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Super Rugby | Perth
11:00 (GMT) | 13-03-2015
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That is all for today, but join us again tomorrow for a bumper Saturday of five fixtures starting with the Crusaders hosting the Lions! See you there!
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Rebels have taken a scrum to waste time as the hooter sounds. The Rebels secure their scrum and are given a penalty for their effort as they boot it into touch to take the win! That's FULL TIME!
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Rebels steal the ball to crush the Force as Inman just hoofs the ball up filed. Force back on attack with less than a minute remaining but the Rebels are given the penalty and have a chance to clear their lines!
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Force look to have renewed vigor now as the clock ticks down. The Force make it to the 22 and have picked up a penalty... it is decision time now, but Godwin takes it quickly as they get within 10 metres
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Burton add the easy extras
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Force secure their line out as Coleman gets really close until the next phase where Tetera Faulkner picks up and scores under the posts for his first TRY in Super Rugby
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Force have a penalty about 7 metres out but Big Higginbotham and little Prior have a bit of a scrap as the Rebels No.8 drags the scrumhalf 20 metres backwards to stop the quick tap.
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Rebels scrum is solid but Higginbotham fumbles it at the base which puts pressure on Burgess who puts the ball out on the full. The Force secure their line out as prior dummys on the 22m line
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Again, the Force cannot convert their opportunity as they cough up their 13th turnover through a knock on by Burton. Rebels set up for a scrum, as there is another break for injuries on the field with Nick Cummins coming off too
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A few changes on for both teams now as Heagarty kicks onto Cummins who runs in field into a wall of defenders, Force still on the run as they look to keep the ball alive
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Harris continues his good kicking display as he pops over another PENALTY
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The ball is poached at the line out and the Force have a chance to exit their half as they bring it up with the forwards, Matthewson puts in a box kick that goes straight up and forces his team offisides leading to Harris stepping up for another penalty shot
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Force are penalised as Brache takes the man out in the air so Harris puts the ball back int the home team's half for an attacking line out
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Rebels keep living off the Force's mistakes as Higginbotham sets off on another counter attack but as the ball is swung wide, Brache outs in a good tackle to force the ball into touch
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Harris makes no mistake in the PENALTY from 40 metres out as the Rebels extend their lead
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The two teams in a scrum stalemate and eventually a penalty to the Rebels. Handbags at 50 paces and the penalty stays with the Rebels.
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It is a steady scrum as the ball sits in the middle until Stirzaker gets his hands on it and makes a great break. The ball is coughed up and Steve Mafi attempts a counter attack but is soon brought down, Force still on the attack
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Rebels have a chance at attack now as they build it up through the forwads, Pat Leafa makes a good run but the ball is coughed up and the Force have a scrum
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Holmes makes it a 5 point game as the rain starts to pour in Perth
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Again the Force are building up well as McCalman breaks into the 22, Holmes makes a good run to get them 7m out. The Rebels are offside and so the Force earn a penalty. The Force finally decide to take the points...
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Another Force knock on and again the Rebels are able to clear from the scrum as the ref penalises the Force. Debreczeni clears but it is not out as Burton runs it back in
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Force still struggling in the Rebels Red Zone as they are forced back by a booming Debreczeni kick. They attempt to build up from the back again as a grubber is put through that bobbles out on the Rebels 5m line putting them under pressure
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We are back with the Western Force kicking off as Luke Jones knocks it on! Force scrum

