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- 20th May 2012
- KO 07:35
Western Force v Melbourne Rebels - Live!
80 Full-time. Rebels win 32-31 in a result that moves them above the 'Tahs in the Aussie conference. Thanks for following today. Have a good rest of your Sunday.
79 The Force have to go from their own 22 if they are going to win.
77 BEALE PENALTY! 31-32! Did we ever doubt him?
76 Wow, the Rebels can retake the lead here after a strong scrum from their pack. The shot for Beale is wide on the left, about 25 metres out. Here we go then.
73 SEYMOUR PENALTY! 31-29! The Force have the lead despite being a player down and that is down to quick ball causing the Rebels to come offside.
70 HODGSON YELLOW! Matt Hodgon is shown a card for an offence on the ground so the Force have to finish with fourteen men. Advantage Rebels.
69 Scrum penalty goes the way of the Rebels now on halfway as Jonker blows his whistle. Now, does in-form fly-half Beale have the distance to go for goal? No is the answer as he looks to put it into the corner, but ultimately fails to make the touchline.
65 SEYMOUR PENALTY! 28-29! From distance from the 10.
62 BEALE PENALTY! 25-29! Simple enough kick for Beale.
61 Good response from the Rebels as Beale sparks them to life. And that ultimately sees Pocock coming in from the side at ruck time and also handling the ball when he shouldn't. Easy three points coming for Beale here as captain Delve calls for the tee.
59 SHEEHAN PENALTY! 25-26! Fine kick from halfway.
58 So just the one score since the interval in Perth but that could soon change as the Rebels are penalised at scrum time. Hmm, and that offence has sparked some handbags involving Blake and a few others. Net result, a white card being issued.
55 That prompts the Force to break out via Nalaga on the left. The home fans are roaring here as Sharpe carries on the charge. But unfortunately for the Perth side the ball is lost forward a few phases later. That was a big chance to take the lead there.
52 Here is Beale in the open spaces from halfway. Room to move for the Wallaby as he gets up to the 22 in no time at all. But that's great cover defence as the fly-half is hauled down and has the ball pinched from him. He seems to have hurt his arm after that.
50 The Rebels didn't make the most of that platform and that allows the Force to move to halfway, partly due to a high tackle. By the way, Stirling Mortlock is on.
47 Crazy from Ma'afu as just after Mafi scored he went in late on a tackler. Net result, a Rebels penalty that is sent right into the corner by kicking machine Gerrard.
46 SEYMOUR CONVERSION! 22-26! Good kick.
45 MAFI TRY! 20-26! It's the replacement, who ran with intent on a couple of occasions, the second time seeing him power over. Excellent from Alfie Mafi.
43 Early opportunity though for the Force after a knock-on at line-out time from Davidson. The hosts will put in about fifteen metres out on the right wing. Chance to haul themselves back into the game, with lots of room for Seymour and company to work with.
Second-half Welcome back. Hope you are suitably refreshed and ready for the second 40 minutes as the four-try Melbourne Rebels look to put the seal on this result.
40 Half-time at nib Stadium in Perth with the Rebels going in 15-26 to the good. It's been an open game in the sunshine with Beale again superb for the Melbourne side. Join us soon for the final 40 minutes of this fixture. Let's hope for yet more tries.
36 VUNA TRY! 15-26! I spoke too soon. The Rebels strike with Vuna bouncing off a defender before crashing over on the left touchline. Conversion missed.
34 The Force look twice the team of last week's showing in Durban right now. They are backing themselves with ball in hand and are unfortunate to get isolated.
31 HARVEY CONVERSION! 15-21! Six points in it.
30 MCCALMAN TRY! 13-21! Deja vu. The Force pack do the damage again and it's the eight powering over under the posts with a little help from his friends.
27 BEALE CONVERSION! 8-21! Three from three.
26 NEVILLE TRY! 8-19! What a retort. Beale is orchestrating and goes to the left wing where the rangy lock is there waiting. He bumps off Wara to get his second.
25 Wow, Harvey hits the post from close range with the extras.
24 NALAGA TRY! 8-14! Back come the Western Force, using their powerful forwards and they earn themselves a penalty. Now, three points probably here? No! Nalaga goes quickly and powers to the line. Is he over? The TMO will decide. Try!
21 BEALE CONVERSION! 3-14! From the touchline.
20 DELVE TRY! 3-12! Another excellent team try from the Rebels. Concerted pressure and a mixture in their play leads to Delve being left free wide out.
17 Excellent from Seymour as he breaks out from his own 22. However, the recycled ball sees Sharpe fumble so we'll pack down on halfway with Phipps putting in.
16 HARVEY PENALTY! 3-7! Good stuff from a chasing Samu Wara as he claims a high ball in the Rebels half and that ultimately leads to the Force offending. No mistake this time from Harvey as he closes the gap to just four points with sixteen gone.
13 Rebels are in possession with Beale throwing some special flat balls in back play. Now Pyle has a run as the Melbourne outfit set up camp just outside the 22.
10 An offence at scrum time is spotted by South African referee Marius Jonker and so will come a first attempt at goal from full-back Harvey. Can he improve his 80% record in front of the posts? No, he hits the upright so we remain at 0-7 here in Perth.
7 Free-kick from a scrum for the Force as they look to cause some damage on the visiting 22. But oh dear, Sheehan can't keep hold of it so here's another set-piece.
4 BEALE CONVERSION! 0-7! From under the uprights.
3 NEVILLE TRY! 0-5! Cadeyrn Neville is over after concerted pressure from the visitors. They went through the phases patiently and the try duly came. Top start.
Kick-off Kurtley Beale gets us underway in the sunshine of Perth. The pitch looks great for running rugby as the Rebels stretch the play early on, with Beale directing.
Team news The Force name Ben Seymour at fly-half as David Harvey shifts to the back. Ben McCalman is at eight for Matt Hodgson, who moves onto the blindside for the absent Richard Brown. The Rebels are unsurprisingly unchanged for the Aussie derby.
Welcome Hello from nib Stadium in Perth for the final game of Round 13. The Force are in action against the Rebels in this fixture, with the latter entering this one full of confidence after beating the Crusaders last weekend. Today's hosts however, come into the game on the back of a hammering at the hands of the Sharks. Team news to follow.
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