Melbourne Rebels vs Western Force: 2014 Super Rugby lives scores, blog

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    Western Force Vs. Melbourne Rebels

    2014 Super Rugby Tournament, 9 March, 2014

    nib Stadium, Perth, WA
    Western Force 32 defeated Melbourne Rebels 7
    Western Force Melbourne Rebels
    32 FINAL SCORE 7
    4 TRIES 1
    2/4 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 DROP GOAL 0/0
    Top scorers:
    • Western Force - Ebersohn
    • JM 12pts (3C 2G)
    Important moments:
    • Force took the lead at the 2 min. mark 1st half
    • Hegarty, B (MELB) conversion at the 81 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: N Briant
    Touch judges: I Smith & E Martin

    You will be forgiven if you think this match is as clear cut as previous encounters may suggest. The Rebels and Force have met six times, the Rebels walking away with five victories and the Force only one.

    The margin of victory has never exceeded more than a score, in all likelihood this weekend’s clash between these two teams will once again be a nail biter for their supporters.

    Last five:

    2/4/2011 Force Rebels 25-26
    17/06/2011 Rebels Force 24-27
    23/03/2012 Rebels Force 30-29
    20/05/2012 Force Rebels 31-32
    15/02/2013 Rebels Force 30-23
    6/4/2013 Force Rebels 23-30

    The Rebels will be full of confidence after dismantling the Cheetahs and the Force are fresh from being dismantled by the Brumbies.

    For an opening salvo the sheer statistics of the Rebels against the Cheetahs is in fact mind boggling, they have beaten 42 defenders and made 17 clean breaks in one match and the Force will have their work cut out to stop this new look speed of attack from the Rebels.

    Tom English has been a revelation last week, beating 11 defenders and making 3 clean breaks, the Force will have to watch him closely. Luke Burgess will be equally dangerous from behind the breakdowns.

    In contrast to the Rebels, the Force have been ill disciplined at the breakdown, but the Rebels were running the show against the Cheetahs, the pace with which they hit the rucks is likely to change if the Force can counter them, something the Cheetahs have not been able to do.

    The Rebels have also not really been tested in the line outs by the Cheetahs whereas the Force has shown they can be equally as effective at the front, middle or back of the line out.

    For both these teams the set phases will be of crucial importance, the breakdown battle as in most cases will determine which team gains front foot ball and can therefor send their backs onto attack.

    I think the Rebels have shown they can be dangerous on attack, but let’s not forget it has been one game against a woeful Cheetahs team.

    From a neutrals perspective this should be an interesting match. The Rebels have sounded the alarm that they are ready for big things this season, their aim to entertain in the truly Aussie style of rugby; the Force have always been competitive against the Rebels, and although they have two losses against the Waratahs and Brumbies in their first two outings of the season, you can expect them to see this battle as their first real opportunity for success.

    Will Foley select Sias Ebersohn at 10 for this match or will he continue with Zack Holmes?

    Will the back row combination of Ben McCalman, Matt Hodgson and Chris Alcock be able to dominate against Higginbotham and his charges?

    Will the Force allow Burgess and Hegarty the space to make the play the Cheetahs did?

    And how are they going to shut down Tome English?

    My tip for this match, Rebels by more than seven.

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    • Roar Guru

      biltongbek said | 6:02am | ! Report

      Lions are trying hard this season, it is clear they lack experience, but I bet they will scare a few teams this season.

    • Roar Guru

      Diggercane said | 6:02am | ! Report

      Oh well, thanks for the chat lads. Have a good night.

    • Roar Guru

      biltongbek said | 5:57am | ! Report

      Jaco Peyper is just clueless here, Lions are scrumming dangerously up, almost breaking Bismarck’s neck, twice.

      • Roar Guru

        Diggercane said | 6:00am | ! Report

        He is not a favourite i must admit. I note BDP fell rather heavily on his opposite on the last scrum. Think he had had enough and rightly so!

    • Roar Guru

      Diggercane said | 5:44am | ! Report

      I like the spirit of this Lions team! They ain’t giving in! Great stuff.

      Their little halfback is a wee fighter isn’t he?

