The Rebels returned from a disappointing tour of South Africa to beat the Force in Perth
The Rebels never gave up the lead, even though there were spells of an even score, scoring two tries in each half to secure a bonus point 30 – 23 win, after holding a 15 – 11 half time lead.
The Rebels started the match well, getting out to a fifteen point lead after early tries from Hugh Pyle and Jason Woodward. The Force hit back in the last fifteen minutes of the first half, scoring a try and two penalties to pull back to be in the match at half time.
The second half started well for the Force, as they kept the pressure on the Rebels. Previous Rebels teams would not have held onto the lead, but this team held on and kept scoring points to pick up their second win of the season.
Both teams’ basics were on par, with the scrums and lineouts going well, but it was their lack of decision making skills that let them down. Some might call it just another boring derby encounter, but the match was entertaining to the point where anyone could still win it at any time.
The Force lost Sias Ebersohn in the second half, which left them without a recognised goal kicker, which left them taking the attacking lineout instead of going for the points.
The Rebels will take confidence from this match, in which fifty-fifty decisions paid off, in little grubbers and chip kicks resulting in tries, when they take on the Kings next weekend. The Force are now nailed to the bottom of the Australian conference with a single win under their belt, and it only gets worse as they host the Crusaders next week, who themselves are returning from South Africa.
By Richard Ferguson