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  • Robinson, Kingi, Pyle,
    Penalty goals: O'Connor (3),
    Conversions: O'Connor (3),
30 - 23

Western Force

  • Brown, Mafi (2),
    Penalty goals: Godwin (2),
    Conversions: Godwin,
  • Super Rugby
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  • 15th Feb 2013
  • KO 08:40
  • Ground: AAMI Park, Melbourne

Rebels v Force - Live

Last updated: 15th February 2013  

Full TimeFull time Rebels 30 Western Force 23

80 Ebersohn has just launched another kick which O'Connor gathers and calls a mark. He kicks for touch and from the line-out the Force go on the drive. The ball is then sent out to the backs and Mafi joins the line at pace. He is brought to ground, however, and at the resulting ruck the Rebels win a turnover! When the ball comes out to O'Connor he kicks it out and that's the final act of the match. It's a deserved win for the home side who showed great character to come from behind to seal the deal. The Force will take heart from their display as they were in this match until the final minute but in the end the home side were just a little hungrier and got the desired result.

77 The Force get a chance to launch an attack when Phipps takes to long to put the ball in a scrum. They run the tap-penalty but after setting up a couple of phases replacement fly-half Sias Ebersohn inexplicably kicks for touch! Wrong move when there's three minutes left on the clock and your team is behind on the scoreboard.

Penalty75 PENALTY, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 30-23. O'Connor adds another three-pointer after Force's forwards are pinned for going off their feet at a ruck!

72 The Rebels try to attack by opting to kick for touch when they receive a penalty deep inside the Force's half. It's the wrong option though as the visitors win the ball at the set-piece.

71 CONVERSION, WESTERN FORCE, GODWIN! 27-23. Godwin adds the extras to narrow the gap to two points!

TRY70 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, BROWN! 27-21. The Force attack with several pick-up and goes close to the Rebels' try-line until replacement Richard Brown spots a gap and barges over!

67 Sam Christie kicks for touch after Hugh Pyle is penalised for side-entry at a maul. The Force try to attack from a line-out inside the Rebels' 22.

Conversion64 CONVERSION, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 27-16. O'Connor steps up and nonchalantly adds the extras from close to the touchline!

TRY63 TRY, REBELS, KINGI! 25-16. Richard Kingi dives in at the corner after collecting a long pass from O'Connor!

Yellow Card62 YELLOW CARD, WESTERN FORCE, MATHEWSON! The Force are down to 13men when Alby Mathewson is sent off for an off-the-ball incident with Nick Phipps.

60 Lachlan Mitchell runs powerfully but is stopped inside the Force's 22 by a tackle from Cotrill. The Rebels then set off towards the try-line but cannot get the try which could seal the victory!

Yellow Card58 YELLOW CARD, WESTERN FORCE, ALCOCK! Chad Alcock must spend the next 10 minutes in the sin bin after he hits an opponent with his elbow at the bottom of a ruck.

57 The Force launch an attack inside the Rebels' 22 and the ball is taken wide to Patrick Dellit who is in the clear! The referee calls him back though as the pass from Stanley is ruled to have been forward.

55 Christie tries to clear his line but his kick is charged down! Mafi gathers and exchanges passes with Alcock and when the ball is recycled to Christie again he puts the ball directly into touch.

Penalty53 PENALTY, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 20-16. O'Connor adds another three-pointer after Angus Cottrell is pinned for a ruck infringement.

TRY50 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, MAFI! 17-16. The visitors strike back with another Alfi Mafi try! Christie and Stanley combine to draw in the on-rushing defence before Stanley offloads to Mafi who dots down in the left-hand corner!

Conversion47 CONVERSION, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 17-11. O'Connor makes no mistake from the kicking tee to push his side further in front!

TRY46 TRY, REBELS, PYLE! 15-11. The Rebels take the lead when Hugh Pyle crosses over after running onto a pass from Richard Kingi close to the touchline!

44 Mcalman picks up from a scrum close to the Rebels' try-line and tries to offload to Mafi. The number eight's hesitance allows the hosts' defence to close in and the opportunity is wasted!

42 Sam Christie breaks through the Rebels' defence and the visitors are on the attack inside the Rebels' 22. Alcock kicks ahead but Nick Phipps does well when he carries the ball over close to his try-line.

