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Super boot Ebersohn keen to stay in Perth
Sias Ebersohn. Pic: Getty Images

Fly-half Sias Ebersohn, the architect of Western Force's record-equalling Super Rugby win over the Bulls, is set to re-sign.

The South African had a perfect Saturday night with the boot at nib Stadium, kicking five penalties from five attempts in the 15-9 victory and steering the side in an excellent display of wet-weather rugby.

The overseas development player is in outstanding form and the Force are keen to retain him.

Asked whether he would be staying next year, Ebersohn said: "That depends if they want me.

"You never know what's going to happen. If I'm fortunate enough to get contracted ... I'll be enjoying my rugby."

When coach Michael Foley arrived at the Force he said Ebersohn should not be seen as the club saviour but he is now showing the form that made him a target several seasons ago when he was at the Cheetahs.

Ebersohn admitted it had taken time for him to settle into his new club.

"It's not easy to come from another country, a different language for me, and adapt to another culture, to just go in there and play," he said.

"We worked hard in the off- season. You earn respect and then work from that."

Ebersohn's kicking skills kept the Bulls under pressure in difficult conditions and set up the win.

Foley said Ebersohn had coped well with the fast line speed from the Bulls' big men.

"It's one thing to kick, but to kick well is something else," he said

And captain Matt Hodgson added: "To win a kicking battle against the Bulls is impressive."

Ebersohn said the wet weather made the contest at nib Stadium an arm-wrestle.

"We tried to put as much pressure on the Bulls. We don't choose the easy way out. We do the hard work, target the point where we want to pressure," Ebersohn said.

"Every rain game is a kicking game, especially against the Bulls. Even on a good surface they are going to kick a lot, it's a Bulls brand."

The win moved the Force into fourth place on the ladder - in line for a finals "wild-card" under the complicated Super Rugby conference system - and was crucial as they have a bye next weekend.

They are nicely positioned for their first finals series as they prepare to head to South Africa for a two-game tour against the Cheetahs and Stormers.

The win equalled the four straight home wins of 2007 and was the first time they have won four games at home in five years.

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