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  • Cottrell, Morahan, Hodgson, Mathewson,
    Penalty goals: Ebersohn (2),
    Conversions: Ebersohn (3),
32 - 7

Melbourne Rebels

  • Veainu,
    Conversions: Hegarty,
  • Super Rugby
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  • 8th Mar 2014
  • KO 08:40
  • Ground: Subiaco Oval, Perth

Force v Rebels - Live

Last updated: 8th March 2014  

Full Time Full-time: Force 32-7 Rebels

Conversion80 CONVERSION, REBELS, HEGARTY. 32-7. Lovely strike.

TRY80 TRY, REBELS, VEAINU. 32-5. Telusa Veainu is over. A nice grubber into the in-goal from Hegarty sees the replacement ground to give the Rebels something.

78 Attacking scrum now for the Rebels, just five out.

77 The Rebels go through the phases up to their own ten-metre but this Force defence is not making it easy as they look to nil their visitors. A penalty does come though, which goes to the hosts' corner.

74 Zack Holmes punts another penalty into the corner as the Force look to break the deadlock in this second-half. But, yet again, an error costs them.

72 Unlucky for the Force as Cummins can't hold a slip ball from Rasolea fifteen out. The Rebels have a long way to go then if they are to cross as they look stripped of all confidence at nib Stadium.

70 Tetera Faulkner is on for Cowan at prop and it is the Force on the attack through Godman, 35 metres out. A penalty comes too. They go for the corner.

67 Unfortunate for Force replacement Ollie Hoskins as he knocks-on in contact so we'll pack down on the Rebels 22 with substitute Ben Meehan putting in.

65 Burgess leads the charge up to halfway from a quick tap, but Pyle is then penalised for side entry at the ruck. Unrecognisable teams from last weekend.

62 Still no score in this second-half as Burgess puts in 65 metres from the Force try-line. Surely they won't head home with nothing on the score-board?

60 Play is on halfway with Pat Leafa throwing in for the Rebels. The Force aren't giving anything in defence though as Mitchell is driven out on the other side of the field. The crowd appreciate it.

58 Finally some territory and possession for the away side, despite Woodward missing touch, as the Force fail to clear with distance. Here comes Inman over the gain-line but Pyle fumbles in the aftermath.

54 Ebersohn misses his second kick inside a minute after good work on the ground from his forwards.

53 Sean McMahon is the man penalised for hands in the ruck and that should lead to the first points of the half. No, Ebersohn misses that one. Ugly kick.

51 It seems that Rebels storm has been weathered by the Force as Mathewson gets them into opposition territory. The Rebels soon knock-on at a ruck so Mathewson will now put in about 30 metres out.

48 That's a touch better from the Rebels full-back as he grubbers through. But this time the ball rolls too far for him. Force clear up to their ten-metre which leads to them putting in on the halfway line.

45 They won't claim a comeback win with kicks to touch like the one Woodward's just put in. The full-back punts the ball dead so the hosts get a 22 drop-out.

43 Ebersohn does well to get back and collect Inman's hack through before Mathewson clears from the base of a ruck. Rebels line-out 20 metres out coming.

41 Welcome back. This second-half has a lot to live up to after the Force picked up their try bonus-point in the first. The Rebels have a job on their hands.

Half Time Half-time: Force 32-0 Rebels

39 It's all Rebels and they go close to scoring as Mitch Inman is over but ultimately penalised for double movement. The TMO got that one spot on.

37 Finally something to cling to for the Rebels as Higginbotham breaks the line. They should have scored from the recycled ball on the left but a poor decision from Tom Kingston saw him felled.

36 The Force are not looking troubled in defence and with passes like the one Luke Jones has just sent to Woodward, why would they? Play is on halfway.

32 Higginbotham is now back on after being cleared up - it was blood. Now it is a Rebels scrum, 40 out.

31 Cadeyrn Neville and Higginbotham are also off the field. We're unsure if any of those changes are because of blood. Force scrum on their own 22.

28 The conversion is missed by Ebersohn as the Rebels make three changes. Hugh Pyle is one man replaced.

TRY27 TRY, FORCE, COTTRELL. 32-0. Roberts is having a nightmare out there as he can't collect a ball in his 22, almost leading to Cummins going over. In the end it is Angus Cottrell who scores after a superb offload from centre Junior Rasolea. Unreal.

Conversion25 CONVERSION, FORCE, EBERSOHN. 27-0. This is crazy.

TRY24 TRY, FORCE, HODGSON. 25-0. Would you believe it. In his 100th game, Hodgson collects a loose ball from a kick downfield and goes in. Cue the celebrations.

Penalty22 PENALTY, FORCE, EBERSOHN. 20-0. That is excellent.

19 Now comes the defensive work from Western Force as Morahan forces a spillage from Woodward on the left wing. It's just not happening for the Rebels here.

Penalty17 PENALTY, FORCE, EBERSOHN. 17-0. Colby Fainga'a is the man pinged for not rolling away. Three more.

16 More Force ball on the Rebels 22 as Mathewson puts in with the whole field to work with. Here it comes now out to the power runners as the phases rack up.

13 The Rebels need to sort their game out and fast as they have not been themselves so far. Credit to the Force though, they haven't let the visitors settle.

Conversion11 CONVERSION, FORCE, EBERSOHN. 14-0. Excellent kick.

TRY10 TRY, FORCE, MORAHAN. 12-0. What about this from the Force. Lovely hands following Godwin cleaning up a loose ball as Hayward's pass to the right gave the former Reds wing an easy run-in. Impressive stuff

9 And the visitors will have possession to go with that territory as the Force offend soon after on halfway. Woodward puts the ball back into the 22.

7 The Force wanted more soon after but good work from the Rebels in defence sees Jason Woodward kick very well indeed to clear into the home 22. Superb kick.

Conversion3 CONVERSION, FORCE, EBERSOHN. 7-0. Extras are good.

TRY2 TRY, FORCE, MATHEWSON. 5-0. It's all Western Force early on as they mix power with pace as wing Nick Cummins takes it up on the left. Alby Mathewson is over as his dummy fools everyone. Great start here.

1 Here we go then with the Force kicking off on this perfect surface. There could be some tries today.

The Rebels have made a late change as Tom English is ruled out so Lachlan Mitchell comes in on the wing, with Telusa Veainu named on the bench. Scott Higginbotham leads the side from eight and will be looking to follow up last Friday's heroics. Angus Roberts is preferred ahead of Bryce Hegarty at 10.

Jayden Hayward, Sias Ebersohn, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Pek Cowan and Angus Cottrell all come into the Force starting line-up. This fixture will be a special occasion for hard-working openside flank Matt Hodgson, who will become the first player to play 100 games for the Western Australian outfit.

The second of today's live games comes from Perth where the Force host the Rebels, with the latter coming into this off the back of a bonus-point victory against the Cheetahs. The Force meanwhile have lost both their opening matches but may fancy their chances of turning things around in this one.

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