Adam Coleman of the Force (centre) is congratulated after scoring a try against the Rebels.
Adam Coleman of the Force (centre) is congratulated after scoring a try against the Rebels. RICHARD WAINWRIGHT

Force surges home in 'Battle of the Axe'

A DOUBLE to Melbourne Rebels winger Marika Koroibete was not enough to help his side to victory over the Western Force at nib Stadium on Friday night.

In a clash billed as the "Battle of the Axe", with the ARU wanting to axe either team before next season, it was the Perth-based side that posted a 31-22 win.

Second-half tries to Richard Hardwick and Chance Peni set up the Force's victory after they trailed 15-14 at the break.

Stand-in Force skipper Adam Coleman was pleased with his side's performance given the circumstances.

"I am really proud of the boys and how they ripped in for each other. We spoke during the week about process rather than (being) outcome-driven and I think the boys really showed that today," he told the club's website.

"We built pressure I think. The first half we really lacked some pressure, the second half I felt we were more up for the contest and it showed in the score line."

The result means the Rebels have just one win from 14 matches this season, while the Force (5-9) can still finish second in the Australian conference.

News Corp Australia


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