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11:55 (GMT) | 07-07-2017
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The hooter sounds as the scrum is taken. They finally make it inside the 22 but the ball is moved into touch and the referee ends the game. FULL TIME
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The Rebels with it outside the 10 but the Force showing them nothing more than the 22 line. The away team wins a scrum outside the 22
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Scrum reset
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The ball passed forward as the pressure mounts to put on some points. Scrum to the Force at their 10
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The Rebels with it now as they enter the 10 of the hosts
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Scrum reset
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The ball sent to the opposite wing and the ball is lost forward. Scrum at the 10 of the Rebels to the away team
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The ball is kicked into touch at the half way line and the Force have a throw
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They send it to wing and the ball is tackled into touch. The Rebels have a line-out and look for a maul but give away a penalty
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Scrum for the away team
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Another penalty to the Rebels at the half way
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The Force with the restart kick and the ball is contested around the half way
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The Rebels get a penalty from some distance and Hodge has a crack at goal but sends it wide
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Line-out taken and they're carried forward by Sinclair but the ball is turned over then cleared
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They eventually make it into the Force's half and win a line-out
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The Rebels are held at the half way as they try to build
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The ball is cleared into touch after a penalty to the Rebels and they take a line-out at their 10
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The Force have a throw around the half way. They take it and move forward but lose it at the 5
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Scrum to the Force at their own 10
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The referee calls play back for a line-out to the visitors. The Force turnover and clear then the Rebels come again
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The ball kicked forward by the Rebels and the chase is on along the wing as English looks to get there before the defence. The ball is put into touch
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The conversion is good
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Faingaa gets the ball at the 5 after Koroibete runs as the decoy dragging a few and opening up some space. They go over the line to score the TRY
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They win a penalty at the 5 and take a quick tap
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The Rebels being held at the 5
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Line-out at the 22 of the Force and the visitors edge closer to the 5
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The restart kick is taken and the Rebels win a penalty at the 10. They kick into touch
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Another 2 points by Grant
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Peni gets it as they move it to the other wing. He steps two and makes it over the line. TRY
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The hosts inside the 22 now as they look to further the score by sending it out wide
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The restart kick is there and the Force come again
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The conversion is good
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They make it over the line and the referee raises his hands to signal a TRY for Hardwick
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The Force with the ball now showing intense aggression as they enter the 5
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The ball is cleared. Line-out to the Force around the Rebels 10
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Scrum to Rebels at their 5 again after they take it forward but they're pushed back
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Scrum to the Rebels at their 5
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The Rebels fumble the ball after a line-out at the half way and the Force take it to try line but knock it forward at the last
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Penalty to the Force in the opening minutes of the second half and Peter Grant sends it over for 3 points
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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Hodge sends it wide. HALF TIME
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They take the ball out the back and show some good play as they send it out wide to Koroibete who runs and offloads then gets it back and scores the TRY on the far side
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Scrum to the Rebels at their 10 now
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The reset kick is moved back to the mid field
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Grant adds the 2 points
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The Force take it out are inside the 5. Coleman goes low and stretches over the line to score the TRY
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Scrum reset again
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Scrum reset
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The Force push the Rebels back and the away team fumble the ball away. Hodge looks to clear but it's charged down. They make it over the line but held up. Scrum at the 5 for the hosts
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Rebels at their 5
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Line-out to the Force and they make a few meters with the maul entering the 22 of the away team
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Scrum reset. The Rebels have it now and they move it out to the try-scorer. The ball lost in the offload and then cleared
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Scrum to the away team
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The ball carried forward by the hosts but then lost at the 22 of the Rebels
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Grant with a chance to level and sends it wide
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The Force make their way forward from their half and win a penalty
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Hodge secures the extras
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The hosts make it to the 22 but lose it and. The Rebels send it wide and Koroibete finds himself with an inch of space and abuses it by running from outside the Force 22 and goes all the way to score a TRY
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The ball changing possession around the mid field now
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They take it quickly and go short side trying to sneak through but the cover is there and the ball is cleared
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Line-out to the Force at the 22 of the Rebels
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Naisarani gets it inside field and breaks to the 22. His support is there but the ball is turned over regardless. Penalty to the Rebels
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The hosts turnover after the throw and rush to the half way
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The Rebels turnover and win a penalty then kick into touch at the Force 22
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The Rebels have it inside their 22 and clear to relieve the pressure. Force in possession at the opposition 10 now
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The ball kicked forward by the Rebels and then booted back by the Force
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Scrum to the Rebels after the ball is kicked into touch from the half way
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The Force win a scrum at the 22. Hodge gets it after the turnover and the ball is cleared
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The ball is kicked into touch at the 22
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The restart kick is there and the Force push the Rebels back. The hosts win a penalty around their 10
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Grant adds the extras
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They have a throw of their own around the 10 of away team. They break away quickly catching the Rebels off guard and Meakes goes over the line to score the TRY
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Hodge kicks it into touch around the 22. The Force get it and clear
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The ball goes out into touch and the referee refers to the TMO for an earlier tackle by Peni and he is sent to the bin
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The Force with it now outside the 22 of the away team and the ball is kicked forward
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The ball shifting possession often around the mid field
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He takes the kick and opens the scoring
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Penalty to the Rebels early in the first half and Hodge sets up for a kick at goal from 45 meters out
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The referee blows and the game is underway
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The players now entering the field
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The Rebels are winless in their last six games away from home, with their five losses in that period coming by an average margin of 40 points.
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A 26-19 win against the Reds in Round 2 this season sees the Force hunt for back-to-back home wins against Australian opposition for the first time since Round 18, 2014.
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The Rebels have won eight of the last 10 meetings between these teams, including each of the last two, though only once has this fixture been decided by a margin of more than seven points.
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Welcome to Perth, where the Force take on the Rebels
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Pekahou Cowan
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 3 Jermaine Ainsley
  • 4 Matt Philip
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 6 Ross Haylett-Petty
  • 7 Richard Hardwick
  • 8 Isireli Naisarani
  • 9 Michael Ruru
  • 10 Peter Grant
  • 11 Alex Newsome
  • 12 Billy Meakes
  • 13 Curtis Rona
  • 14 Chance Peni
  • 15 Dane Haylett-Petty
RESERVES
  • 16 Heath Tessmann
  • 17 Francois Van Wyk
  • 18 Tetera Faulkner
  • 19 Lewis Carmichael
  • 20 Brynard Stander
  • 21 Ian Prior
  • 22 Jono Lance
  • 23 James Verity-Amm
START LINE UP
  • 1 Toby Smith
  • 2 James Hanson
  • 3 Laurie Weeks
  • 4 Murray Douglas
  • 5 Steven Cummins
  • 6 Lopeti Timani
  • 7 Colby Faingaa
  • 8 Amanaki Mafi
  • 9 Nic Stirzaker
  • 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop
  • 11 Marika Koroibete
  • 12 Reece Hodge
  • 13 Mitch Inman
  • 14 Tom English
  • 15 Jonah Placid
RESERVES
  • 16 Jordan Uelese
  • 17 Cruze Ah-Nau
  • 18 Fereti Sa'aga
  • 19 Culum Retallick
  • 20 Hugh Sinclair
  • 21 Ben Meehan
  • 22 Sione Tuipolotu
  • 23 Jack Maddocks
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SR PREVIEW: ROUND 16, PART ONE

