Rebels U20s too classy for the Force

by Tom Logan

The Melbourne Rebels U20s have put in a dominant display at Gosch’s Paddock in Melbourne on Sunday to run out convincing 52-21 winners over the Western Force U20s.



The home side showed their class from the start when in the fourth minute lock Benjamin Collins crossed over to give the Rebels U20s the perfect start. Scrum half Harrison Goddard easily converting the try.

They soon doubled their lead when centre Hunter Paisami intercepted a pass to race through under the posts giving Goddard another easy conversion and a 14-0 lead.

Fullback Semisi Tupou then showed why he has such a bright future in the game when he finished off a great team try to score in the 18th minute on the wing.

Tupou capped off a fantastic half for the home side dodging two defenders to add his second try and send the Rebels U20s into the sheds leading the Force U20s 26-0 at half time.
From Super Rugby to Super U20s, Sione Tuipulotu celebrate a big win. Photo: Rebels MediaThe Rebels came out firing in the second half with Jack McGregor finding space to score an easy try under the posts. Goddard converted and the home side had a 33-0 lead with only 44 minutes played.

The Force were dealt a blow when fullback Clay Uyen was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle. 

Despite being a man down the Force managed to score through Tevita Akolo. Flyhalf Anthony Hondros easily converted to put their first points on the board.

The home side hit back quickly as Vaauli Faamausili bustled his way over under the posts. Goddard converted as they moved to a 40-7 lead in the 60th minute.

Hondros continued to provide a much needed spark for the Western Force U20s and he added another try for the visitors in the 63rd minute.

Substitute fullback Oisen Clarken scored tries in the 68th and 72nd minutes to put the Rebels into a commanding 52-14 lead but Hondros added a late consolation try for the Force as the Rebels U20s ran out convincing 52-21 winners.


Melbourne Rebels U20s 52

Tries: Collins, Paisami, Tupou (2), McGregor, Faamausili, Clarken (2).

Cons: Goddard (6)

Western Force U20s 21

Tries: Akolo, Hondros (2)

Cons: Hondros (3)