Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson crashes over for a try in his 100th match for the club, the big 32-7 win over the Melbourne Rebels. Image: ABC Grandstand
The Roar: The Western Force came out breathing fire on Saturday night, with former All Black halfback Alby Mathewson running in the first try while the nib Stadium crowd were still taking their seats.
From there, the Force just rumbled through the Melbourne Rebels in all facets of play, but in attack particularly. Matt Hodgson, playing his 100th match for the Western Australian club was leading a forward pack inflicting all sort of damage on their opponents, and in their skipper’s honour. The breakdown battle in the opening exchanges was as brutal as it was one way.
But they didn’t exactly go on with it, did they? Over on The Roar today, I’ve outlined why the Force need to overcome this, if they want to truly earn the respect they now crave..
Stormers’ talisman flanker Schalk Burger made a triumphant return to Super Rugby. Image via SANZAR Super Rugby on Twitter
ESPNscrum.com:Round four of Super Rugby was good for the Australian conference, with three wins recorded, while the South African teams managed two wins from the four games in which they were in action. New Zealand recorded just a single win, and the Crusaders might still be wondering how they got away with that one.
Here’s the #Scrum5 talking points as I saw them, from Round 4:
Stewards enquiry needed in Perth?
I remember this Pat McCabe
And I remember this Schalk Burger, too ...
When a try is no longer a try, and…
Great White Sharks roll on.
The column, and the #Scrum5 podcast (with Greg Growden back on deck) are all up on ESPNscrum.com now.
Reds winger Rod Davies scored the first of four tries in the 43-33 win over the Cheetahs. Image: ABC Grandstand
ABC Grandstand Digital: Great to chat Super Rugby with Francis Leach again this morning, and this time we were joined my former colleague from The Roar, Andrew Logan.
The Brumbies and Reds kicked off Round 4 of Super Rugby in style overnight, with both of them securing bonus point wins over the Hurricanes and Cheetahs, respectively. The cross-border wins are crucial, as it’s the way of climbing the competition ladder, without doing any damage within your conference.
You can hear the clip here, with thanks once again to ABC Grandstand..