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 20:11

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: In an all-Australia day, the Brumbies are the only team that has something riding on the last two rounds of league action.

They are already in the play-offs, but are looking to finish ahead of the Stormers in a desperate bid to get an 'easier' quarterfinal.

With just one point separating the Brumbies and Stormers on the standings, the next two weekends will see them go into 'play-off' mode.

The Brumbies face the Reds and Chiefs (both away).

The Stormers face the Sunwolves (at home) and the Bulls (away).

Given that the Hurricanes - currently lined up as the Brumbies' quarterfinal opponents - face the Crusaders in the final round, the Canberra-based outfit may end up facing the Chiefs on two consecutive weekends - if they can't overtake the Stormers.

The penultimate round will also see the two Australian sides at the forefront of the Australian Rugby Union's ongoing competition restructure - the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels - face-off for the first time this season.

In Part One of the preview we look at the Friday matches!

Friday, July 7:

Reds v Brumbies
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 19.45; 09.45 GMT)

The focus should have been on the Brumbies' run-in to the play-offs, but the news that Christian Lealiifano could have made an emotional return to Super Rugby - 11 months after being diagnosed with leukaemia - stole the limelight.

Lealiifano, who had been mooted as a possible replacement, missed out due to soreness in his hamstring.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham initially said the playmaker did "everything he needed to do" to get himself right for selection.

"He played a game of fourth grade on the [past] weekend for Tuggeranong against Royals and I thought he played exceptionally well," the coach said.

"Prior to that, playing [in an exhibition match against the Asia Pacific Dragons] in Singapore, for 30 minutes with the boys and again thought he played well - so his progression has been good and he's put himself in the mix for selection this week."

There is a real danger that the Brumbies could be distracted by all the focus on Lealiifano and that could be costly.

Larkham, who eventually opted for a five forwards, three backs split - with Argentinean scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli returning from injury.

Cubelli, who injured his knee in a pre-season match against the Waratahs in Mudgee, made a cameo appearance for the Brumbies in the exhibition match in Singapore in June, makes a welcome return ahead of the franchise's quarterfinal in a fortnight.

