Super Rugby

Chiefs beat Rebels in Melbourne




The Rebels have played the Chiefs six times in Super Rugby since 2011, the Rebels have won once and lost five times.

The Rebels’ only victory gives them a record of winning 17% of their matches against the Chiefs regardless of venue.

  • The Melbourne Rebels have failed to score a first-half point in either of their last two Super Rugby games against New Zealand opposition.
  • The Rebels have trailed 26-0 at halftime on each occasion versus Kiwi opposition.
  • The Chiefs have won 10 of their last 11 Super Rugby games against Australian opposition (L1), losing to the Brumbies (54-17).
  • The Waikato franchise has made 12 offloads per game this season, more than any other team in the competition – the Rebels, eight.
  • Marika Koroibete has scored five tries and provided two assists in his last five games, scoring in his previous outing against the Chiefs in 2017.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

In the meantime why not have a look at the match preview.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Melbourne where the Rebels are looking to make the playoffs for the first time in their short Super Rugby history.

2.00: The Chiefs, playing in white, are on the attack, running back Will Genia’s box-kick. Eventually, the attack breaks down after a knock on by the Kiwis.

4.00: Melbourne has been in free-fall after starting the season, strong. They have lost six of their past eight matches, and need to win to get into the playoffs.

5.00: Waikato kept coming around the corner from the driving maul, but a knock on in contact, kills the attack and gives the home side a reprieve.

7.00: The Chiefs are looking to play with pace and tempo, using their big ball carriers to bash their way over the advantage line.

8.00: Lots of kicking in the opening stages of this game. Both teams looking for territory. A nice wrap-around with Quade Cooper and Billy Meakes before the standoff’s grubber gives the Rebels an attacking lineout on the 22.

9.00: The Rebels win the penalty for not rolling away by the Chiefs. Cooper kicks to the corner.

10.00: A poor lineout is lost. The Chiefs rumble up the field before Jack Debreczeni kicks to the Melbourne 22.

11.00: Marika Koroibete is knocked out after his head hit Shaun Stevenson’s elbow. Koroibete chased the kick but got his head on the wrong side of his opposite number and will leave the field. Alex Nankivell also leaves the field because of a knee injury.

13.00: TRY! Sam Cane finishes off a sensational counter-attack. Debreczeni started with a break before playing Anton Lienert-Brown on his inside. Lienert-Brown raced forward, slipped a pass to Brad Webber, who offloaded to Angus Ta’avao, in support inside the 22. The prop cut inside and sent Cane away under the sticks. 0-5

14.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 0-7

17.00: Rebels win the turnover, then a penalty for offsides at the breakdown. Campbell Magnay’s tackle won possession, although, the referee missed a knock-on afterwards.

19.00: PENALTY! Reece Hodge puts his side on the board. 3-7

22.00: TRY! Another score from a bad kick ends in five for the visitors. Cooper’s grubber hits Stevenson’s knee and bounces forward. The winger picks up the rolling ball and races 50 metres to score under the posts. 3-12

23.00: CONVERSION! Another two by Debreczeni. 3-14

24.00: A try goes begging. Ta’avao plays Solomon Alaimalo, but the fullback passes inside instead of wide to his right to Stevenson on the wing. It would have been a certain try. A big let-off for the hosts.

27.00: The Rebels defence is holding up, their scrum is doing well, too. However, it is mistakes from kicks that keep putting them in trouble.

30.00: The Chiefs are back on the march inside their opponent’s 22. But a knock on from the immeasurable Brodie Retallick halts proceedings.

33.00: a counter-attack from the Rebels ends when a stray pass is gathered by the Chiefs.

35.00: Dave Wessels’ side come again, they are inside the opposition’s 22, but they get isolated and lose a penalty.

37.00: The Kiwis are rumbling forward with another rolling maul, although, they bring the maul down and have resorted to pick-and-drives inside the Melbourne red zone.

39.00: Atu Moli’s knock on after a 12-phase attack, earns the Rebels some respite. The Chiefs have had 66% possession, and have dominated territory, too.

40.00: The visitors’ handling is letting them down the same way the Rebels’ kicking is doing for the hosts.

41.00: OH DEAR! TRY! Hodge’s loose pass is picked up by Stevenson, who dances through several defenders before Cooper tackles him, short. Before the winger goes down, he plays Lachlan Boshier, on his outside for their team’s third. That is a coach killer! 3-19

42.00: CONVERSION! Another two. 3-21

The halftime score was Rebels 3 Chiefs 21

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Melbourne.

43.00: TRY! Sean Wainui finishes off a slick move to extend the tourists’ lead. 3-26

44.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 3-26

47.00: The Rebels must score to give themselves a chance, but they look void of ideas.

48.00: Turnover penalty at the breakdown goes against Wessels’ men.

48.00: TRY! Another poor kick, this time from Hodge, gifts possession to the Chiefs. Lienert-Brown slips a tackle and runs away to score under the poles. 3-31

49.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 3-33

51.00: TRY! Stevenson has a double after yet another poor clearance kick, this time from Dane Haylett-Petty.


53.00: The restart flies out on the full.

57.00: TRY! Weber hands off Cooper and darts through to the Rebels’ 22. He draws the last defender and he puts Debreczeni through to score. 3-45

58.00: CONVERSION! Debreczeni converts his try. 3-47

61.00: NO TRY! Meakes has his score chalked off because of a knock-on. It’s all gone wrong, tonight. 3-47

63.00: Scrum-penalty to the Chiefs.

66.00: The Rebels’ season is ending with a whimper; they have no idea.

67.00: TRY! Maybe they do have something left in the tank. Matt Philip runs away after selling a dummy to score. 8-47

68.00: MISS! Cooper’s kick rebounds off the post. 8-47

70.00: Turnover by the Rebels allows them to clear their lines.

72.00: TRY! Marty McKenzie brings up the half-century. 8-52

73.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie’s kick is good. 8-54

77.00: HAT-TRICK! Stevenson has his third after chasing a clever kick to the corner and beating the cover defenders. 8-59

78.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 8-59

80.00: The hooter sounds, the Chiefs win a penalty, and kick to touch to end the humiliation.


To refresh this page click HERE. Live In-Play Betting.

The final score is Rebels 8 (3) Chiefs 59 (21)


Tries – Philip
Pen – Hodge
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Cane, Stevenson (3), Boshier, Wainui, Lienert-Brown, Debreczeni, M. McKenzie
Pen –
Con – Debreczeni (7), M. McKenzie
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2: Graham Cooper
TMO: George Ayoub



15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Reece Hodge, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner.

Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Matt To’omua. 23 Campbell Magnay.


15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Atu Moli.

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Mitchell Jacobson, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Tumua Manu.

Recommended for you

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.