LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Super Rugby

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32

Thumb_rebels-logo-80x50 Rebels

7
Kick-off local time : Sat, 08 March 2014 - 16h40
Kick-off : Sat, 08 March 2014 - 10h40
Venue : Perth
Referee : George Ayoub (Australia)
Match status : Result
  Force Rebels
Tries Alby Mathewson (2min) and Matt Hodgson (23min) Telusa Veainu (80min)
Penalties Sias Ebersohn (16min) and Sias Ebersohn (21min)
Conversions Sias Ebersohn (3min), Sias Ebersohn (10min), and Sias Ebersohn (24min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

82

That ends a tough game for the Rebels who blew away the opposition in the first half and were happy to sit on that lead for the entire second half. Join us later today as we follow the Bulls at home to the Blues and the Sharks who take on the Lions in Durban

81

CONVERSION - Hegarty kicks over to give the Rebels some consolation

80

TRY - Telusa Veainu dots down for the Rebels after the hooter, with Hegarty's chip kick getting through the defence

78

The Rebels throw straight to the Force from the line out but are lucky to keep the ball as the ref says the space was closed up - scrum Rebels 10 metres out

77

Rebels are rumbling up the pitch in search of some consolation points, they get a penalty inside the Forces' 22 and kick for touch

74

Force go to the back of the lineout and just manage to secure it but its ugly out there as another knock on gives the Rebels a scrum to try and clear their line

73

The Rebels are penalised in front of the posts and the Force decide to please the crowd and go for the corner

71

More delays at scrum time as another one is reset

70

Good open field play and some slick ball skills by the Force looks promising but Cummins in unable to hold on to a tough pass just 10 metres out from the goal line

68

A poor pass trying to kept the ball in play sees an interception by Kyle Godwin but he is bunted into touch

66

No team really gaining much momentum into the last quarter of the game, poor handling and scrappy scrums have allowed the Force to sit on their comfortable lead

64

Force are holding possession but are not doing much with it, it ends with a penalty which Burgess takes quickly and makes good ground, but its soon turned over as Hugh Pyle is penalised at the breakdown

62

More reset scrums, its really hampering the flow of the game

60

The blue wall of the Force continues to stem the Rebels attack as they are very lateral in their attack eventually being shunted out into touch

59

Cummins has a great run down the side, breaking tackles and stepping well, but he steps into touch and its a Rebels lineout just inside their half

57

More handling errors costing the Rebels as they cough up another ball within the Force half, Ebersohn clearing from the scrum

54

The Force seem content to slow down play now as the Rebels continue to look for their first points

52

Ebersohn misses an easy one

51

Force earn a penalty in a good position as the Rebels are pinned for being off their feet, they go for the posts

50

Another scrum now for the Force, this time further up the pitch after a good run by Mathewson

49

Play has slowed down now as the referee is trying to police the scrums

47

Nothing is going the Rebels way as their mistakes bring to an end any promising attack they might have

46

Woodward almost makes up for his earlier poor kick by grubbering into the in goal area but he is not quick enough as it rolls dead

45

Again the Rebels have the ball and again they lose it in a poor pass but the Force hand back possession by kicking the ball out on the full

44

Rebels are given a penalty from the advantage at the line out but Woodward kicks a shocker over the dead ball line. 22 dropout for the Force

43

Rebels seeing more of the ball early in the second half, but they need to use it now.

42

Rebels give away an early penalty to put a stop to their attack and the Force are now attacking from half way

41

And we are back with the Rebels, who need to come out firing, kicking off through Woodward

40

The tap is seen as legal but the try is not awarded as Inman is pinned for a double moment on HALF TIME. the Force have absolutly rocked the Rebels in the first 40

39

A new penalty sees Mitch Inman tap and go five metres out, he is over the line but the referee is unsure if the tap was taken properly - he sends it to the TMO

38

The maul is collapsed illegally and the Rebels play with the Penalty advantage, five metres out now.

37

Rebels kick for the corner after an accidental offsides gives them a rare attacking line out

36

A good line break for Scott Higginbotham sees the Rebels with some forward momentum but its not enough as the they are pinned for going off their feet.

34

some more aerial ping-pong finally sees Woodward find touch but it is put to the boot again after the Force win the lineout.

33

Rebels on attack now, desperate for their first points but a horrible pass from Luke Jones sees it dribble into touch.

31

Both teams test out each others fullbacks with some kicking but Ebersohn over cooks one on a hard, fast track setting up a Rebels scrum in the Forces' Half

29

Rebels have a bit more of the ball now but it is very stagnant, it all ends with a Rebels knock on.

