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  • Dellit, Stanley, Tupou,
    Penalty goals: Ebersohn (2),
    Conversions: Godwin,
23 - 30

Melbourne Rebels

  • Kingi, Pyle, Woodward (2),
    Penalty goals: O'Connor (2),
    Conversions: O'Connor (2),
  • Super Rugby
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  • 6th Apr 2013
  • KO 09:40
  • Ground: nib Stadium

Force v Rebels - Live

Last updated: 6th April 2013  

Full Time Force 23 Rebels 30

80 The Force take the ball through several phases and are camped just outside the Rebels' 22. They eventually knock on and Rory Sidey puts the ball into touch! That's the final act of the game. The Rebels repeat their result from earlier this season, over the Rebels and are deserved winners. The Force put up a great fight but will be kicking themselves for their slow start which ultimately cost them this game.

79 O'Connor takes another shot at goal, after the Force infringe at a ruck. His effort is off target, however, and the Force are still alive but are running out of time!

77 The Force are chasing this game and running from all over the field. They lose possession, however, when Norton-Knight throws a lazy pass directly into touch.

75 O'Connor wins a crucial turnover and offloads to Kingi, who kicks ahead! The ball is gathered by Tupou, who sets off on an attacking run and it takes three defenders to bring him to ground.

73 Dellit does brilliantly when he puts a 30 metre clearance kick through which goes out just outside the Rebels' 22.

Conversion70 CONVERSION, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 23-30. O'Connor adds the extras to extend his side's lead!

TRY66 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, DELLIT! 23-23. The Force attack just outside the Rebels' 22 and Winston Stanley puts through a beautifully weighted grubber kick, which Dellit juggles before gathering and eventually dots down to draws his side level!

64 The Rebels take the ball through several phases but lose possession when Kingi puts through a needless kick which Dellit gobbles up with great relish!

62 James O'Connor oflfoads to Woodward who gets in behind enemy lines! His efort is ruled out, however, when the TMO rules that O'Connor's pass was forward!

Conversion60 CONVERSION, WESTERN FORCE, GODWIN! 18-23. With Ebersohn off, Kyle Godwin takes over the goal-kicking duties and lands his first effort!

TRY59 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, TUPOU! 16-23. Will Tupou picks the ball up at ruck, close to the Rebels' line, and spots a gap in the visitors' defence before crashing over!

Penalty58 PENALTY, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 11-23. O'Connor adds another three-pointer after the Force are pinned for illegal scrummaging.

55 Ebersohn is forced off the field through injury. He is replaced by Sam Christie whose first act is to kick the ball over the Rebels' dead-ball line when the Force opt to kick for touch when awarded a penalty.

52 The Rebels do well to win the ball, on a Force throw-in, at a line-out but all the forwards' good work is undone when O'Connor kicks the ball down the throat of Tupou.

TRY49 TRY, REBELS, KINGI! 11-20. Richard KIngi runs a beautiful line and drifts onto a pass from O'Connor before barging over the Force's try-line!

48 The Rebels manage to get their hands on the ball and actually string some phases together! The Force are pinned for being offside and O'Connor puts the ball into touch deep inside the Force's 22.

45 Eberoshn gets a chance to narrow the gap after Hugh Pyle is pinned for going off his feet at a ruck. The kick has the distance but not the direction.

42 The Force have started this half like they finished before the break. They set up several phases but lose possession when McMeniman knocks on.

41 Sias Ebersohn gets the second half started! His kick is a deep one and Jason Woodward gathers and tries to clear his line. His kick is a poor one which sails into touch inside his 22.

Half Time Western Force 11 Rebels 15

Penalty40 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, EBERSOHN! 11-15. Ebersohn adds another three-pointer after the Rebels' back-line are penalised for going offside. That's the final act of the half and the Force will be happy to be trailing by just four points after they were down 15-0 at one stage. Aprt from the opening 15 minutes, the hosts have dominated this match. The Rebels have gone off the boil after a great start and they will have to up the ante if they want to get back into this match.