Half Time

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Burton adds the CONVERSION and that is HALF TIME
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TRY! The Force are given a penalty in front of the posts and some quick thinking by Alby Matthewson catches the Rebels napping and he is under the posts for the Force's first points
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Force get lucky as Higginbotham is penalized, but again they turn down the possible points and go for a line out of the Rebels 5m line. Force secure their maul, but it is not going far, Alcock breaks and is dragged down short
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Force really struggling to get any momentum in attack after a lineout in a great position is thrown skew. Rebels scrum and a chance to clear their lines
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Rebels have a penalty just outside the Force's 22 after the home team flooded the breakdown illegally. Harris steps up and nails the PENALTY kick
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Force now have a pressure scrum on the 5m line after a knock-on from Tomani and after the ref has to call them up for a reset he gives the Force the free kick for pushing early, Holmes clears the ball
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Force slowly building up the phases again, but they are unable to hold onto the ball as a gain the Rebels break away through McMahon who shows some speed to counter all the way back to the Force's 22
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The Force now looking to take their opportunity with a scrum in a good position but Godwin takes a long pass and is hammered in the midfield as the ball is turned over, the Rebels kick for territory but it goes out off Matthewson and the Rebels are now in a good attacking position
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TRY! The Rebels put in a good scrum and it sees Inman break a tackle and get past the defense, he is able to offload to Shipperly who canters in for the score
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The game has been scrappy thus far with 15 missed tackles between the two teams in just over 20 minutes. The ball has been knocked on again and we await a Rebels scrum
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Force still on attack inside the Rebels 22, they are given a penalty and decide to go for the corner in a very kickable position! The lineout is over thrown and hacked through by the Rebels sending the Force back outside the Rebels 22
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The Force pressure the Rebels with a high up and under and at the breakdown the ball squirts out for Ellison to run into open play, he puts a good chip in but the Force are up to it and try kick the ball back for territory
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Force try to get the ball to Nick Cummins on the wing through a grubber through the defensive line after the scrum but it rolls harmlessly out for a Rebels lineout as Debreczeni clears
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Force set a driving maul from a lineout, but it is going no where so it it quickly swung out to the backs as Godwin tries to crash it up through the middle. The Rebels try and go for a steal but it is knocked on and it is another Force scrum in a good attacking opportunity
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A small kicking battle ensues but it is the Force that win it with a good kick from Burton as the Rebels have a line out inside their half. Debreczeni outs up a high bomb and the pressure is on Burton, he handles well as the Force manage to retain the ball
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Some solid defense from the Rebels puts an end to the Force's attack as they are penalized for holding on. The Rebels send the ball deep down into the Force's territory as they attack from the line-out
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Another scrum for the Force but the Rebels put the shunt on and manage to turn the ball over as they go on a run before Stirzaker gives the ball some air to get out of his own half
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Harris converts his own try
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Force still under pressure in defense as the Rebels work it through the forwards after receiving the ball back from the scrum. It finally breaks down for Harris to step his way through like a ghost to score a TRY under the posts!
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Rebels build up patiently in the first few phases of attack in the game, but it comes to nothing as Debreczeni knocks on and we have the first scrum of the game
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We are underway as the Rebels kick off this Round Five Australian derby! Debreczeni hoofs it deep
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There is a cyclone hanging off the coast of Western Australia and with that there is some rain hovering around. Hopefully the players are not blown away!
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Both of these teams will be targeting a win, but the Force at home will be a tough prospect. The Rebels do have a historical advantage over their Aussie rival - but it will be a tough one to call
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Both the Force and the Rebels started the 2015 season off brightly with wins over the Waratahs and Crusaders, but since then, it has been all down hill for the competition's two newest teams
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Welcome to the second game of Round Five of Super Rugby, in this all Aussie derby the Western Force host the Melbourne Rebels.
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  • 14 Marcel Brache
  • 13 Curtis Rona
  • 12 Billy Meakes
  • 11 Alex Newsome
  • 10 Peter Grant
  • 9 Michael Ruru
  • 8 Isireli Naisarani
  • 7 Matt Hodgson
  • 6 Ross Haylett-Petty
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 4 Matt Philip
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 1 Pekahou Cowan
  • 23 James Verity-Amm
  • 22 Jono Lance
  • 21 Ian Prior
  • 20 Richard Hardwick
  • 19 Lewis Carmichael
  • 18 Shambeckler Vui
  • 17 Francois Van Wyk
  • 16 Anaru Rangi
  • 3 Tetera Faulkner
  • 15 Dane Haylett-Petty
  • 14 Jack Maddocks
  • 13 Tom English
  • 12 Reece Hodge
  • 11 Marika Koroibete
  • 10 Jack Debreczeni
  • 9 Michael Ruru
  • 8 Amanaki Mafi
  • 7 Angus Cottrell
  • 6 Ross Haylett-Petty
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 4 Matt Philip
  • 3 Sam Talakai
  • 2 Anaru Rangi
  • 1 Tetera Faulkner
  • 23 Sefanaia Naivalu
  • 22 Bill Meakes
  • 21 Harrison Goddard
  • 20 Richard Hardwick
  • 19 Geoff Parling
  • 18 Jermaine Ainsley
  • 17 Fereti Sa'aga
  • 16 Jordan Uelese
Mc article tj perenara hurricanes

Preview: S15 Round Five, Part One

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:56

The opening salvos of Super Rugby's Round Five action will be fired by a team in dire straits up against a team flying high.

The Hurricanes and Blues will return to Palmerston North on Friday, the scene of the inaugural Super Rugby match at the start of the professional era.

However, what should be a historic occasion could be overshadowed by the ongoing drama surrounding Blues coach John Kirwan.

