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Rebels beat the Force in Melbourne

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Article Published: Friday 15 February 2013|

The 2013 Super Rugby season kicks off on Friday in Melbourne when the Rebels host the Force for the third time in Super Rugby history.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.
The Force kick off and we are underway !
1.00: The Force get a good start after the Rebels take the ball out. The Force win the line out and start to attack on the 25m line.
2.00: Penalty to the Force. They will take the kick.
3.00: Kyle Godwin takes the shot but it shaves the outside of the right hand post. Miss. Still no points.
6.00: Another penalty for the Force. Kyle Godwin takes the shot and this time he nails it.
8.00: The Force have had all of the possession so far. Whenever the Rebels get the ball they kick it away.
9.00: The Rebels knock on so we have a scrum on the half way line.
11.00: Both teams still testing each other out. James O'Connor makes a break but not a lot comes from it. The Rebels are getting a little stronger.
13.00:: The Force are awarded another penalty. Their fourth in a row. They kick for touch.
15.00: The Force are still dominating possession in this match. However the Force have not looked like they will score yet. The Rebels can't do much with the little ball they are getting.
18.00: The Rebels win a penalty. They think about going for touch but then decide to kick for touch as the breeze is not blowing in their favour.
19.00: The Rebels put their hands in the ruck after the line out so the Force get another penalty. They kick for touch. Force possession is at 70% so far.
21.00: The Force string together 15 phases and they get to the 5m line and the win a penalty. Referee Angus Gardner calls for a time out and speaks to his assistant. Scott Higginbotham is about to be shown a yellow card. He does and he is off for punching.
22.00: Kyle Godwin take the shot for the penalty. He nails it.
24.00: The Rebels work the ball downfield but when they get to the 25m line they knock on. The Force win the following scrum and break away. The Force go through a few phases and keep the ball alive. Sam Wykes goes over the line but is held up.
26.00: The Force pile on the pressure after a scrum and swing the ball wide out to Alfie Mafi who goes over to score the first TRY of the season in the corner.
28.00: Kyle Godwin takes the conversion kick from almost the touchline but he misses.  
30.00: The Rebels try to hit back, they get the ball to the 5m line. It's slow which allows the Force to get back and defend but we are called back for a penalty. The Rebels decide to go for the corner.
32.00: Scott Higginbotham comes back on. The Rebels win the line out and drive for the line. Ged Robinson goes over and scores the Rebels first TRY.
33.00: James O'Connor takes the conversion kick and nails it.
35.00: The Rebels have come to life. They have the Force under pressure now and they are playing the game in the Force's half of the field.
37.00: The pressure pays off as the Rebels win a penalty. O'Connor will take the penalty kick.
38.00: O'Connor takes the shot and nails it. The Rebels now trail by one point.
40.00: The siren sounds for half time. The Force kick the ball out and it is now half time.
The half time score was Rebels 10 Force 11
The second half is underway.
42.00: The Force make a very strong start. They get the ball to the 5m line but the Rebels concede a penalty for slowing the ball down. The Rebels are given a warning for slowing the ball.
43.00: The Force take the 5m scrum for the penalty. They go to the short side but are pushed out.
46.00: The Rebels win the ball from the line out and go through a couple of phases but make plenty of ground. The ball finds Hugh Pyle on the wing and he goes over to score and put the Rebels into the lead.
47.00: James O'Connor takes the conversion kick and nails it. That is 17 unanswered points for the Rebels.
50.00: The Force hit straight back and swing the ball to Alfi Mafi who goes over in the corner and scores his second try of the match.
51.00: Kyle Godwin takes the conversion kick but misses.  
53.00: Penalty to the Rebels. James O'Connor takes the kick and nails it to extend the home side's lead. 
57.00: The Force build up some pressure and Pat Dellit looks to have scored in the corner but he got a foot in touch so he is called back. Also the referee's assistant comes into report that Chris Alcock is shown a yellow card for off the ball infringements.
59.00: The Rebels use the extra man to get the ball into the Force's 25. They win a line out and put the Force under pressure on their tryline. Eventually they are held up. 5m scrum.
61.00: Penalty to the Rebels. They take it quickly. It's mad scramble from both sides. The Rebels get held up again. Another 5m scrum. However teh Force lose Alby Mathewson to a yellow card and the Rebels have a penalty. A bit harsh. The Force are down to 13.
63.00: The Rebels use the numbers again and stretch the Force's defence as they have two extra players now and Richard Kingi dives over in the corner to score the Rebels third try.
65.00: James O'Connor takes the conversion and nails it. He crosses the 400 point mark in Super Rugby.
68.00: The Force are back to 14 men and they are not giving up. They use the pick and go and after several phases they drive over the Rebels line. Try to Richard Brown.
69.00: Kyle Godwin takes the conversion and nails it. The Force are back in this match.
72.00: The Rebels put some pressure on the Force in their 25. They set up a couple of line outs but get nowhere. The pressure pays off as they win a penalty. James O'Connor takes the shot and nails it to extend the lead.
77.00: The Force are looking to snatch a draw here. They get the ball down to the Rebels end but the home side are defending well.
80.00: The siren sounds but the Force rumble on towards the line.
81.00: The Force swing it wide but the ball is stolen by the Rebels and O'Connor kicks it out. The Rebels win.
The final score is Rebels 30 Force 23


Tries - G. Robinson, H Pyle, R Kingi
Pen - J. O'Connor 2
Con - J. O'Connor 4
Drop -
Cards - Scott Higginbotham (21st min yellow)

Tries - A. Mafi 2, R. Brown
Pen - K Godwin 2
Con - K Godwin
Drop -
Cards - C. Alcock (57th min yellow), A. Mathewson 61st min yellow)

Match Officials
Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 2:Richard Goswell
TMO : George Ayoub



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 (c) , 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

1. Pek Cowan (c),2. Nathan Charles,3. Tetera Faulkner,4. Sam Wykes,5. Toby Lynn,6. Angus Cottrell,7. Chris Alcock,8. Ben McCalman,9. Alby Mathewson,10. Sam Christie,11. Alfie Mafi,12. Kyle Godwin,13. Winston Stanley ,14. Patrick Dellit,15. Will Tupou

Reserves16. Heath Tessmann,17. Kieran Longbottom,18. Phoenix Battye,19. Richard Brown,20. Mick Snowden,21. Sias Ebersohn,22. Junior Rasolea

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