Western Force 32, Rebels 7

March 8, 2014
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imagesThe struggling Western Force, stuck at the foot of the competition table, will look to mark Matt Hodgson’s 100th Super Rugby match with their first win of the season.

The Western Australian captain becomes the first player to represent the franchise in 100 tournament matches, having begun his career in the Force’s first Super Rugby match against the Brumbies in 2006.

Force coach Michael Foley says his team is focused on a performance worthy of such an achievement.

“Saturday is significant and fitting milestone for Matt and his family,” he said.

“The commitment Matt has made to the franchise over its relatively brief history has earnt him the respect of every member of the Force family.

“Our focus is to be stronger from the start of the match.

“While we’ve identified the things that are costing us, the challenge is to ensure we nail those areas for Matt and our supporters on Saturday”

The Force will be looking to bounce back following last weekend’s loss to the Brumbies and have promoted flyhalf Sias Ebersohn, fullback Jayden Hayward, prop Pek Cowan and lock Wilhelm Steenkamp to the starting line-up.

Towering lock Adam Coleman and outside back Marcel Brache are also in line to make their Super Rugby debuts for the Western Force off the bench.

Matches between the two sides have always been close, with a converted try the greatest margin in their previous six encounters – with three decided by a solitary point.

The Rebels will be looking to continue their strong start to the season, following last weekend’s 35-14 win over the Cheetahs in Melbourne.

The Rebels have made six changes to their starting XV – with Paul Aloe-Emile and Max Lahiff helping form a new front row; Cadeyrn Neville at lock; Colby Faingaa at openside flank; while flyhalf Angus Roberts and winger Tom Kingston are the new faces in the backline.

The Rebels teams boasts three former Force players in Luke Jones, Mitch Inman and Paul Alo-Emile, while Heath Tessmann will line up against his former Melbourne teammates.

Rebels coach Tony McGahan said they haven’t spoken about the Rebels strong win-loss ratio against the Force.

“What we have spoken about is that every game that has been played in the history of the franchise has been decided by no more than seven points, and that is what we are concerned with,” McGahan said.

“We are not at a stage where we worry too much about the opposition, we’ve got a lot of respect for what they can do and what they have done in the past, but really it’s about us backing each other up and us protecting each other.

“We’ve got enough things to learn and do better at ourselves, and we’re not really interested in the Force’s motivation in regards to where they are at, and where they need to get to.

“We know that they are a really resilient group, with the ability to grind out results.”

Recent results:
2013: Rebels won 30-23, Perth
2013: Rebels won 30-23, Melbourne
2012: Rebels won 32-31, Perth
2012: Rebels won 30-29, Melbourne
2011: Force won 27-24, Melbourne
2011: Rebels won 26-25, Perth

Teams:

Western Force: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Junior Rasolea, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacement: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Marcel Brache.

Rebels: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Angus Roberts, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Max Lahiff.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Toby Smith, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 Luke Jones, 20 Lopeti Timani, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Lachlan Mitchell.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Ian Smith (Australia), Ed Martin (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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15 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    The Force start wit a try from Matthews in the first 2 minutes

    Score: Force 7, Rebels 0

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Force over for their second try with Luke Moraham going over after some good play from South African’s Eberson.

    Score: Force 14, Rebels 0 after Ebersons conversion.

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Eberson kick over a moster and Force extend the lead…

    Score Force 20, Rebels 0

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Force score another one and score a brilliant gtry after a kick through.

    Eberson converted and Force running away with this

    Score Force 27, Rebels 0

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Force score their bonus point try in the 26 minute of the game as they are all over the Rebels, Cottrell the scorer

    Score Update: Force 32, Rebels 0

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Rebels make three changes within 28 minutes of the game, what a game from the Force

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Half time in Aus, and South African Eberson giving the Force the edge in the game as they run away from the Rebels in the first 40.

    Rebels almost scored at the end of the half but changing so many players from last week is biting the coach in the butt at this stage.

    Can not see the Reels coming back from this as the Force already secured the bonus point try.

    This should still bring some great try’s but the Force have this since the first minute.

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    If it not goes your way then it does not go for you. Rebels making so many stupid errors and just cannot get forward momentum.

    Score still 32-0 fro the Force after 48 min

  9. avatar Aldo says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    The force are really upsetting my superbru. Had a successfull run of 10 consecutive correct predictions before this game. Sigh, you cant win them all.

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    @Aldo: And so they are doing it for a lot of other guys as well :)

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Force and Rebels making a lot of mistakes and keep each other intact with score staying at 32-0 for the Force with 71 min gone

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    As excited the first half was in Perth, as boring it changed to in the second half with too many mistakes and penalties from both teams.

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Rebels score finally in the last minute of the game but it means absolutely nothing.

    Final score: Force 32, Rebels 7

  14. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    This is the Rebels that beat the Cheetahs.

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    @Boertjie: Or maybe the Rebel the Cheetahs lost to :)

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