28

A bit of respite here as the Force knocks on from the kickoff giving the Rebels a scrum in Force territory

27

Ebersohn is human as he misses to the right

26

TRY - Bonus point try in 26 mins Cottrell scores after Junior Rasolea breaks the line and offloads perfectly

24

CONVERSION - Ebersohn kicking is impeccable today

23

TRY - Centurion Matt Hodgson scores after Mathewson puts in a box kick which evades Mitchell but not captain Hodgson

22

PENALTY - Ebersohn slots over a long range effort.

21

Paul Alo-Emile is penalised at the breakdown near the halfway line and Ebersohn is lining it up for the Force

20

Rebels keep having to kick possession away to try and gain the territory advantage which gives the Force more opportunity to run at the defense

18

Rebels have their first chance to run and Woodward is tackled easily into touch.

16

PENALTY - Rebels are not rolling away in the ruck and Ebersohn slots an easy one.

14

The Force scrum is scrappy too but its secured and sent out wide, Force not trying to find some spaces.

13

The Rebels scrum on their own 22 is poor as the Force earn a free kick from it and decide to go for another scrum.

12

Its all the Force in this opening stages as they earn a penalty and go for the line but they squander their chance by knocking the ball on

10

CONVERSION - A great strike from out wide for Ebersohn puts the Force out to a 14 - 0 lead within 10 mins

9

TRY - The Force draw in the Rebels defense and they are left thin on the outside, Ebersohn sends the ball out wide and Luke Morahan is over for the second try for the home team

8

The Rebels are looking a bit shell shocked as the Forces' pressures sees a line out to the home team on half way

7

The Rebels get a penalty on halfway and go for the line - it seems the wind is fairly strong in the visitors face making it improbable to kick for posts from way out

6

Rebels relieve some pressure with a booming kick down field, the Rebels are just inside the Forces' 22 but the line out is secured by the home team and they boot it back to the Rebels' half

5

Force are looking good as they steal possession from the Rebels and continue to press inside the Melbourne teams 22.

3

CONVERSION - Ebersohn slides the ball inside the left hand upright and the force lead 7 - 0

2

TRY - Alby Mathewson has a dart from the ruck and is over the line without being touched, great start by the force

1

Force get a well structured maul going from the line out and earn an early penalty advantage after a 15 metre forwards push, Force continue probe the defense.

0

We are off as South African Sias Ebersohn kicks into the Rebels half

-2

Matt Hodgson is making his 100th appearance for the Force today, an incredible achievement for both the player and the club.

-5

Conditions are perfect in Perth as the sun starts to set in Western Australia

-15

The Rebels Started well in their first game against the Cheetahs last week blowing the opposition right out the water while the Force have not had a great start to the season and will hope to get a win at home today.

-20

Welcome to our Live Coverage of this Round 4 Super Rugby clash between the Western Force and The Melbourne Rebels. The Force have had to make a late change as Tom English has been ruled out on the wing with a virus, Lachlan Mitchell comes in from the bench with Telusa Veainu coming in to the 23
Force
Players
15 Jayden Hayward
14 Dane Haylett-Petty
13 Junior Rasolea
12 Chris Tuatara-Morrison
11 Nick Cummins
10 Zack Holmes
9 Ian Prior
8 Ben McCalman
7 Matt Hodgson
6 Brynard Stander
5 Wilhelm Steenkamp
4 Sam Wykes
3 Kieran Longbottom
2 Nathan Charles
1 Pek Cowan

Substitutes
25 Sias Ebersohn
23 Luke Burton
22 Justin Turner
21 Alby Mathewson
20 Chris Alcock
19 Adam Coleman
18 Ollie Hoskins
17 Tetera Faulkner
16 Heath Tessmann
Rebels
Players
15 Telusa Veainu
14 Alex Rokobaro
13 Tamati Ellison
12 Mitch Inman
11 Tom English
10 Jack Debreczeni
9 Luke Burgess
8 Colby Faingaa
7 Scott Fuglistaller
6 Luke Jones
5 Cadeyrn Neville
4 Hugh Pyle
3 Laurie Weeks
2 Shota Horie
1 Toby Smith

Substitutes
23 Lalakai Foketi
22 Nic Stirzaker
21 Jordy Reid
20 Lopeti Timani
19 Sam Jeffries
18 Paul Alo-Emile
17 Cruze Ah-Nau
16 Pat Leafa