The Reds are playing for nothing but pride, but coach Nick Stiles said the clash is important for a number of reasons.

"It's our last opportunity to play in front of our home fans this season," Stiles said.

"It is [veteran flank] Rob Simmons' s last game in Queensland colours in Brisbane.

"And we've got a point to prove against the Brumbies, after a disappointing result against them earlier in the year," Stiles added.

"It's a significant game. It's important the group recognise that and make the most of it.

"We've got a great opportunity to put in a strong performance and acknowledge the contribution Rob has made to Queensland over a long period of time."

Recent results:
2017: Brumbies won 43-10, Canberra
2016: Brumbies won 43-24, Canberra
2015: Brumbies won 29-0, Brisbane
2015: Brumbies won 47-3, Canberra

Prediction: The Brumbies have won their last five games against the Reds by an average margin of 26 points, including their last two games where they've scored exactly 43 points on each occasion. Three of the last five Australian derbies have been won by the visiting team, while the Reds haven't won a home game against Australian opposition since Round 14, 2015 (five losses since). The Brumbies have won their last two games away from home, the last time they won more on the bounce was a stretch of three road wins which saw them run into the 2015 semifinals. The Brumbies are the most effective tacklers in the competition, boasting a tackle success rate of 87 percent so far this campaign. Stephen Moore will come up against his former club should he feature; Moore has scored five tries in his last four Super Rugby games. The Reds do have a realistic chance of winning, but don't put your house on it. We believe the Brumbies will win by seven points.

Teams:

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Adam Korczyk, 7 George Smith, 6 Rob Simmons, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Sef Fa'agase.
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Markus Vanzati, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Caleb Timu, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Chris Kuridrani.

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Aidan Toua, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (captain), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: TBC

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nicholas Berry (New Zealand), Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Western Force v Rebels
(nib Stadium, Perth - Kick-off: 19.45; 11.45 GMT)

The two Australian sides at the forefront of the Australian Rugby Union's ongoing competition restructure, will face-off for the first time this season.

After a four-week international break, the Rebels will contest their last Australian derby and final road trip of the year.

The Rebels made a clean sweep of the two fixtures against the Force last season - with a 25-19 win in Perth in Round One, followed by a 22-17 win in Round 14 in Melbourne.

The Rebels have lost just one of their previous six games in Perth, with the Force's last victory over the Victorians having been in 2014.

The last time they met the Rebels ended a three-game losing streak with a 27-22 victory over the Force in Melbourne.

Force coach Dave Wessels said his team is ready for a fired-up Rebels squad and looking forward to an exciting game.

"It's been great to have a few weeks of dedicated training time to work on our game," Wessels said.

"We've worked hard on elements of our set piece and bringing more variation to our attack.

"It looks like the rain is going to hold off on Friday so we're looking forward to an exciting game from both sides."

Rebels coach Tony McGahan  said there is no harder Australian road trip than to Perth.

"The players are hungry after three weeks of training to return to some competitive football on Friday and finish the remaining two games of the season on a positive note," McGahan said.

Recent results:
2016: Rebels won 27-22, Melbourne
2016: Rebels won 25-19, Perth
2015: Force won 13-11, Melbourne
2015: Rebels won 21-17, Perth
2014: Rebels won 22-16, Melbourne
2014: Force won 32-7, Perth

Prediction: The Rebels have won eight of the last 10 meetings between these teams, including each of the last two, though only once has this fixture been decided by a margin of more than seven points. A 26-19 win against the Reds in Round 2 this season sees the Force hunt for back-to-back home wins against Australian opposition for the first time since Round 18, 2014. The Rebels are winless in their last six games away from home, with their five losses in that period coming by an average margin of 40 points. The Force conceded only nine offloads per game so far this season, the fewest of any team in the competition and nearly five fewer per game than the Rebels. Luke Morahan has scored four tries in his four games for the Force against the Rebels, including a brace when they met in Round 14 last season. Neither team inspires confidence, so we will go with the home team, the Western Force, to win by nine points.

Teams:

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Chance Peni, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman (captain), 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Lewis Carmichael, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Jono Lance, 23 James Verity-Amm.

Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jonah Placid, 14 Tom English, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Lopeti Timani, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Murray Douglas, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Fereti Sa'aga, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Hugh Sinclair, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23 Jack Maddocks

Referee: William Houston (Australia)
Assistant referees: Graham Cooper (Australia), Damon Murphy (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports & sportguru.info

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Force edge Perth 'final'

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:25

SUPER RUGBY MATCH REPORT: The Western Force won on the scoreboard, but it was a show of collective force by the players in Perth on Friday.

