Super Rugby

Hurricanes beat Rebels in Melbourne




Melbourne’s Rebels made a statement last weekend by beating the Sharks 46-14 but this weekend they face a tough test against the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes last weekend ended the Highlanders unbeaten run by beating the Dunedin side 29-12.

  • The Hurricanes have won their last five games against the Rebels, winning by an average margin of 33 points per game.
  • The Rebels have won their last three games on the bounce at home; however, the last time they won at home against New Zealand opposition was in Round 13, 2015 (L5 since).
  • The Hurricanes have won eight of their last nine games in Australia, including their last five; it is their longest winning streak in the country.
  • The Hurricanes have won nine turnovers per game this season, the equal most of any team in the competition alongside the Queensland Reds.
  • Jack Maddocks has been directly involved in seven tries this season (5 tries, 2 assists), more than any other player.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Melbourne. 

2.00: The conditions are perfect at AAMI Park and the Hurricanes are using them perfectly, playing wide after some pick-and-drives.

3.00: PENALTY! Beauden Barrett puts the visitors in the lead with a simple penalty. 0-3

4.00: Big carry by Amanaki Mafi, who made two runs of 15 and 20 metres. Will Genia’s snipe around the ruck is halted because he kicked the ball away, however, the Rebels had a penalty advantage.

5.00: PENALTY! Jack Debreczeni levels the scores. 3-all

7.00: Beauden Barrett is already pulling out some tricks. The Hurricanes have good field position and possession. Reece Hodge tackled Julian Savea into touch.

9.00: The Hurricanes win a short-arm penalty at the lineout and opt for a scrum.

11.00: TRY! Ben Lam finishes in the corner after a turnover on the Rebels’ five-metre line. Sam Lousi’s tackle on Jack Maddocks set-up the turnover. The fullback tried to run out of his in-goal area and lost the ball. Marika Koroibete, who was sucked in by the Barrett bros combo, attempted tackle was in vain. 3-8

12.00: MISS! The conversion is wide. 3-8

15.00: PENALTY! Debreczeni adds another goal, but the Rebels got away with a soft penalty for offsides, and the Hurricanes had an intercept-try chalked off. 6-8

17.00: Some big runs from Maddocks and Billy Meakes, but the attack is halted for hands in the ruck by the Rebels.

18.00: Desperate defence from the Rebels; first Maddocks on Ricky Riccitelli, then Tom English on Savea. Jordie Barrett knocks on in contact, so scrum to the Rebels on their 5-metre.

20.00: The Rebels win the scrum-penalty at their first scrum. Hodge clears to halfway.

22.00: Lousi is pinged for going off his feet at the breakdown.

23.00: PENALTY! Debreczeni puts the Rebels back in front. 9-8

25.00: Another advantage for the Rebels. They are inside the Hurricanes’ 22 and have them under all sorts of pressure. Referee Angus Gardner has a word with Brad Shields about repeated infringements inside the red zone.

26.00: PENALTY! Debreczeni slots his fourth penalty of the half. 12-8

27.00: Mafi makes another run from deep; he looks knackered, already. Mafi has had 12 runs for 95 metres, averaging 72 metres per game. INSANE!

29.00: Jordie Barrett takes the ball out, is turned over by Meakes, and the Rebels attack. Genia’s cross-kick to English is not great because the wing and Koroibete’s switch-play almost stops the play.

30.00: TRY! Matt Philip. Meakes combined with Matt Philip for the lock’s try, however, the TMO is checking the grounding and a knock-on by Meakes. TMO says Riccitelli “punched the ball out of Meakes’ hands” – second Super Rugby try for the lock. 17-8

31.00: CONVERSION! Debreczeni is on fire! 19-8

33.00: The Hurricanes are awarded a penalty, and Beauden Barrett calls for the tee.

34.00: PENALTY! Beauden Barrett can’t miss from in front. 19-11

35.00: TRY! Lam is in for his second double in two weeks. Beauden Barrett’s high cross-kick caused the havoc. Debreczeni let the ball bounce and it wrong-footed the flyhalf. Koroibete’s misjudged tackle allows Lam to get away. 19-16

36.00: CONVERSION! It’s a one-point ball-game in Melbourne. 19-18

38.00: The Hurricanes go to the driving maul, but the Rebels repel the Kiwis and win the scrum for holding up the maul.