The legendary former All Black wing is under fire after the Blues lost an unprecedented four consecutive matches at the start of the season.

This is in stark contrast to the Hurricanes, who are unbeaten - following three wins before last week's bye.

The calls for Kirwan's head was this week met by a chorus of supporting voices from within the team.

Record-breaking hooker Keven Mealamu and stand-in captain Luke Braid said Kirwan has their full confidence.

"We've got to look at this as a team thing, not just coaches but players as well. We're in this all together," Mealamu said.

"When you look back to the last four games I think it's just key moments where we've had the foot off the throat or let the opportunity for the other team to come back into the game.

"I think if we can win the key moments it'll really change for us."

The other Friday game also feature two desperate teams - the Western Force hosting the Rebels in Perth, with both looking to end their respective losing streaks.

We look at Friday's matches!

Friday, March 13

Hurricanes v Blues
(FMG Stadium, Palmerston North - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

The Hurricanes, one of only two remaining unbeaten teams, are determined to make their good start to the season count.

Following victories over the Lions, Bulls and Western Force - on a three-match road trip - the Canes had a bye last week, which often tends to break a team's momentum.

Flank Ardie Savea is hopeful the bye week hasn't dented their momentum heading into Friday's match against the winless and bottom-placed Blues in Palmerston North.

Savea said he can't put his finger on why they got off to such a flyer.

"The players have been here for a few years and we've got lots of leaders out on the field," the loose forward told NZ Newswire.

"The guys are next to each other and everything just seems to click."

Savea said the Hurricanes aren't fooled by the winless Blues' four losses to start the season.

The visitors boast a powerful pack and could be only a game away from clicking on attack in the manner his own team did in Perth, he said.

"When we were in South Africa we focused more on the physicality and having the South Africans running directly at you," he said.

"Now we're coming up against teams who have a lot of skill and who can play with the ball."

The Blues, despite their desperation to end their most dire losing streak ever at the start of a season, are not going to make any drastic changes to their approach.

"The game plan is alright, but it's our decision-making at certain times," stand-in captain Luke Braid told Newstalk ZB.

"We probably did a few too many pick and go's and stuff and stopped our momentum."

Braid said there are different factors as to why they're not getting the results each season and it's something they have to fix.

Recent results:
2014: Blues won 37-24, Auckland
2014: Hurricanes won 39-20, Wellington
2013: Blues won 28-6, Auckland
2013: Blues won 34-20, Wellington
2012: Hurricanes won 35-19, Wellington
2012: Hurricanes won 26-25, Auckland

Prediction: The Hurricanes are aiming to win their opening four fixtures for the first time; they followed three wins with a loss in their fourth game in 1998, 2005, 2006 and 2010. In contrast, the Blues are enduring their worst ever start to a season, losing their first four fixtures, and have now lost six in a row stretching back to last season; another loss would equal their worst ever run of seven losses in a row. The Auckland-based side has won three of their last four against the Hurricanes, but have managed just two wins in Wellington since 2002 - which is just as well, considering this clash will be played at FMG Stadium in Palmerston North! The Hurricanes have the best tackling success rate this season, making 91 percent of their tackles so far. The Blues have the best goal-kicking success rate in Super Rugby this season (89 percent). You will get good odds if you want to waste your money on the Blues. rather take the narrow odds on offer on the Hurricanes and guarantee yourself a winning bet. The Hurricanes by at least 15 points.


Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Matt Proctor, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Blade Thomson, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Rey Lee-Lo, 23 James Marshall.

Blues: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Charles Piutau, 12 Francis Saili, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Jimmy Cowan/Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Luke Braid (captain), 6 Brendon O'Connor, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements:  16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta'avao/Sam Prattley, 19 Hayden Triggs, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Gibson-Park/Bryn Hall, 22 Simon Hickey, 23 George Moala.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Western Force v Rebels
(nib Stadium, Perth - Kick-off: 19.00; 11.00 GMT; 22.00 AEDT)

Heading into this Round Five clash, both sides are keen to add to their Round One victories.

The Rebels secured a first ever win in New Zealand when they toppled last year's runners-up, the Crusaders, in Christchurch.

The Force produced an equally impressive upset when they recorded a bonus-point win against last year's champions, the Waratahs, also away from home.

Since then, the Rebels have suffered narrow defeats to the Waratahs and Brumbies before last week's bye, while the Western Force were also victims of the impressive Brumbies in Canberra last week.

Western Force are now looking to regain respect, according to wing Nick Cummins.

Cummins said the side would go into Friday's Super Rugby clash with the Melbourne Rebels with a new mindset.

