! 24-7. Julian has taken over the goal-kicking duties from Cipriani, who has left the field with an injury. Huxley adds the three points after the Force are penalised at a ruck.

Conversion28 CONVERSION, WESTERN FORCE, HARVEY! 21-7. David Harvey narrows the gap for the visitors.

TRY27 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, POCOCK! 21-5. David Pocock pounces on some uncertainty by the Rebels and dives on a loose ball behind the tryline.

26 The Force get a penalty after Hugh Pyle infringes at a ruck inside the Rebels 22.

Conversion23 CONVERSION, REBELS, CIPRIANI! 21-0. Cipriani adds the two points which gives the hosts a big lead with three quarters of the match still to be played!

TRY22 TRY, REBELS, CIPRIANI! 19-0. Danny Cipriani scores after brilliant work from Mark Gerrard in the build-up. The right wing breaks out from deep inside his half before beating two force defenders and off-loads to Cipriani close to the Force's 22 before the fly-half scores under the posts.

19 David Harvey has just missed a fairly easy penalty attempt! His effort hits the post after the Rebels are penalised for an infringement at a ruck.

Conversion16 CONVERSION, REBELS, CIPRIANI! 14-0. Danny Cipriani adds the extras to underline the home side's early dominance.

TRY15 TRY, REBELS, JOHANSSON! 12-0. Lloyd Johansson breaks through the Force defence and dots down to put his side further in the lead!

12 The Rebels go on the attack inside their own half. Mark Gerrard does well when he sells the Force defence a neat dummy before offloading to Julian Huxley on the halfway mark. Huxley goes on a run down the touchline but and when is confronted by a Force defender on the 22-metre line, he throws a pass which a Force player intercepts before being brought to ground.

11 The Rebels keep the ball amongst their forwards but lose momentum when Luke Jones knocks the ball on just inside the Force's half.

Conversion9 CONVERSION, REBELS, CIPRIANI! 7-0. The Englishman adds the extras to give his side a handy lead.

TRY8 TRY, REBELS, MITCHELL! 5-0. Lachlan Mitchell scores under the posts after running onto a pass from Cipriani close to the tryline.

7 The Rebels' Jarryd Saffy breaks through the Force defence and is stopped inside his opponents' half. The ball comes wide to Cooper Vuna who knocks on.

5 The Rebels get a free-kick inside their 22 after the Force have too many players at a line-out.

3 The Force are awarded a penalty inside their half after the Rebels go offside at a ruck.

Kick-off Danny Cipriani gets us started! His kick is gathered by the Force forwards and it soon comes back to James Stannard who kicks upfield. his kick is not out and Cipriani eventually puts it into touch with a neat grubber kick just inside the Force's half.

Team News The Western Force welcome back winger Nick Cummins to the starting XV and experienced lock Toby Lynn to their replacements bench for this clash. After a strong statement in their one point win against the Waratahs last weekend, Force coach Richard Graham has stuck with the majority of his run-on side. Cummins and prop Kieran Longbottom are the only changes.

Team News The big news is that former Force fly-half James O'Connor has withdrawn from this clash against his former side - one of two late changes for the Melbourne Rebels. It is understood O'Connor has a hamstring injury. His replacement in the side is another former Force player in James Hilgendorf, who is likely to start on the bench. Full-back Richard Kingi is the other player out for the Rebels. In other changes made earlier this week Rebels coach Damien Hill has recalled Nick Phipps and Danny Cipriani as the preferred half-back pairing. The tight five is unchanged with one change coming in the back-row as Jarrod Saffy starts alongside Tom Chamberlain and Gareth Delve. Michael Lipman returns from injury on the bench.

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