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Western Force vs Melbourne Rebels: Super Rugby Pacific live scores, blog

25th February, 2023
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Western Force

34

Match Complete

Melbourne Rebels

27

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Western Force

34

Match Complete

Melbourne Rebels

27

B. Hegarty72
J. Thrush71
66R. Hodge
B. Hegarty64
D. Horton63
B. Hegarty50
D. Horton49
B. Hegarty41
36R. Hodge
35B. Wilkin
B. Hegarty33
T. Robertson32
24R. Hodge
23R. Louwrens
B. Hegarty22
16R. Hodge
15C. Gordon
1R. Hodge

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Tries
3
4
Conversions
3
2
Penalty Goals
2
0
Field Goals
0

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The last game of Super Saturday takes place in Perth where the Western Force take on the Melbourne Rebels to continue their rivalry. Join The Roar from 10:00pm (AEDT) for live coverage.

Both the Force and Rebels are coming off pre-seasons where they failed to win a game but were at least competitive in their second match of their respective trials. The Rebels were in front towards the backend of their trial against the Brumbies before Len Ikitau stole the win.

Meanwhile, the Force took on the Drua in Brisbane and managed to reel in the Drua lead in the second half before the Fijians took the win to give Simon Cron something to build on heading into the 2023 season.

This game has some added spice with newly announced Western Force captain Michael Wells taking on his former side, however, he will have one less experienced team mate to call on after another long-term foot injury to Izack Rodda.

The Rebels have named an impressive forward pack and with the addition of Alex Mafi to the front row alongside Wallabies capped props of Matt Gibbon and Sam Talakai makes for a mouth-watering matchup against the Force trio of Tom Robertson, Folau Fainga’a and Santiago Medrano.

The ever-reliable Reece Hodge heads into his last season with the Rebels and has been named at outside centre. His matchup against Sam Spink will be one to watch as the Englishman was very impressive in the Drua trial and Hodge will have his hands full keeping him quiet.

Game Information

Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 10pm (AEST)
Live stream: Stan Sport
Betting: Force $1.42, Rebels $2.90 – odds via PlayUp

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Teams

Force: 1. Tom Robertson 2. Folau Fainga’a 3. Santiago Medrano 4. Felix Kalapu 5. Jeremy Williams 6. Tim Anstee 7. Ollie Callan 8. Michael Wells 9. Ian Prior 10. Bryce Hegarty 11. Zach Kibirige 12. Hamish Stewart 13. Sam Spink 14. Manasa Mataele 15. Chase Tiatia
Replacements: 16. Feleti Kaitu’u 17. Angus Wagner 18. Siosifa Amone 19. TBC 20. Jackson Pugh 21. Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 22. Bayley Kuenzle 23. Toni Pulu

Rebels: 1. Matt Gibbon 2. Alex Mafi 3. Sam Talakai 4. Josh Canham 5.Tuaina Taii Tualima 6. Josh Kemeny 7. Brad Wilkin (c) 8. Richard Hardwick 9. Ryan Louwrens 10. Carter Gordon 11. Monty Ioane 12. Stacey Ili 13. Reece Hodge 14. Lachlan Anderson 15. Nick Jooste
Replacements: 16. Jordan Uelese 17. Isaac Kailea 18. Pone Fa’amausili 19. Trevor Hosea 20. Tamati Ioane 21. Vaiolini Ekusai 22. James Tuttle 23. Lukas Ripley

Referee: Damon Murphy

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