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Reds beat Rebels in Melbourne

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The Melbourne Rebels have played the Queensland Reds 21 times in Super Rugby since 2011, the Rebels have won seven matches, lost 13 times, and drawn once.

The Rebels’ seven wins give them a record of winning 33% of their matches against the Reds regardless of venue.

  • The Queensland Reds are undefeated in their last four Super Rugby games against the Rebels (W3, D1); they defeated the Rebels by two points in their most recent meeting (23-21 – February 2021), the closest winning margin in a game in the history of this fixture.
  • The Rebels have won their last three Super Rugby games at AAMI Park; a fourth consecutive victory in this match would equal the club record at their home venue last set in 2015.
  • The Queensland Reds have scored 10 tries in the final quarter of games in the 2021 Super Rugby AU campaign, twice as many as the Rebels have scored in total (5).
  • The Rebels have had an average of just 13 minutes and 58 seconds of time in possession per game this Super Rugby AU season, the lowest of any team in the competition.
  • James O’Connor has scored a competition-high 62 points this Super Rugby AU season, while teammate Alex Mafi has a tally of six tries scored – twice as many as any other player and more than the entire Rebels team combined (5).

Match detail

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

3.00: TRY! Taniela Tupou! The big man is over for another try. 0-5

4.00: CONVERSION! James O’Connor adds the extras. 0-7

5.00: TRY! Hunter Paisami intercepts Hodge and races 60 metres to score under the posts. 0-12

6.00: CONVERSION! The chip shot is good. 0-14

8.00: The Rebels have it all to do, down by two goals inside the first six minutes, is not good.

10.00: It’s all Queensland at the minute, they go eight phases from a turnover before the ball is passed into touch; however, they had a penalty advantage. O’Connor calls for the tee.

12.00: PENALTY! The skipper extends his side’s lead. 0-17

15.00: Queensland has put together several attacks of double-digit phases in the opening quarter of an hour.

17.00: TRY! Tupou has a brace! O’Connor’s linebreak between two forwards opened up the gap for the standoff to put away the tighthead prop. This game is over! 0-22

19.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor lands another two points. 0-24

21.00: Reece Hodge boots the ball to the corner.

22.00: The Rebels go to their driving maul, but the setpiece is brought down illegally. We go again.

23.00: Fraser McReight gets over the ball and wins his team a penalty.

26.00: Rebels win the turnover, then the penalty to clear their lines.

27.00: A cheeky front-of-the-lineout move between Joe Powell and Jordan Uelese comes to nothing when the hooker knocks on.

29.00: Feao Fotuaika is lying around the breakdown, Joe Powell milks the penalty for his side.

30.00: TRY! The Rebels are on the board. The lineout-drive doesn’t work, but the ball goes wide to Matt To’omua. To’omua times his pass to right-winger Frank Lomani, who joined the attack on the left, to perfection, and Lomani darts away to score. 5-24

32.00: CONVERSION! To’omua adds the extras. 7-24

34.00: The Rebels have shifted the tempo, they are putting the Reds under pressure at the breakdown, and keeping themselves in this game.

36.00: TRY! Lomani breaks from midfield, racing away into the Reds’ 22. He draws the last defender and pops to Reece Hodge, who fends off Bryce Hegarty. Hegarty, however, could not hold onto Hodge, who gets up and reaches to score. 12-24

36.00: CONVERSION! To’omua adds the extras. 14-24

38.00: The momentum has shifted, Melbourne is on top now; they look dangerous with every attack. Reds are on the ropes, they need to hang on for halftime.

41.00: The siren sounds with the home side on the attack, but a knock on kills the chance for more points.

The halftime score was Melbourne Rebels 14 Queensland Reds 24

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway down under.

42.00: An overthrown lineout gifts possession back to the Rebels, but nothing comes of the attack.

43.00: Rebels earn another penalty at the breakdown, which allows To’omua a chance to cut the gap to one score.

45.00: MISS! To’omua makes a mistake, pushing his kick wide. 14-24

46.00: TRY! To’omua’s floated pass is intercepted by Jock Campbell, who races from halfway to the try-line before being tackled by Michael Wells. The quick ball is sent from Tate McDermott to Fraser McReight, who cuts inside to score. That is a coach killer by To’omua. 14-29

48.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 14-31

54.00: Hodge is penalised at the ruck, it looked harsh, but these things happen in the breakdown.

57.00: PENALTY! O’Connor slots another, this game is getting away from the home team. 14-34

60.00: It’s all Reds now, they look stronger, while the hosts look to be wilting.

62.00: Tupou is off, no hat-trick for the big man.

63.00: TRY! O’Connor takes the ball wide, draws the defender, and puts Campbell in the corner. That’s the game. 14-39

65.00: MISS! Hegarty can’t convert. 14-39

67.00: TRY! Wells is over in the corner after Lomani’s break set up the score. 19-39

68.00: MISS! The kick is no good. 19-39

70.00: It’s end-to-end again, the Rebels are not giving up, they want a bonus point.

73.00: Reds win the penalty at the ruck to relieve the pressure.

77.00: TRY! Hegarty’s crossfield kick isn’t gathered by Hamish Stewart, but the centre gets to the bouncing ball before the opposition. 19-44

78.00: MISS! Hegarty can’t convert. 19-44

81.00: The hooter sounds, the ball is booted out – game over!

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The final score is Rebels 19 (14) Reds 44 (24)

Scorers

Melbourne Rebels
Tries – Lomani, Hodge, Wells
Pen –
Con – To’omua (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Queensland Reds
Tries – Tupou (2), Paisami, McReight, Campbell, Stewart
Pen – O’Connor (2)
Con – O’Connor (4)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Amy Perrett
Assistant Ref 1: Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 2: Matthew Kellahan
TMO: Ian Smith

Teams

Melbourne Rebels

15 Tom Pincus, 14 Frank Lomani, 13 Stacey Ili, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt To’omua (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Joshua Kemeny, 5 Trevor Hosea, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Pone Fa’amausili, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Cabous Eloff

Replacements:
 16 James Hanson, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Albert Anae, 19 Tom Nowlan, 20 Robert Leota, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Lewis Holland, 23 Jeral Skelton

Queensland Reds

15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Jock Campbell, 10 James O’Connor (captain), 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Feao Fotuaika

Replacements:
 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Richie Asiata, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Seru Uru, 21 Kalani Thomas, 22 Josh Flook, 23 Filipo Daugunu

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