Super Rugby

Brumbies beat Rebels in Melbourne




The Melbourne Rebels have played the Brumbies 21 times in Super Rugby, they have won nine matches, and lost 12 times.

The Rebels have played 10 of those Super Rugby games at home, winning six times, losing four.

  • The Melbourne Rebels have won their last four home games on the bounce against the Brumbies in Super Rugby; their last defeat at home to the Canberra side came in Round 12, 2016 (30-22).
  • The Brumbies succumbed to a 24-22 defeat to Queensland Reds in their last Super Rugby game and will now look to avoid consecutive defeats against Australian opponents in Super Rugby for the first time since a pair of losses to the Rebels in February/March 2019
  • Dan McKellar’s men have finished three of their last four Super Rugby games with a 100% lineout success rate after having done so just three times in their 19 games prior.
  • The Brumbies have scored four tries from mauls this Super Rugby AU campaign, the most of any team in the competition, while the Rebels are the only team yet to score a try via this method.
  • Matt To’omua has scored 47 points in his last three Super Rugby games against the Brumbies, including a tally of 24 points from eight penalty goals in his last game against them (March 2021).

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

2.00: The Brumbies are pinged for obstruction at the lineout, you don’t see that very often.

3.00: MISS! To’omua’s kick is short of the poles – what was that! 0-0

6.00: Several forward passes by the Rebels kill attacks, but they do win a penalty that allows them to kick to the 22.

7.00: Allan Alaalatoa wins the turnover, Ryan Lonergan clears.

9.00: TRY! James Hanson finishes off an 11-phase attack with a pick-and-go next to the posts to open the scoring. 5-0

10.00: CONVERSION! To’omua adds the extras. 7-0

12.00: Andy Muirhead’s linebreak comes to nothing after Len Ikitau knocks on in contact with Marika Koroibete on the sideline.

13.00: Rory Scott wins the penalty at the ruck, Brumbies kick to the corner.

14.00: NO TRY! It’s the try machine Folau Fainga’a, who crashes over after the rolling maul splinters to the right. The home team could do nothing, but after a TMO review, the officials deem that the hooker lost the ball forward off his own player – that is unfortunate. 7-0

16.00: A massive scrum by the Brumbies sees Joe Powell tackled into touch, the Brumbies maul, winning a couple of penalty advantages.

17.00: YELLOW CARD! Marika Koroibete is oof for 10 minutes. 7-0

18.00: TRY! Rory Scott crashes over after another powerful driving maul from the Brumbies pack. 7-5

19.00: CONVERSION! Ryan Lonergan levels. 7-7

21.00: Brumbies win the penalty, Tom Banks boots the ball 15 metres out from the Rebels’ try line. Here we go!

24.00: It’s all Brumbies at the minute, the Rebels need to make sure they can get back to 15 men without any more damage.

26.00: Brumbies have an attacking scrum in midfield.

28.00: A penalty advantage allows Banks to kick to the corner. Marika Koroibete is back on for the home team.

29.00: Banks boots to the corner – the Brumbies score 69% of their tries from driving mauls. Matt To’omua is warned again that the next infringement will be yellow again.

30.00: YELLOW CARD! Trevor Hosea is in the bin. 7-7

32.00: The Rebels defend the maul well, but after several phases, they concede another penalty when Koroibete is caught offside. Rebels have conceded eight penalties, including the last six in a row.

33.00: Richard Hardwick is blown up at the ruck for an illegal steal, that looked harsh by the ref. Brumbies kick to the corner.

35.00: Superb defending by Melbourne to stop the Vrumbies’ driving maul. That is excellent. The hosts then win a free-kick to relieve the pressure. The visitors will be unhappy with the last few minutes of their attack, as well as their maul.

37.00: TRY! Allan Alaalatoa carries to the goal line, Ryan Lonergan gets quick ball, and feeds Cadeyrn Neville, running at pace, who crashes through the last-ditch defending to score. 7-12

38.00: CONVERSION! Lonergan adds the extras. 7-14

40.00: The Rebels come flying back after Tom Pincus’ line-break takes play to the Brumbies’ try line. The Brumbies manage to halt the attack. James Tucker is off for the visitors, so is Robert Leota for the hosts.

