2020 Super Rugby AU, Week 10: Top 3 players from the Melbourne Rebels v Western Force Game


Dane Haylett-Petty changed the game in the last 30 minutes of the match for the Rebels.

He knew the situation when the Force began to build a lead that left his Rebels side searching for answers, Haylett-Petty would find a few of the Force’s weaknesses.

And that would be his backline not supporting the brilliant work that the Force defenders won so far in this match.

That allowed Haylett-Petty to form a circle and join him through the channels on the far-right where Reece Hodge and Marika Koroibete ran & passed to through each other.

Communication is so essential where Hodge and Koroibete helped Haylett-Petty finish that support passage of play on the run home.

He helped sent a message for his forwards to join Haylett-Petty’s army and identify more of the Force’s weaknesses and exploit them.

It may have taken a long time, but they finally got the breakthrough that sent the Rebels to the Qualifying Final v the Reds.

Matt Toomua

Like Haylett-Petty, he also had a decent game this afternoon.

His all-around ability in the build-up play provided excellent vision with the passing and pace using the vast areas into space to assist the earlier touchdowns.

Thanks to the Force’s disciplinary mistakes and lack of fire in their backline, Toomua capitalized with the penalty goals and the significant points needed for the Rebels to stay alive.

Yes, the Rebels defenders’ may have let them down earlier, giving the Force the upper hand midway to late in the game.

But you can’t fault a brilliant backline led by Toomua and the guys like Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete & Dane Haylett-Petty.

These four guided his forwards the pathway and support they need to get over the line and make it to the finals, which worked patiently well within the Super Rugby AU ladder’s four-point requirement.

It made Toomua’s life easier when entirely focusing on the conversion kicking and assist passes via the passage of play after they finally identified a way for the Rebels to break through the gate.

Look out for his all-round play once again when Toomua returns next Saturday at Suncorp Stadium for the Qualifying final v the Reds.

Andrew Ready

His presence in the forwards’ pack of the Force lifted off to the best start they need.

The physicality used in attack and defense helped himself find the vision into space that picked up two touchdowns.

Ready helped stay ahead for the Western Force to hold on the scoreboard lead.

It helped tighten the blocks that frustrated the Rebels even though they won penalties thanks to Ready’s hard work.

However, the lack of his attacking backline firepower failed to match the Rebels’ standards.

And it made the Force defend as hard as they can, which unfortunately didn’t fend off at the end that denied them their first win in Super Rugby AU & not give the Waratahs lift their hopes.

He is tough as nails when any opposition goes up against Andrew Ready.

He can stuff up the attack when there’s no support play around them & give his team the chance to capitalize on their mistakes, which converted into points a few times.

It’s just not his day today when it comes to a half-decent forward pack alone divided alongside an unbalanced backline.

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