Penalty39 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, EBERSOHN! 8-15. The Force are fighting back and Ebersohn succeeds with his first place-kick after Nic Henderson is pinned for illegal scrummaging.

35 O'Connor launches an up-and-under but Dellit does well when he gathers brilliantly despite great pressure from several defenders!

TRY33 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, STANLEY! 5-15. The Force are rewarded when they opt to play quickly, after receiving a penalty. The ball goes through the back-line and Winston Stanley forces his way over in the right-hand corner!

30 The Force are camped inside the Rebels' 22 but are left frustrated as they are constantly met by a wall of Rebels defenders!

27 The Force look rattled at the moment! Once again they go on the attack but make little headway. They eventually lose possession when Kyle Godwin puts the ball directly into touch close to the halfway-line.

25 The force are doing most of the attacking at the moment. After taking the ball through six phases, the ball comes out to Tupou, who throws a poor pass to Mafi. The big wing can only watch as the ball rolls into touch!

21 The Force attack outside the Rebels' 22 and Tupou does well when he puts Hugh McMeniman into space with a beautifully weighted pass! The big lock goes over the try-line but fails to ground the ball properly and after checking with the TMO referee Mike Fraser disallows the try!

Conversion19 CONVERSION, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 0-15. O'connor adds the extras to extend the visitors' lead!

TRY18 TRY, REBELS, WOODWARD! 0-13. Jason Woodward benefits from a mishap from Will Tupou - who falls over when he tries to field an Angus Roberts grubber kick - and gets in to score under posts!

16 Paul Alo-Emile is penalised for not releasing a tackled player but Sias Ebersohn fails to make him pay when he pushes his shot at goal wide of the upright.

Penalty13 PENALTY, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 0-8. James O'Connor's radar is working as he adds a three-pointer after Matt Hodgson is pinned for not rolling away after making a tackle.

10 Richard Kingi gathers a bomb but is clobbered by a huge hit from Alfie Mafi!

TRY8 TRY, REBELS, PYLE! 5-0. Hugh Pyle gets the game's first points when he shrugs off two Force defenders and crashes over in the left-hand corner!

6 The Force attack from a scrum, on the Rebels' five-metre line, and Dellit takes the ball up! Nick Phipps does brilliantly though when he brings him to ground and robs him of possession.

3 The Force attack just outside the Rebels' 22 and the game comes alive when Alfie Mafi takes a gap! It takes a great cover-tackle from James O'Connor to prevent him from scoring!

Kick-off Angus Roberts gets the game underway! THe force fail to gather his kick and Jason Woodward pounces! He throws a pass inside but Patrick Dellit saves the day for the hosts with an interception.

Team news Rebels coach Damien Hill has made several changes to his side, including naming Scott Higginbotham as the fourth captain in the franchises' short history. Higginbotham will lead the side following the withdrawal of regular skipper Gareth Delve, who will miss the match due to minor issues with his ribs and shoulder. Lock Cadeyrn Neville and former Force centre Rory Sidey both get an opportunity in the run-on side, with the latter replacing the injured Lachlan Mitchell. Wing Cooper Vuna will make his return from suspension via the bench. Vuna was banned for one match following his punch-up with team-mate Kurtley Beale on the team's recent tour of South Africa.

Team news Force coach Michale Foley has made three changes to his starting line-up, after last weekend's defeat to the Waratahs. Flanker Angus Cottrell and full-back Will Tupou return to the side, while prop Kieran Longbottom replaces Pek Cowan in the starting front-row after a strong performance off the bench against the Waratahs. Cottrell returns to the blindside flank with Ben McCalman shifting to the back of the scrum in place of Richard Brown. In the backline, Tupou resumes his place at fullback with Alfie Mafi returning to his more customary position on the wing.

Welcome Good day and welcome to the nib Stadium in Perth for this Super Rugby clash between two of the tournament's strugglers, our hosts, the Western Force and the Melbourne Rebels. We'll be back soon with team news!

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