Rebels 30, Force 23

Super Rugby is back – well almost… This weekend only sees the Aussies in action and we start off with the Rebels hosting the Force.


Melbourne Rebels: 15 James O’Connor, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Richard Kingi, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve (captain) 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Cadeyrn Neville, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Nic Stirzaker, 21 Alex Rokobaro, 22 Tom English.

Western Force: 15 Will Tupou, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Winston Stanley, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Alfie Mafi, 10 Sam Christie, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Toby Lynn, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan (captain).
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Phoenix Battye, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Mick Snowden, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Junior Rasolea.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Richard Goswell (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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    February 15, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Anyone know if this is broadcast on the radio?

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    February 15, 2013 at 10:52 am

    nevermind – got it on jtv.

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    February 15, 2013 at 11:26 am

    10-11 to the Force at HT.

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    February 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Crapo game… I was there… Rebels refuse to use their forwards properly with pick-n-go’s… playing a Shieldsy type of touch-rugby (or attempting to)…

    Force looked pretty good all night… dodgy second card lost it…

    Didn’t see Ebersohn get on the field… geez he was tiny compared to the rest warming up on the touch-line…

  5. DavidS


    February 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 2:05 pm:

    ORK not a pro rugby player

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    February 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    The SS started today?

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    The Year of the Cheetah

    February 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 2:05 pm:

    well they have a friend in me.

    and they ended up winning….

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    February 16, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Reply to The Year of the Cheetah @ 9:01 pm:

    Numerous occasions they needed to split the opposition up the middle with some power-play… yet continued to swing from left to right trying fancy-interchange of positions between Beale/J’OC… they didn’t earn the right to go wide and almost paid the price…

    Only an unfair yellow card stopped them from a huge upset…

    And this from a Rebels fan…

    Fancy were noisy though… bodes well for the British Lions game here…

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    February 16, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Rebels stadium – at least the view from the tv – looks as impressive as the Cheetahs stadium looks dumpy.

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    Vetgesmeerde Blits

    February 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

    James O’Conner is a good player but I struggle to take him seriously with that hairdo. I must be a verkrapte for not understanding the hair and elaborate tattoos of some players.

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    February 16, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Reply to Americano @ 7:36 am:

    The worse seats in the house (behind the poles) are better than many I’ve seen in any stadium in the world… multi-awards for AAMI internationally one of the best…

    Reply to Vetgesmeerde Blits @ 9:33 am:

    He’s been growing his hair for

    Surprised he even played… 4 stitches in the mouth, 4 deep and another 14 from lip to chin on the outside from a dodgy Hurricanes knock the week before…

  12. DavidS


    February 16, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Apparently Rattlebones had a pretty decent game.

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    February 17, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Didn’t see the game so unaware of O’Conner’s new hair or not – but last year he looked downright elf-en with a boy band type thing. Who knows -so I’m with ya Bilts.

    I don’t get all the reggae hair – but maybe its in lieu of a scrum cap

    As far as the tattoos go – find myself taking note – when i don’t see one.

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    February 19, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Reply to Vetgesmeerde Blits @ 9:33 am:

    Just for you mate

    Reply to DavidS @ 8:59 pm:

    Didn’t get much opportunity… crowd went nuts every time he did get a touch including a good tackle/turnover… quite some competition for that wing spot with Rattles, Timane, Speight, Kuridrani etc…

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    Vetgesmeerde Blits

    February 19, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 4:03 am:
    Much better!


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