Ebersohn Forces Reds upset
16 Mar 2013
Sias Ebersohn kicked the Force to a surprise win over the Reds in Brisbane.
The Force won 19 – 12 after leading 13 – 12 at half time.
Sias Ebersohn played a commanding game to break the Suncorp Stadium hoodoo, kicking 14 points to lead the Force to victory. His linking with Alby Matthewson was impressive and the two outplayed their Australian counterparts.
Alfie Mafi scored the only try of the match after a brilliant break from Matthewson, who was one of the Force’s players of the match. He was testing the Reds defence all night with impressive darts from the behind a pack that punched above its weight.
The Force managed to keep the Reds scoreless in the second half, when they were throwing everything at a Force defence that stood strong. It was the Force defence that won the match in the end, holding up the Reds attack over the line on multiple occasions.
The match was more along the lines of what we saw from the Australian teams last year, with dull skill-less game play. Quade Cooper tried to step up the skill levels and the pace, but was unable to find a player to read his mind, with most passes going astray.
The Force will hope this momentum can overcome the Cheetahs next weekend, who will be very keen to get a third win on their tour. For the Reds, it doesn’t get any easier as they host the Bulls, hurting from a defeat against the Crusaders.