Rebels too good for Force
Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
Cape Town - The Rebels have beaten the Force in an entertaining all-Australian Super Rugby clash in Perth on Saturday.
The Rebels won 30-23 after leading 15-11 at half-time.VIDEO: Force v Rebels highlights
The Rebels scored four tries through lock Hugh Pyle and wings Jason Woodward (2) and Richard Kingi. Fullback James O'Connor was successful with two conversions and two penalties.
The Force replied with tries by centre Winston Stanley, fullback Will Tupou and wing Patrick Dellit. Flyhalf Sias Ebersohn was on target with two penalties, while centre Kyle Godwin added a conversion.
The Rebels picked up a full-house of five points for their victory and moved ahead of the Force in the Australian Conference
and into 12th spot in the Overall standings
The Force picked up a single point for losing by seven or fewer points, but slipped to last in the Australian Conference
and 14th overall
In next weekend's Round 9 action, the Rebels host the Kings in Melbourne (Saturday, April 13 at 11:40), while the Force welcome the Crusaders to Perth (Saturday, April 13 at 13:45).
15. Will Tupou, 14. Patrick Dellit, 13. Winston Stanley, 12. Kyle Godwin, 11. Alifeleti (Alfi) Mafi, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 9. Alby Mathewson, 8. Ben McCalman, 7. Matthew Hodgson (captain), 6. Angus Cottrell, 5. Hugh McMeniman, 4. Toby Lynn, 3. Salesi Ma'afu, 2. Heath Tessmann, 1. Kieran Longbottom
Substitutes: 16. Ben Whittaker, 17. Tetera Faulkner, 18. Sam Wykes, 19. Chris Alcock, 20. Mick Snowden, 21. Sam Christie, 22. Sam Norton-KnightRebels:
15 James O'Connor, 14 Jason Woodward, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Richard Kingi, 10 Angus Roberts, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Luke Jones, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson
Substitutes: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Laurie Weeks, 18 Jarrod Saffy, 19 Jordy Reid, 20 Nic Stirzaker, 21 Tom English, 22 Cooper Vuna