41.00: Rob Valetini makes the hit on Campbell Magnay, the ball bounces into Len Ikitau’s hands. Ikitau pops to Wright, who races half the field to score in the corner. 7-19

41.00: MISS! The kick is wide, but the Brumbies lead. 7-19

The halftime score was Melbourne Rebels 7 Brumbies 19

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Melbourne, Australia.

43.00: TRY! Stacey Ili wins an important turnover penalty after a 12-phase Brumbies attack. The Rebels go quickly, Pincus races through the ragged defence before playing Joe Powell in support. Powell breaks off a couple of tackles before spinning through to score next to the posts. 12-19

44.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 14-19

48.00: The Brumbies are on the back foot as the home team comes out firing.

50.00: PENALTY! To’omua knocks the penalty over. 17-19.

52.00: TRY! Oh dear, it’s a calamity by To’omua. The standoff runs back to clear a rolling ball inside his 22, but his kick hits Joshua Kemeny in the face. The ball lands at the feet of Rory Scott, who picks up the ball, and swings it wide to Bayley Kuenzle to run away and score from 10 metres out. 17-24

54.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 17-26

60.00: It’s all Brumbies, but both teams struggling to score after all the substitutions. The game has broken up because of this.

63.00: A lot of stoppages due to injuries give the players a break. The Rebels need to find a way here or their season could be over.

65.00: More injuries to some of the players stops the clock.

68.00: The ref misses a Rob Valetini knock-on, but the TMO calls down to make him change his call. Time is starting to run out for the home team, who need a big scrum here.

71.00:  Advanatge to the home team after Lachlan Lonergan and Valetini is offside. It’s right in front of the posts.

72.00: PENALTY! To’omua cuts the gap to six. 20-26

75.00: Both teams kicking away possession as they look to play the percentages at the death.

76.00: The Rebels win a penalty for offside, they boot the ball to the opposition’s half to set up an attack.

77.00: The Brumbies win a relieving penalty at the breakdown following the lineout, which is poor from the hosts. Time is running out. Tom Ross was just too good over the ball.

78.00: Oh, no! What is that? The Brumbies run down the clock, but after going nowhere, they panic, and Lolesio knocks on Nic Whites dodgy bounce-pass. Scrum to the hosts inside their half.

80.00: It’s a frenetic finish as the home team search for the win. They go through the phases, moving from inside their half to the opposition’s 10m before a knock-on by Jordan Uelese kills the game. The hooter sounds, the Brumbies have the scrum.

81.00: Massive scrum by the Rebels to win the penalty – oh, boy! Here we go!

83.00: The Rebels attack comes to an end near the Brumbies’ line after yet another knock-on. Game over!


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The final score is Rebels 20 (7) Brumbies 26 (19)


Tries – Hanson, Powell
Pen – To’omua (2)
Con – To’omua (2)
Drop –
Cards – Koroibete (Yellow, 17′), Hosea (Yellow, 30′)

Tries – Scott, Neville, Wright, Kuenzle
Pen –
Con – R. Lonergan (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 2: Reuben Keane
TMO: Brett Cronan


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 Joshua Kemeny, 5 Trevor Hosea, 4 Robert Leota, 3 Pone Faamausili, 2 James Hanson, 1 Matt Gibbon

Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Cabous Eloff, 18 Cameron Orr, 19 Lucio Sordoni, 20 Ross Haylett-Petty, 21 Isi Naisarani, 22 Brad Wilkin, 23 James Tuttle, 24 Lewis Holland, 25 Glen Vaihu


15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Bayley Kuenzle, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Ryan Lonergan, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Rory Scott, 6 James Tucker, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio

16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 James Slipper, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Nick Frost, 20 Will Miller, 21 Nic White, 22 Reesjan Pasitoa, 23 Mack Hansen

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