Rams quash Rebels' uprising
Article Published: Sunday 26 August 2007
Edited by: Sports Digital Media
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Melbourne Rebels' unbeaten run in the ARC came to an end at the hands of the West Sydney Rams on Sunday in an ignominious 31-10 defeat at Parramatta Stadium.
Rams fly-half Kurtley Beale once again shone for the home team, scoring one extraordinary try and adding a drop goal, yet it might have been two-try prop Ben Alexander who stole the man of the match award.
The win ties the Ram, Rebels, and Saturday winners the Sydney Fleet together in second place on the table, with Canberra Vikings top after their superb win over Ballymore Tornadoes earlier on Sunday.
The Rebels, leaders going into the game, were on the scoreboard first, with Nathan Trist landing a penalty, but after a taut opening, it was the Rams who scored the first try, with Alexander crashing over near the poles.
That was it for the first half though, with the Rams superior but a magnificent defensive display by Rebels' flanker David Croft helping to keep the home team at bay.
Three tries in eight minutes for the Rams won them the game. Five minutes after the break, Alexander repeated his charging heroics, steaming over the line from a similar distance and with similar body position.
Then Beale chipped and chased wonderfully to score a quickfire third, and four minutes later it was 28-3 after Fa'atonu Fili nicking the fourth after Josh Holmes' blind side break.
Beale dropped a goal a quarter of an hour before the end to make it 31-3, although james Hanson nicked a late consolation score for the Rebels.
For the Rams:
Tries: Alexander 2, Beale, Fili
Cons: Martin 4
Drop goal: Beale
For the Rebels:
Con: Trist 1
Pen: Trist 1
Western Sydney Rams: 15 Lachlan Turner, 14 Ben Martin, 13 Lachlan Mitchell, 12 Chris Siale, 11 Fa'atonu Fili, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Joshua Holmes, 8 Tom Egan, 7 Wil Brame, 6 Gareth Palamo, 5 Van Humphries, 4 Ben Hand (captain), 3 Aaron Broughton-Rouse, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Ben Roberts, 17 Peter Niumata, 18 Mark Howell, 19 Ben Coridas, 20 David Rimmer, 21 Rory Sidey, 22 Luke Johnson.
Melbourne Rebels: 15 Nathan Trist, 14 Peter Playford, 13 James Lew, 12 Jack Farrer, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Daniel Kelly, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 David Haigh, 7 David Croft (captain), 6 David Dennis, 5 Richard Stanford, 4 Matt Cockbain, 3 Heamani Lavaka, 2 Nick Churven, 1 Scott Cameron.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Mike Ross, 18 Liam Shaw, 19 David Haydon, 20 Jon McGrath, 21 Michael Hobbs, 22 Damon Murphy.
Referee: Nathan Pearce
Touch judges: Ian Smith, Damian Mitchelmore
Television match official: James Scholtens
Assessor: Wayne Erickson
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