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After a disappointing visit to Melbourne, the Western Force showed they are still contenders with a 15-9 win over the Pretoria Blue Bulls at their home ground the 'Force Field'.

Both decided to only play the ball in their own attacking ends due to the wet conditions. There were often sections of the match where the ball would be kicked back-and-fourth five plus times before a knock-on or a line-out. 

The Bulls dominated the Force in the line-out winning all 13 of their own plus stealing an additional 7 from the Force. The Force didn't come close to the Bulls total of 20 line-out wins, only winning 9 of their own with no steals. 

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Sias Ebersohn was the only Force player to score for the team scoring 5 from 5 penalty attempts. Ebersohn was handed Man of the Match after thriving in the wet conditions which many kickers would not have enjoyed. 

The Bulls couldn't quite get their famous rolling maul to work against the Force, with only one maul rolling well up the field. The Force defended the rest of the mauls to the tee and also won many of the kicking battles, with some going longer than six kicks before a knock-on or a ball falling into touch. 

The Western Force players will have a chance to recover this week after a hard month of playing. They will travel off to Sias Ebersohns hometown of Bloemfontein to take on the Cheetahs. The team will then travel to Cape Town to verse the Stormers and return home to take on the Lions in Perth. This will then end a month long run against South African teams and start a two week spell at home. 

The Force are now sitting second in the Australian and fourth overall in the Super Rugby standings with a strong chance of taking out a wild card position in the finals. 

Be sure to check out the image gallery above this article for some snapshots and a different aspect of the game.

Written by Luke Worthington - Western Force Page Editor - @wild_west_fans

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