Rebels end Force's run

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:35
Large rebels v force

The Rebels ended the Western Force's five-match winning streak when they beat them 22-16 in a scrappy arm-wrestle.

The Rebels ended the Western Force's five-match winning streak when they beat them 22-16 in a scrappy arm-wrestle in Melbourne on Friday.

The men from Perth managed to salvage a losing bonus point, which kept them in the Super Rugby play-off zone.

However, they were well below the standards they set in recent weeks and the Rebels just wanted the win so much more.

It also appeared the Force were feeling the effects of their high tackle counts in the past month.

They looked lethargic and predictable for most of the match, with a late rally - after the game was already won by the Rebels - the only time the Force threatened on attack.

The Rebels had most of the early play, taking the ball through repeated, but ineffective, phases - the Western Force making almost 100 tackles in the first half.

The Rebels also dominated the set pieces - winning a heel against the head and two penalties in the first three scrums, while the Rebels also won a couple of line-outs on the Force's throw.

The Force had their opportunities with ball in hand in the first half, but where simply not clinical  enough - turning over far too much possession.

However, at half-time it was still all square - Jason Woodward (12th and 26th minutes) and Sias Ebersohn (fourth and 19th minutes) kicking two penalties each.

The first 20 minutes after the break was much the same - the tackle count by the Force climbing well past 150, with the scoring coming from two Woodward penalties (45th and 54th minutes) and one by Ebersohn (50th minute).

On the hour mark the Rebels finally broke the Force's resilience - from a five-metre scrum Scott Higginbotham powerfully barged through a couple of weak tackles. Woodward added the conversion to make it a 10-point game - 19-9.

Woodward made it safe with his fifth penalty in the 75th minute - leaving the Fore to chase a losing bonus point.

They threw everything into attack and the Rebels were reduced to 14 men, when Tamati Ellison was sin-binned for repeated offences at the breakdown.

And the man extra eventually saw Nick Cummins sprint over well after the full-time hooter. Zack Holmes added the extras to make the final score 22-16 in favour of the home team.

The record run by the Force may have come to an end, but the losing bonus point kept them firmly entrenched in the top play-off zone.

Man of the match: The Western Force tackled themselves to a standstill - none more so than the loose trio of Ben McCalman, Matt Hodgson and Angus Cottrell, as well as centre Marcel Brache. Jason Woodward was again a threat on attack and his kicking kept the Rebels in command. Scott Higginbotham was his usual all-action, energetic self. The Rebels front row of Laurie Weeks, Shota Horie and Toby Smith laid a good foundation in the scrums. However, our award goes to Rebels hooker Shota Horie - the Japanese international showing he is beginning to settle down in Super Rugby and made an invaluable contribution to the home team's win.

The scorers:

For the Rebels:
Try:
Higginbotham
Con: Woodward
Pens: Woodward 5

For the Western Force:
Try:
Cummins
Con: Homes
Pens: Ebersohn 3

Yellow card: Tamati Elision (Rebels, 79 - repeated infringements at the breakdown)

Teams:

Rebels: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Male Sau, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Colby Fainga'a, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emilie, 19 Hugh Pyle, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Tom Kingston, 23 Angus Roberts.

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Ian Prior, 8  Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Adam Coleman, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Phoenix Battye, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Justin Turner, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Chris Tuatara-Morrison.

Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Steve Walsh (Australia), Angus Gardner (Australia)
TMO: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)

Sunwolves vs Hurricanes
sast: 06h15 | local: 13h15

  • 0 | 24
LIVE
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 25 February 2017
Crusaders v Brumbies 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Force 08h45 Allianz Park
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
Edinburgh v Ospreys 19h35 Myreside
Ulster v Treviso 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Connacht v Zebre 19h35 Ascoli Piceno
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 20h15 AJ Bell Stadium
RESULT SCORE
Fri, 24 February 2017
Munster v Scarlets 21 | 30
Dragons v Leinster 22 | 54
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 17 | 18
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 18 | 27
Reds v Sharks 28 | 26
Highlanders v Chiefs 15 | 24
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
Maties v NMMU-Madibaz 35 | 16
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16 | 10
NWU-Pukke v UCT-Ikeys 20 | 15
TUT v WSU 13 | 17
UWC v Rhodes 88 | 8
Sun, 19 February 2017
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 46 | 31
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Reds 1 1 0 0 4
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Force 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 1 0 0 1 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Blues 1 1 0 0 5
Chiefs 1 1 0 0 5
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 0 0 0 0 0
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Cheetahs 0 0 0 0 0
Sunwolves 0 0 0 0 0
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Lions 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 0 0 0 0 0
Kings 0 0 0 0 0