For the record: The Force beat the Rebels 31-22 in what could be the last time the two franchises meet on a rugby field.

However, it is in the boardroom where these players stand strong - with the Australian Rugby Union's decision on which one of the two will be axed to be announced in a matter of weeks.

In a show of solidarity from two playing groups who understand exactly the uncertainty the other is facing, the Force and Rebels walked out together before the match to the tune of Dire Strait's classic Brothers in Arms.

Then they stood together in a circle after the match, encouraging each other to remain united in their battle with the ARU.

In between they battered each other for 80 brutal minutes.

It might not be enough, but the Force certainly stated their case for retention in the Super Rugby.

The match pitted the two teams on Super Rugby's death row against each other and it was always going to be an emotional encounter with pride on the line.

Either the Force or Rebels were playing their penultimate match as both were already out of play-off contention.

Following the SARU's decision to axe the Cheetahs and Southern Kings, the ARU is expected to announce which Australian side will be cut shortly after the conclusion of the Super Rugby season.

Despite a double to flying Rebels wing Marika Koroibete, it was the Force who were the better side on the night, dominating territory for much of the game and running in four tries to three to claim their fifth win of the season.

The Rebels have just one win this year and paid the price for allowing two Force tries in quick succession early in the second half.

Koroibete's two dashing runs enabled the Rebels to lead 15-14 at the break, despite Force tries to Bill Meakes and stand-in captain Adam Coleman.

The game turned early in the second half, when the Force surged in a 10-minute burst.

The home side was denied a try in the 44th minute when the video official spotted hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau's knock-on after the Rebels' Tom Banks lost the ball close to the try line.

In the 49th minute, Richard Hardwick spun over from close range after 12 phases as the Force took a 24-15 lead.

Just three minutes later, a long pass from Dane Haylett-Penny found a charging Chance Peni, who fended off a defender as the Force made it 31-15 in their favour.

Colby Fainga'a kept the Rebels in touch when he sliced through a gap for his first try in the 58th minute.

Reece Hodge had a long-range chance to drag his side back to within a converted try in the 69th minute, but pushed it just wide and that virtually spelled the end for the Rebels, as their frustration started to show and tempers flared.

The end of the match could have not been more contrasting to the start, with the two sides involved in a sideline melee after the final play.

However, they soon came together again and formed a circle as injured Force skipper Matt Hodgson addressed the two playing groups.

Stand-in Force captain Adam Coleman said his side improved markedly after the break.

"In the first half we really lacked continuity," he said.

"In the second half we built a little bit more pressure and were able to get some more tries out of that.

"We talked about it at half-time and we fixed it."

Rebels skipper Nic Stirzaker lamented his team's poor start to the second half.

"That 10 minutes after half-time we slipped off a few tackles and were camped in our own half," he said.

"The Force were able to capitalise."

In the final round next weekend, the Rebels host the Jaguares on Friday, while the Force are at home to the Waratahs on Saturday.

Man of the match: For the Rebels there was Marika Koroibete with his powerful bursts, Reece Hodge as the steadying influence and Amanaki Mafi with his high workrate on defence and strong running. The Western Force's best players were big No.8 Isi Naisarani, hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau - both for their energetic performances - and our Man of the Match, captain Adam Coleman, who was the man that stoked the fire when he needed to get his team's energy levels up and the calming influence when it appeared they would lose their way.

The scorers:

For the Western Force:
Tries:
 Meakes, Coleman, Hardwick, Peni
Cons: Grant 4
Pen: Grant

For the Rebels:
Tries:
 Koroibete 2, Fainga'a
Cons: Hodge 2
Pen: Hodge

Yellow card: Chance Peni (Western Force, 6 - foul play, shoulder charge to the head)

Teams:

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Chance Peni, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman (captain), 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Lewis Carmichael, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Jono Lance, 23 James Verity-Amm.

Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jonah Placid, 14 Tom English, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Lopeti Timani, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Murray Douglas, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Fereti Sa'aga, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Hugh Sinclair, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23 Jack Maddocks

Referee: William Houston (Australia)
Assistant referees: Graham Cooper (Australia), Damon Murphy (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Billy Meakes (7min), Adam Coleman (35min), Richard Hardwick (48min), and Chance Peni (52min)
TRIES
Marika Koroibete (21min), Marika Koroibete (39min), and Colby Faingaa (58min)
Peter Grant (8min), Peter Grant (36min), Peter Grant (49min), and Peter Grant (53min)
CONVERSIONS
Reece Hodge (22min) and Reece Hodge (59min)
Peter Grant (42min)
PENALTIES
Reece Hodge (2min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Chance Peni (5min)
 
 
VENUE Perth
REFEREE William Houston (Australia)