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Highlanders beat Rebels in Melbourne

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Article Published: Friday 15 April 2011

If you think the Highlanders have had a good season consider that the Rebels are just six points behind them on the Super Rugby standings which is outstanding when you consider that they have only played seven matches.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.
The match is underway.
1.00: The Highlanders knock on from the kick off so the Rebels get an attacking scrum.
2.00: The Rebels have started strongly. They have not scored a try in the first 20 minutes of a match so far.
3.00: Penalty as the Rebels are on attack. The Highlanders kick for touch.
4.00: The Highlanders suffer a blow as Colin Slade comes off for blood.
7.00: Penalty (Adam Thomson) to the Rebels. Cipriani says he will kick for posts.
8.00:Cipriani takes the kick and slots it. The Rebels lead.
10.00: Adam Thomson takes a knock on his hip after he jumped for the ball at the restart. He missed and landed on his hip.
12.00: The Highlanders attack down the wing but the Rebels push them out. This has been a better start for the Rebels as they have not conceded a point yet.
14.00: Highlanders growing in attack. They go through seven phases and then they win a penalty.
16.00: Robbie Robinson who will now stay on as Slade's replacement takes the kick and misses. Slade has been taken to hospital for another jaw injury.
20.00: Another penalty to the Highlanders. Robbie Robinson takes the kick and curls this one in. The scores are level.
21.00: The Rebels fumble the ball, the Highlanders chase, Robinson regathers with an open tryline in front of him but he too fumbles the ball.
22.00: Scrum penalty to the Highlanders. They kick for the corner. They win the line out.
23.00: The Highlanders drive over the line but are held up. We go upstairs. The try is awarded to Adam Thomson.
24.00: Robbie Robinson adds the conversion.
27.000: Penalty to the Rebels. Cipriani takes the kick but he misses.
30.00: Lots of tension and a scuffle threatens to break out and then fizzles out.
34.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. Robinson takes the kick but misses.
35.00: Highlanders full back ben Smith splits open the Rebels defence and gets right to the tryline and gets stopped. The Highlanders recycle and send the ball out to Alando Soakai who scores. TRY.
37.00: Robbie Robinson adds the conversion. Highlanders have a comfortable lead and are half way to a bonus point victory.
38.00: Penalty to the Rebels. Cipriani takes the shot and nails it.
39.00: The Highlanders spread the ball wide and Thomson shows some quick hands as he passes to Siale Piutau who scores in the corner.
Robbie Robinson takes the conversion after the hooter sounds but misses.
The half time score is Rebels 6 Highlanders 22
The second half is underway.
42.00: Very good start from the Highlanders. They make good ground and get the ball to about 10m out from the Rebels tryline but knock on.
43.00: Lots of pressure from the Highlanders. Siale Piutau gets the ball and powers off and wrongfoots Cipriani and scores the bonus point try and his second.
44.00: Robinson misses the conversion.
46.00: The Rebels concede another penalty. Robinson takes the kick but misses.
52.00: The Highlanders swing the bal around and then Kade Poki gets the ball and beats off 7 Rebels tacklers and scores! TRY!
53.00: Robinson misses the conversion.
59.00: The Highlanders continue to pick away at the Rebels but they turn it over. Cipriani races away and he leaves his team behind him after a great pass by Lachie Mitchell. He gets the pass away but it's to the ref. The Rebels can't regather.
64.00:The Rebels get some good ball and attack. They get into the Highlanders 25 and move the ball through the phases and after 6 phases Hugh Pyle scores the Rebels first try.
65.00:Cipriani takes the conversion from in front but misses.
68.00: Another penalty to the Highlanders. Robinson takes the kick and this one hits the posts and then bounces in.
69.00: Adam Thomson gets the ball on the wing and races away. He is tackled at the tryline by Cipriani but still manages to score his second and the Highlanders sixth try. Great try.
70.00: Robbie Robinson misses the conversion.
74.00: The Rebels are looking to end on a high. They go through the phases edging the ball to the Highlanders 25 and then win a penalty.
77.00: The Rebels win the line out and work the ball to the posts. Somerville drives over and scores! TRY.
78.00: Cipriani adds the conversion.
80.07: The siren sounds but we have time for a scrum.
The whistle goes. That's it the Highlanders win.
The full time score is Rebels 18 Highlanders 40

Tries - H Pyle, G Somerville
Pen -D Cipriani 2
Con - D Cipriani
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - A Thomson 2, A Soakai ,S Piutau 2, K Poki
Pen - R Robinson 2
Con - R Robinson 2
Drop -
Cards -
Attendance : 18 739

Match Officials
Referee: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Ian Smith (Australia), Steve Hardy (Australia)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)


Rebels:1.Rodney Blake , 2 . Ged Robinson , 3 . Greg Somerville , 4 .Alister Campbell , 5 .Hugh Pyle , 6 , Jarrod Saffy , 7. Michael Lipman , 8. Gareth Delve (c) , 9.Nick Phipps , 10.Danny Cipriani , 11.Cooper Vuna , 12.James Hilgendorf , 13 , Mark Gerrard , 14.Lachlan Mitchell , 15. Richard Kingi

Reserves : 16.Heath Tessmann , 17.Laurie Weeks , 18. Adam Byrnes , 19. Tim Davidson , 20. Hoani Macdonald , 21. Luke Rooney , 22.Afusipa Taumoepeau

Highlanders:1 Jamie Mackintosh (C) , 2 Jason Rutledge , 3 Chris King , 4 Jarrad Hoeata , 5 Josh Bekhuis , 6 Adam Thomson , 7 Alando Soakai , 8 Nasi Manu , 9 Aaron Smith , 10 Colin Slade , 11 Siale Piutau , 12 Shaun Treeby , 13 Kendrick Lynn , 14 Kade Poki , 15 Ben Smith

Reserves : 16. Brayden Mitchell , 17. David Te Moana , 18. Tom Donnelly , 19. Nick Crosswell , 20. Jimmy Cowan , 21. Robbie Robinson , 22. James Paterson

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