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Western Force power past Melbourne

A brilliant first-half showing from the Western Force allowed them to mark Matt Hodgson's special day with a 32-7 win over the Melbourne Rebels.

The Force had not won either of their games this season heading into the clash, but celebrated Hodgson's 100th appearance with a stunning show.

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

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.

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.

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.


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