Super Rugby: Western Force blitz Melbourne Rebels in Perth

Last Updated: 08/03/14 12:18pm

  • Share:

Sky Bet

Matt Hodgson celebrated his 100th Super Rugby appearance in style as Western Force produced a stunning first-half showing to blitz Melbourne Rebels in a 32-7 rout.

The Rebels were coming off an emphatic 35-14 win over the Cheetahs last weekend, while the Force were easily beaten 27-14 by the ACT Brumbies, but celebrated Hodgson's landmark appearance with a fine display.

That the 32-year-old flanker scored one of their bonus-point tries only added to the occasion in Perth.

The Force flew out of the blocks in the opening 30 minutes and scored the first 32 points of the match to blow the Rebels away.

They were up and running early on, with Alby Mathewson darting over with just three minutes gone, with Sias Ebersohn adding the extras.

Another try followed shortly after as Luke Morahan opened his account for the franchise after some good lineout play, with Ebersohn again on the money with the goal.

Ticking over

Two penalties from Ebersohn ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over and took the Force out to 20-0, with Hodgson then giving the fans what they wanted as he touched down.

"The way we controlled the game, our defence was back to where it was last year and that is what won us the game."
Force captain Matt Hodgson

Ebersohn's goal extended the advantage to 27 points and when Angus Cottrell went in before the break, the Perth outfit had scored a try bonus point for the first time in 28 outings.

After such a devastating spell of intensity they were always likely to drop off and that was what they did in the second half with Ebersohn, who failed to improve Cottrell's try, missing with two more penalty attempts.

The Rebels hardly pressed a claim for a comeback, though, and did not stir until the death when Telusa Veainu scored after the hooter.

Force captain Matt Hodgson said the Force were determined to show they were better than their two losses this season suggested.

"The way we came out showed people how we do play football," he said.

"The way we controlled the game, our defence was back to where it was last year and that is what won us the game."

  • Share:


Super Rugby 2014 Round 4

Taulima Tautai: Scored the opening two tries for Wakefield

Wildcats rout sorry Dragons

Wakefield Wildcats chalked up their first Super League win of the season with a 56-14 rout of Catalan Dragons.

Paul Jordaan: on the scoresheet for Sharks

Sharks maul Lions

The Sharks remained top of the South African conference with an impressive 37-23 victory over the Lions at Kings Park.

Jacques-Louis Potgieter scored by all methods in Bulls' win

Potgieter leads Bulls home

The Bulls produced their best performance of the Super Rugby season so far to beat the Blues 38-22 at Loftus Versfeld.

Most Popular


Casillas on the way out?

Casillas on the way out?

The Revista panel explain why Real Madrid might be set to chop legendary goalkeeper Iker Caillas.

Job done, George

Job done, George

George Groves' thrilling comeback win shows he is over his defeats to Carl Froch, says Johnny Nelson.

Night of controversy

Night of controversy

Brock Lesnar and John Cena’s main event at Night of Champions ended in chaos. Find out how…