Force 31-22 Rebels, NIB Stadium
Force came up with a four try clinical performance as they outplayed Rebels with a 31-22 triumph in their Super Rugby encounter at NIB Stadium on Friday.
Reece Hodge kicked a second minute penalty to get Rebels off the mark but despite a sin-bin to Chance Peni, Force replied back with a touchdown from Bill Meakes followed by a conversion from Peter Grant.
Marika Koroibete danced past the post in the 21st minute and Hodge kicked the extras to put Rebels back into the lead but their efforts were negated Adam Coleman's try and Grant's conversion.
Koroibete's second try at the stroke of half time meant Rebels had a slender 14-15 lead at the end of the first half.
Force showed a lot of intent at the start of the second half that pretty much took the game away with Rebels as Richard Hardwick and Peni strolled past the post in the 48th and 51st minutes respectively that provided the hosts 16 point lead.
Colby Fainga'a touchdown in the 59th minute gave Rebels some hope but they were not able to find any more breakthroughs as they succumbed to a nine point defeat. Force occupy the top position in Australian conference while Rebels languish at bottom.