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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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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.