Rebels wrap up the Force

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT - Tom Tap­ping

IT was al­most an in­tr­a­club match in chal­leng­ing con­di­tions at nib Sta­dium on Satur­day night when Western Force met a Melbourne Rebels team fea­tur­ing seven for­mer Force play­ers for the third World Series Rugby match.

The Force started well with the first try at the 20minute mark, but the well drilled Rebels were too slick and fought back, run­ning out win­ners 28-12.

De­spite the ap­palling weather con­di­tions and a Wal­la­bies Test on TV ear­lier in the evening, a large crowd of more than 13,900 braved the wet and windy con­di­tions.

The grudge match was at times very fiery but en­ter­tain­ing in try­ing con­di­tions.

The Force held their own for much of the match de­spite pre­dic­tions it would be a very one-sided game.

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