      • 5:46am
        felix said | 5:46am | ! Report

        Both these halfbacks should be boks under normal circumstances wouldnt you agree

    • 5:15am
      felix said | 5:15am | ! Report

      That step of Reinach should have A.Smith wondering who’se that “sick” kid if only we had a not so Bull coach πŸ™‚

    • Roar Guru

      Diggercane said | 4:48am | ! Report

      Hey! Didn’t realise you lot was up watching! πŸ˜‰

      • Roar Guru

        biltongbek said | 4:52am | ! Report

        Of course we are, I don’t miss any game in Super Rugby. πŸ˜‰

      • 4:58am
        felix said | 4:58am | ! Report

        I’m amased you are still awake Digger,we had a few kiwi’s here but I guess a good nights sleep got the better of them :-),are you batman or something?

        • Roar Guru

          biltongbek said | 5:02am | ! Report

          Nah, it 7h00 in NZ now, Digger went to bed with the birds last night. πŸ˜‰

          • Roar Guru

            Diggercane said | 5:09am | ! Report

            Haha πŸ˜‰ birds are up singing this morning!

            • 5:30am
              felix said | 5:30am | ! Report

              Digger fancy knocking the blues and saders out of contention to sneak in with the Chiefs,seriously I cannot believe the Stormers fixtures: Chiefs,Reds and them Brumbies after we played the Saders today,who makes these fixtures??

              • Roar Guru

                Diggercane said | 5:36am | ! Report

                You lads have a tough trip alright!!

                Mate, i have been quietly wondering to myself whether we may only get the chiefs in this year!

        • Roar Guru

          Diggercane said | 5:03am | ! Report

          πŸ˜‰ kids and pets help keep the sleep away

    • 4:20am
      felix said | 4:20am | ! Report

      Biltong tough 1 for you or your “brothers” team tonight Lions face their toughest opposition yet,nothing soft or kind about Bismark’s Sharks,I fear the physicality will be too much for the Lions,your brief opinion? πŸ˜‰

      • Roar Guru

        biltongbek said | 4:30am | ! Report

        The Lions just scrummed the Sharks back 4 meters, they lack experienve but their hearts are in it.

        But yeah, they will fight hard and lose

        Shame Lambie has tick bit fever.

        • 4:47am
          felix said | 4:47am | ! Report

          Is that fever exclusively for Durbanites πŸ™‚

        • 4:50am
          felix said | 4:50am | ! Report

          Not too many ticks in CT πŸ˜‰ ,Lions wont die wondering,are they better than the Kings of last year,I think so,lots of fight

    • 4:04am
      Batdown said | 4:04am | ! Report

      My six year old daughter is awake and she wants to watch Nickolodeon, I guess my weekend rugby journey is over for the moment!

      See you later team and go the Sharks!

      • Roar Guru

        biltongbek said | 4:06am | ! Report

        Enjoy the education session with your daughter, make sure you explain every question she has in detail. πŸ˜€

    • 4:04am
      felix said | 4:04am | ! Report

      Bulls literally threw the kitchen sink for this match,no wonder they got tired but blues should of dug harder in the first half,no ways that sort of dominance would be sustained for 80 unless you play for the Chiefs haha,go Sharks plenty of teeth in that match. πŸ™‚

      • Roar Guru

        biltongbek said | 4:07am | ! Report

        Bulls have to work on their discipline though, 15 points in penalties will sink them against better teams

        • 4:11am
          felix said | 4:11am | ! Report

          Agreed Biltong,Flip had a great 1st half perhaps the subs cost them the penalties and fatigue ofcoarse,big men that bulls side πŸ™‚

    • 4:00am
      Batdown said | 4:00am | ! Report

      A good win by the Bulls. Strong pack, impressive backline. So much to love about this team. Well played and thank you once again BB for your efforts calling the game. Most appreciated.

      • Roar Guru

        biltongbek said | 4:01am | ! Report

        No worries mate.

        • 4:01am
          Common Sense said | 4:01am | ! Report

          Yes, thank you BB

          • Roar Guru

            biltongbek said | 4:03am | ! Report

            Pleasure commonsense. More casual than official on this one though.

            • 4:05am
              Common Sense said | 4:05am | ! Report

              So, same thing more or less except without pants on. πŸ™‚

    • 3:56am
      Common Sense said | 3:56am | ! Report

      Thanks everyone, good game Bulls.

    • Roar Guru

      biltongbek said | 3:56am | ! Report

      Final score Bulls 38 Blues 22

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