24 Mar 2012

Rebels hold on for Super win over Force

12:15 pm on 24 March 2012

The Melbourne Rebels winger Mark Gerrard slotted a penalty to give his gutsy side a 30-29 win over the Western Force in their Super Rugby clash on Friday.

The fans at AAMI Park held their breath as it appeared the Rebels were set for more heart-break after they surrendered a 21-0 lead.

The Force took a 29-27 lead in the 64th minute after fullback Dave Harvey converted a Nick Cummins try and the Rebels looked like stretching their winless streak of 12 straight losses.

But Gerrard got his chance at glory in the 72nd minute after Force skipper David Pocock was penalised at the break-down.

Skipper Gareth Delve said the team had learnt from their loss after the final hooter to the Cheetahs last round and says that came through in the final five minutes.