40 Kurtley Beale gets the second half started! His kick is taken by Alfi Mafi who kicks the ball upfield.

Half-Time Rebels 10 Western Force 11

Half Time40 After the Rebels are pinned for a deliberate knockdown Christie kicks the ball into touch to draw a curtain on the first half's proceedings. The Force were dominant during the first half of that period but the Rebels have fought back strongly during the latter stages. We'll be back in 10 minutes with the second half!

Penalty38 PENALTY, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 10-11. O'Connor brings his team to within one-point of the lead after the Force are penalised for a ruck infringement.

36 The Force run the ball from deep inside their half with Alcock and Mafi carrying strongly. They make little headway and Winston Stanley is eventually forced to kick the ball into touch on his own 22.

Conversion34 CONVERSION, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 7-11. O'Connor makes no mistake from the kicking tee to narrow the gap to four points!

TRY33 TRY, REBELS, ROBINSON! 5-11. The Rebels are awarded a kickable penalty when Christie goes offside but opt to kick for the corner. From the resulting line-out they go on the drive and Ged Robinson barges over from close quarters!

29 The Rebels win a turnover just outside the Force's 22 and Ged Robinson sets off towards the try-line! He is brought to ground by Ben McCalman but the Rebels pay the price when they are pinned for going off their feet at the ruck.

TRY27 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, MAFI! 0-11. Alfi Mafi goes over in the left-hand corner after the visitors take the ball wide with their backs from a scrum on the Rebels' five-metre line.

26 The Force go close to scoring the opening try but Sam Wykes is held up off the ground as he goes over the try-line!

Penalty23 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, GODWIN! 0-6. Kyle Godwin adds the extras to punish Higginbotham's indiscretion.

Yellow Card22 YELLOW CARD, REBELS, HIGGINBOTHAM! Scott Higginbotham receives a yellow card for punching an opponent off the ball.

19 Lachlan Mitchell is pinned for playing the ball on the ground and Sam Christie puts the ball into touch just inside the Rebels' 22.

16 Chad Alcock runs onto a pass from Alby Mathewson and the Rebels launch a counter_attack which brings little as Sidey commits another handling error

14 Ben McCalman sets off on a bullocking run from the base of the scrum. He is brought to ground by a tackle from Scott Fuglistaller midway between the halfway mark and the Rebels' 22.

11 Richard Kingi offloads to James O'Connor inside his 22. The Wallaby beats Alfie Mafi with a wicked side-step and sets off downfield! Close to the halfway mark he throws an inside pass which Rory Sidey fails to hang on to.

9 The Rebels string some phases together but lose momentum when Nic Henderson knocks on close to the halfway mark.

Penalty7 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, GODWIN! 0-3. Kyle Godwin gets the first points of the season from the kicking tee after the hosts' discipline lets them down on defence.

6 The Force show great continuity by taking the ball through 12 phases deep inside the Rebels' half. They get another chance to score points when the Rebels go offside again!

3 Kyle Godwin gets the chance to score the season's first points from the kicking tee after the Rebels go offside inside their own half. The Force midfielder, however, pushes his kick wide of the uprights!

Kick off And we're off! Sam Christie gets the 2013 Super Rugby season underway with a kick which Luke Jones gathers just outside his 22. The ball comes out to James O'Connor who puts he ball directly into touch from inside his quarter.

Team news Rebels coach Damien Hill has drafted three debutants into his starting line-up: Wallabies flanker Scott Higginbotham, Kiwi flanker Scott Fuglistaller and former Western Force centre Rory Sidey will all make their Rebels debuts.

Team news Pek Cowan will captain the new-look Western Force side. Cowan leads a squad that features seven players in line to make their debut for the Western Force. Kiwis Alby Mathewson and former Waikato fly-half Sam Christie form as new half-back combination with a fresh centre pairing of Kyle Godwin and Winston Stanley, while Alfie Mafi, Patrick Dellit and Will Tupou make up the back three.

welcome Hello and welcome to Melbourne for our coverage of the opening clash of the 2013 Super Rugby season! It's an all-Aussie clash as the Rebels and Force face off with the losers set to become favourites to finish bottom of the Australian conference. Kick-off is approaching, don't go too far away!

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