"The boys have got a bit of a chip, they want to have a good crack now and regain that respect,” Cummins told The West Australian.

"The boys want to do it for each other, building that feeling will make all the difference.

"The mindset we've taken in with a couple of changes in direction in play will put us in good stead.

"We came a long way in the attitude in the last game. The scoreline didn't reflect that

"The attitude is the most important part."

Recent results:
2014: Rebels won 22-16, Melbourne
2014: Force won 32-7, Perth
2013: Rebels won 30-23, Perth
2013: Rebels 30-23, Melbourne
2012: Rebels won 32-31, Perth
2012: Rebels won 30-29, Melbourne

Prediction: After winning their opening game, the Force have now lost three in a row, their worst run of losses since March - April 2013.  Seven of the eight Super Rugby meetings between these two sides have seen the defeated side take home a losing bonus point.  After winning their last away game against the Crusaders, the Melbourne-based side has the opportunity to win consecutive away games for the first time in their history. The Force has the worst tackling (83 percent), scrum (69 percent) and goal-kicking success (50 percent) rates so far this Super Rugby season. The Rebels have the worst line-out success rate in the league, making just 76 percent of their throws. The Force has conceded more tries on average than any other team this season, an average of 3.3 per game. Scott Higginbotham is Super Rugby's new top try-scoring forward, surpassing Owen Finnegan, Jacques Botes and Liam Messam.  This is tough to call, as both teams have been erratic, to say the least. We will go for home ground advantage and say the Western Force will win by less than 10 points.


Western Force: 15 Luke Burton, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Solomoni Jnr Rasolea, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Steve Mafi, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Sias Ebersohn, 23 Mitchell Scott.
Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Steve Cummins, 20 Colby Fainga'a, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Sefanaia Naivalu.

Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Rebels win Perth snorefest

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:50

MATCH REPORT: The Rebels scored a 21-17 win over the Western Force in a dour Super Rugby Round Five encounter in Perth on Friday.

The Rebels scored a 21-17 win over the Western Force in a dour Super Rugby Round Five encounter in Perth on Friday.

It was two tries apiece, but three penalties and a conversion off the boot of Rebels fullback Mike Harris proved to be the difference in a game that never reached any great heights.

The error count was astronomical, giving the game the resemblance of amateur hour - with 30-odd handling errors and turnovers between the two sides.

For the Rebels it was a good result, as they returned to the winning list after a poor run.

The Rebels took advantage of another slow Force start to open up a 15-point lead in the first half, before hanging on grimly in the dying moments to win for the sixth time in their last seven clashes with the West Australian team.

It was their first victory since the opening round of the season and gives them two wins from four matches, while the Force have just one win from five games.

Mike Harris scored 16 points for the Rebels, including the opening try when he broke through some feeble defence to score under the posts.

With the Force racking up the handling errors, the Rebels were in complete control when they added a second try through Dom Shipperley in the 23rd minute, after some clean ball movement.

Down 0-15 as half-time loomed, the Force stole a morale-boosting try when Alby Mathewson took a quick tap after a penalty and caught the Rebels unaware to score his team's first try.

Up 15-7 at the break, the Rebels still looked to be doing enough when they led 21-10 heading into the last 10 minutes.

However, the Force's Tetera Faulkner dived over in the 75th minute to cut the deficit to just four points.

The Force made two late surges in an attempt to steal the win, but the first saw the Rebels steal possession and the second ended with a penalty against the home team.

Rebels skipper Scott Higginbotham was a relieved man after the match.

"I'm happy to get the win," he said.

"The Force kept us going for the whole 80 minutes."

Force captain Sam Wykes lamented his team's slow start.

"We kicked too much ball away again," he said.

"We wanted to have a fast start in that first 20 [minutes]."

Man of the match: It is hard to find stand-out players in a game of such poor quality. You could go for Rebels fullback Mike Harris, for his goal-kicking. However, Western Force lock Steve Mafi briefly injected life into the snorefest with a couple of great runs in the second half and he gets our award.

The scorers:

For the Western Force:
Mathewson, Faulkner
Con: Burton 2
Pens: Holmes

For the Rebels:
Harris, Shipperley
Con: Harris
Pens: Harris 3


Western Force: 15 Luke Burton, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Solomoni Jnr Rasolea, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Steve Mafi, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Sias Ebersohn, 23 Mitchell Scott.
Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Steve Cummins, 20 Colby Fainga'a, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Sefanaia Naivalu.

Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

Tetera Faulkner (75min)
Tetera Faulkner (75min)
REFEREE Rohan Hoffmann