39.00: Mafi picks up at the back of the scrum, but he is tackled backwards over his own goal-line by TJ Perenara and Sam Henwood – scrum to the Canes, five metres out.

40.00: TRY! Outrageous by Beauden Barrett, who throws a dummy and ghosts through the Rebels defence to score under the posts. 19-23

41.00: CONVERSION! Barrett converts his five-pointer. 19-25

The half-time score was Rebels 19 Hurricanes 25

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Melbourne, Debreczeni restarts the game. 

43.00: Perenar’s kick is gathered by Maddocks and sent out into touch. The Hurricanes have had a lot of territory and possession since Philip’s 30th-minute try.

44.00: Another penalty goes to the visitors after Richard Hardwick is pinged, twice, at the breakdown.

45.00: PENALTY! Beauden Barrett slots the long-range kick to extend his team’s lead. 19-28

47.00: A small scuffle breaks out between the two teams after some horrible handling.

49.00: TRY! Gareth Evans scores his first Super Rugby try. It came from a smart midfield move before the No 8 burst through four defenders to sprint away and score. 19-33

51.00: MISS! The conversion attempt is wide. 19-33

52.00: The Hurricanes have scored 25 unanswered points in 21 minutes.

53.00: Mafi has failed his HIA and will not return to the field. That is a big blow for the Rebels.

55.00: Debreczeni and Maddocks can’t execute an offload on the Hurricanes’ try-line, costing five points. Oh dear!

56.00: Koroibete is subbed with zero run metres for only four tackles. The Rebels need more ball.

57.00: Maddocks puts the ball out on the full after taking the ball back into his 22. That is very sloppy by the fullback.

59.00: The Rebels have not gone past seven phases, while the Hurricanes have done it three times.

61.00: TRY! Ngani Laumape finishes off a wonderful move, which included a between the legs pass by Jordie Barrett. Laumape collected the ball from Shields, beat Maddocks and Genia for the score. 19-38

62.00: CONVERSION! Another two for the All Blacks first-five. 19-40

66.00: YELLOW CARD! Billy Meakes is sent to the bin for not releasing on his goal-line. It was cynical, and the Rebels had just been warned by the referee. The Canes opt for a scrum.

68.00: The Rebels survive a six-on-two after a botched attack by the Kiwis. It does not really matter.

69.00: Can anybody remember the last time an Australian Super Rugby team beat a New Zealand franchise?

70.00: TRY! Lam has a HAT-TRICK! Jamie Booth takes a quick-tap, two passes later, Lam is in the corner. 19-45

71.00: MISS! Ihaia West hits the post with his conversion attempt. 19-45

75.00: Genia is off to a warm applause by the biggest Rebels home crowd since 2012.

78.00: The Rebels are defending a goal-line scrum.

80.00: TRY! That’s the fifty, and that’s Lam’s fourth try of the evening. Jordie Barrett’s back-flip pass to Wes Goosen sets up the 110kg wing to score another in the corner. 19-50

81.00: MISS! West’s conversion shaves the right-hand post and is wide. 19-50


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The final score is Rebels 19 (19) Hurricanes 50 (25)


Tries – Philip
Pen – Debreczeni (4)
Con – Debreczeni
Drop –
Cards – Meakes (Yellow, 66′)

Tries – Lam (4), B. Barrett, Evans, Laumape
Pen – B. Barrett (3)
Con – B. Barrett (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials

Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Will Houston
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan

TMO: George Ayoub



15 Jack Maddocks, 14 Tom English, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Will Genia, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Angus Cottrell, 6 Lopeti Timani, 5 Adam Coleman (captain), 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner.

Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Colby Fainga’a, 21 Richard Hardwick, 22 Michael Ruru, 23 Sefa Naivalu.


15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Sam Henwood, 6 Brad Shields (captain), 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Ben May, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Chris Eves.

Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Wes Goosen

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