Super Rugby

Blues beat Rebels in Melbourne




The Melbourne Rebels will be looking to log back-to-back wins against the Blues for the first time in Super Rugby after picking up a 20-10 win when they last met (Round 16, 2018).

The Rebels have won only three of their last 19 Super Rugby games against New Zealand opposition (L16).

  • Melbourne will be looking for consecutive wins against New Zealand teams for the first time since May 2015 after picking up a 28-22 win against the Highlanders in their last such fixture (February 2020).
  • The Blues have won six of their last eight Super Rugby games in Australia (L2); a period across which they have led at half-time in every game on the day.
  • The Rebels have won seven turnovers per game in Super Rugby in 2021, the most of any team and one per game more than the Blues (6).
  • Dalton Papali’i has made three clean breaks within the opening 10 minutes of games in Super Rugby in 2021, the joint-most of any player alongside the Brumbies’ Pete Samu.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia.

3.00: Otere Black knocks on with the Blues in a good attacking field position.

6.00: The Blues are all over the Rebels at the minute, but good defending by the home team forces the visitors to kick away the ball.

7.00: PENALTY! Otere Black opens the scoring. 0-3

10.00: A big scrum by the Rebels earns the Melbourne side a kickable penalty in front.

11.00: PENALTY! Matt To’omua levels the scores. 3-3

13.00: Another handling error by Rieko Ioane costs his team another good attacking chance inside the opposition’s 22.

15.00: A lot of reset scrums in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, although, there is always a lot; however, there seem to be problems since the tournament began.

16.00: Now, the Blues win the scrum penalty in front of the poles.

17.00: PENALTY! Black knocks over the simple kick. 3-6

20.00: Rieko Ioane loses the ball again, but this time the Blues had a penalty advantage and will kick to the corner.

21.00: The Blues win another penalty after Michael Wells collapses the maul. Blues go again to touch.

23.00: The Rebels steal the Blues lineout, but only clear to their 22.

25.00: Leon MacDonald’s men must still be on the plane because they look lethargic and uninterested. The mistakes are schoolboy, to say the least. They manage to win another penalty, a third inside the 22 on their sixth visit.

26.00: PENALTY! Black takes the points on offer. 3-9

27.00: Ioane gives away a penalty for not releasing Marika Koroibete after making the tackle.

29.00: A powerful driving maul by the Rebels pushes the Blues 15 metres back into their half.

30.00: NO TRY! Bryce Heem picks up a loose Matt To’omua pass and races away to score under the posts. However, the Aussie TMO rules out the score because of a slight touch of the ball from Rieko Ioane’s fore-arm when To’omua passed the ball. That looked like a poor call. 3-9

31.00: A third scrum penalty goes the way of the Blues, who rumble the Rebels off their own ball. Black calls for the tee.

33.00: PENALTY! Black slots a long-range penalty from near the halfway line. 3-12

35.00: The Blues isolate a Rebels attacker, and win a penalty; however, Black does not find touch, although they do get the lineout after Marika Koroibete cleared to the Rebels’ 10m.

37.00: The Rebels cannot get their driving maul going, the Blues collapse the maul, allowing the Melbourne pack a second crack.

38.00: YELLOW CARD! Adrian Chaot enters the maul from the side and is sent to the bin. 3-12

39.00: The Blues get out of jail by winning the Melbourne lineout; that is disgusting for the home team, who probably deserved a penalty try for all the cynical play by the Kiwis.

40.00: The Blues have a centrefield scrum.

42.00: TRY! The blues go backward, yet somehow, they manage to find space down the right-hand touchline through Heem. The winger pops to Hoskins Sotutu, who uses his water polo skills to keep alive a poor pass. The ball is recycled to Black, who throws a long, cutout pass to Tom Robinson, who cuts inside to score. 3-17

43.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 3-17

The halftime score was Melbourne Rebels 3 Blues 17

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Australia.

43.00: Oh, dear! The Rebels botch another try-scoring opportunity when they concede another penalty at the ruck inside the Blues’ 22.

47.00: TRY! It’s that man again! Hoskins Sotutu drives through the tackles to score his side’s second try. 3-22

48.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 3-24

53.00: It’s all Blues at the moment, they are swarming the Rebels in attack, and smashing them in defence. They are camped inside the 22 and look like grabbing a third try very soon.

55.00: Sotutu goes close, but is ruled short – the Blues are all over the Rebels, who need to defend this attack or the game is gone.

56.00: TRY! Sotutu gets his second after breaking from a powerful scrum. Eloff popped up, the ref’s arm went out, the Blues walked the Rebels back before the No. 8 picked up the ball and dived over for the score. 3-29

57.00: CONVERSION! Black splits the sticks. 3-31

60.00: It’s all Blues again, they want to turn the screw.

61.00: TRY! Akira Ioane finishes off a sublime move after Gerard Cowley-Tuoti’s midfield linebreak. Cowley-Tuoti raced from halfway to the Rebels’ 22. Finlay Christie recycled to Harry Plummer, who played Ioane. The loose forward sold a dummy before crossing for another try. 3-36

62.00: MISS! The kick is no good. 3-36

66.00: TRY! Harry Plummer’s crossfield kick is caught by AJ Lam, standing alone on the sideline, to walk in and score. 3-41

68.00: CONVERSION! Plummer adds the extras. 3-43

72.00: The Rebels have wilted under the lights in Melbourne.

75.00: TRY! Akira Ioane has a double. 3-48

76.00: CONVERSION! Plummer adds the two. 3-50

78.00: Rebels win a meaningless scrum penalty.

81.00: Game over, the Rebels lose in record fashion. The Blues were superb.


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The final score is Melbourne Rebels 3 (3) Blues 50 (17)


Tries –
Pen – To’omua
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Robinson, Sotutu (2), A. Ioane (2), Lam
Pen – Black (3), Sullivan
Con – Black (2), Plummer (2)
Drop –
Cards – Choat (Yellow, 38′)

Match Officials
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1: Amy Perrett
Assistant Ref 2: Reuben Keane
TMO: Ian Smith


Melbourne Rebels

15 Tom Pincus, 14 Frank Lomani, 13 Stacey Ili 12 Campbell Magnay, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt To’omua (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Josh Kemeny, 5 Ross Haylett-Petty, 4 Rob Leota, 3 Cabous Eloff, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Cameron Orr

Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Lucio Sordoni, 19 Steve Cummins, 20 Michael Icely, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Carter Gordon, 23 Lachie Anderson


15 Zarn Sullivan, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 AJ Lam, 10 Otere Black, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Adran Choat, 6 Tom Robinson (captain), 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuoti, 3 Marcel Renata, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe

Replacements: 16 Soane Vikena, 17 Ofa Tuungafasi, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jacob Pierce, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Mark Telea

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