2020 Super Rugby AU, Week 5: Top 3 overall players from the Western Force v Melbourne Rebels game


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It’s a close game once again from the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels.

The first 80 may not have gone to a conclusion.

But the Force’s lack of momentum defensively plus the fumbles saw the Rebels snatch that last-minute win in Super Time.

Now it’s time to see which three best players performed from last night.

Matt Toomua

As usual, his kicking accuracy between the sticks is spotless.

He also used his all-round skills defensively to drag the opposition attack into touch or force them to lose possession.

In the attack, Toomua’s passing via the support channels in the backline system comes on time to open up the vast areas at least to run into some space.

The visionary, footwork, and some pace that Toomua unpacks is what a usual playmaker would do to craft in the No.10 position.

Cameron Orr

He looked after the Rebels forwards pack for most of the time.

The physical muscle Orr possesses made it stuff up the Force attack defensively as well as to winning penalties.

In the attack, he made sure the scrum, maul, and build-up phases are correct before finding some players some help through the channels.

And it did work nicely late in the first half, especially when Orr quickly found a gap on the far right for the quick fetch to Jordan Uelese, who successfully touched down.

He repeated the trick in the 2nd half in patiently eating up the opposition territory & navigate those broad areas that saw Matt Phillip bounce back the scoreline lead for the Rebels.

At last, Byron Ralston.

Well, maybe he lost a penalty defensively thanks to a lack of support from the discipline side.

But when he contributes to the attack, it’s a different story.

Ralston credits the support passage of play from Jack McGregor and Jono Lance, where Brynard Stander fired off the quick scrum.

His pace looked extraordinary with little cover from the opposition to give the Force a much-needed boost to bounce back.

Yes, he may be coming from a losing side but would need help from the Force to fix up the defense that fell apart in the last 40 to unlock more opportunities.

The Western Force still yet to win in Super Rugby AU will have the bye next week.

After that, they will face the Waratahs once again.

On the other hand, Melbourne Rebels now undefeated for three weeks with back to back wins and one draw.

Their renewed confidence will hopefully go one better when they go up against the Brumbies next Friday.

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