A tired Western Force looked to be no match for the Rebels last night at AAMI Park in a 22-16 defeat.
The majority of the Rebels scoring came from fullback Jason Woodward who booted in 17 points. The game was won and lost on penalties given up with the Force giving up 13 long arm penalties and the Rebels giving up nine.
The Force's inability to dominate the scrum and the breakdown was very influential in the final result losing five scrums and only winning one.
Although the game was tied at half time it did not truly reflect the Force's performance having only 38% of possession throughout the first 40 minutes.
The games 'penalty shootout' style continued with Sias Ebersohn and Jason Woodward scoring another penalty each tying the game up at 9-9.
Woodward converted again giving the Rebels a three point lead and it was only a single try by Wallaby No.8 Scott Higginbotham from the back of a scrum that truly broke the Rebels away with 18 minutes remaining.
The Force came up with a few big offensive efforts near the try line but the Rebels defense proved to be much stronger than they were the first time the sides met.
The Force finally got the ball over the line stretching the Rebels defense and getting Nick Cummins over the line on full-time who did not quite bag the 'triple meat' performance he had last game.
The Western Force will host the Bulls next round at the 'Force Field' (nib Stadium) on Saturday, 26 April. This is a game that the Force will be looking the come out strongly in after the bulls lackluster performance against the Hurricanes last night in New Zealand. This will be the Bulls second game in a row on the road which will hopefully make for an easy task for the Force.
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Written by Luke Worthington - Western Force Page Editor - @lwtrey5