Super Rugby

Crusaders beat Rebels in Melbourne




The Rebels have played the Crusaders six times in Super Rugby, winning two matches.

The average score when the Rebels play the Crusaders is Rebels 23 Crusaders 35 across all venues but when the teams meet in Melbourne the average is Rebels 22 Crusaders 28.

  • The Crusaders have won four of their last six games against the Rebels, including their last two, across which they’ve scored 126 points.
  • The Rebels have lost their last six games on the bounce at home against teams from New Zealand by an average margin of 26 points per game.
  • The Crusaders have won their last seven games in a row in Australia, their longest ever winning streak in the country.
  • The Rebels have gained fewer than 400m in three of their last four games; prior to that period, they had gained 498m or more in seven consecutive games.
  • Manasa Mataele has made 19 clean breaks this season, the second most of any player, and has scored five tries in his last three appearances for the Crusaders.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Australia.

4.00: PENALTY! Jack Debreczeni gets his team on the board. 3-0

5.00: The Rebels have started the game well, keeping possession.

6.00: A couple of penalties for offsides and jumping across the line of touch in the lineout, has given the Crusaders good attacking position, five metres out.

8.00: TRY! Mich Drummond’s quick thinking sets up Seta Tamanivalu’s score in the corner. The winger took Richie Mo’unga’s long skip-pass and beat the cover defenders for the five-pointer. 3-5

9.00: MISS! The sideline kick is wide. 3-5

12.00: It’s been all Crusaders since Debreczeni’s penalty, but the standoff might have a try.

12.00: Jack Goodhue saved the day, grounding the ball, however, the centre brought the ball over his in-goal, so a five-metre scrum goes to the Rebels.

14.00: Amanaki Mafi breaks blind but there is no support and the isolated No 8 concedes the penalty. Big defence by the Kiwis on their line.

15.00: YELLOW CARD! Reece Hodge is sent to the bin for a deliberate knockdown.

17.00: Will Genia starts a counter-attack after Mo’unga’s knock on, but it comes to nought. Scrum to the Rebels inside their 22. They have only had 19 percent possession so far.

19.00: TRY! Pete Samu breaks two tackles. He gets up after not being held and charges towards the goal-line. Quick ball from the ruck is sent to Andrew Makalio, who barges over a defender to score. 3-10

20.00: MISS! Another sideline conversion is wide. 3-10

22.00: The Rebels need to get their hands on the ball. They are under the pump and have had no possession while already missing 23 tackles.

23.00: We are going to the TMO for a deliberate knock-on from Matt Todd.

23.00: YELLOW CARD! Todd is going to the sin-bin.

24.00: Scott Barrett is caught offside as well as collapsing the maul. Debreczeni goes to the corner.

25.00: a powerful drive is held up over the whitewash. Good scramble defence from the Crusaders. Scrum to Melbourne, five metres out.

27.00: Mafi goes close from the back of the scrum. Billy Meakes is next to be stopped. That is great defending by Ryan Crotty, George Bridge and Samu.

29.00: The Rebels should really be level. They have botched two driving mauls and an attacking five-metre scrum on the Crusaders try-line.

30.00: Jordan Taufua with a huge hit on Meakes, he gets up to his feet but the ball is lost forward.

32.00: It’s been all Rebels since they conceded the Makalio try.

33.00: TRY! Hodge kicks the ball forward after Drummond loses the ball backwards, picks up and scores near the left-hand upright. 8-10

34.00: CONVERSION! It’s all level in Melbourne. 10-all

34.00: YELLOW CARD! David Havili is sent to the bin for cynical play at the ruck after a terrible restart by the Rebels.

35.00: Drummond breaks from a loose ruck and runs into Rebels territory before playing the supporting Barrett on his inside. Hodge can’t stop the big man, who dots down.

36.00: The TMO refers to the referee and chalks Barrett’s try off for a knock on.

38.00: The Crusaders counter-attack through Bridge. The winger goes through a hole but the move breaks down after another lost ball going forward. Will Genia has left the field with a knee injury.

40.00: Massive scrum by the Crusaders. They marched the Rebels backwards with ease.

41.00: PENALTY! Mo’unga slots the first penalty attempt by the Kiwis in four games. 10-13

The halftime score was Rebels 10 Crusaders 13

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Melbourne.

44.00: The Rebels still have an extra man, yet they lose the first scrum and give away a penalty in front of the posts. Mo’unga kicks to the corner.

45.00: TRY! Makalio gets another one. Jack Maddocks lost the aerial duel with Tamanivalu, who snapped the ball out of the air and played the hooker on his inside. 10-18

46.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga extends the Kiwis’ lead. 10-20

48.00: Nathan Charles, who has only been in Australia for four days after returning from Bath in England, is on for the Rebels.

51.00: Big defence from Hodge and his team-mates, who turn the ball over after a power driving maul by the Crusaders.

52.00: TRY! Drummond has four players to his right and picks out Goodhue for the ‘Saders’  fourth. 10-25

53.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 10-27

58.00: The Rebels have been poor at the breakdown, missing their cleanouts and gifting the opposition penalties.

61.00: The substitutions have made the match scrappy with both teams losing lineouts.

64.00: TRY! Tamanivalu bounces Michael Ruru and Maddocks, drew Marika Koroibete before offloading to Samu for the score. 10-32

66.00: CONVERSION! Mitch Hunt adds the extras. 10-34 

67.00: TRY! Bryn Hall dots down under the posts after Sam Whitelock’s break from the restart. Whitelock played Todd on his inside and the flanker put the halfback away. 10-39

68.00: CONVERSION! Hunt adds another two. 10-41

71.00: The game is winding down with the result, not in doubt.

77.00: TRY! Wyatt Crockett crashes over after some wonderful offloading between backs and forwards. 10-46

78.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 10-48

81.00: TRY! Maddocks’ loose pass is gathered by Manasa Mataele, who runs 50 metres to score again.

83.00: CONVERSION! Another two for Hunt. 10-55


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The final score: Rebels 10 (10) Crusaders 55 (13)


Tries – Hodge
Pen – Debreczeni
Con – Debreczeni
Drop –
Cards – Hodge (Yellow, 15′)

Tries – Tamanivalu, Makalio (2), Goodhue, Samu, Hall, Crockett, Mataele
Pen – Mo’unga
Con – Mo’unga (2), Hunt (4)
Drop –
Cards – Todd (Yellow, 23′), Havili (Yellow, 34′)

Match Officials
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1: Will Houston
Assistant Ref 2: James Leckie
TMO: Ian Smith



15 Jack Maddocks, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Will Genia, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman (captain), 4 Geoff Parling, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Fereti Sa’aga.

Replacements: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Lopeti Timani, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Tom English, 23 Semisi Tupou


15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Wyatt Crockett.

Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Mitchell Dunshea, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele.

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